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October 17, 2019
Providing academic enrichment programmes, as well as health and wellness services which empower students and address community needs, is the goal of a New York City school that is working to break the cycle of poverty. Alexandra Teitel brought students from the Gregory “Jocko” Jackson School of Sports, Arts and Technology in Brooklyn to UN Headquarters on Thursday for an event commemorating the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
October 17, 2019
Low-cost initiatives such as insecticide-treated mosquito nets and child de-worming programmes are proof that the world can take effective action to reduce poverty, a Nobel Prize-winning economist has said, as the world marks the International Day dedicated to its eradication. Michael Kremer, alongside fellow professors Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics for their research in fighting poverty.
October 17, 2019
Record-high number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan: UN Report Tuberculosis infections declining, but not fast enough among the poor New labour research identifies strategies for tackling poverty and inequality
October 16, 2019
On Tuesday the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) revealed that a stark proportion of the world’s children are not receiving adequate nutrition, with half of all children under-five lacking essential vitamins and nutrients in their diets for proper development.   The agency’s Senior Advisor for Infant and Young Child Nutrition says the figures from UNICEF’s most comprehensive report on the issue in 20 years, demonstrate a need for families and children to “demand nutritious food.”
October 16, 2019
New UN political mission in Haiti Global cancer cases expected to spiral End cycle of violence against rights defenders
October 16, 2019
Although United Nations peacekeeping operations are over in Haiti, the Caribbean country will not “be alone” as a new political mission focused on sustainable development begins its work there on Wednesday. That’s the message from Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, who has been reflecting on achievements during that 15-year period.
October 15, 2019
In Syria, violence continues ‘on both sides’ of border with Turkey Concerns over deportation of Haitian migrants from Bahamas to Haiti – OHCHR IOM organizes first humanitarian charter flight from Algeria to Niger
October 14, 2019
Military operation in northeast Syria could see unintentional release of ISIL affiliates: UN chief   Guterres praises UN-led peace talks to end Ecuador’s unrest  Stop the waste: UN food agencies call for action to reduce global hunger
October 14, 2019
Every year, around one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. A new report from FAO, explains how countries are stepping up to tackle the problem. Andrea Cattaneo, a senior economist at FAO, outlines the report.
October 11, 2019
Turkey’s Syria offensive could spark another catastrophe, warn humanitarians Burkina Faso conflict and violence force 500,000 from homes 'White extremist’ use of social media in attacks must be curbed
October 11, 2019
Fifty years since the first moonwalk, space technology has made a huge difference to life on earth – just think about all those weather and telecommunications satellites orbiting way above us. Now, with the help of high-precision satellite imagery and a nifty mobile phone app, UN satellite experts are aiming to give small island States threatened by natural disasters and climate change, the best chance of survival. In an interview with UN News’s Kina Vujanic-Beck to celebrate World Space Week 2019, UNOSAT’s Dr. Einar Bjorgo, explains how technology out there in orbit, can be applied for development and humanitarian ends.
October 10, 2019
Over half of all UN staff work in field duty stations, some of which have “extraordinary stressors” that need to be faced every day.   That’s from Fabrizio Hochschild, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination, who spent 30 years working around the world as a humanitarian with the Organization, and has battled with mental health issues himself.  In an interview with UN News’s Natalie Hutchison, he explained why the UN launched the initiative, to address concerns from Headquarters in New York, to the world’s conflict zones.
October 10, 2019
World Mental Health Day shines spotlight on high youth suicide rates UN winning the fight against Ebola in DR Congo New UN data centre will improve refugee assistance: UN chief
October 10, 2019
In an era when a single cybercriminal can sow chaos, taking whole countries offline, everybody in the world with a smartphone in their pocket, has “a role to play” in the fight against the growing scourge. That’s the view of Neil Walsh, chief of the cybercrime team which is part of the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime. Matt Wells asked Mr. Walsh to describe the state of the underground cybercrime industry worldwide today.
