For video game addiction, now read official ‘gaming disorder’: WHO
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 16:27:14 -0400
The UN health agency has for the first time, tagged compulsive video gaming as a mental health condition in its updated classification manual, released on Monday.

UN rights chief slams ‘unconscionable’ US border policy of separating migrant children from parents
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:03:06 -0400
As part of his final global update, the United Nations human rights chief on Monday voiced his deep concern over recently-adopted United States border protection policies that have seen hundreds of migrant children forcibly separated from their parents.

FROM THE FIELD: Rohingya babies conceived out of 'incomprehensible brutality'
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:01:37 -0400
A photojournalist has been talking of the “incomprehensible brutality” described to him by Rohingya refugees who are carrying babies after being raped.

Space science now a ‘fundamental pillar’ of 21st century human development: top UN space official
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:50:13 -0400
After “relentless” progress in space technology, the focus for the international community must now shift to ensuring that the benefits of space science are available to everyone, everywhere, a senior United Nations official told a major conference on Monday.

UN chief condemns suspected Boko Haram attacks targeting Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Nigeria
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:07:22 -0400
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned Saturday’s attacks in northeastern Nigeria by suspected Boko Haram insurgents targeting Eid al-Fitr celebrations.

UN forum to explore use of outer space to improve lives, protect planet
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 21:46:13 -0400
Marking 50 years since the world first came together to discuss the peaceful uses of outer space, government leaders, policy makers, civil society representatives and space experts will gather at a United Nations forum in Vienna from Monday to explore the future course of global space cooperation for the benefit of humankind.

On World Day to Combat Desertification, UN shines spotlight on ‘true value’ of land
Sun, 17 Jun 2018 00:30:12 -0400
Land is not a limitless resource and ignoring its role in our everyday lives threatens food and water supplies, biodiversity and the security of us all, the United Nations agency that fights desertification worldwide has said.

Afghanistan extends ceasefire with Taliban; UN urges both sides to work towards lasting peace
Sat, 16 Jun 2018 19:14:28 -0400
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the UN mission in Afghanistan welcomed on Saturday the Afghan Government’s extension of the unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban, amid an outpouring of support for the truce from war-weary people all across the country.

Much more than a ‘lifeline’ for millions of households, remittances can spur global growth, says UN agency
Sat, 16 Jun 2018 01:30:11 -0400
Not only are remittances a “critical lifeline” for millions globally, the direct benefits of money sent home by migrant workers touch the lives of one in every seven persons on the planet – over one billion people, the United Nations rural development agency has said.  

Heat-resistant crops, ‘green’ infrastructure, can prepare Near East and North Africa to better tackle droughts – UN agency
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:20:10 -0400
Countries in the Near-East and North Africa, where chronic water shortages are sure to worsen due to climate change, must take pro-active steps to become more resilient against droughts, the United Nations agriculture agency said on Friday.