The following are the United Nations “News in Brief” Broadcast Programs.  Please Click on the News in Brief Title to here the program.

  • News in Brief 31 March 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 31, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    Aid agencies push for workarounds in Libya as COVID-19 hampers distributions Syria’s vulnerable not forgotten as UN food relief agency adjusts to pandemic precautions DR Congo healthcare weaknesses exposed as never before by coronavirus – UNICEF 

  • Bulk of developing world faces hardship, as virus exacerbates economic frailty 
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 30, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    Six billion people – that’s the bulk of the developing world – look set to suffer from the economic impact of the new coronavirus pandemic, the UN trade and development organization, UNCTAD, says.  In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson by Skype, UNCTAD economist Richard Kozul-Wright outlines how a radical plan worth a staggering $2.5 trillion, could help avoid some of the worst financial consequences of COVID-19.

  • News in Brief 30 March 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 30, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Release prisoners and detainees in Yemen, urge UN rights experts Assistance ramped up to Pacific islands facing COVID-19 2.5 trillion dollar rescue package needed for emerging economies: UNCTAD

  • Indians taking coronavirus lockdown seriously: senior UN official
    by Anshu Sharma/ UN News on March 28, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    The COVID-19 pandemic is not being taken lightly in India as people comply with a complete lockdown to prevent further spread of the disease. That’s the opinion of Argentina Matavel Piccin, Representative for the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in India. Anshu Sharma from UN News asked Ms. Piccin what the 21-day lockdown means for India and the world.

  • News in Brief 27 March 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 27, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    Abandoning elderly at risk from coronavirus is ‘criminal’: OHCHR Asylum-seekers’ concern over #COVID-19 restrictions – UNHCR ‘Social bomb’ could explode as those on society’s margins struggle under COVID-19

  • The answer to overcoming COVID-19 is in our hands - not a vaccine – top WHO official
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 27, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Amid rising numbers of COVID-19 infections and deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) stressed on Friday that the solution to beating the pandemic lies in having clean hands, more than hopes for a speedy vaccine. That’s not so easy in countries with poor access to clean water, as WHO’s Dr. Margaret Harris tells UN News’s Daniel Johnson, before providing an update on the human drug and crucial vaccine trials, now under way. 

  • The COVID-busting blueprint that protects workers in all sectors
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 26, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    Early indications from the economic fallout of COVID-19 are that it could cost up to 25 million job losses globally, that’s more than during the global financial crisis in 2008-9. Speaking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Sher Verick from the International Labour Organization (ILO), explains how governments can help soften the impact for vulnerable workers.

  • COVID-19: women will be more affected, but play central role in the fight
    by Anshu Sharma, UN News (Hindi) on March 26, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Pandemics tend to affect men and women differently, and specialists in gender issues are warning that the COVID-19 coronavirus may hit women in negative ways that have a more profound impact on families. Women make up the majority of caregivers, at home and in our communities. Existing trends show they have less access to sexual and reproductive health and domestic violence rises during crises. But women have also the power to be ‘change makers in the response agenda’ playing a central role in communicating with their families, and with their communities. UN News’s Anshu Sharma spoke to UN Women’s Deputy Country Representative in India, Nishtha Satyam.

  • Dozens of migrants die in shipping container on lorry in Mozambique
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 26, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    In Mozambique on Tuesday, 14 “deeply traumatized” male migrants were rescued from a sealed shipping container on a lorry bound for South Africa. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 64 other men on the truck, died from asphyxiation. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, IOM’s Sandra Black explains where the migrants came from and what the agency is doing to raise awareness about the dangers of such journeys.

  • News in Brief 26 March 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 26, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Philippines ceasefire welcomed after Guterres COVID-19 appeal ‘Double-digit’ percentage of global GDP is needed to avert COVID-19 catastrophe: UN chief  Latest Kabul attack comes amid growing insecurity in Afghanistan 

  • COVID-19: The ‘common enemy’ that can bring the world together
    by Michele Zacchaeo, UN News - Geneva on March 26, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    The COVID-19 pandemic shows that global challenges can only be solved through global solutions, according to the head of the UN Office in Geneva. Director-General Tatiana Valovaya spoke to Michele Zaccheo about the critical need for solidarity as countries battle what she described as a “common enemy”.