October 9, 2019
Alarming number of women mistreated during childbirth: WHO study  Conference to fund global disease fight kicks off in France  UN celebrates postal network on World Day
October 9, 2019
Millions are trafficked around the world each year, and more than 70 per cent of them are women, according to UN figures. In an interview with UN News, Hilary Gbedemah, chairperson of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) says that poverty, male impunity and forced migration are just a few of the factors boosting the numbers.
October 8, 2019
One billion people suffer from preventable eye conditions: WHO Latest shipwreck tragedy off Italian coast brings deaths at sea to 1,071 It’s time for Australia to roll back restrictive asylum and migration policies, urges Michelle Bachelet
October 8, 2019
What does it mean to be stateless? After her story was highlighted by UNCHR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett on Monday, UN News’s Daniel Johnson caught up with Maha Mamo, who grew up in Lebanon before being given Brazilian nationality.
October 7, 2019
UN warns against civilian displacement in northeast Syria following US withdrawal UN Mission in Libya condemns airstrike which injured children at riding club Tolstoy lands in Geneva to mark a century of international cooperation
October 4, 2019
UN expresses concern following wave of street protests in Iraq and elsewhere  UN highlights milestone of 1,000 Ebola survivors in DR Congo UN experts recommend elimination of toxic chemicals
October 4, 2019
During a three-day mission to Djibouti, Ursula Mueller, the UN’s Humanitarian Affairs chief, saw for herself the huge impact that extreme weather events are having on the country. Ms. Mueller spoke with the Saviano Abreu, from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) about the many humanitarian challenges facing the people of Djibouti.
October 3, 2019
UN’s Guterres: Broad climate ‘movement’ has begun  UNMISS: ‘Peace is still fragile’ throughout South Sudan  Former Assembly President, Professor Freitas do Amaral, dies
October 2, 2019
Kyrgyz lawyer wins top UN Refugee Agency award UN envoy positive but realistic about upcoming Syria Constitutional Committee meeting First-ever visit of a UN human rights chief to Malaysia
October 1, 2019
Athens urged to fast-track asylum-seekers amid crisis over island shelters  ‘Sixth straight year’ of at least 1,000 deaths in the Mediterranean  Plunge in Russians’ alcohol consumption linked to ‘dramatic’ rise in life expectancy
October 1, 2019
Emily Kasriel, editor of the BBC's Crossing Divides web series, spoke with UN News’s Natalie Hutchison in the SDG Media Zone during the General Assembly high level week.
September 30, 2019
Two teenagers from opposite sides of the world made a special trip to the UN in Geneva recently to help mark 30 years of the Convention of the Rights of the Child – an international treaty that protects children from discrimination, violence and neglect. More important, perhaps, Maria, from Mexico, and Zycrel, from the Philippines, have also been advising UN rights experts on a “child-friendly” version of the Convention, too.
September 27, 2019
Human Rights Council agrees on fact-finding mission to Venezuela Brutal violence in northern Nigeria forces thousands into Niger Zimbabwe must act quicker on democratic vision, urges UN-appointed independent expert
September 26, 2019
As estimated 260 million children are not receiving an education, and the crisis is hampering their access to vital life skills and the jobs market. Leaders at the non-profit, TheirWorld, have committed to closing the education gap.
September 26, 2019
When it comes to finding out about the latest science on global warming, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – with its 195 Members – is a leading international authority. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, IPCC Working Group chair Valérie Masson-Delmotte explains how important it is for Governments to act now to protect hundreds of millions of people in at-risk communities, from coastlines to mountain regions.
September 26, 2019
Afghan civilians must be spared bloodshed, UN mission urges warring parties (UNAMA) UN child protection panel issues blueprint to tackle online sex offenders Critical WHO supplies arrive in Sudan to manage cholera outbreak
September 25, 2019
Lawlessness and impunity, as clashes continue in Libya Earth’s oceans and frozen spaces paying price for ‘taking the heat of global warming’ Global green ‘New Deal’ needed, to achieve SDGs by 2030
September 24, 2019
Second Ebola vaccine for DRC is welcome, says UN health agency Nigeria must act to stop housing crisis and forced evictions: rights expert Harassment of human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong must end, say experts
September 23, 2019
In this special Climate Summit edition of our flagship Lid is On podcast, participants explained just how they plan on doing their part, owning the pledge to curb carbon emissions as outlined in the 2015 Paris Climate Accord.
