A child infected with HIV every 100 seconds, new UN report reveals
on November 25, 2020 at 1:37 pm
Approximately once every minute and 40 seconds, a child or young person under the age of 20 was infected with HIV last year, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reported, calling on governments to “protect, sustain and accelerate” efforts to combat childhood HIV.
End gender-based violence, ‘once and for all’, UN urges on International Day
on November 25, 2020 at 1:23 pm
Commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Wednesday, the United Nations has called on governments worldwide to redouble efforts and eradicate gender-based violence forever.
UN officials denounce bombings in northern Syria
on November 25, 2020 at 8:36 am
Two separate bomb attacks in northern Syria on Tuesday, which reportedly left at least seven civilians dead and many more wounded, have been condemned by the UN.
DR Congo: War crimes conviction ‘an important victory’ for justice – UN envoy
on November 24, 2020 at 9:37 pm
Two senior UN officials welcomed on Tuesday the war crimes conviction and life sentencing of an armed combatant in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Iraq: Continued international support vital amid ‘multiple storms’
on November 24, 2020 at 9:10 pm
As authorities in Iraq continue to operate “in the eye of multiple storms”, international support remains essential for resolving ongoing political, security, economic and social crises, as well as the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Security Council heard on Tuesday.
Afghanistan conference draws donor pledges and calls for lasting ceasefire
on November 24, 2020 at 6:26 pm
International donors pledged financial and political support for Afghanistan’s peace process at the 2020 Afghanistan Conference in Geneva on Tuesday, anticipating a sustainable ceasefire that will help the country rebuild and heal after decades of conflict.
‘Foundational and necessary change’ needed to heal post-COVID world
on November 24, 2020 at 5:27 pm
With the COVID-19 pandemic precipitating one of the world’s worst health, socioeconomic and humanitarian crises in over a century, the UN chief told a high-level discussion on Tuesday to seize the opportunity “to make real, foundational, and necessary change”.
'Deplorable' killing of Afro-Brazilian man shows need to address racism, discrimination
on November 24, 2020 at 4:32 pm
The killing of an Afro-Brazilian man, and the widespread outrage it has sparked, underscores the urgent need for the Government to tackle racism and racial discrimination in South America’s largest country, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday.
Protect civilians uphold human rights, UN tells warring parties in Ethiopia
on November 24, 2020 at 3:51 pm
The UN's top human rights official has called on the parties to the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region to give “clear and unambiguous orders” to their forces not to target civilians, and protect them from assault.
Fears of Desert Locust resurgence in Horn of Africa
on November 24, 2020 at 10:54 am
The Desert Locust crisis which struck the greater Horn of Africa region earlier this year threatening food supplies for millions, could re-escalate as recent strong winds carried mature swarmlets from southern Somalia into eastern and northeastern Kenya, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday.
UN ‘extremely concerned’ for safety of Tigray civilians in regional capital, as refugee numbers grow
on November 24, 2020 at 12:34 am
The UN on Monday said it was “extremely concerned” over the safety of civilians across Ethiopia’s Tigray region, as fighting between Government troops and those loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) reportedly continued, with the Ethiopian Prime Minister having called on opposition forces to surrender the capital Mekelle, by Wednesday.
‘Real hope’ surrounding COVID vaccines ‘cannot be overstated’ – WHO chief
on November 23, 2020 at 9:54 pm
Along with other tried and tested public health measures, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told journalists on Monday that “there is now real hope” that vaccines will play an essential part in helping end the COVID pandemic.
UN expert calls for urgent action to end ‘pandemic of femicide and violence against women’
on November 23, 2020 at 8:26 pm
COVID-19 is overshadowing what has become a “pandemic of femicide” and related gender-based violence against women and girls, said independent UN human rights expert Dubravka Šimonović on Monday, calling for the universal establishment of national initiatives to monitor and prevent such killings.
Afghanistan: UN’s Grandi and Bachelet put plea for lasting ceasefire top of their wishlist
on November 23, 2020 at 5:59 pm
Two top UN officials called for an end to the long-running conflict in Afghanistan on Monday, telling a major conference in Geneva that normality could only return to the country if there was a sustained ceasefire.