  • Going nuclear to beat COVID-19: UN scientists join quest for lifesaving vaccine
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 25, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    Here’s a job you don’t see advertised every day: irradiating the COVID-19 virus. It’s just one of the extraordinary tasks on the to-do list right now of Gerrit Verjoen  from the International Atomic Energy Agency, who is doing whatever he can, to help countries overcome the deadly pathogen. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, he shares his assessment of the new coronavirus and explains how nuclear-derived techniques could save hospitals precious time, when treating sick patients.

  • Coronavirus could see global unemployment rise by 25 million: ILO in India
    by Anshu Sharma, UN News - Hindi on March 25, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    A new assessment by the International Labour Organization (ILO) shows the COVID-19 pandemic could increase global unemployment by around 25 million. ILO is calling for an internationally coordinated policy response, which would be of particular benefit to South Asian countries like India, since a large part of its work force lacks social security and employment benefits. UN News’s Anshu Sharma spoke to the Director of ILO’s Decent Work Team for South Asia based in the UN’s India office, Dagmar Walter.

  • News in Brief 25 March 2020
    by Matt Wells, UN News on March 25, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Massive humanitarian response plan mobilized to aid ‘ultra-vulnerable’ in COVID-19 fight Protect health and safety of prisoners, urges UN rights chief Immediate ceasefire needed in Yemen, urges UN chief

  • Online border observatory launches in bid to keep key medical and food supplies moving
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 24, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    As countries all over the world restrict the flow of goods to halt the spread of the COVID-19 virus, one UN agency has come up with a plan to keep vital food and medical supplies on the move.  That agency is the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and it has just launched an online Observatory on Border Crossings all over the world.  The tool can be used by transport companies to keep goods flowing as smoothly as possible as UNECE’s Jean Rodriguez tells Daniel Johnson. 

  • News in Brief 24 March 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 24, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    UN Syria envoy appeals for nationwide ceasefire to halt COVID-19   Countries must keep cross-border transport of food, medicines going, during pandemic  UN Geneva Director-General urges greater international cooperation in face of coronavirus  

  • News in Brief 23 March 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 23, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    UN chief calls for global ceasefire to take on common enemy - COVID-19  Rights expert raises alarm over migrant ‘pushbacks’ at Turkey-Greece border   Measuring water ‘more essential than ever to tackle climate, boost development’ 

  • COVID-19 in Gaza: UN putting supplies in place, working with Israel 
    by May Yaacoub - UN News (Arabic) on March 23, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    The UN in the Palestinian enclave of Gaza is doing all it can to put supplies in place, including testing kits, in preparation for the expected rise in COVID-19 Coronavirus cases over the coming days.  Jamie McGoldrick, UN Development and Humanitarian Coordinator covering Palestine, said in an interview with UN News that his office and the Palestine refugee relief agency, UNRWA, were working closely with Israeli authorities which control access to Gaza, in what’s been a “very positive collaboration” so far, along with Palestinian authorities. 

  • In the face of COVID-19, refugees ‘must be involved in prevention’
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 20, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, UN agencies have raced to ensure that millions of vulnerable people continue to receive the emergency support that they need. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Cécile Pouilly from the UN refugee agency UNHCR outlines some of the many challenges created by the virus – and why it’s crucial that refugees are involved in fighting the virus too.

  • News in Brief 20 March 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 20, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    UN aid teams work round the clock to ensure humanitarian support to millions   UN aid teams race to assess emergency needs, ensure supplies continue   Airlift flies relief to Sudanese refugees in Chad  

  • News in Brief 19 March 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 19, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    UN health agency does not recommend against using ibuprofen for COVID-19  Israel has ‘legal duty’ to ensure that Palestinians in OPT receive essential health services  ‘No justification’ for information restrictions by Governments during coronavirus outbreak 

  • ‘Societies are healthier if everybody's healthier’: IOM spokesperson
    by Conor Lennon/ UN News on March 18, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    The UN migration agency, IOM, is highly concerned about the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on migrants. In an interview with UN News, spokesperson Joel Millman insisting that the stigmatization of migrants must be avoided.

  • News in Brief 18 March 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 18, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    Africa should wake up to COVID-19 epidemic, the says UN health agency chief  Pandemic could mean 25 million jobs threatened – ILO  Blueprint launched to manage Earth’s fragile peatland carbon sinks 

  • Still ‘early days’ to assess COVID-19 impact on children: UNICEF 
    by Maoqi Li, UN News - Chinese on March 18, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Shortly after the outbreak of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19), UNICEF was among the first United Nations agencies to step up and deliver much-needed medical supplies including masks to China.   UN News spoke to Ms. Luwei Pearson, Acting Director of UNICEF’s Health Programme Division, about the agency’s quick response to the outbreak, and other issues including the possible physical and mental impact on millions of children faced with school closures.   UN News’s Maoqi Li spoke to Ms. Luwei Pearson, via skype.  

