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UN hails cooperatives as vehicle to make sustainable development a reality for all

Cooperatives will play an “invaluable role” in the international community's roll-out of a sustainable development goals, said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who today marked the International Day of Cooperatives with an appeal for all to recommit to the business... Read More

Destruction at Palmyra site 'perverse' attempt to deny Syrian people their heritage, UNESCO chief warns

Condemning the destruction of archaeological treasures from the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra as a “perverse…new attempt to break the bonds between people and their history,” the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today called... Read More

Yemen: despite major obstacles and insecurity, UN continuing to deliver aid to displaced

The United Nations is working to deliver humanitarian aid in war-torn Yemen despite widespread insecurity, port delays and severe restrictions on access, several of the Organization's agencies and partners confirmed today, citing efforts to provide everything from emergency shelters to... Read More

AIDS is a 'human rights issue,' Ban declares, launching major new UN report in Barbados

Ending the AIDS epidemic – in all places and all communities – is essential to realizing the vision of a life of dignity for all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in Barbados at the Caribbean region launch of a major... Read More

Destruction at Syria's Palmyra site 'perverse' attempt to deny Syrian people their heritage, UNESCO chief warns

Condemning the destruction of archaeological treasures from the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra as a “perverse…new attempt to break the bonds between people and their history,” the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today called... Read More

Children bearing brunt of ongoing political instability and violence in Burundi, UN warns

Children, some as young as four years old, are bearing the brunt of the prolonged instability and election-related violence in Burundi, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today, confirming reports of an additional three deaths of children over the... Read More

Urging end to violence, UN Middle East envoy warns of rise in security-related incidents in West Bank

Increasingly concerned by the continued deadly incidents in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, against Israelis and Palestinians, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov today called for an immediate end to the violence. ... Read More

Ebola: as virus resurfaces in Liberia, UNICEF teams and supplies arrive in affected areas

In a speedy response to Liberia's first confirmed cases of Ebola in more than three months, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has begun distributing emergency supplies in the affected communities including tents for isolating those under quarantine, hygiene kits... Read More

Adequate, targeted financing key to people-centred sustainable development – UN official

In 2002, the global community came together in Monterrey, Mexico, to address key financial issues affecting global development. The International Conference on Financing for Development, the first United Nations gathering of its kind, resulted in a landmark global agreement in... Read More

Yemen: amid unfolding humanitarian “catastrophe,” Ban calls for end to hostilities

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon repeated yesterday his call for an immediate end to the fighting in Yemen to help stem the unfolding humanitarian “catastrophe” in the country. ... Read More

Syria's 'disastrous' conflict fuelling child labour and exploitation across region, warns new UN report

Much more needs to be done to reverse the trend of an ever increasing number of children forced to work as a result of the conflict in Syria often “carrying heavy loads, being exposed to pesticides and toxic chemicals, and... Read More

South Sudan: UN deplores deadly attack as tensions in country simmer

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned a deadly attack against a United Nations 'protection-of-civilians' site in South Sudan amid a renewed flare-up of violence in the newfound nation. ... Read More

INTERVIEW: "Climate change is in everybody’s backyard" – Robert Redford

Actor and environmental activist Robert Redford paid his first visit to the United Nations Headquarters in New York this week to address the UN General Assembly’s High-Level Meeting on Climate Change, which aimed to energize multilateral cooperation on the issue... Read More

FEATURE: The UN body with its finger on the pulse of sustainable development

It was 2009, at the height of the financial crisis, and world leaders were struggling to understand how they had been so taken by surprise by an economic shock that had struck their populations with the ferocity and suddenness of... Read More

FEATURE: The UN body with its finger on the pulse of sustainable development

It was 2009, at the height of the financial crisis, and world leaders were struggling to understand how they had been so taken by surprise by an economic shock that had struck their populations with the ferocity and suddenness of... Read More

Fleeing conflicts, record numbers of migrants and refugees crossed Mediterranean so far in 2015 – UN

War, conflict or persecution forced most of the 137,000 desperate people who made the perilous journey to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe during the first six months of 2015, making this primarily a refugee crisis, a new report from... Read More

Amid funding shortfalls, UN agency to make food aid cuts to Syrian refugees

A severe lack of funding is forcing the United Nations to implement deeper cuts in food assistance to vulnerable Syrian refugees across Lebanon and Jordan, the Organization has confirmed. ... Read More

Ban welcomes new post-2020 climate targets submitted by China and Republic of Korea

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today's formal submission of post-2020 climate change targets or Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) by both the China and the Republic of Korea. ... Read More

Michael Møller of Denmark, appointed Director-General of the United Nations office at Geneva

Michael Møller, of Denmark, was appointed today as Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. ... Read More

Ban urges global community to help Syria end ‘cataclysmic conflict’

The international community should be ashamed that three years since the adoption of the Geneva Communiqué on Syria, the Middle Eastern country’s “cataclysmic conflict” continues unabated, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. ... Read More