DPRK’s latest ballistic missile and engine test raises risk of regional arms race – UN Security Council
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:54:00 EST
The United Nations Security Council today strongly condemned the ballistic missile launch and a ballistic missile engine test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) this week in flagrant and provocative defiance of a number of Council resolutions expressly forbidding such activities.

International, independent probe of alleged violations in Yemen needed – UN deputy rights chief
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:40:32 EST
Describing the situation in Yemen as one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises – ‘and one that is entirely man-made’ – the United Nations human rights deputy chief today urged the national commission of inquiry to fulfill its mandate of investigating all alleged violations of international and Yemeni laws.

UN condemns deadly terrorist attack in London; expresses solidarity with UK government and people
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:29:59 EST
Secretary-General António Guterres and members of the United Nations Security Council today extended condolences on behalf of the Organization to the Government and people of the United Kingdom for the loss of life and injuries suffered in yesterday’s terrorist attack in London.

Research shows link between temperature rise and human influence, says head of UN climate panel
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:59:55 EST
Speaking today at a United Nations forum to invigorate political momentum on climate change, the head of a major UN panel on climate change underlined that human influence on the climate system cannot be disputed.

Security Council and region must ‘speak with one voice,’ end suffering in South Sudan – UN chief
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:43:05 EST
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today stressed the need for the leadership of South Sudan to achieve an immediate cessation of hostilities, restore the peace process and ensure unrestricted humanitarian access in order to pull the world’s youngest country back from the abyss, and back from a widening famine.

‘We can no longer turn our backs’ on communities affected by migration crisis in Libya – UN agency chief
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:42:50 EST
The top United Nations migration official is visiting Tripoli to discuss the complex migration and displacement situation with hopes of shoring up technical support to foster a stable environment.

Iraq a country of hope amid debris of war, says UNICEF chief wrapping up visit
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:03:30 EST
Children have the power to bring Iraq out of conflicts and into a peaceful future, the Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said.

UN envoy and Pope Francis meet on enhancing cooperation to protect children from violence
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:55:02 EST
The United Nations envoy advocating an end to violence against children has met with His Holiness Pope Francis to discuss greater cooperation on protecting children from sexual and other forms of violence.

In cyclone’s wake, UN appeals for $20 million to help affected populations in Madagascar
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:20:45 EST
The United Nations and humanitarian partners are appealing for $20 million to address the devastating consequences of Cyclone Enawo in Madagascar.

Somalia: A moment of hope amid tragedy, says UN envoy
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:17:26 EST
Noting that Somalia faces a number of “daunting difficulties” after decades of conflict, a senior United Nations official today highlighted that there is also a new momentum in the country for fresh political engagement amongst its people with the recent electoral process.

UN agency, Ugandan government call for urgent support amid influx of South Sudanese refugees
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:26:33 EST
United Nations refugee assistance efforts in Uganda are seriously overstretched as thousands of refugees from South Sudan, desperate for safety and assistance, pour into the country that is already hosting more than 800,000 people, the organization’s top official dealing with refugee issues warned today.

Faced with ‘clear science, real threats,’ countries must remain committed to Paris climate deal – UN
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:36:20 EST
Climate change is an unprecedented and growing threat to peace, prosperity and development and addressing it presents an economic opportunity for Governments and business, senior United Nations officials said today.

World Meteorological Day celebrates importance of clouds for weather, climate and water
Thu, 23 Mar 2017
Clouds inspire art and thought, but few natural phenomena are as important to weather, climate or water, the United Nations meteorological agency today said, launching a digital cloud atlas to celebrate World Meteorological Day.

FEATURE: Humanity at the core as UN readies for first-ever Ocean Conference
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:49:14 EST
Over a year ago, on 20 February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston made a category 5 landfall along the north coast of Fiji's largest, most populous island, Viti Levu, killing at least 44 people, and grounding flights to and from the Pacific Island nation.

ICC adds one year to Bemba's conviction for attempted bribery of witnesses
Wed, 22 Mar 2017
The United Nations-backed International Criminal Court (ICC) today sentenced the former Congolese Vice-President, Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, to another year in prison and about $325,000 in fines for interfering with his trial.