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Secretary-General welcomes launch of new UN mission in Haiti

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterrs welcomed the establishment Monday of the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), following the closure of its predecessor peacekeeping mission. ...

Guterres welcomes launch of new UN mission in Haiti

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterrs welcomed the establishment Monday of the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), following the closure of its predecessor peacekeeping mission. ...

UN General Assembly elects new members to the Human Rights Council

The General Assembly today elected, by secret ballot, 15 States to serve on the Human Rights Council, the highest intergovernmental body in the United Nations system for matters relating to protection and promotion of human rights worldwide. ...

UN humanitarian officials call for global solidarity ahead of pledging conference on Rohingya refugee crisis

Senior United Nations officials are urging the international community to come together in support of a 23 October pledging conference to “send a strong message to Rohingya refugees and their generous hosts in Bangladesh that the world is there for them in their greatest time of need.” ...

Kicking off ‘Africa Week’ at UN, Guterres says women and youths can unleash continent’s potential

Africa must focus on young people, empower women and girls, and be innovative in leveraging resources and financing for development, Secretary-General António Guterres said Monday as the United Nations kicked off Africa Week. ...

UN envoy discusses implementation of intra-Palestinian agreement with Prime Minister Hamdallah

Meeting the Palestinian Prime Minister today, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, and discussed the implementation of the intra-Palestinian agreement signed in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on 12 October. ...

At UN event in Rome, Pope Francis urges action on climate change, conflicts to end global hunger

Food security for all requires tackling climate change and ending conflicts, His Holiness, Pope Francis, stressed Monday at an official ceremony for World Food Day held at the Rome headquarters of the United Nations agriculture agency. ...

UN rights experts urge France to provide safe water, sanitation for migrants in ‘Calais Jungle’

United Nations human rights experts are urging the Government of France to devise long-term measures to provide access to safe drinking water and sanitation for migrants in Calais and other areas along the northern French coast. ...

Lift protest ban, protect judiciary and preserve civil society role, UN rights experts urge Kenya

Voicing concern over restrictions on protests as well as attacks on judiciary and civil society in the run-up to presidential elections in Kenya, a group of United Nations independent human rights experts called on the Government to honour its obligations and protect the rights of Kenyans. ...

Secretary-General condemns Saturday’s attacks in Mogadishu; commends responders

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today commended the first responders and residents of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, for mobilizing to aid in what is being called Somalia&#39s worst-ever bomb attack. ...

On International Day, UN highlights rural women’s participation in sustainable, climate-resilient agricultural

Women and girls are central to the sustainability of rural households and communities, improving rural livelihoods and overall wellbeing, but their role and significance is often overlooked, the head of the United Nations entity for women&#39s empowerment today said. ...

Parliamentary forum opens in Russia; discussions to include UN cooperation

A committee to strengthen cooperation between the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) will discuss its work at the annual IPU forum, which began today in St. Petersburg, Russia. ...

UN in Somalia condemns ‘barbaric’ bombings in Mogadishu

The United Nations in Somalia strongly condemned today&#39s blasts in the capital, Mogadishu, which reportedly killed or injured dozens of people. ...

In Kyoto, Japanese comedians tackle UN Global Goals

Japanese comedians on Friday competed to make people laugh by weaving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their performance at a United Nations-supported special event in Kyoto, the country’s cultural centre. ...

Central African Republic: UN Special Adviser condemns incitement of violence and hatred

The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide has strongly condemned provocation of ethnic and religious hatred armed groups and politicians in the Central African Republic and impressed the need for urgent, concerted and coordinated steps to end violence, defuse intercommunity tensions and alleviate the suffering of the civilian population. ...

People’s lives continue to worsen, but they live with hope, says UN official in Ukraine

Concluding her visit to Ukraine, the United Nations Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator underlined on Friday the urgent need for humanitarian funding to address the dire situation faced by millions of civilians during the coming winter months. ...

Chile becomes latest nation to resettle Syrian refugees through UN-backed programme

Sixty-six Syrian adults and children arrived in Santiago, Chile from Lebanon on Thursday, making the South American country the newest to resettle Syrian refugees under a United Nations-backed programme. ...

INTERVIEW: Haiti on path to stability, development thanks to UN mission, says envoy

After 13 years, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) will close its doors on 15 October. The Mission was established by the Security Council at a time when State authority had been weak and limited to parts of the capital, Port-au-Prince, with the three branches of power either non-functional or non-existent, and a national police force that was overwhelmed by the multiple threats to public order and the rule of law. ...

Libya: UN agencies scale up response as fighting displaces thousands in Sabratha region

United Nations relief agencies have upped their response in western Libya’s Sabratha region following intensification of conflict that has already driven over 15,000 people from their homes. ...

Libya: UN agencies scale up response in as fighting displaces thousands in Sabratha region

United Nations relief agencies have upped their response in western Libya’s Sabratha region following intensification of conflict that has already driven over 15,000 people from their homes. ...