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Earth Hour 2017: UN joins iconic landmarks ‘going dark’ to support protecting the planet

The United Nations this evening dimmed the lights at its iconic Headquarters complex in New York and other facilities around the world in observance of the tenth annual 'Earth Hour,' global event to put the spotlight on the issues facing... Read More

UN envoy calls for urgent measures to protect ceasefire in Syria

Voicing deep concern over recent escalation of fighting in Syria, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country has urged Iran, Russia and Turkey to undertake urgent efforts to uphold the ceasefire which has been in effect since late December... Read More

Hoping to build with ‘incremental, constructive steps’ – UN envoy for Syria

Speaking to the media in Geneva yesterday, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria said that he is not expecting miracles, breakthroughs or breakdowns but is hoping to build on the previous rounds of talks on the war-ravaged country with some... Read More

Closing session, UN Commission agrees roadmap to women’s economic empowerment

The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women today agreed on a roadmap to women’s full and equal participation in the economy as a vital step to achieving sustainable development as the body concluded its two-week session. ... Read More

International efforts towards Middle East peace must be matched by steps on the ground – UN envoy

Noting that international engagement on reviving the Middle East peace process over the last three months reconfirmed the consensus that the two-state solution is the only means of realizing the national aspirations of both peoples a senior United Nations official... Read More

UN spotlights slave descendants’ legacy of achievements, overcoming ‘dark chapter of human history’

Stressing the importance of remembering slavery and slave trade in human history, the legacy of which “resounds down the ages,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today highlighted the contributions that people of African descent have made and are continuing to... Read More

Building peace requires culture too; message of historic UN Security Council resolution

Univocally condemning unlawful destruction and pillaging of cultural heritage such as religious sites and artefacts, the United Nations Security Council today adopted an historic resolution that is expected to strengthen protections for such heritage during armed conflicts where they are... Read More

PHOTO FEATURE: The enduring legacy of the transatlantic slave trade

The transatlantic slave trade was the largest forced migration in history and undeniably one of the most inhumane. According to the United Nations, over a 400-year period, the forcible extraction of Africans from their motherland was unprecedented in the annals... Read More

PHOTO FEATURE: Cuba’s Rich Musical Heritage Rooted in African Rhythm

For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade – one of the darkest chapters in human history – commemorated by the United Nations every year on 25... Read More

Outgoing UN peacekeeping chief praises reduced cost of operations, as agility increases

United Nations peacekeeping is becoming more agile and capable, the outgoing chief today said, even as the cost for each peacekeeper fell 16 per cent in recent years, dropping the entire budget of the blue helmets worldwide to around $7.2... Read More

INTERVIEW: Amid increased suffering, responsibility to protect all the more necessary – UN Special Adviser

In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the outcome of the World Summit in which it, inter alia, underscored that each individual State has the responsibility to protect its populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against... Read More

Marking World Tuberculosis Day, UN seeks to address stigma, protect patient rights

To mark World Tuberculosis Day, the United Nations health agency has launched a new set of ethics guidance to protect the rights of all people affected by the infectious disease, which claims 5,000 lives each day. ... Read More

Two years on, Yemen conflict targets children, food trucks and even fishermen’s boats – UN

The conflict in Yemen is raging, the United Nations human rights chief today warned, urging those fighting to work towards a ceasefire and to allow humanitarian aid to get through to millions of people in need. ... Read More

Environmental recovery key to post-conflict development in Colombia – UN agency

Concluding a mission to Colombia, a multi-disciplinary team of United Nations environment experts have highlighted that the country has a unique opportunity to promote sustainable and resilient livelihoods in which the nature serves as the foundation for long-lasting peace. ... Read More

UN agencies, partners to launch polio vaccination campaign across Africa

More than 116 million children are set to be immunized against polio starting tomorrow in one of the largest of its kind synchronized vaccination campaigns across west and central Africa, United Nations agencies today announced. ... Read More

Child rights must be at the centre of Syria peace talks – UNICEF

Those participating the intra-Syrian peace talks in Geneva must put the rights of children at the centre of all their deliberations as children throughout the Middle Eastern country continue to come under attack, a senior United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)... Read More

DPRK’s latest ballistic missile and engine test raises risk of regional arms race – UN Security Council

The United Nations Security Council today strongly condemned the ballistic missile launch and a ballistic missile engine test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) this week in flagrant and provocative defiance of a number of Council resolutions... Read More

UN condemns deadly terrorist attack in London; expresses solidarity with UK government and people

Secretary-General António Guterres and members of the United Nations Security Council today extended condolences on behalf of the Organization to the Government and people of the United Kingdom for the loss of life and injuries suffered in yesterday’s terrorist attack... Read More

International, independent probe of alleged violations in Yemen needed – UN deputy rights chief

Describing the situation in Yemen as one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises – ‘and one that is entirely man-made’ – the United Nations human rights deputy chief today urged the national commission of inquiry to fulfill its mandate of... Read More

Security Council and region must ‘speak with one voice,’ end suffering in South Sudan – UN chief

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today stressed the need for the leadership of South Sudan to achieve an immediate cessation of hostilities, restore the peace process and ensure unrestricted humanitarian access in order to pull the world’s youngest country back... Read More