  • News in Brief 17 March 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 17, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    Millions of people in crises will need UN humanitarian aid in midst of COVID-19 pandemic  New locust swarms add to South Sudan food hardship  UN chief condemns attacks on peacekeepers in Central African Republic, urges probe 

  • China has demonstrated COVID-19 course can be altered - WHO
    by Siwen Qian, UN News on March 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    A decline in COVID-19 cases in China demonstrates that containment efforts can help alter the course of the pandemic, f according to Dr. Gauden Galea, the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in the country.   spoke to UN News’s Siwen Qian about cooperation between China and the UN, the value of strong public health systems, and why people everywhere should not panic and simply follow practical advice to limit spread of the virus.

  • News in Brief 16 March 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 16, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Tedros renews call to countries to ‘test, test, test’ all cases of suspected infection  COVID-19: WFP sends lifesaving medical equipment to worst-hit Chinese province  Rights experts urge countries to respect people’s rights when tackling virus 

  • Chinese hospitals in worst-hit region receive medical ventilators for critical patients 
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 16, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    The largest humanitarian agency on the planet, the UN World Food Programme, or WFP, has sent lifesaving medical equipment to China to help treat COVID-19 sufferers in the worst-hit area of the country.  In an interview with Daniel Johnson from UN News, WFP spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs gives an update on key priorities. 

  • News in Brief 13 March 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 13, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    COVID-19: Europe is the new virus hotspot, says WHO  As Syrian conflict enters 10th year, ‘brutal truth’ is there is little protection for families   Central Mozambique a year ago are facing devastating hardship 

  • Avoid coronavirus panic and misinformation, urges WHO
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 13, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    Although the COVID-19 virus outbreak has been designated a pandemic, containment is still possible, and there is no need to panic. This is the official advice from the World Health Organization (WHO).  The UN health agency’s spokesperson Tarik Jašarević spoke to Daniel Johnson in Geneva about the need for everyone to be prepared and follow WHO guidelines. 

  • UN supporting abandoned Haiti mothers and children, urging others to come forward 
    by Matt Wells, UN News on March 13, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    The UN’s Victims’ Rights Advocate who champions the rights and dignity of victims of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), has urged more women to come forward in Haiti, if they have paternity claims against UN personnel serving in former peacekeeping missions there.  In an interview with UN News, Jane Connors acknowledges that around 28 women already have outstanding claims, relating to 34 children.

  • Now COVID-19 causes unprecedented halt to Human Rights Council session
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News in Geneva on March 12, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    The COVID-19 outbreak has caused unprecedented disruption in many areas of our lives, and that’s true of a key UN forum as well: the Human Rights Council. On Thursday, it announced the suspension of its current inter-governmental session in Geneva, meaning that voting on Resolutions is on hold, until it can resume its work, promoting and protecting people’s human rights across the world.

  • News in Brief 12 March 2020
    by Liz Scaffidi, UN News on March 12, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    Countries free of COVID-19 must be better prepared Yemen at ‘critical juncture’ UN human rights experts celebrate release of Bolivian Government critic

  • News in Brief 11 March 2020
    by Matt Wells, UN News on March 11, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    A decade of conflict in Syria  Brazilian mountain farmers honoured  Educate children in their mother tongue – UN expert 

  • News in Brief 10 March 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 10, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Flagship UN study shows accelerating climate change  Nicaragua: after two years of crisis, more than 100,000 have fled  Burundi heads to elections as rights concerns persist 

  • Breaking the wrong kinds of records: 2019 state of climate report
    by Ben Malor/ UN News on March 10, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    Several climate records were broken in 2019 across the world, including unprecedented temperature highs and extreme weather events. WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas sat down with Ben Malor from UN News, and started by outlining some of the main points from the study.

  • Iraq: Religious leaders issue unprecedented call to support victims of ISIL terror, including fighters’ children  
    by May Yaacoub/UN News - Arabic on March 9, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Children are born innocent, “regardless” of their relationship to extremist fighters from the terrorist group known as ISIL or Da’esh, “and they should be treated with kindness and love”.   That’s one of the key points emphasized by religious leaders in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Monday, in an unprecedented joint declaration, calling for justice on behalf of victims of the terrorist group, which once controlled large parts of Iraq and Syria.