September 23, 2019
Climate Action Summit warns of ‘glaring’ gap in emissions commitments Syria: UN chief announces progress on Constitutional Committee Sign language protects ‘linguistic identity and cultural diversity’ of all users, says UN chief
September 20, 2019
As a UN Ambassador for Peace, renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma inspires young people to support the Organization’s efforts to address climate change and other pressing issues such as hunger and HIV/AIDS. Liling Huang asked Mr. Ma about his message for the nearly two million members of what he affectionately calls “Gen Z”: the biggest generation of young people in the planet’s history.
September 20, 2019
On this year’s Day of Peace, young people from around the world have been invited to take part in a ceremony at UN headquarters in New York On Friday, Conor Lennon from UN News went to meet with two of the youth delegates, who are raising awareness of peace and climate change.
September 20, 2019
In this exclusive UN News interview, Melissa Fleming, new head of Global Communications here at the UN, talks to António Guterres for our Lid Is On podcast, about the power of effective international cooperation, on the road to 2030.
September 20, 2019
Migrant shooting in Libya, ‘irrefutable’ proof it’s not safe, say agencies Refugee safety a priority amid rising xenophobic attacks in South Africa In Yemen, record 12.4 million food-insecure people receive food assistance
September 18, 2019
UN and Red Cross chiefs unite for call to end use of explosive weapons in cities Cameroon stresses commitment to tackle Boko Haram (#HRC42) Mediterranean diet ‘must be protected and promoted’ for global well-being, says UN food agency
September 18, 2019
The UN’s first Youth Climate Summit takes place in New York this Saturday where participants will include hundreds of young advocates from around the world. One of them is 23-year-old Marie-Claire Graf from Switzerland, where  her “Sustainability Week” initiative aims to turn universities into sustainable role-models.
September 17, 2019
Justice for Myanmar generals is coming, rights experts insist $50 million appeal for Ukraine households on contact line to keep winter at bay World leaders should “take young people seriously” to fix planet’s climate crisis, says activist
September 17, 2019
Back in June, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, was elected by acclamation to preside over the 74th session of the General Assembly, which begins on Tuesday. In his first major interview with UN News, Mr. Muhammad-Bande told Cristina Silveiro that poverty eradication, inclusion and quality education would be his top priorities in office. Calling education “a complex matter”, he spelled out that “whoever is denied an education is denied almost everything”.
September 16, 2019
We “need more women in power positions”, the outgoing President of the 73rd General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa has told UN News, saying that gender parity and women's rights are not only about justice, but “about common sense”.
September 13, 2019
Global communication, understanding the value of religious freedom, and a solid framework are all key in implementing protection of religious sites.   That’s from  Miguel Moratinos, High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), referencing a Thursday announcement of new efforts by the agency to counter hate and violence around the globe.
September 10, 2019
Nicaragua 'crisis' a major concern, warns Bachelet Rohingya refugees face 'worst impact of year' amidst monsoons UNHCR:Hundreds of Libya detainees to be evacuated to Rwanda,
September 4, 2019
UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, flew to the Bahamas on Wednesday to meet with the Prime Minister and other members of Government, and discuss the next steps in the relief effort. Speaking in an exclusive interview with UN News’s Conor Lennon, Mr. Lowcock described the scene as one of “mass destruction”.
September 2, 2019
Hurricane Dorian “hammering” Bahamas, could be strongest on record, UN weather experts warn Alarm over Syria health centre attacks UN chief ends DR Congo trip with plea for more Ebola funding
August 30, 2019
The vast majority of the world’s nearly 26 million refugees are hosted in the Global South where providing education for them is a major challenge, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, the agency’s Mamadou Dian Balde (Deputy Director, UNHCR Division of Resilience and Solutions) explains how a new plan is helping to provide not just primary but also secondary schooling to vulnerable youngsters.
