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19 January 2018 - Elephants, giraffes, rhinos and other magnificent mammals targeted in wildlife conservation areas of Central Africa are under threat of extinction, caught in the crosshairs of armed groups and highly-militarized poachers, the United Nations environment wing warned on Friday. "The importance of ...
There are many reasons for persons with very different worldviews to feel disillusioned by, if not angry at, the United Nations. These negative feelings arise usually because the UN stands idly by the sidelines while terrible national and human tragedies unfold as the world media visually narrates horrific ...

19 January 2018 - Concerned over the devastating impact of escalating violence in Syria, where dozens of people in eastern Ghouta have been killed in recent airstrikes, and schools and hospitals are being deliberately destroyed, senior United Nations officials have underscored the obligation on all parties to the conflict, ...
19 January 2018 - As swelling numbers of people flee English-speaking areas of Cameroon for Nigeria, the United Nations on Friday expressed concern over the precarious situation of women and children, which make now up about 80 per cent of the approximately 10,000 registered refugees in eastern Nigeria's Cross ...
18 January 2018 - Conflict is not always linear, with a clear beginning, middle and end, the President of the United Nations General Assembly said Thursday, urging a new approach to peace that requires action at all stages of the conflict cycle. "We are no longer dealing only with tanks, planes, and uniformed troops," ...
18 January 2018 - Warning of a "dramatic deterioration" in the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the last 12 months, United Nations agencies and relief partners on Thursday launched the largest-ever funding appeal for the vast central African country. According to the UN Office for ...

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks at a Security Council meeting during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters on September 20, 2017, in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images. The United States, France and Britain in July said in a statement the ban treaty ...
18 January 2018 - The upward trend in global temperatures marked by record-shattering warmth in 2015 and 2016 kept pace last year, with the United Nations weather agency warning Thursday that continued pressure on the Arctic in 2017 will have "profound and long-lasting repercussions on sea levels, and on weather ...
Sexual harassment and assault have run rampant at United Nations offices around the world, with victims afraid to come forward and perpetrators rarely ... The organization acknowledges on its site: "When United Nations personnel commit acts of sexual exploitation and abuse against the very people who ...
18 January 2018 - A record 4.1 billion passengers took to the skies in 2017 onboard some 37 million scheduled flights globally, the United Nations civil aviation agency reported Thursday, highlighting that the fastest growth was seen among low-cost carriers. According to preliminary figures released by the UN International ...
The United Nations has allowed sexual harassment and assault to flourish in its offices around the world, with accusers ignored and perpetrators free to act with impunity, the Guardian has been told. Dozens of current and former UN employees described a culture of silence across the organisation and a ...
17 January 2018 - The decision by the United States to withhold more than half its annual funding commitment to the United Nations relief agency providing aid for Palestine refugees threatens "one of the most successful and innovative human development endeavours in the Middle-East," the head of the body said ...
As at end December 2017, UN-coordinated appeals and refugee response plans within the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) required US$24.7 billion to meet the humanitarian needs of 105.1 million crisis-affected people in 38 countries. Together the appeals were funded at $13.8 billion, or 54% of ...
My interest in and admiration of the work done by the United Nations goes back to 1945 when nations gathered together in San Francisco in hopes of establishing a worldwide peace-keeping organization. I was only 10 years old then, but like other children my age, I was shocked by the destruction done by ...
... across Syria is having a "devastating" impact on civilians, United Nations agencies in the war-ravaged country said Wednesday, warning that the fighting is also severely limiting life-saving humanitarian operations. "In the last few weeks, increasing indiscriminate bombing, shelling and fighting forced tens ...
17 January 2018 - The dramatic deterioration in the humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic over the past year has been further complicated by recent floods and health crises, the United Nations migration agency said Wednesday, appealing for urgent funding to ensure continued assistance and protection for ...
