Health experts at UN meeting press for action to address ‘double burden’ of malnutrition in Africa
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:14:11 -0400
Africa’s attempts to achieve health for all by 2030 could be threatened unless the continent address the twin challenges of undernutrition and obesity, experts attending a United Nations meeting in Nairobi this week have warned.

Do not send refugees back to the violence they fled from, UN agency urges Cameroon
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:02:49 -0400
Despite warnings, Nigerian refugees and asylum-seekers who fled Boko Haram violence continue to be returned from Cameroon, the United Nations refugee agency has said, underscoring the need to accord international protection to those in need.

‘Save peace while it lasts,’ says General Assembly President, ahead of UN summit on sustaining peace
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:56:52 -0400
The world needs a new approach to peace, which is why the United Nations General Assembly will hold a major meeting next week to discuss ways to foster peace by focusing on conflict prevention, mediation, dialogue and diplomacy, the 193-member body’s President has said.

A bio-based, reuse economy can feed the world and save the planet – UN agency
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:59:43 -0400
Transforming pineapple skins into product packaging or using potato peels for fuel may sound far-fetched, but such innovations are gaining traction as it becomes clear that an economy based on cultivation and use of biomass can help tackle pollution and climate change, the United Nations agriculture agency said on Friday.

INTERVIEW: ‘I want to contribute to the service of humanity,’ says first-time UN peacekeeper from Indonesia
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:55:08 -0400
It is Hernawan Rizky Yudhantoro’s first deployment with an international peacekeeping operation. The Indonesian police officer serves with the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), a region of Sudan where conflict has left some 2.7 million people displaced and over 2 million in need of humanitarian assistance.

UN chief condemns abduction and killing of media workers near Ecuador-Colombia border
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:10:28 -0400
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the kidnapping and killing of three media workers near the border between Ecuador and Colombia, confirmed on 13 April, as well as the subsequent kidnapping of two other Ecuadorian nationals.

‘Give peace a chance; give children a chance,’ senior UN peacekeeping official says visiting South Sudan
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:54:24 -0400
All stakeholders in South Sudan must “engage genuinely and constructively in finding a political solution” to the conflict there, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official said at the end of her four-day visit.

Early rains expose risks for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, but worst ‘yet to come,’ warns UN agency
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:43:07 -0400
The arrival of pre-monsoon rains in southern Bangladesh has revealed an alarming level of risks for Rohingya refugees, United Nations humanitarian agencies said on Friday, warning that they do not  have the funds needed to protect hundreds of thousands of desperate people once the rainy season begins in earnest.

Liberia: Security Council seeks study of role played by UN mission in conflict resolution, political mediation
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:13:26 -0400
Commending the remarkable achievements made by the people and Government of Liberia to consolidate lasting peace and stability in the wake of a 1999-2003 civil war, the Security Council on Thursday asked the United Nations Secretary-General to conduct a study of the role played by its peacekeeping mission in resolving conflicts and other challenges the country has faced.

UN Mission chief calls Colombia’s congressional elections ‘a clear step forward’ in peace process
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:38:13 -0400
In a milestone exercise that “transited the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) from weapons to politics,” last month’s congressional elections drew millions of Colombians to the polls amid a trend towards a reduction of electoral violence, the senior-most United Nations official in the country said on Thursday