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Security Council, beats midnight deadline, approves Syria cross-border aid in contentious vote

10 January 2020

The Security Council on Friday evening renewed a UN operation delivering humanitarian aid across the Syrian border to millions of civilians, but some of the body’s members expressed disappointment that the ‘watered down’ measure cut in half the nu

Inaction over climate emergency ‘not an option’ says UN Assembly chief

10 January 2020

Inaction when it comes to the fight back against damaging climate change is not an option, the President of the UN General Assembly told a major energy conference in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

Killings and violence targeting ethnic group in DR Congo ‘may amount to crimes against humanity’

10 January 2020

The targeting of the Hema community in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with violence, including killings and rape, may amount to crimes against humanity, said the UN on Friday. 

Protecting refugees in Europe: UNHCR calls for a ‘year of change’

9 January 2020

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is calling on the European Union (EU) to make 2020 “the year of change for robust refugee protection”.

FIRST PERSON: An artist’s ‘obsession’ with New Orleans tradition

9 January 2020

The International Labour Organization (ILO) marked its centenary in 2019 and as part of the commemoration has launched a photography project called “Dignity at Work: The American Experience”, to document the working life of people across the Unite

Security Council calls for dialogue in Haiti

9 January 2020

The UN Security Council has stressed the need to resolve the ongoing political impasse in Haiti between President Jovenel Moïse and a surging opposition movement. 

Sudan: Intercommunal clashes displace tens of thousands in volatile Darfur region

7 January 2020

Around 40,000 have been displaced in Sudan’s West Darfur State in recent days, following intercommunal clashes, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Tuesday, citing Sudanese Government data.

Syria: Civilians face ‘daily nightmare’ in Idlib, says top UN official

7 January 2020

Following a sharp escalation of hostilities in southern Idlib, “at least 300,000 civilians have fled their homes” since mid-December, the UN Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria crisis said on Tuesday, voicing concern for their w

UN envoy appeals for other nations to ‘keep out of Libya’

6 January 2020

The top UN official in Libya has delivered a stern message urging other nations to stop intervening in the country’s ongoing crisis. 

Australia bushfire crisis: UNICEF offers help and support

6 January 2020

Raging bushfires wreaking havoc across Australia have prompted the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, to offer its support to the Australian Government and its partners which are battling the “unprecedented disaster”.

Stop escalation, urges UN chief, as geopolitical tensions reach ‘highest level this century’

6 January 2020

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on world leaders to de-escalate geopolitical tensions on Monday, which he described as being “at their highest level this century” as the new decade dawns.

UN Libya Mission strongly condemns bombing of military academy, at least 30 dead

5 January 2020

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), on Sunday strongly condemned the bombing of a military academy in the capital Tripoli, which according to news reports left at least 30 dead and more than 30 others wounded.

FIRST PERSON: Cajun cuisine feeds expanding business

4 January 2020

The International Labour Organization (ILO) marked its centenary in 2019 and as part of the commemoration has launched a photography project called “Dignity at Work: The American Experience” to document the working life of people across the United

Nearly 300,000 Syrians displaced from Idlib since mid-December, Security Council hears

3 January 2020

Amidst concern for the safety and protection of more than three million civilians in Syria’s last rebel-held enclave, the UN’s most senior humanitarian and political affairs officials briefed the Security Council on Syria behind closed doors on Fr

Sudan urged to step up protection, restore peace, following Darfur violence

3 January 2020

Authorities in Sudan are being urged to restore peace and order in the wake of intercommunal clashes in West Darfur state which erupted on Sunday and left 65 people dead, 54 injured, and thousands displaced. 

 

Son of slain UN aid worker in South Sudan, freed and reunited with father

3 January 2020

The abducted four-year-old son of a UN migration agency worker who was killed in South Sudan in October has been released and reunited with his father during an emotional reunion in the capital Juba on Friday.

FROM THE FIELD: Crisis in Kassala

3 January 2020

An economic crisis in Sudan which has driven up food prices in the African country has contributed to an increase in the number of people needing aid; that’s according to the UN’s humanitarian affairs agency, OCHA. 

Finding common ground in East Africa, a UN Resident Coordinator blog

1 January 2020

Together, Kenya and Uganda kick-start a Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by partnering with the UN to address challenges that transcend country borders.  By Siddharth Chatterjee (Kenya RC) and Rosa Malango (Uganda RC)

Sub-Saharan Africa faces grave hunger challenges in 2020: UN food relief agency

31 December 2019

At the dawn of the next decade, a new World Food Programme (WFP) forecast of global hunger hotspots has revealed that escalating hunger will challenge sub-Saharan Africa in the first half of 2020.

2019: The UN News year in photos

31 December 2019

From sustainable development to economic development, and human rights to humanitarian aid, UN News provides daily coverage across all of the Organization's  key issues – health, migration, climate change and so much more.

FIRST PERSON: ‘You can’t get paid for staring out of the window’ - How I proved my teacher wrong

31 December 2019

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is marking its centenary in 2019 and as part of the commemoration has launched a photography project called “Dignity at Work: The American Experience” to document the working life of people across the Un

WFP calls for increased support as eight million in Zimbabwe face hunger

30 December 2019

The World Food Programme (WFP) is calling on countries to step up support to Zimbabwe, where millions of people are facing hunger brought on by prolonged drought and economic meltdown. 

FROM THE FIELD: Nepal’s magic mushrooms

30 December 2019

The traditional cultivation of oyster mushrooms in Nepal, which has required burning large quantities of wood, has been replaced by the environmentally friendly use of solar power, thanks to a project supported by the UN Development Programme (UND

Guterres's message for 2020: In world of turmoil, youth are ‘the greatest source’ of hope

29 December 2019

As the world enters 2020 with “uncertainty and insecurity all around”, the United Nations chief maintained that the world’s young people are its “the greatest source” of hope.

FIRST PERSON: Louisiana alligator whisperer’s ‘dream job’

29 December 2019

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is marking its centenary in 2019 and as part of the commemoration has launched a photography project called “Dignity at Work: The American Experience” to document the working life of people across the Un

FIRST PERSON: Accordion maker has ‘never had so much fun’

28 December 2019

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is marking its centenary in 2019 and as part of the commemoration has launched a photography project called “Dignity at Work: The American Experience” to document the working life of people across the Un

Haiti: Food insecurity expected to rise next year, UN humanitarian agency reports

27 December 2019

The number of Haitians who do not have sufficient food to eat is expected to surpass four million next year, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, said on Friday. 

Accelerating towards a fairer future

27 December 2019

Cutting child mortality by a third in Brazil, reaching carbon neutrality in Finland and redirecting trillions of dollars of investment to funds that promote sustainability: these are some examples of initiatives from governments, civil society and

The 2010 – 2020 UN News Decade in Review, part three

27 December 2019

The final part of our look back over the past decade takes in the launch of the 2030 Agenda, the UN’s blueprint for a better future for all; the humanitarian response to the Rohingya refugee crisis; the successful end to the mandate of the UN Libe

Women in Business “must be knowledgeable and trust their knowledge”

27 December 2019

Women who set up their own businesses will succeed if they are knowledgeable about their field and “trust their knowledge”; that’s according to the owner of a successful wine bar and store in the city of New Orleans in the United States.