August 30, 2019
More than half of world’s refugee children ‘do not get an education’, warns UNHCR WHO confirms new Ebola case in Uganda Guterres hails Timor-Leste on the 20th anniversary of 1999 ‘independence’ poll
August 29, 2019
Nigerian musician Lambo raises money to bring music therapy programs to youth prisons, through his NGO SALT (Saving All lives Together). Conor Lennon from UN News met Yinka at the event, and asked him why he is so passionate about the subject.
August 29, 2019
Saudi women will now be able to apply for passports. Those over 21 will be allowed to travel independently, without permission from their so-called guardians.  UN News’s May Yaacoub spoke to UN Women’s Dr. Mouza Al Shehhi and started by asking her what those steps represent for the region.
August 29, 2019
‘Dramatic resurgence’ of measles threatens Europe From the epicenter of nuclear explosions Colombia guarantees equal recognition to persons with disabilities
August 28, 2019
Fighting corruption is particularly important in countries recovering from conflict, Mirella Dummar-Frahi, from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said in an interview with UN News. Speaking to Conor Lennon, at the UN Civil Society Conference, Ms. Dummar-Frahi,, said that, in these countries, corruption can be a driver of conflict.
August 28, 2019
Funding shortfall in Iraq Social media’s Pinterest steps up to combat vaccination misinformation  A positive step for indigenous women
August 27, 2019
With Zimbabwe experiencing its worst-ever hunger crisis, the United Nations and its relief partners have revised their humanitarian appeal to scale up food assistance to people most affected by drought, flooding, and economic stagnation. The UN Resident Coordinator for Zimbabwe, Mr. Bishow Parajuli, was recently in New York and sat with UN News’s Assumpta Massoi and gave her a snapshot of the current humanitarian situation in the country.
August 27, 2019
We cannot conceive of the UN without involving civil society, according to Maruxa Cardama, chairperson of the 68th UN Civil Society Conference. Conor Lennon from UN News asked Ms. Cardama why the UN needs to forge closer links with civil society.
August 27, 2019
Child labour case highlights ‘widespread’ abuse in Nepal: rights experts DR Congo’s Goma passes key 21-day period without Ebola transmission: WHO We must bring era of nuclear tests to an end, urges Guterres
August 26, 2019
UN chief calls for more concrete action in response to the ‘climate emergency’ UN food relief agency calls for additional funding in Central African Republic  Young migrant’s death should prompt Athens to move other youngsters to safety: UNHCR
August 25, 2019
Adiba Qasim is an inspiration.  After fleeing an ISIL terrorist massacre in northern Iraq that claimed dozens of family members in 2014, at just 19 years old, she became a humanitarian worker to help other women who’d endured unimaginable horrors at their hands. Today, Adiba is in Switzerland, where she’s studying hard to become a lawyer – and where she spoke to UN News’s Daniel Johnson at an event to celebrate World Humanitarian Day.
August 23, 2019
School closures triple in Central and Western Africa as education comes under fire Sudan flash-floods leave 54 dead, nearly 200,000 affected: OCHA Ebola outbreak spreading but intensity of transmission has fallen: WHO
August 23, 2019
The history of the global slave trade “concerns all humanity” as it impacts on modern societies, according to the Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences at the UN cultural organization, UNESCO. Nada Al-Nashif was speaking to UN News ahead of The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, celebrated annually on 23 August. Twenty-five years ago, UNESCO launched the ‘Slave Route Project: Resistance, Liberty, Heritage’, a landmark initiative that helped break the silence surrounding the slave trade and slavery. Ana Carmo began by asking Nada Al-Nashif about the impact of the project.
August 22, 2019
The arms trade involves almost every country in the world, but more action is needed to consider how the $100 billion a year industry impacts on gender-based violence, the head of a key treaty said on Thursday. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Ambassador Jānis Kārkliņš of Latvia, President of the 5th Arms Trade Treaty  Conference of States Parties meeting in Geneva next week, explains how for the first time, the treaty’s signatories are expected to agree to look at gender as a criteria for weapons exports in future.
