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Syria: ‘Actions, not words’ needed t

New York, Feb 28 (JEN): Following Sunday’s military operations in Syria’s east Ghouta, which claimed 30 lives, including women and children, reliable reports indicate that fighting continued and that shelling between East Ghouta and Damascus was ongoing in both directions, the United Nations humanitarian wing reported Tuesday.

28-Feb-2018
With proposed reforms, UN closer than ev

New York, Feb 28 (JEN): There are serious threats to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the United Nations, especially its development system, must be effectively reformed in order to be able to limit the impact of those threats Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday.

28-Feb-2018
UN can help, but Yemen’s warring parti

New York, Feb 28 (JEN): A destructive pattern of zero-sum politics has plunged Yemen into ever deeper poverty and desolation, the United Nations envoy for the war-torn country said Tuesday, emphasizing that while the UN and the wider international community can try to bring about a favourable environment for a path to peace, Yemeni decision-makers must stop the fighting and bloodshed.

28-Feb-2018
UN peacekeeping chief wraps up three-day

New York, Feb 28 (JEN): The head of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations has wrapped up a visit to Lebanon with a call on leaders from Lebanon as well as Israel to take advantage of the role UN peacekeeping can play in finding political solutions to conflict.

28-Feb-2018
Dry, hot weather likely to reduce harves

New York, Feb 28 (JEN): Southern Africa’s water sources and crops are under serious pressure as a long dry spell and high temperatures have taken hold in the region, the United Nations agriculture agency said Tuesday, warning that after record maize production in 2017, food shortages are set to worsen this year. 

28-Feb-2018
In Geneva, UN chief urges new push to fr

New York, Feb 27 (JEN): Warning that nuclear weapons pose catastrophic risks to human life and the environment, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday called on the international community to make a reinvigorated push to rid the world of such weapons.

27-Feb-2018
Amid ongoing political tensions, situati

New York, Feb 27 (JEN): Urgent efforts are needed to keep the “hard-won” gains in Burundi from eroding, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council on Monday, noting that while the security situation is calm, there is still the potential for volatility as political tensions persist.

27-Feb-2018
UN launches 24-hour hotline for staff to

New York, Feb 27 (JEN): The United Nations is launching a 24-hour helpline to enable staff to call out sexual harassment in the workplace, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday.

27-Feb-2018
In Cameroon, UN deputy aid chief urges a

New York, Feb 27 (JEN): Amid growing insecurity in Lake Chad, a senior United Nations relief official on Monday said the international community and the Government of Cameroon must step up support for humanitarian action in the country, which is most affected by regionwide violence sparked by Boko Haram.

27-Feb-2018
‘Hell on earth’ in Syria’s eastern

New York, Feb 27 (JEN): Syria’s war-battered east Ghouta, the troubled Kasais region in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Northern Rakhine state in Myanmar, where violence has sparked a major exodus of Muslim Rohingyas, were all in the spotlight as the Geneva-based Human Rights Council opened its session today, with UN officials warning that these situations spiraled into crisis “because not enough was done, early and collectively, to prevent the rising horrors.”

27-Feb-2018
South Sudan: A year after averting famin

New York, Feb 27 (JEN): One year after famine was declared in parts of South Sudan, three United Nations agencies warned on Monday that without sustained humanitarian assistance and access, more than seven million people in the crisis-torn country– almost two-thirds of the population – could become severely food insecure in the coming months.

27-Feb-2018
Syrian refugee children in Jordan depriv

New York, Feb 27 (JEN): Eighty five per cent of Syrian refugee children in Jordan are living below the poverty line and a staggering 94 per cent of those under five in “multidimensional” poverty,  meaning that they are deprived of some of the most basic needs such as education, health or protection, an assessment by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revealed.

27-Feb-2018
Nigeria: Government widens search for mi

Abuja, Feb 26 (IBNS): The Nigerian government has widened its search for the missing 110 girls who have been kidnapped by Boko Haram militants last week.

26-Feb-2018
Spain's King Felipe faces protests in Ca

Barcelona, Feb 26 (IBNS): Spain's King Felipe faced protests in his maiden visit to Catalonia since October 2017's failed separation saga.

26-Feb-2018
Steve Jobs CV up for auction, set to fet

Washington, Feb 25 (IBNS): Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' job application, which was written by him 45 years ago, will go up for auction next month.

25-Feb-2018
North Korea willing to hold talks with U

Seoul, Feb 25 (IBNS): A ranking North Korean official told South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday that his nation is willing to hold talks with the United States, media reports said.

