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Focus on future, prioritize reconciliation for the region, UN envoy urges Western Balkans

Wrapping up a twelve-day visit to Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide called for concerted and sustained efforts to prioritize reconciliation and prevention. ...

Maldives: UN rights experts denounce detention of judges as ‘direct attack’ on Supreme Court

Denouncing the detention of two Supreme Court judges in the Maldives, United Nations human rights experts warned that the independence of the judiciary is under “serious threat” in the country, as is the principle of separation of powers between the State and the courts. ...

Around four million Iraqi children in need says UNICEF, ahead of investment conference in Kuwait

Nearly a quarter of all Iraqi children are living in poverty, and in the wake of more than four years of violence, families are being pushed to “extreme measures” in order to survive, said the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Monday, as a major conference on rebuilding the country was set to open tomorrow in neighbouring Kuwait. ...

More than 5,000 child soldiers released in 2017, but tens of thousands still being used in conflict – UN

The global commitment to end the use of children in armed conflict led to the release and reintegration of more than 5,000 children in 2017, but tens of thousands of boys and girls are still being recruited, kidnapped, and forced to fight or work for military groups or armed forces at “alarming rates,” according to the United Nations. ...

Civilians in war-torn Yemen ‘under fire on all sides’ – UN rights chief

Raising alarm over continuing civilian casualties in the midst of increased hostilities in war-ravaged Yemen, the United Nations human rights chief underscored that all parties to the conflict are obliged under international humanitarian law to ensure that civilians are not harmed. ...

World loses a ‘human rights giant,’ says UN chief on death of rights expert Asma Jahangir

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday expressed his sorrow at the demise of prominent human rights defender and UN Special Rapporteur Asma Jahangir, who passed away at the age of 66. ...

Urgent action needed as violence soars in war-torn Syria – UN

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for an immediate and unconditional de-escalation of violence in Syria as civilians in the war-torn country suffer through one of the most violent periods in nearly seven years of conflict. ...

Urgent international action needed as violence soars in war-torn Syria, stresses UN rights chief

The United Nations human rights chief on Saturday called for urgent international action to protect civilians caught up in the Syrian conflict, which, he said, saw one of its bloodiest periods with hundreds of lives lost in &#8220wave after wave&#8221 of deadly airstrikes. ...

Urgent international action needed to stop soaring violence in war-torn Syria, stresses UN rights chief

The United Nations human rights chief on Saturday called for urgent international action to protect civilians caught up in the Syrian conflict, which, he said, saw one of its bloodiest periods with hundreds of lives lost in &#8220wave after wave&#8221 of deadly airstrikes. ...

Yemen: Raging violence displaces more than 85,000 civilians, says UN refugee agency

Surging violence across Yemen has resulted in the displacement of more than 85,000 people in just the last 10 weeks, the United Nations refugee agency reported Friday. ...

Olympic message of peace is universal, UN chief says in Pyeongchang

As the world comes together for the Winter Olympics, which kicked off Friday in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on everyone to recognize and promote the Games’ universal message of peace and tolerance. ...

Olympic message of peace is universal, UN chief says ahead Pyeongchang Games

As the world comes together for the Winter Olympics, which kicked off Friday in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on everyone to recognize and promote the Games’ universal message of peace and tolerance. ...

British commander at UN Mission in South Sudan serves as role model for young women

Lieutenant Colonel Katie Hislop of the United Kingdom said she was happy to serve as a role model for young women considering a career with the armed forces. The mother of two was the only woman to head a military contingent at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). ...

Ahead of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, UN calls for smashing stereotypes

It is time to support and invest in women and girls who want to pursue careers in scientific research, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said a message to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, observed annually on 11 February. ...

Women and children threatened by sexual violence at refugee reception centres in Greek islands – UN

Asylum seekers are reporting sexual harassment and violence at some sub-standard reception centres on Greek islands – where even bathing during the daytime can be dangerous – despite Government measures to the dire living conditions, the United Nations refugee agency warned on Friday. ...

Syria: Life ‘living nightmare’ for children in East Ghouta, UNICEF chief warns

Following reports that dozens of children have been killed in violence this week alone in Syria, a senior United Nations official on Friday stressed the need for unconditional evacuations of sick and wounded children from East Ghouta and other sieged areas. ...

In Seoul, UN chief says Global Goals must be a blueprint for fair globalization

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday highlighted the importance of engagement and empowerment to transform the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into benefits for all people worldwide and called on all sectors of the society to actively involve themselves in this endeavour. ...

International community must stay ‘one step ahead’ of ISIL, stresses UN official

Despite military successes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), the terrorist group and its affiliates continue to pose a significant threat around the world, the top United Nations counter-terrorism official told the Security Council today, urging strengthened international cooperation to address violent extremism and bring those behind it to justice. ...

ICC to open separate initial examinations of Philippines ‘war on drugs;’ Venezuela protests

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced on Thursday that she will open preliminary examinations into the so-called “war on drugs” campaign launched by the Government of the Philippines and, separately analyze alleged crimes committed by Venezuela related to the demonstrations and ongoing political unrest there. ...

UN seeks $1.06 billion to help fragile countries create ‘firewall against famine’

Ongoing conflicts and climate-related shocks have left millions of people on the brink of starvation, the United Nations agriculture agency warned on Thursday as it launched a $1.06 billion appeal to save lives and livelihoods, and tackle acute hunger in 26 countries. ...