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Long-term food production must factor in potential impacts of climate change – UN official

Countries need to shift to more sustainable food systems to adapt to the effects of climate change, the Director-General of the United Nations Food and Drug Organization (FAO) José Graziano da Silva told a conference in Morocco today, warning that... Read More

Mali’s peace train ‘cannot be turned back,’ senior UN official tells Security Council

Calling for continued cooperation with regional organizations to support Mali’s steady efforts towards peace and stability through inclusive talks, a senior United Nations official today told the Security Council that despite progress, the security situation in the country’s restive north... Read More

World Book Day: new UN report spotlights potential of mobile technology to advance literacy

Mobile technology can advance literacy and learning in underserved communities around the world, according to a new report published today by the United Nations education agency on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day. ... Read More

Syria: UN chiefs issue impassioned plea to save besieged civilians

Calling urgently on Syrian authorities and the opposition to allow aid access, end siege warfare and halt the indiscriminate bombing of civilians, the top United Nations humanitarian officials today also issued a strong challenge to “those with the responsibility, power... Read More

UN expert calls for consultations on reforming Côte d’Ivoire’s electoral commission

A United Nations human rights expert today called on authorities in Côte d’Ivoire to undertake broad consultations on the reform of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to prevent the country from “falling back into crisis.” ... Read More

Myanmar: UNICEF warns children of Kachin face growing threats due to recent fighting

Recent fighting between Government forces and Kachin rebels in Myanmar, and the resulting displacement of thousands of people, has significantly increased the risks to young people, including possible recruitment, limited access to basic services and the threat of landmines, the... Read More

South Sudan: UN says surging violence claimed lives of children, worsened malnutrition among survivors

Confirming that children were killed in South Sudan during recent brutal attacks on displaced civilians or as a result of being recruited by armed groups, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today that the surging violence is exacerbating an... Read More

Somalia: UN envoy condemns murder of second lawmaker in less than 48 hours

Following the murder earlier today of Somali parliamentarian Abdiaziz Isaaq Mursal – the second lawmaker to be killed in less than 48 hours in Mogadishu – the top United Nations official in the country strongly condemned the incident and pledged... Read More

Respect right of persons with disabilities to make their own choices, urges UN panel

People with disabilities have the same rights as everyone to make decisions about their lives, including the right to take risks and make mistakes, a United Nations committee has stressed in new guidelines. ... Read More

UN-backed summit on food security, ‘blue economy’ urges coordinated action

Overfishing, habitat destruction and pollution are atop the agenda of a United Nations-backed summit on the role of oceans in global food security, livelihoods and economic which opened today in The Hague, the Netherlands. ... Read More

On Mother Earth Day, UN urges protecting planet from ‘heavy hand of humankind’

On International Mother Earth Day, the United Nations is urging greater efforts to promote sustainable development and use of renewable energy sources, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealing for worldwide changes in attitude and practice to curb the negative impact of... Read More

UNESCO chief denounces killing of journalist in the Philippines

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has denounced the killing of journalist Rubylita Garcia and called on authorities in the Philippines to investigate the case. ... Read More

UN cautions Syria against holding presidential election amidst ongoing ‘tragedy’

Urging Syrian authorities to reconsider plans to conduct a presidential election in early June, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Joint UN-League of Arab States Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi today pledged to continue to seek and build on any... Read More

Senior UN official urges women to remain engaged in Afghan political life

With the results still being counted from Afghanistan’s recent presidential election, the top United Nations official in the country today urged women to remain meaningfully engaged in the political process and improve political life there. ... Read More

UN welcomes safe return of two abducted staffers in Pakistan

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) confirmed today that two of its national staff who were abducted last Thursday in the Pakistani port city of Karachi are now safe and well. ... Read More

Iraq: UN envoy denounces ‘vicious and cowardly’ attack on university in Baghdad

The head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has denounced the “vicious and cowardly” suicide attack that took place yesterday against the Imam Kadhim University in the capital, Baghdad. ... Read More

UN mission in South Sudan condemns ethnic killings in Bentiu

Opposition forces in South Sudan killed “hundreds of South Sudanese and foreign civilians” after determining their ethnicity or nationality when they captured Bentiu last week, the United Nations confirmed today, calling for an immediate stop to the targeting of “innocent,... Read More

UN envoy strongly condemns murder of Somali parliamentarian

The top United Nations envoy in Somalia today condemned the murder of parliamentarian Isaak Mohamed Rino and called for the perpetrators of the attack to be brought to justice. ... Read More

Syria: UN agency warns no food left in besieged Palestinian refugee camp

The United Nations has renewed its demand for unimpeded humanitarian access to the besieged Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, warning that there is no UN food aid left there as of Saturday given that the recent escalation fighting between the... Read More

UN envoy urges respect for religious freedom after Israeli forces disrupt Easter procession

A top United Nations envoy on Saturday said he was dismayed that a peaceful Easter procession led by Palestinian Christians through Jerusalem's Old City was disrupted by Israeli security forces. ... Read More