Accountability for rights abuses in South Sudan 'more important than ever,' says senior UN official
Sun, 23 Apr 2017
A lack of accountability for crimes perpetrated during the ongoing conflict in South Sudan remains one of the country's “biggest challenges,” the Human Rights Director for the United Nations Mission (UNMISS) said today as he wrapped up a visit to the north-western Wau region.
UN and World Bank sign new partnership to build resilience for the most vulnerable
Sat, 22 Apr 2017
Building resilience for the world's most vulnerable people by reducing poverty, promoting shared prosperity, enhancing food security, and sustaining peace in crisis-affected situations will be the focus of a new partnership framework agreed by the United Nations and World Bank.
UN welcomes release of 26 Qatari abductees in Iraq
Sat, 22 Apr 2017
The United Nations has welcomed the release and return to their country of 26 Qatari nationals abducted in Muthanna governorate, Iraq, in December 2015.
Mother Earth Day: Environmental and climate literacy vital for a cleaner, greener planet, says UN
Sat, 22 Apr 2017
Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws and policies but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs, the United Nations is emphasizing on Mother Earth Day.
Addressing ‘fragility’ of societies key to preventing conflicts, stresses UN chief
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:46:13 EST
Noting that a key trigger common to nearly all conflicts is the element of fragility – fragility of States, of institutions, or of societies – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for increasing investments in preventative measures that address the problem of fragility before it turns into conflict.
UN envoy welcomes restored Internet service in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:51:21 EST
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa was relieved to learn that Cameroon President Paul Biya instructed that full internet services be restored in the North-West and South-West Regions of Cameroon.
UN food relief agency air-lifts food, medical supplies to 31,000 famine-stricken Somalis
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:12:29 EST
As the drought intensifies in south and north-eastern Somalia, the United Nations emergency food relief agency today airlifted to Mogadishu enough high-energy biscuits to assist 31,000 people for three days.
‘Large majority’ of millions living with hepatitis have no access to testing or treatment – UN agency
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:45:21 EST
New data published by the United Nations health agency has revealed that a vast majority of the estimated 325 million people living with chronic hepatitis B virus or hepatitis C virus infection lack access to life-saving testing and treatment, placing them at a great risk of chronic liver disease, cancer, and even death.
Cuba needs new laws and stronger action targeting human trafficking – UN rights expert
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:30:56 EST
A United Nations human rights expert has urged Cuba to consider introducing new legislation to ensure that everyone who falls victim to trafficking in persons can be identified and helped, and the authorities can take action against offenders.
Spread of literacy among women highlighted in UNESCO anniversary global review
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:42:36 EST
The increase in reading and writing proficiency among women is a result of the significant up tic in their enrolment and completion of primary education over the last five decades, even as overall funding for adult literacy has remained low, a recently-launched study by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has found.
UN refugee agency sending urgent relief items for Congolese civilians fleeing to Angola
Fri, 21 Apr 2017
The United Nations refugee agency is shipping tents, mosquito nets and other essential relief items to Angola, where some 9,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have fled this month alone.
UNICEF calls for action to prevent more deaths in Central Mediterranean as attempted crossings spike
Fri, 21 Apr 2017
Noting increases in number of migrants, including children, attempting to reach European shores using the Central Mediterranean route, and consequent rise in number of deaths, the United Nations Children's Fund has called for safe and legal pathways for those who are fleeing conflict, poverty and depravation.
UN seeks more ‘cost-effective’ flight logistics in peacekeeping, political missions
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:21:54 EST
Secretary-General António Guterres today launched an initiative to boost efficiency of United Nations planes and flights, as it was revealed that the Organization spent close to $750 million from 2015 to 2016 on air assets in its peacekeeping and political missions.
All sides in Syria crisis felt impact of ‘horrific’ weekend attack on evacuee convoy, says UN envoy
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:44:59 EST
Speaking to journalists after a meeting of the Humanitarian Taskforce (HTF), Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, stated that the horrific attack on a convoy of evacuees this past weekend had impacted everyone at today’s talks.
INTERVIEW: ‘Act now,’ or by 2030, millions could be graduating from schools without even basic education, warns UN envoy
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:20:17 EST
The ground-breaking, United Nations-backed International Finance Facility for Education is vital to ensure that half of the world’s children don’t miss out on the basic schooling needed to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).