On the first day as head of the United Nations -- January 1, 2017 -- Antonio Guterres pledged to make 2017 a year of peace. But the year didn't turn out as he expected. In an informal address to member states at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, Guterres said "peace remains elusive" -- and "in ...

17 January 2018 - While Somalia, with the international community's help, averted famine last year, long-term solutions for drought, conflict and displacement must still be found, the United Nations office in the country said Wednesday, launching the 2018 humanitarian response plan, which calls for $1.6 billion to protect the ...
16 January 2018 - The traditional Assyk games of Kazakhstan and Italy's culinary art of the Neapolitan 'Pizzaiuolo' are two of the newest elements inscribed on the United Nations Representative List of intangible contributions to preserve for future generations. Late last year on Jeju Island in the Republic of Korea, the UN ...
15 January 2018 - International organizations, policy experts, statisticians and civil society came together on Monday at a United Nations-supported forum in Paris to answer the global call for more accurate and timely information on migration flows and examine how improved data collection can feed into better ...
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - More than three-quarters of Yemenis are now in need of humanitarian aid as the war between rebels and the Saudi-backed government nears its fourth year, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Some 8.4 million people are at risk of famine, up from 6.8 million in 2017, the ...
15 January 2018 - Somali refugee ZamZam Yusuf has a message for any neighbours who think she doesn't have the right to call Leicester, in the English Midlands, home. "I would like to offer you a cup of tea" at my house, says the 30-year-old mother-of-four, who came to United Nations Headquarters in New York in ...
15 January 2018 - The United Nations Security Council, during a weekend mission to Afghanistan, reiterated its support for the Central Asian country's efforts to restore peace, stability and progress. Council members aimed to get a first-hand account of progress made by the Afghan National Unity government, with the ...
15 January 2018 - Amid continuing violence in Afghanistan, the United Nations and the humanitarian community has appealed for $430 million to provide assistance to some 2.8 million people across the country who have been affected by conflict and natural disasters as well as families returning home after years in Iran ...
14 January 2018 - Only in the first 14 days of the year, more than 30 children have been killed in escalating violence in Syria's East Ghouta, where an estimated 200,000 children have been trapped under siege since 2013, the top United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) official in the Middle Eastern country said Sunday.
14 January 2018 - As part of an intensified response to the current diphtheria outbreak, United Nations agencies are working to vaccinate more than 475,000 children in Rohingya refugee camps, temporary settlements and surrounding areas in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar. "All efforts are being made to stop further spread of ...
But I want to reaffirm here the full commitment of the United Nations in supporting the Colombian government in this project of enormous importance, to build peace but at the same time to build an inclusive democracy, capable of ensuring that the entire national territory benefits from development," he ...
12 January 2018 - Migration, sustaining peace and development are among the priorities of the United Nations General Assembly for the remainder of the current session through September 2018, the President of the main UN deliberative and policymaking body said Friday. "We are nearly four months into the 72nd ...
12 January 2018 - For Samuel James Ayot, a villager from Akoka in rural north South Sudan, accessing basic services and earning a livelihood does not mean having to make a perilous neck-deep wade across a river, thanks to the tireless efforts of Indian peacekeepers from the United Nations mission there, who rebuilt a ...
12 January 2018 - The United Nations human rights office on Friday called on the authorities in Tunisia to ensure that protestors are not arrested in an arbitrary manner, and that all those detained are treated with full respect for their due process rights and other fundamental guarantees. "We are closely watching the ...
12 January 2018 - The number of Iraqis returning to their area of origin has surpassed those internally displaced for the first time since December 2013, when the country became engulfed in conflict with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh), the United Nations migration agency said Friday. "Iraqis who ...
12 January 2018 - Amid reports that some 160 people are feared lost during desperate attempts to cross the Mediterranean this week alone, the United Nations refugee agency on Friday called for more action to save lives by offering more resettlement places and safe alternatives for people on the move. "[We] have been ...
The United Nations human rights office called President Trump's dismissal of Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations "shocking and shameful," with the spokesman for the U.N. high commissioner for human rights adding: "I'm sorry, but there's no other word one can use but racist." Trump allegedly asked why ...
