UN chief stresses need to denuclearize Korean Peninsula, avoid ‘sleepwalking into war’
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:03:51 EST
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres wrapped up a short visit to Tokyo on Thursday with an appeal to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and other countries to implement relevant Security Council resolutions to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

UN Security Council pledges support for regional push to revive South Sudan’s peace pact
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:20:42 EST
As the brutal conflict in South Sudan enters its fifth year, the United Nations Security Council on Thursday said it remains deeply concerned over the situation there, and expressed strong support for a regional initiative aimed at salvaging a 2015 peace deal.

Respiratory diseases linked to seasonal flu claim thousands of lives every year – UN health agency
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:31:45 EST
Respiratory diseases from seasonal influenza takes up to 650,000 lives annually, according to new estimates released Thursday by the United Nations health agency and global partners.

In Tanzania, UN peacekeeping chief pays tribute to ‘blue helmets’ killed in DR Congo
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:23:18 EST
The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations on Thursday attended a ceremony in the port city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in honour of the country’s peacekeepers recently killed during their mission in a neighbouring country.

UN forum sees ‘moderate’ recovery for Latin American and Caribbean economies in 2018
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:32:01 EST
New economic projections for Latin America and the Caribbean show moderate recovery in 2018 and growth the following year – with favoured expansions in consumption and domestic investment, the United Nations reported Thursday.

'Golden opportunity' missed for progress on intra-Syrian talks, says UN envoy
Thu, 14 Dec 2017
A “golden opportunity” has been missed to decide the future of Syria at the end of the latest round of United Nations-supported talks in Geneva, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday.

In Japan, UN chief spotlights power of universal health coverage to unlock economic growth
Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Health is everyone's right and a driver of economic development, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres stressed Thursday, expressing the UN's readiness to help countries move towards health coverage for all.

Electronic waste poses ‘growing risk’ to environment, human health, UN report warns
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:54:44 EST
The growing volume of electronic waste, including discarded products with a battery or plug, such as mobile phones, laptops, televisions, refrigerators and electrical toys, poses a major threat to the environment and human health, the United Nations warned on Wednesday.

Thousands of children need assistance three months after Caribbean hurricanes – UNICEF
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:38:02 EST
Three months after two category-5 hurricanes tore through the Caribbean, thousands of children across the region still need support, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday.

UN peacekeeping chief visits injured Tanzanian ‘blue helmets’ in DR Congo
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:54:55 EST
The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations today thanked individually peacekeepers who fought to hold off an attack on 7 December in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

With ‘so much at stake’ in crisis-torn South Sudan, UN and partners launch $1.72 billion appeal
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:57:09 EST
The United Nations relief wing and the humanitarian community in South Sudan launched on Wednesday a $1.72 billion appeal to assist six million people affected by conflict, displacement and hunger.

UN agency helps farmers in Latin America broaden their market horizons
Wed, 13 Dec 2017
Improving market access, particularly beyond national borders, for family farmers and small and medium agriculture enterprises in the Latin America and Caribbean region can help boost rural development as well as spur inclusive trade, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said.

Unified action needed in Central Africa to defuse regional tensions, Security Council told
Wed, 13 Dec 2017
Despite some positive developments, the overall situation in Central Africa still requires concerted action at all levels to address sociopolitical tensions, economic difficulties and abuses by armed groups, a United Nations envoy for the region said Wednesday.

Half the world lacks access to essential health services – UN-backed report
Wed, 13 Dec 2017
At least half of the world's population cannot obtain essential health services, and nearly 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty each year due to the out-of-pocket health expenses they must pay, according to a United Nations-backed study.

Myanmar can draw on UN expertise in tackling Rohingya returns, Security Council told
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:11:45 EST
The United Nations can help Myanmar to defuse inter-communal tensions and create an environment for safe and dignified repatriation of Rohingya refugees, the Organization’s top political official said Tuesday, stressing that the country could also tap the UN’s capacities and experience in tackling other challenges, including democratic consolidation.