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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. 

FROM THE FIELD: The Comeback Crane

26 December 2019

An endangered species of crane has been saved from extinction in Thailand, thanks to a project supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 

FIRST PERSON: Wine still helping heal, post-Hurricane Katrina

26 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

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

25 December 2019

With the 2020s now in full view, welcome to the second in our three-part series looking back at some of the major UN-related stories of the past decade. In part two, we take in the years 2014 to 2016, which saw the worst outbreak of Ebola ever rec

FIRST PERSON: Feeling the milliner’s vibe

25 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

UN chief urges action following execution, abduction of civilians in Nigeria

24 December 2019

Those responsible for the recent execution and abduction of civilians in northeastern Nigeria must be held accountable, the UN Secretary-General has said, according to a statement issued on Tuesday by his spokesperson. 

UN chief calls for ‘immediate cessation of hostilities’ in Syria amidst violence uptick and displacement

24 December 2019

“Deeply concerned” over a recent military escalation in northwest Syria, Secretary-General António Guterres called for an “immediate cessation of hostilities”.

FROM THE FIELD: Preventing Ethiopia’s trash from going to waste

24 December 2019

The rehabilitation of a dumpsite in Ethiopia in which 116 people died following a landslide two years ago, has made the area safer for people working there thanks to support from the UN human settlements agency UN-Habitat. 

FIRST PERSON: ‘Big Chief’ and the million beads

24 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

UN relief chief condemns attacks against humanitarian premises in Yemen

23 December 2019

The top UN humanitarian official has called for a thorough investigation into weekend attacks against the premises of three international aid organizations in Yemen that wounded one person, in addition to damaging property. 

FIRST PERSON: Chef’s ‘labour of love’ key ingredient for life in the kitchen

23 December 2019

The International Labour Organization 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 United S

‘Humanity, quiet dignity’ of workers profiled in US-wide photo project

23 December 2019

A small paddle-boat with two men on board finds its way through a green but muddy field planted with rice on a 120-acre farm in Scott, in the US state of Louisiana.

FIRST PERSON: ‘Dog-dead tired’ with a boat full of crawfish

22 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

Friday’s Daily Brief: Pope Francis, Lesotho, Iran, world corruption

20 December 2019

Our top stories for Friday include: Pope Francis receives the UN chief in Rome, Lesotho famine threat, concern for jailed Iranian protestors, and strengthened global action to prevent corruption.