Central African Republic’s message to UN: ‘The only thing we want is peace’
Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:48:56 EST
It was once known as the ‘Bridge of Death,’ the frontline between warring factions in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR). Legendary tales were shared of the bridge being drenched in blood, with even Government security forces scared to set foot on it.

Famine can be a war crime and should be prosecuted, says independent UN rights expert
Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:57:33 EST
Famine can constitute a war crime or crime against humanity, an independent United Nations human rights expert today said, noting that more civilians die from hunger and disease related to conflicts than in direct combat.

Three multinationals join UN global network on disability inclusion
Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:08:01 EST
Three multinational enterprises – Capgemini, Legrand and the Savola Group – today became the latest members of a United Nations global network that promotes equal opportunities for persons with disabilities in the workplace.

Road accidents in Africa among deadliest worldwide, UN official says, urging more action
Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:26:49 EST
Some 650 people are killed each day in road accidents throughout Africa, a senior United Nations official today said, calling for more to be done to keep drivers – as well as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists – safe.

Rohingya crisis: Donors pledge $344 million at UN-backed conference to support aid efforts
Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:12:21 EST
A United Nations-supported humanitarian conference today raised more than $344 million to fund critical relief programmes for Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh.

Wildlife conservation, sustainable development in spotlight at UN-backed conference
Mon, 23 Oct 2017
Unless the international community integrates wildlife conservation with sustainable development, it will not be able to protect the remaining animal species on Earth, the head of a United Nations-backed environmental treaty today said at the opening of a wildlife conference in the Philippines.

UN, African Union pledge to help Kenya ensure credible rerun of presidential poll
Mon, 23 Oct 2017
The heads of the United Nations and the African Union have expressed their organizations' commitment to assist Kenya in ensuring a credible and transparent process in the forthcoming rerun of the recent presidential election.

UN Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attack in Egypt
Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Condemning “in the strongest terms” the terrorist attack that took place Friday in Egypt's El Wahat desert, the United Nations Security Council underlined the need to bring the perpetrators and sponsors of such “reprehensible acts” to justice.

UN chief Guterres, US President Trump commit to work together to address common challenges
Sat, 21 Oct 2017
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres met Friday with United States President Donald Trump and discussed, among others, tensions in the Korean Peninsula and the fight against terrorism.

‘Cycle of violence must end,’ says UN chief, condemning latest attacks in Afghanistan
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:31:52 EST
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned today’s attacks at mosques in Afghanistan’s Kabul city and Ghor Province during Friday prayers.

UN rights experts urge Iran to immediately release British-Iranian citizen after fresh charges
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:46:29 EST
United Nations human rights experts have appealed to Iran to immediately release a jailed British-Iranian citizen, who is now facing fresh charges, and expressed “grave” concerns for her welfare.

Closing UN’s ‘Africa Week,’ Assembly President says continent’s vision getting close to reality
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:10:15 EST
Addressing the final event of this year’s Africa Week at the United Nations, General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak on Friday highlighted the continent’s transformative changes driven by the African Union’s development agency.

Cities and local policies key to overcome hunger, stresses head of UN agency
Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Highlighting the potential of cities to address malnutrition, the head of the United Nations food security agency has called for innovative partnerships between urban centres and wide range of stakeholders to overcome the challenge of food waste and to ensure a healthy and nutritious diet for all.

Rohingya crisis: UNICEF issues 'Child Alert,'; outlines urgent action to save lives
Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Issuing a dire warning on the desperate situation of Rohingya refugee children, who now number more than 320,000 in Bangladesh, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called for an end to the atrocities targeting civilians in Myanmar's Rakhine state, and immediate and unfettered access to all children affected by the violence there.

UN delivering coordinated humanitarian response in wake of Mogadishu bombings
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:14:17 EST
The United Nations family of agencies and programmes is continuing to roll out its response in support of the recovery and clean-up effort in Mogadishu following Saturday’s massive car bomb blast, which killed some 300 people, injured hundreds more, and is being called Somalia’s worst-ever such attack.