  • Syria: ‘Every story is moving’, UN food relief agency calls for more access 
    by  Shirin Yaseen, UN News - Arabic on March 9, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    Wrapping up a two-day visit to the northwest part of Syria last week, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, and World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley stressed the urgent need to provide families with basic services.  During their trip, they met nine-year old schoolchildren who were born the year the war started and are catching up on their learning after years of missing out. 

  • News in Brief 9 March 2020
    by Lliz Scaffidi, UN News on March 9, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    ‘Yawning gender power gap’: UN chief ‘Serious rights violations’ in Iran: UN rights expert Further isolation of DPRK during COVID-19 outbreak, ‘not the answer’

  • News in Brief 6 March 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 6, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    COVID-19: countries, businesses must protect people as virus spreads, urges UN rights chief  Europe sees warmest winter on record – UN weather agency  Americas first region to show more than 30 per cent of women parliamentarians – IPU  

  • Satellites give insight on coronavirus, other diseases
    by Liz Scaffidi, UN News on March 6, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    With COVID-19, an on-going global concern, satellite imagery can play a powerful role in tracking where we are and how we’re responding to “restrictions on movement” due to the coronavirus.

  • Coronavirus knows no borders: UN in China shares lessons learned so far 
    by Siwen Quian, UN News - Chinese on March 6, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    The streets of China’s capital having gone eerily quiet, following the COVID-19 outbreak, Beijing is now slowly returning to its usual vibrant self.  The UN offices in Beijing will reopen on Monday, and in an interview with UN News, Resident Coordinator in China, Nicholas Rosellini, said good communication was vital to avoid panic, and unwarranted stigmatization around the world.  

  • Javier Pérez de Cuéllar reaped diplomatic success ‘perhaps without parallel’ in UN history
    by Matt Wells/UN News on March 5, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    The former Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, who has died aged 100, was responsible for a series of diplomatic breakthroughs that were “perhaps without parallel, in the history of the UN.” That’s according to his most senior aide, Chef de Cabinet Virendra Dayal, in an interview on Thursday by phone from his home in Delhi. Mr. Dayal praised the “inherent decency and integrity” of the former UN chief, who served two terms that saw the end of the Cold War, telling UN News’s Matt Wells that Mr. Pérez de Cuéllar played a key role in the transition, “in an absolutely masterly manner.”  

  • News in Brief 5 March 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News. on March 5, 2020 at 2:05 pm

     - Tributes pour in for former UN chief Javier Pérez de Cuéllar  - 290 million students out of school amid COVID-19 measures   - Lower food prices linked to coronavirus concerns   - Young women and girls ‘still most at risk from HIV’

  • UNcomplicated: International Women’s Day
    by Sinduja Srinivasan and Jason DeWall on March 4, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    Why is it so difficult to make gender equality a reality?  Our UNcomplicated podcast hosts, Sinduja Srinivasan and Jason DeWall, discover that one major reason is the prevalence of violence against women. For this show marking International Women’s Day 2020, we hear from Kalliopi Mingeiorou, a top UN official working to end violence against women, and also from a survivor of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Maryum Saifee, who’s become a tireless campaigner against this ritualistic and global human rights abuse against women and girls.

  • Coronavirus COVID-19: don’t panic, says top UN economist
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 4, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    As deaths continue to rise from the coronavirus outbreak, its economic consequences are becoming clearer, too. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Pamela Coke-Hamilton from the UN Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD, highlights how the challenge posed by the disease to China’s key role in global manufacturing, will likely affect rich and poor countries alike.

  • News in Brief 4 March 2020
    by Dianne Penn, UN News on March 4, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    - Progress aside, world still a violent place for girls and women: UN report - Iraq religious leaders working to prevent COVID-19 spread - Countdown to end of Ebola underway in DR Congo 

  • Managing genetic diversity ‘essential’ for species to adapt to climate change
    by UN News/ Julia Dean on March 3, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    The massive Australian wildfires have scorched millions of acres in the country since July last year, and the country remains highly vulnerable to further natural disasters. In an interview with UN News, Jennifer Pierson, Wildlife Program Leader at the Tidbinbilla Nature Park, told Julia Dean from our UN Information Centre in the Australian capital, how the park was evacuated.

