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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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”.
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”.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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’
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.
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
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
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.
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
‘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
‘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
‘€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