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UN expert urges Member States to consider justice as pillar of development

The pursuit of development must expand beyond economic gains and include claims of justice, non-discrimination and opportunities, an independent United Nations expert told the General Assembly today. ... Read More

Right to online privacy at risk as governments engage in mass surveillance – UN expert

States must be transparent about the nature of their electronic mass surveillance programmes, an independent United Nations counter-terrorism expert said today as he warned about the impact such measures might have on individuals’ right to privacy. ... Read More

Ahead of World Day, UN hails landmark global polio eradication campaign

Every day, a thousand or so children are being protected from disability as part of a 26-year global effort to eradicate polio through a worldwide campaign that has immunized millions of previously-unreached children across the globe, the United Nations Children’s... Read More

Primary focus must be to halt spread of Ebola virus in hard-hit West Africa – UN

As the international community mobilizes on all fronts to combat the unfolding Ebola outbreak, the primary emphasis must continue to be on stopping the transmission of the virus within Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three hardest-hit countries, United Nations... Read More

Far greater effort needed to eradicate extreme poverty in world’s poorest nations – UN report

While the world’s 48 most vulnerable nations continue to make in-roads into poverty reduction, a far greater effort is needed if these countries are to eradicate extreme poverty by 2020, according to a new report launched at the United Nations... Read More

UN panel pays out over $1 billion in reparations for Iraq's invasion of Kuwait

The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC), which settles the damage claims of those who suffered losses in the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, today made $1.06 billion available to the Government of Kuwait. ... Read More

As winter closes in, UN launches humanitarian appeal for Iraqis in need

An estimated 2.8 million Iraqis lack food assistance while another 800,000 are in urgent need of emergency shelter, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned today as it launched an appeal for greater financial support... Read More

Mediterranean, North Atlantic prepares for UN-backed tsunami warning system test

Some 20 nations with coastlines on the North Atlantic, and Mediterranean and Black Seas are set to participate in a United Nations-supervised tsunami warning exercise to improve their ability to respond to an alert and enhance regional coordination in the... Read More

Forensic services must be independent from law enforcement – UN expert tells Assembly

To be effective, an investigation into torture must be prompt, impartial, independent and thorough, but that seems to be the exception in many countries, where forensic services are closely linked with law enforcement agencies, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on... Read More

Growing use of drones in law enforcement may violate human rights, warns UN expert

The increasing use of armed drones within domestic law enforcement risks depersonalizing the use of force and infringing upon the rights of individual citizens, a United Nations independent human rights expert warned today. ... Read More

‘Complex web’ of crises requires human rights-based solutions – UN rights chief

At the root of crises confronted by the United Nations usually lies a “complex web” of violations of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights requiring solutions that can only come from more emphatic and comprehensive protections, the Organization’s top... Read More

At General Assembly, UN experts urged global action on enforced disappearances

States must take full responsibility to solve all aspects of the issue of enforced disappearances: prevention; search for the disappeared; punishment of the perpetrators; and reparation for the victims, the Chairs of two United Nations expert bodies addressing the General... Read More

Amid ongoing Ebola outbreak, UN ramps up Organization-wide response

A United Nations health committee has met for the third time in three months to evaluate the Organization’s ongoing response to the global Ebola crisis amid broader agency-wide efforts in confronting the deadly disease, UN officials confirmed today. ... Read More

DR Congo: UN Mission comes under attack, steps up security

The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, known as MONUSCO, has stepped up its security following several attacks on its bases in North Kivu, including one this morning, when a large number of youths converged on the... Read More

Sustained response to Somalia piracy requires effective State governance – UN political chief

While noting the progress made to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia, the United Nations political chief today said that a sustained long-term solution must include the presence of effective Government and State institutions that provide basic services and... Read More

Despite gains against tuberculosis, better research funding required – UN report

The world is fighting a difficult battle against the spread of tuberculosis (TB), the United Nations health agency announced today, as it released its latest report on the disease, revealing a greater number of cases than previously estimated and a... Read More

‘No alternative to silencing the guns,’ UN South Sudan envoy tells Security Council

There is no alternative to silencing the guns and immediately agreeing a comprehensive peace deal so South Sudan can return to the path of peace and stability, the United Nations envoy for the strife-riven country said today, urging the Security... Read More

‘Immediate action’ needed to support olive farmers in occupied Palestinian territory – UN

With nearly half of all cultivated land in the occupied Palestinian Territories planted with olive trees, its cultivation remains a major driving force of the economy, said a senior United Nations official today as he travelled to two Palestinian olive-producing... Read More

In fight against hunger, UN launches initiative targeting threat of desertification

The growing menace of desertification poses a distinct threat to the world’s agriculture and eco-systems, the United Nations agriculture agency warned today, as it announced a new initiative aimed at curbing the spread of land degradation and building resilience to... Read More

Cambodia: UN-backed report reveals scope of violence against children

Over half of Cambodian children have experienced at least one form of violence before the age of 18 while roughly a quarter have been emotionally abused, a new United Nations-backed survey has revealed, exploring the magnitude and nature of violence... Read More