With hidden lives vital to our own, 'seafarers matter,' says UN on International Day
Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Highlighting the challenges faced by seafarers – women and men sailing and working aboard ships – the United Nations International Maritime Organization has called on everyone around the world to show appreciation for their vital contributions.

In Haiti, Security Council spotlights opportunities for country's reform towards stability and development
Sat, 24 Jun 2017
Wrapping up a three-day visit to Haiti, a Security Council delegation today stressed that it has accomplished the objectives of the mission, including a first-hand look into how best the United Nations could contribute to the country's lasting stability and development.

UN chief 'saddened' by loss of life and devastation caused by landslide in China
Sat, 24 Jun 2017
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres “is saddened” to learn of the loss of life and devastation caused by the landslide in China's southwestern province of Sichuan, his spokesperson said today.

Yemen hit by world's worst cholera outbreak as cases reach 200,000 – UN
Sat, 24 Jun 2017
Yemen is now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world, with suspected cases exceeding 200,000 and the number increasing at an average of 5,000 a day, the United Nations warned today.

INTERVIEW: Afghans need to see their Government taking the reins – UN envoy
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:06:53 EST
Afghans need to see their Government taking the reins for security in the country, delivering much needed services and creating jobs, says the United Nations envoy to the country, Tadamichi Yamamoto.  

More than $350 million pledged for refugees in Uganda; 'A good start, we cannot stop,' says UN chief
Fri, 23 Jun 2017
A 'Solidarity Summit' for refugees hosted by Uganda has raised some $358 million in pledges, the United Nations announced today.

On International Day, UN says widows' rights to independent life, livelihood after loss must be ensured
Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Whether they are single, married, separated or widowed, women must be able to enjoy the inviolable right that they are not dependent on anyone, the United Nations has said, marking International Widow's Day.

Food insecurity threatens children in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia – UNICEF
Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Calling for immediate humanitarian action amid rising malnutrition, thirst and disease, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today that millions of lives are at risk in four countries stretching from Africa to the Middle East.

Security 'number one concern' of displaced Iraqis seeking to return home – UN study
Fri, 23 Jun 2017
With three million Iraqis remaining internally displaced across the country, the United Nations migration agency today published findings of a study showing that the decision to return or remain displaced depends largely on how close their home is to the frontline of conflict.

Lake Chad Basin: UNICEF warns 5.6 million children at risk of waterborne diseases in rainy season
Fri, 23 Jun 2017
More than 5.6 million children are at increased risk of contracting waterborne diseases, such as cholera and diarrhoeal infections, as the rainy season begins in conflict-affected areas of countries around Lake Chad, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today.

Strengthen existing protections to curb negative impact of sanctions, UN rights expert urges EU
Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Noting progress made by the European Union (EU) to ensure that its sanctions allow for legal remedy and offer a measure of due process, a United Nations expert has called for further strengthening such measures to ensure that the human rights of those impacted are protected to the greatest extent.

UN chief welcomes deployment of regional force to combat terrorism in the Sahel
Fri, 23 Jun 2017
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the deployment by the so-called Group of Five (G5) – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – of a joint force to tackle the threat of terrorism and organized crime in the Sahel region.

Civilian casualties continue to rise in Yemen, warns UN human rights office
Fri, 23 Jun 2017
The United Nations Human Rights Office in Yemen continues to document reports of civilian casualties in the conflict and had verified 49 civilian deaths over the past month, a UN spokesperson said today.

Country-level action 'new frontier' for tackling soil pollution – UN agriculture agency
Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Nitrogen and metals, like lead and mercury, can strain farmable land by polluting soil, and damaging plants, and ultimately, posing risks to food security, according to the United Nations agriculture agency.

Pakistan: UN chief condemns separate deadly bomb attacks
Fri, 23 Jun 2017
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the twin bombing at a marketplace in Parachinar, in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan, and a suicide attack at a checkpoint in Quetta, Balochistan.