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Armed groups threaten every child in Cen

New York, Nov 30 (IBNS): A new study released by the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, shows that the deteriorating crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), five years into the latest civil conflict to hit the country, has left practically every child needing protection from armed groups, which now control four-fifths of the country’s territory.

30-Nov-2018
UNESCO lists wrestling, reggae and raiho

New York, Nov 30 (IBNS): From Jamaican reggae to Georgian wrestling and Japanese rituals, the UN cultural agency, UNESCO, added six new elements to its list of "intangible heritage" for the world to treasure on Thursday, further improving the visibility of often little-known and understood arts traditions.

30-Nov-2018
Security Council urged to help spare Syr

New York, Nov 30 (IBNS): An escalation in fighting across northern Syria illustrates the “fragility” of the situation in the war-torn region, a senior UN humanitarian official said on Thursday, urging sustained international efforts to protect millions trapped there, from “devastation.”

30-Nov-2018
New Syria fighting represents ‘giant p

New York, Nov 30 (IBNS): It is unclear if rockets fired into the Syrian city of Aleppo last weekend contained chemical toxins, a senior humanitarian adviser to the UN said on Thursday, adding that if they did, it would constitute a war crime.

30-Nov-2018
'Collective amnesia’ over causes of gl

New York, Nov 30 (IBNS): 10 years on, governments are experiencing collective amnesia towards of one of the biggest factors behind the 2008 global financial crash –the housing crisis – which has not been addressed and is only getting worse, said Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, in a statement on Thursday.

30-Nov-2018
Madagascar: UN chief commends nation on

New York, Nov 30 (IBNS): The results of the first round of voting to choose Madagascar’s next President were announced on Wednesday, prompting the UN chief to commend the peaceful nature of the vote, which now moves to a second round run-off next month.

30-Nov-2018
Africa Forum aims to boost business, red

New York, Nov 29 Better transport, logistics and foreign investment are essential to smooth the way for the African continent to reduce trade hurdles, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

29-Nov-2018
‘Global trust’ declining, ‘our wor

New York, Nov 29 (IBNS): On the eve of the G20 international forum in Argentina, and ahead of next week’s COP24 climate conference in Katowice, Poland, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for global leadership to be stepped up, “at a time of declining global trust.”

29-Nov-2018
Negotiated two-State solution still ‘t

New York, Nov 29 (IBNS): A two-State solution where Israel and Palestine live side-by-side as sovereign nations is still “the only option” for lasting peace, and “containing the situation is not sufficient,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday, marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

29-Nov-2018
World cannot be transformed without ‘i

New York, Nov 28 (IBNS): The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the plan to transform the world agreed at the UN by 193 countries, cannot happen without “the ideas, energy, and tremendous ingenuity of the countries of the South,” said UN chief António Guterres on Wednesday, speaking at the opening session of the 2018 Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo), alongside María Fernanda Espinosa, President of the General Assembly, and other senior UN officials.

29-Nov-2018
Increasingly under attack, women human r

New York, Nov 28 (IBNS): A group of United Nations human rights experts issued a joint statement on Wednesday calling on States to live up to their commitments to protect women human rights defenders, as they come under increasing attack, and with inadequate protection.

29-Nov-2018
Central American migrants must be protec

New York, Nov 29 (IBNS): Migrants who have made, or who are making the journey to the United States border in caravans confront increasing threats to their lives, liberty and security, United Nations independent experts said on Wednesday, calling for their full protection.

29-Nov-2018
Attack on Karachi consulate will not aff

Beijing, Nov 28 (IBNS): In the wake of the recent attack on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi city of Pakistan, China on Tuesday said such an incident will not  affect the relationship between the two countries.

28-Nov-2018
China: Blast near chemical plant kills 2

Beijing, Nov 28 (IBNS): At least 22 people were killed as a blast occurred near a chemical factory in northern China on Wednesday, media reports said.

28-Nov-2018
Migration deal U-turns ‘reflect poorly

Dubai, Nov 28 (IBNS): In an exclusive interview with UN News, Louise Arbour, the UN Special Representative for International Migration, said on Tuesday that the stated intention of several countries (including Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria) to pull out of the Global Compact for migration reflects poorly on them, and has seriously affected the spirit of multilateralism.

28-Nov-2018
‘At risk’ Mediterranean forests make

New York, Nov 28 (IBNS): Between 2010 and 2015, forests around the Mediterranean have expanded by two per cent, but that has come at the price of significant degradation and increasing vulnerability to climate change, population pressures, wildfires and water scarcity, warned a new UN report launched on Tuesday.