10 January 2018 - The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) celebrated its 70th anniversary on Wednesday with a high-level seminar at its headquarters in Santiago, Chile, reaffirming its commitment to working for the dignity and well-being of all the region's inhabitants.
While it is difficult to completely grasp what people in extreme distress mean by the phrase, for many the 'international community' is embodied in the United Nations and its institutions, ranging from political entities, primarily the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to its more independent development ...
6 January 2018 - The United Nations is launching a special investigation into attacks on peacekeepers in restive eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), one month after 15 'blue helmets' were killed and dozens wounded in the deadliest single assault on a UN mission in nearly a quarter century. According to a ...
A view of Kabul, the centre of Afghanistan's social and political life. Photo UNAMA/Fardin Waezi. Tweet. Print. 6 January 2018 - The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the "heinous and cowardly" terrorist attack that took place in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, on 4 January, killing at least 15 people and ...
A revised settlement plan proposed by the United Nations after seven years of diplomatic consultations was rejected by one of the parties in 2004. In 2017, the ... of the people of Western Sahara in the context of arrangements consistent with the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations.
The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2363 (2017), by which the Council extended the mandate of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) until 30 June 2018 and requested me to report, every 60 days, on its implementation. The report ...
5 January 2018 - Amid ongoing political tension in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), violent actions by the security forces during recent protests in Kinshasa and other cities suggest "deliberate intention to suppress civil and political rights," the United Nations human rights office reported on Friday. "From the ...
5 January 2018 - Despite progress over the past month in opening Yemen's Red Sea ports to commercial and aid shipments, the United Nations relief chief on Friday approved the largest-ever emergency relief allocation - $50 million - amid concerns that the humanitarian catastrophe in the war-raved country is being ...
5 January 2018 - The United Nations human rights wing on Friday expressed deep shock that 20 people were reported to have been executed in Egypt since last week, amid concerns that due process and fair trial guarantees did not appear to have been followed. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for ...
5 January 2018 - In the wake of a recent flare-up of violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations refugee agency said Friday that it is registering and assisting thousands of mostly women and children refugees arriving in Chad. "More than 5,000 refugees are estimated to have arrived in southern Chad ...
5 January 2018 - Even though days of anti-government protests across Iran appear to have ebbed, a senior United Nations political official said Friday the UN will continue to monitor the situation and engage with Iranian authorities on addressing the legitimate concerns of the population through peaceful means.
4 January 2018 - The United Nations is taking the global combat against human trafficking into the skies as the Organization's human rights office and its Montreal-based civil aviation agency begin putting the final touches on training guidelines that could help airline cabin crew spot possible victims. Human trafficking is ...
3 January 2018 - The head of the new United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti, known as MINUJUSTH, has said the operation will carry out its work in an innovative in the island nation - complete with an unusually tight timeframe and a bench-marking exit strategy. Describing what is unique about the mission, ...
1 January 2018 - Nearly 386,000 babies will be born on New Year's Day - some 90 per cent in less developed regions - and the United Nations children's Fund (UNICEF) is challenging nations around the world to make sure more newborns survive their first days of life. "This New Year, UNICEF's resolution is to help give ...
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a "red alert" to the world, urging it to unite in the new year as 2018 began to fall on some parts of the globe. "On New Year's Day 2018 I am not issuing an appeal, I am issuing an alert -- a red alert for our world," he said in a New Year's message on ...
WATERTOWN -- Dr. Kyaw Zeyar Win suggested three policy options for the United Nations High Commission for refugees to consider to deal with the crisis in Myanmar. 1) Voluntary repatriation: Dr. Win called this the most desirable and feasible option but that it must be conducted with meticulous plans ...
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (C, front) attends a United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation on the Korean Peninsula at the UN headquarters in New York, on Dec. 15, 2017. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday expressed concern over risk of military confrontation on ...


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