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Haiti: UN sounds alarm over worsening gang violence across Port-au-Prince

16 July 2022

The UN human rights office said on Saturday it was deeply concerned by worsening violence in and around the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince and rising abuse at the hands of heavily armed gangs, against vulnerable local communities.

A safe space for Venezuela’s indigenous women

16 July 2022

Venezuela's rural, remote, indigenous communities have been particularly affected by COVID-19 and the country's socio-economic crisis; community gardens help Wayúu women from Rio Negro to make ends meet, and provide a haven from violence.

Key UN forum closes with ‘enthusiasm, passion and high-energy’ to reach the SDGs

15 July 2022

Following two years of virtual meetings due to COVID-19, the 2022 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) closed on Friday at UN Headquarters in New York with delegates showing “enthusiasm, passion and high-energy” for reachin

Ensure peaceful and constitutional transfer of power in Sri Lanka, urges UN Resident Coordinator

15 July 2022

The head of the UN Country Team in Sri Lanka has urged senior politicians to ensure a peaceful transfer of power in line with the national Constitution, following weeks of protests that finally saw the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa o

Champion young people as ‘drivers of change’, UN chief urges

15 July 2022

Young people must be recognized around the world as “drivers of change” and empowered to become “fully engaged in decisions affecting their future,” said Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday, World Youth Skills Day.

COVID-19 fuels slowest rate of childhood vaccination in three decades, leaving millions at risk

15 July 2022

Official data published by UN agencies on Friday shows the largest sustained decline in childhood vaccination rates in approximately 30 years, with 25 million infants missing out on lifesaving shots.

Ukraine: Guterres condemns deadly missile attack on Vinnytsia; more than 20 killed

14 July 2022

The UN Secretary-General is appalled by the deadly missile attack on Thursday against the city of Vinnytsia in central Ukraine, that reportedly killed at least 22 people, far from the frontline of the main fighting in the east, including three chi

Nigeria: New UN resilience project paves ‘pathway to peace and sustainable development’

14 July 2022

Over 500,000 conflict-affected people in northeast Nigeria will be tossed “a lifeline,” thanks to a new UN humanitarian and development package, launched on Thursday.

Guterres hails ‘critical step forward’ on resuming Ukraine grain exports

13 July 2022

The UN chief on Wednesday described progress between Russia and Ukraine on allowing the resumption of grain exports during UN-brokered talks in Türkiye, as a “ray of hope to ease human suffering and alleviate hunger around the world.”

Sustainable Development Goals can be reached ‘despite our grim times’: ECOSOC President

13 July 2022

Despite two years of a “surreal struggle” against the COVID-19 pandemic, and amidst rising global challenges, optimism for achieving sustainable development persists, a senior UN official declared on Wednesday. 

Syria: Security Council extends cross-border aid delivery for six months

12 July 2022

The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution to extend lifesaving aid deliveries into northwest Syria from Türkiye for a further six months following a vote on Tuesday. 

Gang violence in Port-au-Prince threatens more than a million food-insecure Haitians

12 July 2022

Surging and deadly gang violence in the Haitian capital has contributed to runaway food insecurity for well over one million people there, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

UN report: Value of nature must not be overridden by pursuit of short-term profit

11 July 2022

The values that we ascribe to nature are vital parts of our cultures, identities, economies, and ways of life, all of which should be reflected in policy decisions surrounding our natural world, according to a new UN-backed report released on Mond

Yemen: UN envoy outlines achievements and challenges in truce implementation

11 July 2022

Although the UN-brokered truce between the Yemeni Government and Houthi rebels continues to hold, the key issue of road openings remains outstanding, while the country’s “humanitarian catastrophe” is set to worsen, the Security Council heard on Mo

World population to reach 8 billion this year, as growth rate slows

11 July 2022

15 November 2022 is predicted to be the day that the global population reaches eight billion.

From fighting to farming: Supporting peacebuilding in Mozambique

10 July 2022

As Mozambique looks to move on from its violent past, a UN-led programme is supporting efforts to reintegrate former combatants, and give them a chance to lead productive, peaceful lives in their communities.

‘Common game plan’ needed to address DR Congo displacement crisis: A Resident Coordinator blog

9 July 2022

Over the last 10 years, the number of people around the world who have been forced to flee their homes and become displaced in their own countries, has more than doubled.

From The Field: “Bioprospecting”, Cambodia’s sustainable gold rush

8 July 2022

Prospecting used to be about digging up gold and other minerals. Today “bioprospecting” is allowing countries to use the natural riches at their disposal, for the production of pharmaceuticals, and other commercially viable products.

All rural workers deserve social protection coverage: New ILO report

7 July 2022

Social protection for rural workers “remains a dream”, according to a report launched in Geneva on Thursday by the Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV), part of the UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO).

Convergence of conflicts, COVID and climate crises, jeopardize global goals   

7 July 2022

Intersecting global crises are threatening the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and impacting food supplies, health, education, and security across countries worldwide, according to a new UN report released on Thursday.

Ukraine struggling now, but winter will be even worse: UNHCR chief

7 July 2022

While the Russian military advance in eastern Ukraine continues to escalate, the UN refugee agency, UNCHR, on Thursday warned that the winter months are very likely to be extremely harsh on millions of people affected by the war.

Sri Lanka's misery should be warning to us all on global food, fuel and finance crisis: UNDP

7 July 2022

Countries already under pressure from the economic fall-out of the COVID-19 pandemic, risk seeing the same economic turmoil and human misery as Sri Lanka, with the war in Ukraine dragging on, unless the international community agrees to radical fi

Record inflation and skyrocketing prices leave over 6 million Sri Lankans food insecure 

6 July 2022

In the face of record food price inflation, skyrocketing fuel costs and widespread commodity shortages, some 6.26 million Sri Lankans, or three in 10 households, are unsure of where their next meal is coming from, according to the latest food inse

World is moving backwards on eliminating hunger and malnutrition, UN report reveals

6 July 2022

The number of people affected by hunger globally rose to as many as 828 million in 2021, according to a new UN report that provides fresh evidence that the world is moving in reverse, away from the Sustainable Development Goal of ending hunger, fo

UN and UEFA score Sustainable Goals as women’s Euro tournament kicks off

6 July 2022

On Wednesday, the first day of the Women’s Euro 2022 football tournament, the United Nations launched Football For The Goals (FFTG), an initiative aimed at tapping into the power of the game to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals,

ECOSOC President champions optimism ‘against all odds’ at key UN development conference

5 July 2022

Harnessing partnerships to create a world of “peace and prosperity” that protects people and planet, is the main goal of a key annual development forum that started on Tuesday, the President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Collen K

UN needs $68.4 million to help Central African Republic where 2.2 million are acutely food insecure

5 July 2022

A sharp increase in essential goods in the Central African Republic (CAR) linked to war in Ukraine will likely have a devastating impact on the already dire humanitarian situation there in coming weeks, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tu

2030 development agenda ‘fails’ on racial equality and non-discrimination

5 July 2022

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are characterized by a “shallow commitment” to racial justice and equality, an independent UN-appointed rights expert told the UN Human Rights Council on Tues

The Caribbean is ‘ground zero’ for the global climate emergency: Guterres

3 July 2022

The UN Secretary-General’s final day in Suriname began on a small plane and ended at a podium.

Suriname gives ‘hope and inspiration to the world to save our rainforests’: UN chief 

2 July 2022

Suriname might be the smallest and least populated country in South America, but it is also one of the greenest.