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Security tensions may have deepened rights violations in DPRK, Security Council told

People’s rights are reportedly violated in “almost every aspect” of their lives in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations human rights chief warned Monday, stressing that security tensions on the Korean Peninsula should not negate concerns about the situation of ordinary people there. ...

Lift in global economy prompts opportunities to tackle deep-rooted development issues – UN

A three per cent upturn in the global economy has paved the way to readjust policy towards longer-term issues, such as addressing climate change, tackling existing inequalities and removing institutional obstacles to development, according to a new United Nations report on global economic prospects. ...

Make digital world safer for children, increase online access to benefit most disadvantaged – UNICEF

Governments and the private sector have not kept up with the game-changing pace of digital technologies, exposing children to new risks and harms &#8211 both on and offline &#8211 and leaving millions of the most disadvantaged behind, the United Nations Children&#39s Fund (UNICEF) said Monday in a new report ...

Human Rights Day: UN launches campaign for 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration

The United Nations on Sunday kicked off in Paris, France, a year-long campaign to honor the foundational human rights document, which next year marks its 70th anniversary. ...

Not enough being done to shield civilians from violence in Somalia – UN report

The armed conflict in Somalia continues to exact a heavy toll on civilians, damaging infrastructure and livelihoods, displacing millions of people, and impeding access to humanitarian relief for communities in need, according to a United Nations report launched today in the country&#39s capital, Mogadishu. ...

Peaceful conduct of elections ‘historic moment’ for Nepal, says UN chief

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the holding of the two-phased State and Federal elections and congratulates the people of Nepal for the peaceful conduct of the polls. ...

‘Genocide should not be part of our present or our future,’ UN adviser says on day to honour victims

The United Nations office that coordinates efforts on genocide prevention has launched an appeal for Member States to ratify the 1948 genocide convention by the end of 2018 if they haven&#39t done so. ...

Security Council considers measures to support regional force in the Sahel

The United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution clarifying the ways in which the international community, including the UN mission Mali – known by its French acronym MINUSMA – is expected to provide support to a multi-country joint military force conducting counter-terrorist operations in the Sahel. ...

UN agency begins assisting thousands of West African migrants to leave Libya

The United Nations migration agency and the Government of Niger welcomed the first 504 people from Libya to Niger, kicking off a voluntary mass evacuation of nearly 4,000 migrants. ...

Human Rights Day: UN to launch campaign for 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration

The United Nations will on Sunday kick off in Paris, France, a year-long campaign to honor the foundational human rights document, which next year marks its 70th anniversary. ...

UN chief calls for $1 billion in donor contributions to emergency response fund

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday called for $1 billion in donor contributions to the Organization’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) – a pool of funding that supports critical relief operations in crises around the world – as humanitarian needs have increased from $5.2 billion in 2005 to over $24 billion today. ...

Gaza: UN official releases funds to enable life-saving aid programmes in enclave

A senior United Nations aid and development official in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) today released $2.2 million to support health, food and livelihood programmes in the Gaza Strip. ...

UN chief condemns attack that leaves at least 14 peacekeepers dead in volatile eastern DR Congo

Dozens of United Nations &#39blue helmets&#39 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been killed and many more injured, in what the Secretary-General António Guterres described as the &#8220worst attack&#8221 on UN peacekeepers in recent history. ...

UN official releases funds to enable live-saving aid programmes in Gaza Strip

A senior United Nations aid and development official in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) today released $2.2 million to support health, food and livelihood programmes in the Gaza Strip. ...

UN official releases funds to enable live-saving aid programmes in occupied Palestinian territory

A senior United Nations aid and development official in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) today released $2.2 million to support health, food and livelihood programmes in the Gaza Strip. ...

Podcast: Peacekeeping and protection in South Sudan

Defending the vulnerable from attack is one of the important duties of a UN peacekeeper, but what do you do when you come across a secret safe that may contain weapons, hidden away in a camp designed to protect civilians? ...

‘Zero tolerance’ for sexual exploitation and abuse by UN staff in South Sudan, underscores senior official

The relationship between United Nations peacekeepers and civilian staff and the vulnerable people in South Sudan they are working for must be one of mutual trust and confidence, said a senior UN official, noting that instances of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel not only breaks down that relationship, it also destroys the trust communities have in the Organization. ...

FEATURE: Seizing on global trend, Afghan women reporters empower voices against violence

In a year when the #metoo hashtag has inspired women across the globe to tell their personal tales of harassment and unwanted sexual advances in the workplace, a team of female television reporters in northern Afghanistan is promising to “leave no sister behind” by telling the often harrowing stories of Afghan women and girls trapped by abuse and gender-based violence. ...

‘Zero tolerance’ to sexual exploitation and abuse by UN staff in South Sudan, underscores senior official

The relationship between United Nations peacekeepers and civilian staff and the vulnerable people in South Sudan they are working for must be one of mutual trust and confidence, said a senior UN official, noting that instances of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel not only breaks down that relationship, it also destroys the trust communities have in the Organization. ...

South Sudan: Security Council urged to do more to protect civilians, help end violence

With the conflict in South Sudan entering its fifth year, senior United Nations officials on Thursday expressed concern about the precarious security situation and bleak humanitarian conditions in the world’s youngest country. ...