25-Feb-2018
UN chief condemns Mogadishu attacks, rei

New York, Feb 25 (JEN): Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the 23 February attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia, which claimed the lives of many civilians and injured numerous others.

25-Feb-2018
Asia-Pacific countries pledge women, gir

New York, Feb 25 (JEN): At a high-level United Nations regional consultation in Bangkok, senior government representatives from Asia and the Pacific committed to empower rural women and girls, to lift their standard of living and combat structural barriers impacting their human rights.

25-Feb-2018
Somalia: Two blasts in Mogadishu kills 1

Mogadishu, Feb 24 (IBNS): Two blasts rocked Somalian capital Mogadishu on Friday, killing at least 18 people, media reports said.

24-Feb-2018
‘We can achieve peace, stability, pros

New York, Feb 24 (JEN): The United Nations and its partners met in Brussels, Belgium, on Friday to strengthen support for a group of five nations in Africa’s troubled Sahel region which are facing pressing challenges including extreme poverty, food and nutrition crises and violent extremism.

24-Feb-2018
UN migration agency reports rise in disp

New York, Feb 24 (JEN): A resurgence of communal violence and armed conflict in recent weeks has led to an increase in the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Mali, the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported on Friday.

24-Feb-2018
UN chief inks pact to better coordinate

New York, Feb 24 (JEN): Secretary-General António Guterres has signed a United Nations systemwide agreement to improve the coordination and coherence of the Organization’s activities to help Member States implement the UN’s counter-terrorism strategy.

24-Feb-2018
Ethiopia: UN welcomes steps towards gove

New York, Feb 24 (JEN): The United Nations on Friday took note of the recent decision by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, to resign, to ‘allow further political reforms to take place in the country aimed at widening democratic space,’ and welcomed the Government’s expressed intention to follow through with governance reforms.

24-Feb-2018
Uruguay: Helping the UN to keep the peac

New York, Feb 24 (IBNS): Uruguay is one of over 120 countries working with the United Nations to help keep the peace around the globe. Whether military, police or civilian personnel, they share a common purpose: the protection of vulnerable communities and the provision of support to countries struggling to move from conflict to peace.

24-Feb-2018
Rights violations in South Sudan may amo 24-Feb-2018
Fresh threats loom over 720,000 Rohingya

New York, Feb 24 (JEN): Rohingya children are facing threats either from severe weather approaching Bangladesh where hundreds of thousands are sheltered in squalid, overcrowded refugee camps, or by ongoing violence in their Myanmar homeland,  the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Friday, calling urgently for scaled-up assistance ahead of the region’s storm season and to address the root causes of the crisis.

24-Feb-2018
Top UN officials urge stronger support f 24-Feb-2018
Australia: Barnaby Joyce to resign as De

Melbourne, Feb 23 (IBNS): Scandal-hit Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said on Friday that he'll resign from his post three days later.

23-Feb-2018
Road to peace in Central African Republi

New York, Fe 23 (JEN): The violence plaguing communities across the Central African Republic (CAR) is a reminder that despite the efforts of all stakeholders, the path to peace, stability and reconciliation in the country remains long and difficult, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council on Thursday.

23-Feb-2018
‘You can still save lives’; UN aid c

New York, Feb 23 (JEN): The United Nations humanitarian chief on Thursday called for action by the Security Council to halt the appalling destruction of Syria’s eastern Ghouta, where nearly 300 people have reportedly been killed in just the past few days, as “bombs and mortars have rained down on bakeries and medical facilities.”

23-Feb-2018
UN receives 40 allegations of sexual exp

New York, Feb 23 (JEN): The United Nations has received 40 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse across its entities and implementing partners for the last three months of 2017, including 15 reported from peacekeeping operations, UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric announced on Thursday.

23-Feb-2018
New UN report cites violations of rights

New York, Feb 23 (JEN): Undue restrictions on freedom of expression are having a “chilling effect” and “further shrinking the space for debate and dissent” in war-torn South Sudan, a new United Nations human rights report has revealed.

23-Feb-2018
Lack of funding for aid operations means

New York, Feb 23 (JEN): A senior United Nations relief official is urging the international community to boost support for humanitarian efforts in crisis-gripped Central African Republic (CAR), where nearly half the population requires assistance.

23-Feb-2018
Job creation around agriculture can spur

New York, Feb 23 (JEN): Agriculture will continue to generate employment in Africa over the coming decades, but businesses around farming, including processing, packaging, transportation, distribution, marketing and financial services, could also create jobs for young people, especially those in rural areas, a senior United Nations official said Thursday.