August 22, 2019
The senior UN official tasked with overseeing a plan of action to ensure that religious sites are safe, has delivered a draft to the Secretary-General. Miguel Angel Moratinos, spoke to UN News on the first-ever International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief.  Mr. Moratinos explained that one of the new elements explored in the draft plan, is the role of social media, using, as an example, the Christchurch, New Zealand shootings.
August 21, 2019
Lack of funds forces UN to close Yemen aid programmes UN chief expresses concern at ‘new wave of human suffering’ in last Syrian rebel-held city Somalia security remains a concern, head of UN Mission warns Security Council
August 21, 2019
For this special edition of our Lid Is On podcast, Daniel Dickinson travelled to the north-east of Cameroon to meet two survivors of terrorism who are trying to rebuild their lives following the unspeakable acts committed against them and their families.
August 20, 2019
Aden escalation ‘clear sign’ that Yemen conflict must end, UN envoy Deadly airstrikes displace thousands of civilians in Libya oasis town: OCHA Venezuela: UNICEF seeks $70 million to aid 900,000 children
August 20, 2019
The work of female humanitarians is hugely important and often comes at significant personal cost. That’s according to Melissa Fleming, currently the communications chief for refugee agency UNHCR, but soon to take up her new post as head of Global Communications at the UN, who’s been speaking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson at a special World Humanitarian Day event in Geneva. First, though, we’ll hear from Adiba Qasim, who was also at the event; she survived an ISIL massacre in Iraq in 2014 that claimed the lives of 70 family members. Despite this trauma, she refuses to see herself as a victim and is now a human rights advocate.
August 19, 2019
Afghanistan bloodshed mars 100 years of independence World Humanitarian Day honours life-saving contribution of women aid workers UN renews call to Yemen’s warring parties to down weapons
August 16, 2019
Displaced by DRC violence, survivors’ testimonies highlight brutality of armed militia Two years after exodus, Myanmar’s ‘desperate’ Rohingya youth need education, skills: UNICEF UN human rights office appeals to Zimbabwe to engage with protesters and ‘stop cracking down’
August 15, 2019
Youssouf Mbodou Mbami is the chief of the Canton of Bol and presides over a large swathe of Lake Chad, an area where many young people have been recruited or forced to join terrorist groups, such as Boko Haram.
August 15, 2019
Children’s lives’ in Mediterranean Sea must take priority over politics, says UNICEF  UN steps up efforts against Dengue fever in Yemen  WHO welcomes Switzerland’s decision to end tobacco deal at Dubai Expo
August 14, 2019
Afghanistan: grave concern at reports 11 civilians killed by pro-Government forces UN panel urges Paraguay to probe poisonings, contamination from agrochemical sprays Disarmament discussions must make urgent progress, says UN’s new top diplomat in Geneva
August 13, 2019
Transformative change is needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – mobilizing civil society and individuals - but also through securing “national and a global leadership”. That’s according to the President of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), Mr. Ola Elvestuen, who is also Norway’s Minister of Environment. In an interview with UN News’s Ben Malor, Mr. Elvestuen underscored the need to have environment challenges addressed urgently.
August 13, 2019
Breakthrough in new drug treatments to fight Ebola in DR Congo UN expert calls for action over French nationals facing Iraq terror charges Allow more than 500 rescued passengers to disembark, urges UNHCR
August 9, 2019
Food aid to Yemen set to fully resume after two-month break More than 500,000 Rohingya refugees get ID cards for first time Malians fleeing violence should be given international protection, says UN
August 8, 2019
‘Unprecedented’ climate change impact puts global food security at risk: new UN report UN Mission in Libya calls for investigation into ‘brutal abduction’ Middle East and North Africa set to miss Sustainable Development Goals for young people
August 7, 2019
‘Enforced disappearances’, responsibility of Mexican state: UN independent experts Israeli settlement expansion ‘flagrant violation of international law’ Embrace new technology and innovation to feed the world, UN agency urges
August 6, 2019
‘€1 million’ fines for rescue boats prompts UN concern for future sea operations All States have ‘primary responsibility’ to protect against hate attacks: UN’s Bachelet Kashmir developments risk further impacting on people’s rights: UN Musician’s call from the heart for 1.8 million hungry people in CAR
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