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Recognize ‘enormous challenges’ facing northern Nigeria to forge new hope, Guterres urges

4 May 2022

The “enormous challenges” faced by the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, which include a continuing terrorist insurgency, need to be recognized by the international community to create what the UN Secretary-General has called a “state of hope

A refuge from terror in Niger, as UN Chief pledges to be voice for the displaced

3 May 2022

Rows of temporary shelters covered in sheeting which has been blanched by the sun and sand blasted by winds blend into the grey, dusty and parched environment.

Haiti: Gang clashes in capital force hundreds to flee their homes

3 May 2022

Clashes in Haiti between rival gangs in the capital, Port-au-Prince, have forced hundreds of people to flee their homes, the UN Deputy Spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Natural resources must be ‘part of the solution’ in fight against deforestation

3 May 2022

Between 2010 and 2018, the rate of deforestation worlwide slowed by nearly 30 per cent compared to the previous ten years, according to a key report launched on Tuesday by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). 

 

Mariupol steel works convoy: UN aids arrivals after harrowing journey

3 May 2022

In Ukraine on Tuesday, UN humanitarians began to help the first evacuees arriving from Mariupol’s devastated Azovstal steel works, more than two months since Russia’s invasion began, and said that they would do everything possible to assist those

In Niger, Guterres calls for more resources to fight terror attacks in Africa’s Sahel

2 May 2022

The number of terrorist attacks in the Sahel region of Africa “continues to increase” according to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who arrived in the capital of Niger, Niamey, on Monday, the second of three countries he is visiting on a

Guterres in Senegal: ‘Triple crisis’ in Africa aggravated by war in Ukraine

1 May 2022

The war in Ukraine is aggravating a “triple food, energy and financial crisis,” across Africa, according to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

Ukraine: UN-Red Cross operation underway to evacuate civilians from stricken Mariupol plant

1 May 2022

A United Nations and Red Cross (ICRC) operation to evacuate desperate civilians trapped in the Azovstal steel plant in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol is underway, the Spokesperson for the humanitarian affairs office in the country confirmed o

UN humanitarians say $4.3 billion is needed to halt ‘worsening’ Yemen crisis

30 April 2022

The UN’s Humanitarian Country Team in Yemen on Saturday, released its Response Plan (HRP) for this year, seeking nearly $4.3 billion to reverse a steady deterioration across the country, the grinding war there continues, despite a current pause in

Digital tech investment, critical to workforce in least-developed nations

29 April 2022

Structural weaknesses in the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs) have made them more vulnerable to shocks such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and the current food and energy crises, and the situation could worsen if they do not full

Extreme heat impacting millions across India and Pakistan

29 April 2022

With extreme heat gripping large parts of India and Pakistan, the two countries are working to roll out life-saving health action plans to combat the heatwave, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Friday.

‘The world sees you’ UN chief tells Ukrainians, pledging to boost support

28 April 2022

Describing Ukraine as “an epicenter of unbearable heartache and pain”, the UN chief took to the podium alongside its president in Kyiv on Thursday, vowing to increase support for the people amidst the suffering, and the millions displaced in the w

General Assembly reviews global progress towards sustainable urbanization

28 April 2022

With six in 10 people expected to be living in cities by the end of the decade, the UN General Assembly met on Thursday to examine progress towards implementing a 2016 framework on sustainable urbanization. 

Tech needs girls, and girls need tech

28 April 2022

More and more young women and girls are highlighting the importance of access and safety in the digital world.

Small solutions, big impacts: 5 community-based projects tackling climate change

28 April 2022

There are thousands of small-scale, community driven initiatives making a huge difference in people’s lives and contributing to efforts to curb global warming.

Guterres in Ukraine: War is ‘evil’ and unacceptable, calls for justice

28 April 2022

UN Secretary-General António Guterres visited sites of suspected war crimes in Ukraine on Thursday, where he condemned the “evil” acts committed against civilians and urged criminal accountability.

Girls’ performance in maths ‘starting to add up to boys’, says UNESCO

27 April 2022

The UN published promising news in the global fight for gender equality and opportunity on Wednesday, showing that when it comes to mathematics, girls are now performing as strongly as boys in the classroom – although there are plenty of barriers

‘We cannot afford greenwashing’: Guterres highlights key role of Net-Zero experts

27 April 2022

As part of the UN’s climate action efforts, the Secretary-General’s Net-Zero Expert Group met for the first time on Wednesday, on a mission to develop stronger and clearer standards for net-zero emissions pledges by non-State entities — such as bu

Don’t lose focus on Syria, UN envoy tells Security Council

26 April 2022

Although the war in Syria may not be making headlines lately, the international community must remain focused on achieving a comprehensive political solution to the conflict, UN Envoy for the country, Geir Pedersen, said on Tuesday in his latest b

More than one disaster a day looming without action on risk reduction, UN warns

26 April 2022

Human activity and behaviour is contributing to an increasing number of disasters across the world, putting millions of lives in danger, together with a wide range of social and economic gains over recent decades, a new UN report published on Tues

Use sand resources ‘wisely’ or risk development fallout – UNEP report

26 April 2022

All countries should be aware that their development is at stake unless they take better care of a common but precious resource, found on many of the world’s beaches, and in our seas, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a new report launch

Young innovators win video competition with ideas for a better future

26 April 2022

Marking World Intellectual Property Day, on Tuesday, UN patent experts announced the champions of this year’s youth video competition.

Population and Development Commission: ‘Perfect Storm’ of crises take shape

25 April 2022

Against the backdrop of shifting population demographics, conflicts, post-pandemic shocks and climate change, the developing world is on the brink of a “perfect storm” of debt, food and energy crises, experts warned the Commission on Population an

Development financing crucial to get global economy back on track

25 April 2022

The global economy is under severe stress and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are in “need of urgent rescue”, the deputy UN chief told the Financing for Development Forum on Monday.

Extractive projects cause irreparable harm to indigenous cultures, languages, lives, speakers tell Permanent Forum

25 April 2022

The explosive growth of extractive operations around the world often plays out on indigenous people’s lands without their consent, causing irreparable harm to their livelihoods, cultures, languages and lives, speakers told the Permanent Forum on I

Humanitarians seek $2.25 billion for Ukraine response

25 April 2022

Humanitarians have launched a renewed appeal for war-ravaged Ukraine that calls for $2.25 billion to provide assistance and protection to nearly nine million people, the UN announced on Monday. 

‘This is the worst drought in forty years’: Millions of Ethiopians at risk from failed rains

25 April 2022

Ethiopia’s eastern Somali Region has been hit by three consecutive below-average rainy seasons, worsening the already deteriorating humanitarian situation for around 3.5 million people, more than half the local population.

UN condemns ‘horrific’ surge of violence in South Sudan

25 April 2022

Additional peacekeepers have been deployed to Leer county, South Sudan, following a surge of violence, including rapes, gang rapes, beheadings, burning civilians alive, and attacks on humanitarians, the UN Mission in the country, UNMISS, reported

UN human rights experts urge United States to ease Afghanistan assets freeze

25 April 2022

Alarmed by the critical humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, independent UN human rights experts called, on Monday, for the United States to end its freeze on Afghanistan’s foreign assets.

Working towards a malaria-free world

24 April 2022

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the past year has seen “significant breakthroughs in malaria prevention and control”, a senior official of the UN health agency said on Monday, World Malaria Day.