Somalia at a crossroad, UN envoy urges ‘deepened’ political consensus
on November 23, 2020 at 5:39 pm
The “broad political consensus” reached in September that ended a two-year stalemate in Somalia must be “preserved and indeed deepened”, the country’s UN envoy told the Security Council on Monday.
Carbon dioxide levels hit new record; COVID impact ‘a tiny blip’, WMO says
on November 23, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere hit a new record of 410.5 parts per million in 2019, and are expected to keep rising this year, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in its annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin on Monday.
No time to waste, as Yemen inches towards famine: UN Children's Fund
on November 23, 2020 at 11:05 am
Raising alarm over “an imminent catastrophe” in war-ravaged Yemen, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reiterated the urgent need for combatants to stop the fighting.
UNICEF planning ‘mammoth operation’ to deliver COVID-19 vaccines
on November 23, 2020 at 6:49 am
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working with more than 350 partners, including major airlines, shipping lines and logistics associations from around the world, to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to over 92 countries, as soon as doses become available, the agency said on Monday.
First Person: Four years on, hopes of return still distant for refugee pianist
on November 22, 2020 at 5:30 am
When UN News first interviewed award-winning Palestinian pianist Aeham Ahmad in 2016, he was a recent arrival in Germany, having fled a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria. Four years on, he wants to return home, but accepts that his chances are slim.
Afghanistan: UN chief underscores need to end violence following deadly rocket attacks
on November 22, 2020 at 3:24 am
The UN Secretary-General has condemned rocket attacks in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, on Saturday which killed at least eight civilians and wounded many more.
Appointment of AU envoys for Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis an 'initiative for peace': UN chief
on November 21, 2020 at 6:03 pm
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the African Union’s (AU) appointment of three high-level envoys to help resolve the conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, calling it an "initiative for peace.”
‘We see the sparks before they turn into fires’: training women to avoid conflict in Sierra Leone
on November 21, 2020 at 5:30 am
In the West African country of Sierra Leone, the UN is supporting a government programme, training women and men to take on leadership roles in areas such as peacebuilding, with the aim of promoting peace and non-violence.
COVID cases surge amid growing threat from antimicrobial resistance – WHO chief
on November 20, 2020 at 9:06 pm
More cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the past four weeks than in the first six months of the pandemic, the UN health agency chief told journalists on Friday as he launched a new report on the threat posed by antimicrobial resistance.
UN chief to press G20 for greater solidarity and support during pandemic
on November 20, 2020 at 7:34 pm
When he addresses leaders of the world’s richest countries at the G20 summit this weekend, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will deliver a simple message on the COVID-19 pandemic: “We need solidarity and cooperation. And we need concrete action now — especially for the most vulnerable.”
Guterres pledges support for sustainable industrial development in Africa
on November 20, 2020 at 5:54 pm
The COVID-19 crisis was impacting Africa “well before the pandemic spread across the continent”, the UN chief said on Friday, marking Africa Industrialization Day, arriving at a point when many economies were expanding and “poverty was in decline”.
‘Act urgently’ to stave off catastrophic famine in Yemen: Guterres
on November 20, 2020 at 4:47 pm
Yemen is in “imminent danger of the worst famine the world has seen for decades”, the UN chief warned in a statement released on Friday, calling for urgent action on the part of the international community to “stave off catastrophe”.
UN agencies uphold human rights considerations in COVID-19 data collection
on November 20, 2020 at 4:24 pm
The United Nations and 15 of its agencies have underlined their support for data collection during the COVID-19 pandemic which respects the right to privacy and promotes development.
This World Children’s Day, ‘reimagine a better future’, for every child
on November 20, 2020 at 1:58 pm
The global community is marking World Children’s Day on Friday, calling for societies to “reimagine a better future” for every child, where each one has the opportunity to thrive.
Collective, conflict-sensitive responses vital to address COVID-19 pandemic and its fallout
on November 20, 2020 at 9:14 am
The coronavirus pandemic has not only exacted a terrible toll on human lives, health and economies, it has also exacerbated existing conflicts, a UN forum heard on Thursday, with top officials urging global solidarity in the fight against COVID-19.
FROM THE FIELD: From President to shepherd, the dreams of displaced children of the Sahel
on November 20, 2020 at 5:30 am
Engineer, nurse, breakdancer, shepherd, human rights lawyer, journalist, musician and president are just some of the future dreams harboured by young displaced people in the Sahel region of Africa.