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Nearly 5 million children in need due to rising violence in central Sahel: UNICEF

27 January 2020

A surge in violence in the central Sahel region in Africa means nearly five million children will need humanitarian assistance this year, up from 4.3 million, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday. 

‘Green economy’ pioneer Pavan Sukhdev wins 2020 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

27 January 2020

Renowned environmental economist and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador Pavan Sukhdev was awarded on Monday the 2020 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, recognizing his groundbreaking ‘green economy’ work. 

Deadly earthquake kills dozens in Turkey, UN stands in solidarity and offers support

25 January 2020

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres was deeply saddened by the “loss of life and destruction of property” caused by a 6.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked eastern Turkey on Friday night. 

The drive for quality education worldwide, faces ‘mammoth challenges’

24 January 2020

Aligning inclusive, quality education with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was centre-stage on Friday, as the President of the UN General Assembly held a high-level interactive meeting for the International Day of Education.       

FROM THE FIELD: Niger supporting the most vulnerable, as crises mount  

24 January 2020

The number of people requiring humanitarian assistance in Niger, a country which the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, says is “being assaulted on all fronts”, is expected to increase in 2020. 

Health services for Syrian women caught up in war, foster safety and hope: UNFPA

23 January 2020

Continued displacement from conflict-affected areas in northeast Syria leaves women and girls in urgent need of safe spaces, shelter and reproductive health services, according to a Flash Update this week from UNFPA, the United Nations Population

At Davos, UN chief urges ‘big emitters’ to take climate action

23 January 2020

The world is “doomed” in the face of climate change unless major industrial nations reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday. 

UN chief outlines solutions to defeat ‘four horsemen’ threatening our global future

22 January 2020

The start of the New Year finds the world facing four looming threats to human progress: surging geopolitical tensions, the climate crisis, global mistrust and the downsides of technology, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday. 

‘Negative developments’ undermining two-State solution in Middle East

21 January 2020

Recent heightened tensions in the Middle East underscore the critical need for dialogue and diplomacy in the region, the UN’s Political Affairs chief told the Security Council on Tuesday. 

Healthcare’s a human right, not ‘a privilege for the rich’ UNAIDS argues at Davos

21 January 2020

The UN agency devoted to ending AIDS as a public health threat is calling on top politicians and governments across the world to ensure the right to quality healthcare is upheld, and not just a privilege to be enjoyed by the wealthy.

Rising inequality affecting more than two-thirds of the globe, but it’s not inevitable: new UN report

21 January 2020

Inequality is growing for more than 70 per cent of the global population, exacerbating the risks of divisions and hampering economic and social development.

FROM THE FIELD: Weeding out Mexico’s unwanted beach invader

21 January 2020

An invasive species of seaweed which has blighted tourist beaches in Mexico has become more aggressive due to the heating effects of climate change. But now, thanks to support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), efforts are underway to hold

UN human rights ruling could boost climate change asylum claims

21 January 2020

The UN Human Rights Committee has determined that countries cannot deport people who have sought asylum due to climate-related threats. 

Nearly half a billion people can’t find decent work; unemployment set to rise: new UN labour report

20 January 2020

Around half a billion people work fewer paid hours than they would like, or are not getting enough access to paid work, shows a study published by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Monday, which also forecasts that unemployment will r

Major humanitarian hub in north-east Nigeria burned in attack

20 January 2020

The top UN aid official in Nigeria has condemned a weekend attack against a major humanitarian facility in the north-east of the country. 

East Africa faces locust swarms, UN agency alerts for the risk of food insecurity across the subregion

20 January 2020

Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are dealing with desert locust swarms of “unprecedented size and destructive potential” that could spill over into more countries in East Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Mond

Capacity of cities to tackle climate change key in ‘crucial battle’ for planet’s preservation, says UN chief

17 January 2020

Cities – hubs of creativity and new ideas – can provide solutions to resolve humanity’s “suicide war” against nature, and lead the world towards a sustainable future, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Saturday in Lisbon, which has been

Haiti earthquake victims honoured at UN, with pledge to safeguard the nation’s future

17 January 2020

More than 200,000 Haitians who perished in the devastating earthquake which struck the island nation ten years ago, were honoured in a solemn ceremony of remembrance at UN Headquarters in New York on Friday, along with 102 staffers who died – the

Aid to vulnerable Iraqis may ‘come to a complete halt within weeks’

16 January 2020

Aid to vulnerable people in Iraq risks being completely blocked within weeks, warned the UN’s humanitarian chief in Iraq, Marta Ruedas, on Tuesday, as a result of the suspension of government documents allowing humanitarians to carry out critical

Yemen resilient and ‘unscathed’ in face of latest Gulf crisis

16 January 2020

Despite the threat posed by recent tensions in the Gulf, Yemen was able to weather the crisis thanks in part to restraint exercised by its political leaders, the UN Special Envoy for the country said on Thursday. 

Climate crisis ‘affecting quality of life and fuelling discontent’

16 January 2020

The climate crisis, as well as persistently high inequalities, and rising levels of food insecurity and undernourishment, is affecting the quality of life in many societies and fuelling discontent, the UN warned on Thursday, on the publication of

UN peacekeepers protecting hundreds displaced by Central African Republic fighting

15 January 2020

Fresh clashes in the Central African Republic’s southeast have driven some 400 people to seek shelter at a UN base there, the United Nations Spokesperson said on Wednesday.

2019 second hottest year on record, UN confirms

15 January 2020

Last year was the second warmest year on record, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed on Wednesday. 

Philippines volcano: UN aid operation in place as thousands told to flee

15 January 2020

The UN is concerned over warnings issued by Philippines’ authorities that volcanic eruptions on the country’s most populous island could last “days, months or even years”. 

Global Goals top General Assembly President’s priority list

13 January 2020

The President of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly on Monday set out his 2020 priorities, which aim to make the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality by the start of the next decade.

UN committed to helping Haiti build better future, says Guterres, marking 10-year anniversary of devastating earthquake

12 January 2020

On 12 January 2010, a 7.0 magnitude quake struck the Haiti, devastating its capital, Port-au-Prince. About 220,00 people were reportedly killed, among them, 102 UN staff who lost their lives when the stabilization mission there, known as MINUSTAH,

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”.