World is failing newborns; UNICEF says global mortality rates remain ‘alarmingly high’
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:23:29 -0500
Newborns are dying at “alarmingly high” rates in countries that are poor, conflict-ridden or have weak institutions, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Tuesday in a new report, which reveals that babies born in these places are 50 times more likely to die in the first month of life than those born in some wealthier nations. 

Civilian situation in Syria’s east Ghouta ‘spiraling out of control,’ warns UN aid official
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:05:42 -0500
The humanitarian situation of civilians in Syria’s east Ghouta is spiraling out of control, a senior United Nation aid official has warned in the wake of escalating conflict which resulted in more than 40 civilian deaths on Monday alone.   

Hailing regional efforts, senior UN official urges Latin America and the Caribbean to continue to protect people on the move
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:40:11 -0500
Recognizing Latin American and Caribbean countries as “pioneers” in the protection of refugees and asylum seekers, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees urged the region to bolster its standards even further given the global increase in number of people being driven from their homes.

Ahead of Social Justice Day, UN agency calls for fair labour migration governance
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:18:36 -0500
Many migrant workers end up trapped in low-pay, unsafe and unhealthy jobs, the head of the United Nations labour agency warned Monday, calling for the adoption of fair labour migration governance frameworks at the global, regional and national levels.

United States: Planned execution of seriously ill man may amount to torture, warn UN experts
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:49:00 -0500
Two United Nations human rights experts have urged the Government of the United States to halt the execution a seriously ill person stressing that given his health condition, the use of lethal injection could possibly amount to torture.

UN chief extends condolences to people, Government of Iran in wake of tragic plane crash
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 18:00:39 -0500
Deeply saddened to learn of the tragic airplane accident today near Yasuj, Iran, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has extended his heartfelt condolences to the country’s people and Government.

‘We are not out of the woods yet’ on drought relief efforts, warns top UN aid official in Somalia
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:15:31 -0500
The top United Nations humanitarian official in Somalia has commended the drought relief and recovery efforts of the authorities in the northern state of Puntland, while cautioning that the current humanitarian crisis is far from over.

Korean nuclear crisis, Middle East quagmire eroding global security, UN chief tells Munich summit
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:10:44 -0500
A nuclear threat on the Korean Peninsula and a quagmire in the Middle East are “two qualitative changes” that further eroded global security over the past year, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told an annual conference on international security policy in Munich, Germany.

Efficient national tax systems critical for sustainable development and inclusive growth, urge UN, partners
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:41:31 -0500
Countries need to strengthen the effectiveness of their tax regimes to unleash much-needed domestic resources to ensure the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the promotion of inclusive economic growth, United Nations and as key international economic and financial organizations have urged.

Haiti: UN determined to support authorities in strengthening rule of law
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:13:06 -0500
Strengthening the rule of law and improving the national police and the judicial system in Haiti will require political will on the part of the authorities, and the United Nations is determined to support this goal, said Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Bintou Keita.