  • News in Brief 3 March 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News. on March 3, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    Myanmar doing too little to ensure return of displaced Rohingya, says UN refugee agency chief No country is free from child sexual abuse, exploitation, UN’s top rights forum hears Bright sparks help UN South Sudan mission curb global warming

  • News in Brief 02 March 2020
    by Dianne Penn, UN News on March 2, 2020 at 5:22 pm

     - Seven UN agencies conduct cross-border mission to Idlib, Syria - Syrians suffering 'unprecedented' levels of displacement: Commission of Inquiry - Rights expert urges countries to repeal gender discriminatory laws

  • Nature and wildlife, critical to our existence
    by Liz Scaffidi, UN News on March 2, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    It’s time that humankind realizes “that nature doesn’t exist for us”, the Head of the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) office in New York has said, just ahead of World Wildlife Day. Assistant Secretary-General Satya Tripathi described 2020 as a “super year for nature”, warning that we are currently standing on “the precipice of complete annihilation”.

  • News in Brief 28 February 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on February 28, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    COVID-19: Risk now 'very high', but containment still possible 'Mayhem' in Idlib as Turkey-Syria tensions escalate New truce violation threatens Libya talks

  • Central African Republic: Militia sentencing show justice has been served
    by Dianne Penn - UN News on February 28, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    The recent sentencing of militia members in the Central African Republic for the 2017 killing of civilians and UN peacekeepers, has sent a strong message that impunity will not be tolerated. That’s the assessment of Lieutenant General Balla Keïta of Senegal, outgoing Force Commander at the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the country, known by the French acronym MINUSCA. During a recent visit to New York, he spoke to Dianne Penn about the verdict, and his 45 years of military and peacekeeping experience.

  • News in Brief 27 February 2020
    by Liz Scaffidi, UN News on February 27, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    COVID-19: UN rights chief warns against stigmatization Social media hate speech is poisoning minds Northwest Syria’s humanitarian catastrophe

  • News in Brief 26 February 2020
    by Dianne Penn, UN News on February 26, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    -  WHO chief: ‘No time for complacency’ on coronavirus disease -  UN health and tourism agencies cooperate on COVID-19 response - Hyperinflation affecting food access in Venezuela: WFP  

  • News in Brief 25 February 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News on February 26, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    - World must tackle 'relentless' displacement crisis: Guterres - Geneva event for youth aims to give voice to 'We The Peoples'  - UN rights chief on 'daunting' challenges to women's equality

  • News in Brief 24 February 2020
    by Dianne Penn, UN News on February 25, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    - UN chief outlines 7-point Call of Action on human rights - COVID-19 is not yet a pandemic, says head of WHO - Syria: Senior aid official warns of potential 'bloodbath' in Idlib

  • News in Brief 21 February 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on February 21, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Fleeing violence in Syria, families now forced to burn clothes to stay warm  Escalating Burkina Faso violence brings wider Sahel displacement emergency into focus UN chief offers sympathy to German people after racist shooting   

  • Distortion of genocide ‘leaves a window open’ for extremism and hate speech, expert says   
    by Ana Carmo, UN News on February 21, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Questioning details and attempting to distort actual history – its chronology or statistics – are just a few examples of Holocaust or genocide denial.  Often, that “leaves a window open ... creates oxygen in the room for extremism” and it is a signal of “prejudice, racist and antisemitic beliefs”.  That’s the view of Sara Brown, Executive Director of Change, at the Centre for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education, in New Jersey, United States.  She spoke to Ana Carmo of UN News about the importance of education and counter the hate narratives.

  • News in Brief 20 February 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on February 20, 2020 at 4:01 pm

      ‘Deliberate starvation’ tactics used in South Sudan could be a war crime 19 children among dead in Yemen strikes UN refugee agency chief appeals to Syria’s civilians trapped in Idlib

  • News in Brief 19 February 2020
    by Dianne Penn, UN News on February 19, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    UN-backed report finds no country offers 'flourishing' future for children More than 3 million in Niger, mainly children, need aid relief: UNICEF UNAIDS and China work to ensure people living with HIV receive treatment amid COVID-19 outbreak

  • News in Brief 18 February 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News. on February 18, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    UN rights chief appalled at civilian toll in war-torn Syria’s northeast Cameroon killings: Bachelet urges independent investigation Libya talks resume at UN Geneva as negotiator seeks to overcome sticking points

  • News in Brief 17 February 2020
    by Daniel Johnson. UN News - Geneva on February 17, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Pakistan’s solidarity and compassion for refugees is remarkable, says UN chief   Yemen’s opposing sides agree to ‘large-scale’ prisoner exchange  Cameroon violence continues with killing of 22 villagers 

  • News in Brief 14 February 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on February 14, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Vital Idlib aid deliveries resume after ‘heavy bombing’, say UN humanitarians   Horn of Africa to Yemen is world’s busiest sea route for migrants – IOM  Drop in Ebola infections encouraging but fragile says WHO 

  • UNcomplicated: Keeping the peace
    by Sinduja Srinivasan and Jason DeWall on February 13, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    Uncomplicated hosts, Sinduja Srinivasan and Jason DeWall, talk to UN peacekeeping officials Ken Payumo and Nick Birnback, and learn more about the challenges faced by peacekeeping staff, keeping millions safe with limited resources.

