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'Tomorrow could be too late': The UN calls for an immediate halt to fighting in Mariupol, Ukraine

24 April 2022

The UN’s crisis coordinator in Ukraine called on Sunday for an immediate stop to fighting in besieged Mariupol to allow trapped civilians to leave the city safely.

Volunteers demonstrate compassion of Ramadan in Indonesia: A UN Resident Coordinator blog

24 April 2022

Millions of volunteers in Indonesia have given their time and expertise to help build a fairer and more inclusive society according to Valerie Julliand, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the country. 

First Person: Torres Strait Islanders fight the loss of their ancestral home

23 April 2022

Yessie Mosby is one of the so-called Torres Strait Eight, a group from the Pacific Islands which lodged a complaint with the UN Human Rights Council, that Australia is not doing enough to protect their people from climate change, in the first ever

Biodiversity and ecosystem protection highlighted on Mother Earth Day

22 April 2022

Marking International Mother Earth Day, UN General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid urged on Friday, for collective action to safeguard biodiversity and protect ecosystems.

Earth Day: 5 ways we’re working to repair the damage to our planet

22 April 2022

International Mother Earth Day is a chance to reflect on how humanity has been treating our planet, and let’s face it: we’ve been poor custodians.

Earth champion David Attenborough bestowed Lifetime Achievement award

21 April 2022

In honour of David Attenborough’s dedication to research, documentation, and advocacy in protecting and restoring nature, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced on Thursday that he is the recipient of the prestigious Champions of the Earth 

Sustainable development hinges on fate of world’s cities

21 April 2022

The future of sustainable development will hinge on the fate of cities, officials told a special meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on Thursday, stressing that the more than half of the world’s population currently live in urban e

Ukraine: ‘Massive scale’ devastation, one-quarter of population in need

21 April 2022

Over the past two months, Ukraine has seen “suffering, devastation, and destruction on a massive scale”,  the UN Crisis Coordinator for the country told journalists on Thursday, and echoed the Secretary-General in saying, “we must stop the bloodsh

Guterres urges youth: Keep pushing, mobilizing, ‘bringing your ideas to the table’

20 April 2022

Despite war, COVID-19 and the climate crisis, all of which compound the other challenges facing young people today, the UN chief lauded youth for raising their voices and mobilizing for a better future.

UN condemns recent attacks on humanitarians in Central African Republic

20 April 2022

The top UN humanitarian official in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Wednesday underlined the need for safe access to vulnerable people following two recent attacks against aid organizations operating in the south of the country. 

Ukraine: Security Council urged to ‘put aside’ divisions, end ‘senseless war’

19 April 2022

As five million people have already fled Ukraine and another seven million are displaced internally, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees Kelly T.

Young people key for COVID recovery and a sustainable future

19 April 2022

Youth activism has been “pushing the world forward,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet told Day 1 of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)’s annual Youth Forum on Tuesday.

UN chief appeals: ‘Forge a path to safety’ during a 4-day Holy Week humanitarian truce

19 April 2022

This year, Orthodox Holy Week is being observed under a “cloud of a war” that totally negates the Easter message of unity, the UN chief said on Tuesday, calling for a four-day humanitarian pause in Ukraine.
 

Worsening drought in Horn of Africa puts up to 20 million at risk: WFP

19 April 2022

Up to 20 million people could go hungry this year as delayed rains worsen extreme drought in the Horn of Africa region amid a shortfall in humanitarian aid, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday. 

Ukraine: Aid agencies step up relief deliveries as humanitarian situation worsens 

19 April 2022

Amidst devastating Russian shelling and attacks on health care facilities and personnel, UN aid agencies said on Tuesday that they continue to mobilize inside Ukraine in an effort to help the country’s most vulnerable people. 

Guterres appeals for urgent humanitarian ceasefire in Ukraine

18 April 2022

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has again called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Ukraine to allow delivery of life-saving aid as well as evacuations, his spokesperson said on Monday.

Yemen: New Houthi commitment ‘encouraging step’ to protecting children

18 April 2022

The United Nations commended on Monday a new signed Action Plan to safeguard children affected by armed conflict in Yemen.

International Day for Monuments and Sites spotlights climate change

18 April 2022

One in three natural sites and one in six cultural heritage sites are currently threatened by climate change, the UN cultural agency, UNESCO, warned on Monday, the  International Day for Monuments and Sites.

Ukraine: Escaping Bucha

17 April 2022

Bucha. Once a quiet dormitory town near Kyiv, it is now synonymous with the mass killing of civilians in the increasingly brutal war in Ukraine.

Millet seeds, a powerful weapon against hunger

16 April 2022

A World Food Program-backed initiative to deliver millet seeds to vulnerable people is taking root in Odisha, India, where it is helping to ward off hunger and improve livelihoods.

UN releases $100 million to fight hunger in 6 African countries and Yemen

14 April 2022

The UN has allocated $100 million to fight hunger in Africa and the Middle East as the spillover effects of the war in Ukraine threaten to push millions even closer to famine. 

Coral reefs’ very survival is at stake, warns UNESCO in bid to boost resilience

14 April 2022

The world’s best-known coral reefs could be extinct by the end of the century unless we do more to make them resilient to our warming oceans.

Yemen: ‘Light at the end of the tunnel’ as first nationwide truce in six years continues

14 April 2022

A UN brokered two-month renewable truce between the warring parties in Yemen is holding, Special Envoy Hans Grundberg told the Security Council on Thursday, providing “light at the end of the tunnel”, and the possibility of a lasting peace. 

General Assembly President at Palau conference, outlines key ocean health measures 

14 April 2022

Addressing the Our Ocean Conference in Palau on Thursday, the President of the UN General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, urged the international community to expand protective areas of the ocean, support the scientific community and tackle plastic poll

West Africa: WFP working to feed millions amid record hunger, rising costs

14 April 2022

The conflict in Ukraine is driving up global food and fuel prices which is affecting efforts to feed millions in West Africa, where hunger levels have reached a 10-year high, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported on Thursday. 

30,000 Ukrainians returning home every day, say relief agencies

14 April 2022

More than 870,000 people who fled abroad since the Russian invasion on 24 February, have now returned to Ukraine, UN humanitarians said in their latest emergency update, amid concerns about deteriorating food security inside the country.

Ukraine war a crisis impacting us all: Guterres

13 April 2022

On Wednesday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres presented the first detailed policy brief to be issued by the Global Crisis Response Group on Food, Energy and Finance (GCRG), which he set up to study the effects of the war in Ukraine on the wo

Eastern Africa: Millions displaced, amid growing hunger, ‘unprecedented needs’

13 April 2022

Millions of displaced families across eastern Africa will fall deeper into hunger as food rations dwindle due to humanitarian resources being stretched to the limit as the world grapples with a toxic cocktail of conflict, climate shocks, and COVID

Ukraine war could increase shocks for developing countries, UN warns

12 April 2022

The fallout from the war in Ukraine could dramatically worsen the economic outlook for developing countries already grappling with debt financing related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN said in a report published on Tuesday. 

Success of Colombia peace process hinges on ending violence: Mission chief

12 April 2022

Colombia’s dynamic peace process – which saw fresh strides with the holding of a largely peaceful parliamentary election last month – will succeed or fail based on efforts to halt the deadly violence faced by former combatants, social leaders and