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Western Sahara: UN chief Guterres urges Morocco and Polisario Front to de-escalate tensions in buffer strip

Deeply concerned about increased tensions in the vicinity of Guerguerat in the buffer strip in southern Western Sahara between the Moroccan berm and the Mauritanian border, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called on Morocco and Frente Polisario to “take... Read More

UN Security Council calls for immediate investigation into recent violence in DR Congo’s Kasai region

The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the recent spate of violence in the south-central Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), calling on the Government to “immediately dispatch a credible and impartial investigation.” ... Read More

UNESCO meeting lays groundwork for reviving, protecting Iraq’s cultural heritage

As details on the destruction of and damage to Iraq’s rich and diverse cultural heritage emerge, the United Nations cultural agency has appealed to the international community to help protect and revive the country’s archaeological, religious and cultural sites for... Read More

Secretary-General asks Member States to express intention on financing UN plan to tackle cholera in Haiti

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has asked Member States to inform him by 6 March if they intend to make voluntary financial contributions to the implementation of the new UN plan to counter cholera in Haiti, his spokesman said today.... Read More

UN envoy and Church leaders in DR Congo condemn attacks against Catholic facilities

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the National Episcopal Conference of Congo, known as CENCO have called for an immediate end to the spate of violent attacks against Catholic facilities in several... Read More

Donors pledge $670 million at UN-backed conference to support aid operations in Lake Chad region

Giving voice to people affected by conflict and complex crises in Africa’s Lake Chad region, a United Nations-supported conference in Oslo today generated more than $670 million in pledges that will sustain critical relief operations over the next two years... Read More

UN reports more than 300 migrant deaths on Mediterranean crossing in first two months of 2017

An estimated 366 migrants died at sea during their Mediterranean journey to Europe in the first 53 days of 2017, down from 425 of the comparable period of last year, the United Nations migration agency said today. ... Read More

At global UN consultation, health leaders underline need for action on migrant health

Against the backdrop of health systems struggling to adapt to the growing needs of migrants around the world, health leaders from over forty countries, meeting at a United Nations consultation underscored the call for international collaboration to improve the health... Read More

UN rights experts urge action to curb ‘invisible threat’ of toxic air

United Nations human rights experts are calling for strong, urgent action by States to ensure that people around the world can enjoy the human right to live in environments free from contamination. ... Read More

Next gen, ‘lightning’ fast global communication network on track for 2020 entry – UN agency

A working group of the United Nations agency which coordinates telecommunication services throughout the world completed today a cycle of studies on key performance requirements of the next generation mobile networks (5G) for the International Mobile Telecommunications-2020 systems. ... Read More

Perpetrators of recent terrorist attack in Iraq must be held accountable – UN Security Council

Condemning, in the strongest terms, the terrorist attack on 16 February in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, the United Nations Security Council underlined the need to bring the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of such reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice. ... Read More

‘We need to start now’ on road to peace, UN envoy says as Syria negotiations open in Geneva

Welcoming the representatives of the Syrian Government and its opposition to the United Nations-facilitated negotiations that opened today in Geneva, Staffan de Mistura reiterated the need to work together for a political solution. ... Read More

Central African Republic: Senior UN relief official urges access to civilians in north-eastern provinces

Amid renewed violence that has led to “successive gross violations” of international humanitarian law in two north-eastern provinces of the Central African Republic (CAR), the most senior United Nations relief official in the country has called for free and unhindered... Read More

‘We need to start now’ on road to peace, UN envoy tells parties as Syria negotiations open in Geneva

Welcoming the representatives of the Syrian Government and its opposition to the United Nations-facilitated negotiations that opened today in Geneva, Staffan de Mistura reiterated the need to work together for a political solution. ... Read More

All sides must work together on ‘road out of this nightmare,’ says UN envoy as Syria negotiations open in Geneva

Welcoming the representatives of the Syrian Government and its opposition to the United Nations-facilitated negotiations that opened today in Geneva, Staffan de Mistura reiterated the need to work together for a political solution. ... Read More

Millions in Lake Chad suffering ‘at no fault of their own’ need world’s support, urges UN aid chief

Ahead of a major donor conference in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, seeking to generate global action to tackle the complex crisis in Africa’s Lake Chad Basin, the top United Nations relief official highlighted that investing in support for the region... Read More

UN health agency reports depression now ‘leading cause of disability worldwide’

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, the United Nations health agency today reported, estimating that it affects more than 300 million people worldwide – the majority of them women, young people and the elderly. ... Read More

‘Turn the tide on plastic’ urges UN, as microplastics in the seas now outnumber stars in our galaxy

Launching an unprecedented global campaign, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is urging everyone to eliminate the use of microplastics and stop the excessive, wasteful use of single-use plastic, to save the world’s seas and oceans from irreversible damage before... Read More

Security Council extends mandate of UN Guinea-Bissau peacebuilding office through 2018

The United Nations Security Council today extended for another year the mandate of the UN Integrated Peace-Building Office in Guinea-Bissau, known as UNIOGBIS, and urged all political actors in the country to implement the provisions of the Conakry Agreement signed... Read More

Yemen’s health system another victim of the conflict – UN health agency

Acute shortage of critical medicines, limited fuel for electricity and specialized medical staff such as intensive care doctors and nurses having left Yemen have put innocent lives in danger, the United Nations health agency has warned. ... Read More