  • News in Brief 13 February 2020
    by Liz Scaffidi, UN News on February 13, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    Celebrating the diversity of radio, the most used medium Mounting Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria DPR Korea: Missing hijacked plane 

  • News in Brief 12 February 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on February 12, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Countries and airlines should react to COVID-19 risk proportionally, urges UN aviation organization chief  Libya’s cities ‘re-contaminated’ by months of fighting, warn UN mine experts  International Support Group for Lebanon calls for comprehensive reforms 

  • Looking towards a future without landmines 
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on February 12, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    A world without landmines is possible - and sooner than you think.  That’s the message from mine clearance experts helping to make communities safe with the UN Mine Action Service, or UNMAS.  In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, they explain that although contaminated land is being cleared in more than two dozen countries, this fulfils only a small part of their future development needs. 

  • News in Brief 11 February 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on February 11, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    Top scientists gather at UN to speed up coronavirus response   Appeal for long-term help for Madagascar as child emergency worsens  Eastern DRC displacement leaves thousands in dire conditions – UNHCR 

  • Mobilizing countries to beat back ‘voracious’ Desert Locust threat in East Africa
    by Dianne Penn - UN News on February 11, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    Locust swarms of a magnitude not seen in decades are devastating crops and placing millions at risk of hunger in the Horn of Africa.  Keith Cressman, Senior Locust Forecasting Officer with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), told Dianne Penn the agency is seeking $76 million to scale-up aerial spraying against the “voracious” locusts and protect livelihoods in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. 

  • Ignoring how children behave online is ‘sticking our heads in the sand’ 
    by Elena Vapnitchnaia, UN News (Russian) on February 10, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    The way children and teenagers behave online has profoundly changed, and if societies ignore the need to rethink child safety issues, then “we are sticking our heads in the sand”.  That’s according to Neil Walsh, Chief of the Cybercrime and Anti-Money Laundering Section at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).   Highlighting the role of parents and caregivers in understanding and explaining the risks involved in using the internet, Mr. Walsh told UN News’s Elena Vapnitchnaia that it’s essential to “empower the kids”, enabling them to talk about what they feel and see online.  

  • Commitment, not slogans, key to ending violence against children: UN expert 
    by May Yaacoub, UN News on February 10, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    While the Internet has given children access to a world of information, including by providing a platform for their voices to be heard, it has also exposed them to cyberbullying, sexual exploitation, hate speech and other dangers.  That’s according to  Najat Maalla M’jid, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Violence against Children, who advocates for Governments, civil society and other stakeholders to put children at the heart of their policies.   

  • News in Brief 10 February 2020
    by Daniel Johnson - UN News, Geneva on February 10, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Coronavirus containment ‘still the priority’ as cases rise  Locust threat ‘increases further’ in Horn of Africa  Plea for action to stop 3,700 people dying every day on world’s roads 

  • News in Brief 7 February 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on February 7, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    Coronavirus: demand for facemasks has created shortfall for those in real need  Thousands forced to flee violent gangs in Mozambique  Climate crisis fears fulled as Antarctica posts record temperature reading of 18.3°C 

  • News in Brief 6 February 2020
    by Matt Wells, UN News on February 6, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Faster action needed to stop 61 million girls facing FGM Millions of CAR children still at risk UNESCO calls for investigation into death of Mexico butterfly experts

  • Ending FGM possible in ten years with youth support: UN reproductive health official
    by Cristina Silveiro/UN News on February 6, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    If young people can be mobilized worldwide to help stamp out the practice of Female Genital Mutilation, it can be ended within the next ten years. That’s according to UN reproductive health agency UNFPA’s joint programme coordinator on eliminating FGM, Nafissatou Diop, in an interview with Cristina Silveiro of UN News, just ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to end FGM.