28-Nov-2018
UN chief highlights action across border

New York, Nov 28 (IBNS): Challenges such as climate change, violent extremism, illegal drugs and people trafficking, all require countries to work together across borders, to formulate creative and coordinated solutions, the United Nations Secretary-General said on Tuesday.

28-Nov-2018
Suffering of thousands of war-affected S

New York, Nov 28 (IBNS): Well over 7,000 child casualties in Syria’s brutal armed conflict have been verified over the last five years, but this is just “the tip of the iceberg,” the United Nations Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the crisis lamented on Tuesday, with thousands more cases likely going unreported.

28-Nov-2018
UN launches new fund to advance sustaina

New York, Nov 28 (IBNS): UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged countries to fund a new initiative designed to reduce vulnerability, advance sustainable development and create decent living conditions for millions of people living around the Aral Sea, whose basin encompasses Uzbekistan, and six other countries in Central Asia.

28-Nov-2018
‘Dire consequences’ for a million ch

New York, Nov 28 (IBNS): Amidst a $33 million funding shortfall, plunging temperatures in the Middle East and North Africa pose a major threat to children in the region, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

28-Nov-2018
Climate Change Focus: Lake Chad trees ke

New York, Nov 27 (IBNS): Tens of thousands of drought-resistant trees are being planted with the support of the UN in the Lake Chad region to restore vegetation cover around the lake, help farmers adapt to climate change, and support women's economic initiatives.

27-Nov-2018
Somalia: UN mission head condemns deadly

New York, Nov 27 (IBNS): The top United Nations official in Somalia has “strongly condemned” terrorist attacks in the north-central city of Galkayo and in the Somali capital on Monday, which left a prominent cleric and a number of other civilians dead.

27-Nov-2018
Top UN official urges Russia and Ukraine

New York, Nov 27 (IBNS): An “immediate de-escalation” of tensions is needed in the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea, the United Nations top political official has said, underlining the importance of “earnest attempts” to find a peaceful resolution to years of simmering conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

27-Nov-2018
Take-home pay growing at lowest level si

New York, Nov 27 (IBNS): Wages grew higher and faster in less well-off countries last year than in richer nations, but salaries are still far too low in the developing world, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Monday, with growth overall at its lowest since the 2008 global recession.

27-Nov-2018
Guterres censures terrorist attacks in N

New York, Nov 27 (IBNS): Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the recurrent attacks by terrorists and other extremist groups in northern Nigeria that have taken a heavy toll on civilians and security forces.

27-Nov-2018
UN chief ‘following very closely’ re

New York, Nov 26 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has underlined that any use of chemical weapons against civilians and under any circumstances is a clear violation of international law, amid reports of their alleged use in Syria’s war-battered Aleppo.

26-Nov-2018
Violence against women a ‘mark of sham

New York, Nov 26 (IBNS): Violence against women and girls is not only a fundamental human rights issue but also a “moral affront” against them and a “mark of shame” on all societies, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has said, calling greater action by everyone around the world to root out the scourge.

26-Nov-2018
Toxic gas attack in Syria leaves over 10

Aleppo, Nov 25 (IBNS): At least 107 people were hospitalised after a toxic gas attack hit government-controlled city of Aleppo in Syria, local media reports said on Sunday.

25-Nov-2018
In Yemen, Special Envoy sees UN role in

New York, Nov 24 (IBNS): The United Nations should “actively and urgently” pursue negotiations for a leading role in aiding the humanitarian crisis in Yemen’s port city of Hudaydah, the top UN envoy for the war-torn country urged Friday.

24-Nov-2018
Respect people’s peaceful assembly and

New York, Nov 24 (IBNS): Nicaragua must respect the rights to free opinion and expression and to peaceful assembly, the United Nations human rights wing said on Friday, amid reports that authorities are continuing to criminalize legitimate actions of social leaders and others associated with protests that erupted in the country earlier this year.

24-Nov-2018
UN agencies call for more resettlement a

New York, Nov 24 (IBNS): Denouncing the dangers faced by migrants and asylum seekers in Libya, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) called on Friday for an end to their detention and advised those intercepting or rescuing them at sea against returning them to a country where they face “squalid conditions”.

24-Nov-2018
Guatemala Dos Erres massacre conviction

New York, Nov 24 (IBNS): The conviction of a former Guatemalan soldier involved in the mass killing of villagers in an infamous massacre during the country’s civil war has been welcomed by the UN human rights office, OHCHR.

24-Nov-2018
UN chief commends African Union on adopt

New York, Nov 24 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres has commended the African Union, a UN peace partner, and its leadership for progress achieved on institutional reform, adopted at the continental organization’s Assembly meeting.

