Latest round of UN-led global consultations spotlights migrants’ contributions to development
Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:28:10 EST
Although the net benefits of migration far outweigh its costs, the public perception is often the opposite, a senior United Nations official pointed out today, as the latest round of consultations on a global compact for migration began in New York.

Afghanistan: UN condemns attack on civilians in Kabul
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres condemned today's bomb attack in the Afghan capital of Kabul, warning that attacks on civilians may constitute a war crime.

Australia's offshore refugee processing causes 'extensive suffering' and must end, says UN agency chief
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Four years on, Australia's offshore processing has left some 2,000 people languishing in unacceptable circumstances – causing physical and psychological harm, according to the United Nations refugee agency, which today called for an immediate end to the practice.

UN chief condemns killing of peacekeeper in Central African Republic
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the killing of a UN peacekeeper on Sunday in the Central African Republic, urging the country's authorities to investigate this incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

UN chief Guterres strongly condemns terrorist attack in Pakistan's Lahore
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today strongly condemned the terrorist attack in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore and called for those responsible to be brought to justice, his spokesman said.

Security Council cites terrorism, deteriorating humanitarian conditions as challenges for West Africa
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
The Security Council today welcomed recent positive political developments in some West African countries, but expressed concern over the threat of terrorism in the region.

Back from visit to Myanmar, independent UN rights expert says situation 'worsening'
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
While no one expects an overnight transition to democracy in Myanmar, there has to be real progress on human rights, an independent United Nations expert today said, highlighting reported killings, tortures, and an “ongoing humanitarian crisis” for the Rohingya people and other minorities.

Ahead of October elections, Security Council urges Liberia to plan for safe, credible polls
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
With Liberian officials responsible for security in the country, the United Nations Security Council today encouraged the Government to put in place an election security plan for the October polls.

Amid rising violence in Jerusalem, UN and diplomatic partners urge maximum restraint on all sides
Sun, 23 Jul 2017
Expressing deep concern about the escalating tensions and violent clashes taking place in and around the Old City of Jerusalem, the United Nations and its diplomatic partners in the Middle East peace process have called on all to demonstrate maximum restraint and work towards de-escalating the situation.

Guterres 'strongly condemns' stabbing attack that left three Israelis dead in West Bank
Sat, 22 Jul 2017
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned yesterday evening's stabbing attack by a Palestinian perpetrator, which resulted in the death of three members of an Israeli family in the Halamish settlement in the occupied West Bank.

'The time to act is now;' end children's suffering in Iraq and across the Middle East – UNICEF
Sat, 22 Jul 2017
Calling for “immediate care and protection” for children caught up in violence in Iraq's war torn Mosul and other Middle East conflicts, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today warned that the lives and futures of some 27 million across the region and parts of Africa are at risk.

Rainy season worsens cholera crisis in Yemen; UN agencies deliver clean water, food
Fri, 21 Jul 2017
Yemen is facing the world's largest cholera outbreak, the United Nations health agency today warned, with 5,000 Yemenis falling sick every day – the majority of them children and the elderly.

INTERVIEW: Education, women's empowerment 'top priorities' for UN in India, says senior official
Fri, 21 Jul 2017
To meet the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), India should prioritize women's empowerment and education, the United Nation's development chief in the country said.

In DR Congo, UN aid chief says world must 'not let down' millions of people in need
Fri, 21 Jul 2017
Wrapping up a four-day mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations humanitarian chief today urged the world “not to forget the DRC,” and called for scaled-up relief funding to help millions of people suffering from violence, diseases, and malnutrition.

UN chief concerned about unfolding violence in Jerusalem's Old City
Fri, 21 Jul 2017
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today expressed concern about the situation in the Old City of Jerusalem, which has been the scene of escalating violence in recent days.