  • News in Brief 5 February 2020
    by Dianne Penn, UN News on February 5, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    'Tremendous gap' between refugee resettlement and placements: UNHCR UN refugee chief wraps up visit to three countries in the Sahel WHO and UNICEF support massive measles campaign in South Sudan

  • Mediation, guidance and wisdom: the UN contribution to peace and security
    by UN News/Conor Lennon on February 4, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    Rosemary DiCarlo, a veteran diplomat, has been in charge of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) since 2018. She spoke to Conor Lennon from UN News about the role of the department, and her hopes for the future of global security.

  • News in Brief 4 February 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on February 4, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    Both sides in Libya conflict agree need for ceasefire that lasts  WHO moves fast to tackle coronavirus ‘infodemic’   Daily bombing leaves northwest Syrian civilians nowhere to hide 

  • News in Brief 3 February 2020
    by Daniel Johnson - UN News, Geneva on February 3, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Libya talks begin in Geneva  Sick patients airlifted from Yemeni capital WHO highlights worsening health threats to Syrian civilians

  • ‘Antisemitism fuelled the Holocaust and didn’t end’ 75 years ago, says education expert
    by Ana Carmo, UN News on February 2, 2020 at 5:55 am

    Some were workers, some teachers, some neighbours. Many ordinary people enabled the Holocaust simply by doing their jobs. Some made the choice to help, while others decided to join in with the persecution, betraying Jewish friends and classmates.  But what “fuelled the Holocaust was antisemitism” which didn’t end with the defeat of the Nazis, and “continues today”, affecting all of society. That’s according to Tad Stahnke, William and Sheila Konar Director of International Educational Outreach, part of the William Levine Family Institute for Holocaust Education, at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.  He was at the United Nations Headquarters in New York for the Holocaust Remembrance Week and spoke to UN News’s Ana Carmo. Mr. Stahnke started by talking about the Memorial Museum’s exhibition “Some were Neighbours”, which examines the role of ordinary people in the Holocaust, and the variety of motives that influenced individual choices. The traveling exhibit will be on view at the UN in New York, until 23 February, and across the world through the UN Information Centres.

  • East Africa locust outbreak could provoke humanitarian crisis: UN food agency
    by Charlotta Lomas, FAO on January 31, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    The Desert Locust outbreak in the Horn of Africa could provoke a humanitarian crisis, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned.   Charlotta Lomas asked FAO senior locust forecasting officer Keith Cressman to provide an update on what he described as “a very, very scary phenomena”. 

  • News in Brief 31 January 2020
    by Liz Scaffidi, UN News on January 31, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    $1.4 billion needed for UNRWA budget US Middle East plan a ‘one and a half State solution’ Do not confuse food charity with ‘right to food’, UN expert tells Italy

  • ‘If cities don’t develop sustainably, neither will the world’
    by UN News/ Matt Wells on January 31, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    The challenges facing cities will be highlighted at the World Urban Forum, held in Abu Dhabi between February 8 and 13. Before he left for the conference , Haoliang Xu, Director of the UNDP's Department of Policy and Programme Support, sat down with Matt Wells from UN News.

  • News in Brief 30 January 2020
    by Dianne Penn, UN News on January 30, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    UNHCR suspends work at transit site in Libya  End political deadlock in Iraq, top UN official urges  Rights experts commend safe return of Irish woman associated with ISIL 

  • News in Brief 29 January 2020
    by Matt Wells, UN News on January 29, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Boosting pneumonia fight could save lives of 9 million children ‘Unprecedented threat’ from rising numbers of Desert Locusts DR Congo can rise above ‘deadly cocktail’ of conflict, rights violations

  • DR Congo: UN rights chief says human rights are improving 
    by Ana Carmo, UN News (with interview by Alain Irung, Radio Okapi)  on January 28, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    Following a five-day visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where instability, inter-communal violence and disease continues to take a heavy toll, the human rights situation there is showing signs of improvement, said High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet.  At the end of her visit this week, the High Commissioner spoke exclusively to Radio Okapi, the Francophone radio station run by the UN Mission in the country, MONUSCO.   

  • News in Brief 28 January 2020
    by Liz Scaffidi, UN News on January 28, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    Iraq: Rights report expresses concerns over ISIL fighter trials Sudan: Violence pushes thousands to flee New financial panel to push Global Goals forward

  • ‘Time for justice for Roma’, Senior expert urges on Holocaust Remembrance Day 
    by Ana Carmo, UN News on January 27, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    Dan Pavel Doghi, Senior Adviser on Roma and Sinti issues for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) says the Roma people should finally receive the justice they deserve.  Mr. Doghi attended a United Nations Holocaust Memorial event at UN Headquarters in New York where he spoke about the importance of education to help fight racism and discrimination against vulnerable minorities.  UN News’s Ana Carmo started by asking him about the fate of the Roma under the Nazi regime.  