23-Feb-2018
Sudan: After years of conflict, millions

New York, Feb 22 (JEN): If it were a new crisis, it would be one of the biggest in the world, but despite the fact that more than five million people need aid, Sudan is at risk of falling off international donors’ radar, a senior United Nations official has said.

22-Feb-2018
Protect the rights of ‘Dreamers,’ UN

New York, Feb 22 (JEN): With hundreds of thousands of migrants who arrived in the United States as children facing possible expulsion, a group of United Nations human rights experts has urged the country to take urgent steps to address their situation and ensure that their rights are protected.

22-Feb-2018
At leaders forum in Belarus, deputy UN c

New York, Feb 22 (JEN): The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the most ambitious, universal, people-centred and planet-sensitive set of goals and targets ever conceived by the United Nations, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a regional leaders forum in Belarus on Wednesday.

22-Feb-2018
As relevant as ever, UN Charter is ‘ou

New York, Feb 22 (JEN):The Principles outlined in the United Nations Charter remain the foundations of international relations and global harmony at a time when conflicts have come more complex, new threats and challenges have emerged and impacts of instability are felt far beyond their source, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday.

22-Feb-2018
World has knowledge and tools to stop de

New York, Feb  22 (JEN): A future with zero net global deforestation is possible with the right mix of policies, social action and political will, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said as a major international conference on sustainable forest management kicked off this week in Rome.

22-Feb-2018
‘Our values, beliefs and identity’ a

New York, Feb 22 (JEN): Every two weeks, one of the world’s languages disappears, along with the human history and cultural heritage that accompanies it, the chief of the United Nations cultural agency warned on Wednesday, calling for greater efforts to preserve and promote mother languages and indigenous languages, to bolster inclusion, diversity and ultimately, sustainable development.

22-Feb-2018
UN chief ‘deeply alarmed’ by escalat

New York, Feb 22 (JEN): Deeply alarmed by the escalating violence in Syria’s east Ghouta, the United Nations has reiterated a call for an end to hostilities so that the sick and wounded can be immediately evacuated and humanitarian aid deliveries can reach those in need.

22-Feb-2018
Targeted support, reconstruction needed

New York, Feb 21 (JEN): Iraqi civilians, driven from their homes in fear by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, Da’esh), are now starting to make their way back home after the terrorist group has been uprooted from its bastions in the country, the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported.

21-Feb-2018
South-eastern DR Congo at risk of humani

New York, Feb 21 (JEN): Cautioning that the Tanganyika region in south-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo could be engulfed by a humanitarian disaster of “extraordinary proportions,” the United Nations refugee agency on Tuesday urged the Government to ensure protection of civilians.

21-Feb-2018
‘There is no plan B,’ says Guterres,

New York, Feb 21 (JEN): After over a century of hostilities including 50 years of continued military occupation, Israelis and Palestinians are still no closer to peace, a United Nations special envoy said on Tuesday, warning that even as many in the region have lost hope for positive change, the enemies of peace are growing more confident by the day.

21-Feb-2018
World is failing newborns; UNICEF says g

New York, Feb 21 (JEN): Newborns are dying at “alarmingly high” rates in countries that are poor, conflict-ridden or have weak institutions, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Tuesday in a new report, which reveals that babies born in these places are 50 times more likely to die in the first month of life than those born in some wealthier nations.

21-Feb-2018
Civilian situation in Syria’s east Gho

New York, Feb 21 (IBNS): The humanitarian situation of civilians in Syria’s east Ghouta is spiraling out of control, a senior United Nation aid official has warned in the wake of escalating conflict which resulted in more than 40 civilian deaths on Monday alone.  

21-Feb-2018
Woman dries underwear under AC vent in p

New York, Feb 20 (IBNS): In what might be called a bizarre episode, a female passenger was caught on camera, while she was traveling in a flight,   drying an underwear under the AC vent.

20-Feb-2018
Syria: Government strikes kill dozens of

Damascus, Feb 20 (IBNS): Dozens of civilians have been killed by strikes conducted by Syrian forces in Eastern Ghouta area outside Damascus, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

20-Feb-2018
Peru's ex-President to be tried for 1992

Lima, Feb 20 (IBNS): Peru's former President Alberto Fujimori will be tried for the killings of six farmers in 1992, reports said.

20-Feb-2018
Hailing regional efforts, senior UN offi

New York, Feb 20 (IBNS): Recognizing Latin American and Caribbean countries as “pioneers” in the protection of refugees and asylum seekers, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees urged the region to bolster its standards even further given the global increase in number of people being driven from their homes.

20-Feb-2018
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