24-Nov-2018
Top UN officials sound alarm as Yemen fi

New York, Nov 23 (IBNS): As fighting in Yemen edges closer to the main healthcare practice in the port city of Hudaydah, the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) joined the world body’s humanitarian chief on Thursday to urge the warring parties not to target or occupy any civilian sites – including Al Thawrah Hospital.

23-Nov-2018
5 killed as car ploughs into crowd of c

Huludao,China, Nov 22 (IBNS) : A car ploughed into a crowd of children outside a primary school in northeastern China on Thursday, killing five people and injuring 18, state media reported.

22-Nov-2018
Burundian must take lead in launching in

New York, Nov 22 (IBNS): The absence of an inclusive political dialogue in Burundi has left country fragile amid the humanitarian, economic and financial difficulties and ongoing security threats, the United Nations Special Envoy there told the Security Council on Wednesday.

22-Nov-2018
Future of our planet hinges on action by

New York, Nov 22 (IBNS): Protecting the planet rests on this generation’s youth and their inclination “to hold leaders and decision-makers accountable,” especially in the combat against climate change, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told university students in China today.on Wednesday.

22-Nov-2018
UN police officer recognized for protect

New York, Nov 22 (IBNS): United Nations Police Officer Phyllis Osei has been awarded the 2018 UN Female Police Officer Award, in recognition for her outstanding work with the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), at a ceremony in New York on Monday.

22-Nov-2018
Landmine casualties high for third conse

New York, Nov 22 (IBNS): Despite hundreds of millions of dollars in investment to rid the world of landmines, the number of casualties caused by explosive remnants of war (ERW) remains high, according to the latest UN-backed civil society report on the issue, published on Tuesday.

22-Nov-2018
New energy security framework will help

New York, Nov 22 (IBNS): Backed by the United Nations, countries in eastern Africa have launched a new energy security framework to help tackle growing challenges over energy access and availability in the region.

22-Nov-2018
At UN forum, Asia-Pacific countries high

New York, Nov 22 (IBNS): Gathered at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Organization’s development wing in the region, countries have highlighted how new technologies – especially smart devices – are making transport systems safer and greener.

22-Nov-2018
After decade of progress, rural areas of

New York, Nov 22 (IBNS): For the first time in a decade, the number of people falling into poverty in rural Latin America and the Caribbean has increased by two million, according to a new United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report, which called the worrying trend a “historical reversal.”

22-Nov-2018
Twitter bots played disproportionate rol

New York, Nov 21 (IBNS): An analysis of information shared on Twitter during the 2016 U.S. presidential election has found that automated accounts -- or "bots" -- played a disproportionate role in spreading misinformation online.

21-Nov-2018
Kim Jong Yang of the Republic of Korea h

Dubai, Nov 21 (IBNS): Delegates attending INTERPOL’s General Assembly have elected Kim Jong Yang of the Republic of Korea as the Organization’s new President.

21-Nov-2018
Maldives decides to rejoin Commonwealth

Male, Nov 21 (IBNS): Maldives has decided to rejoin the  Commonwealth of Nations  after a gap of two years, the President's office confirmed on Wednesday.

21-Nov-2018
UN chief condemns deadly terrorist attac

New York, Nov 21 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has “strongly condemned” the terrorist attack targeting a religious gathering in the Afghan capital, Kabul, which claimed dozens of civilian lives.

21-Nov-2018
Cameroon violence condemned by UN human

New York, Nov 21 (IBNS): Continuing insecurity in Cameroon has been condemned by the United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) amid reports of killings by armed groups and State forces that has prompted mass internal displacement.

21-Nov-2018
Go ‘beyond-business-as-usual’ to inv

New York, Nov 21 (IBNS): A “pragmatic, strategic and evolutionary” approach is needed in the least developed countries to strengthen their public sector capacity, bring about institutional reform and promote policy learning, a new United Nations report has urged.

21-Nov-2018
Children in Lake Chad Basin attend schoo

New York, Nov 21 (IBNS): 3.5 million children living in the Lake Chad Basin in Africa’s Sahel region do not have access to education according to the UN-backed Education Cannot Wait fund.

21-Nov-2018
UN chief advocates for a strengthening o

New York, Nov 21 (IBNS): Citing the “encouraging progress” achieved by United Nations peacekeeping operations in Africa – which hosts half of all ongoing missions – UN chief António Guterres on Tuesday called the international community to strengthen cooperation and commitment to peacekeeping, during an open debate held at the Security Council.

21-Nov-2018
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