  • News in Brief 27 January 2020
    by Matt Wells, UN News on January 27, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    Societies must unite against ‘global crisis of antisemitic hatred’ Libya: UN report urges accountability for deadly migrant attack UNESCO chief demands justice for killing of Iraqi reporters

  • PODCAST: The Last Cherry Blossom, a story of survival
    by Ana Carmo, UN News on January 24, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Yuriko was just a 12 year-old growing up in Hiroshima, when the devastating mushroom cloud enveloped the city in the morning of 6 August 1945. Kathleen Burkinshaw’s novel The Last Cherry Blossom, tells Yuriko’s extraordinary survival story, a journey inspired by the life of the author’s mother, laying bare the importance of nuclear disarmament. For this edition of our podcast show, The Lid is On, Ana Carmo spoke to Ms. Burkinshaw when she came to talk about the book, at the UN Bookshop in New York last year.

  • ‘Default male bias’ makes for generations of ‘invisible women’, author tells UN audience
    by Nahla Valji on January 24, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    Although women make up half the global population, they are often disregarded in the increasingly important world of big data: from measuring economic growth, to disaster response and recovery, or key public transportation planning,  award-winning author Caroline Criado-Perez said at the United Nations on Friday.  Nahla Valji, the UN’s first Senior Gender Advisor in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, asked Ms. Criado-Perez what inspired her to write the book Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, and how the UN can learn from her research on ‘default male bias’.   

  • News in Brief 24 January 2020
    by Dianne Penn/UN News on January 24, 2020 at 5:44 pm

      258 million out of school 'unacceptable': UN General Assembly President UN assisting hundreds affected by intercommunal attack in Abyei UN refugee agency calls landmark climate asylum ruling a 'wake-up' call

  • Quality education: ‘Key to life’
    by Liz Scaffidi, UN News on January 23, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    All societies are undermined without quality schooling for all said the President of the UN General Assembly (PGA), in an interview just ahead of the International Day of Education. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande has convened a high-level meeting to mark the day on Friday, and he firmly believes education “helps strengthen self-esteem”. The leading Nigerian academic and diplomat told Liz Scaffidi that nobody should be left without access to a quality education in the classroom.

  • Policing a 50-year rift: the UN Mission in Cyprus
    by Conor Lennon/ UN News on January 23, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    The United Nations has been involved in the divided island of Cyprus for more than half a century. Conor Lennon asked Elizabeth Spehar, head of the UN Mission in Cyprus, to explain why the UN is still needed on the island.

  • News in Brief 23 January 2020
    by Liz Scaffidi, UN News on January 23, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    Top UN court orders Myanmar to protect Rohingya from genocide 75 years post-Auschwitz, antisemitism still threatens democracy Global forestry gets a boost

  • State of Our World: Elliott Harris, Marta Roig and Dawn Holland in conversation
    by Predrag Vasic/ UN DESA on January 22, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs recently released two major reports on the global economy and inequality. Hear the UN Chief Economist Elliott Harris and lead authors Marta Roig and Dawn Holland discuss the solutions to get us back on the right track.

  • News in Brief 22 January 2020
    by Matt Wells, UN News on January 22, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    Independent UN rights experts call for investigation into alleged Saudi hacking UN chief welcomes formation of new Lebanese Government  Somalia: Humanitarian response plan calls for $1 billion in aid  

  • ‘Comprehensive response’ needed to protect civilians in eastern DR Congo
    by Monica Grayley, UN News - Portuguese on January 21, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    Following a rise in attacks on civilians allegedly committed by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) armed group in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), coupled with attacks against Ebola workers, an independent assessment of the UN peacekeeping response by the MONUSCO Mission, was established last December.  Lieutenant General Carlos Alberto Dos Santos Cruz, who led the assessment team, was at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday to brief the Security Council and told UN News’s Monica Grayley that the armed groups main agenda is criminal, not political.   

  • News in Brief 21 January 2020
    by Liz Scaffidi, UN News on January 21, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    China confirms coronavirus transmission between humans Lebanon: UN rights office calls for de-escalation of protest violence Game-changing tool on hunger