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From the Field: Outreach across the Horn of Africa

Mon, 08/08/2022 - 06:15
In July, a UN human rights officer embarked on an outreach visit to the Horn of Africa’s Sool and Sanaag regions, a seven-day round-trip of more than 1,600 kilometres by road.

Giraffes, parrots, and oak trees, among many species facing extinction

Sun, 07/08/2022 - 06:15
Around one million species are facing extinction, according to a report from IPBES, an independent intergovernmental science and policy body supported by the UN.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator ‘gravely concerned’ by escalation of violence in Gaza

Sat, 06/08/2022 - 19:01
The ongoing and serious escalation of violence in and around Gaza between Palestinian militants and Israel has claimed the lives of 13 Palestinians by Israeli airstrikes, including a 5-year-old child and one woman, informed Lynn Hastings, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the territory.

First Person: The honey business owner creating a buzz in northern Uganda

Sat, 06/08/2022 - 02:36
Sam Aderubo started his company, Honey Pride, in Arua, northern Uganda, in order to make a positive impact on his community. With support from the UN, the business is taking off, providing work for hundreds of local beekeepers, many of whom are marginalized women and youth.

From Hiroshima, UN chief calls for global nuclear disarmament

Sat, 06/08/2022 - 02:27
It is totally unacceptable for states in possession of nuclear weapons to admit the possibility of a nuclear war, António Guterres underscored early on Saturday in Japan at a ceremony marking the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Nuclear-free world is possible, test-ban treaty chief says

Fri, 05/08/2022 - 22:54
Nuclear weapons will continue to pose a risk to humanity unless countries fully adhere to the treaty that prohibits their testing, a senior UN official said at a press conference in New York on Friday. 

Central African Republic: Militias spreading ‘terror, insecurity’, must lay down arms

Fri, 05/08/2022 - 21:27
Armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) must lay down their arms and engage in political dialogue, a UN-appointed independent human rights expert said on Friday, urging the international community to strengthen efforts to restore State authority and end impunity there.

WMO reports decrease in likelihood of severe Atlantic hurricane season ahead 

Fri, 05/08/2022 - 18:27
As the North Atlantic hurricane season enters its traditional peak period, the US National  Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) has adjusted its forecast to monitor the conditions which impact cyclonic activity, according to the UN weather agency, WMO, on Friday.  

Nuclear technology helps Mexico eradicate invasive insect pest

Fri, 05/08/2022 - 18:24
One of the most devastating insect pests infesting fruits and vegetables in Mexico has been eradicated in the state of Colima, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Somalia: ‘We cannot wait for famine to be declared; we must act now’

Fri, 05/08/2022 - 17:26
Rising acute food insecurity in Somalia has caused more than 900,000 people to flee their homes in search of humanitarian assistance since January last year, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned.

Step up protection for activists who challenge big business in Colombia

Fri, 05/08/2022 - 17:02
Activists who raise concerns about business projects in Colombia are under serious threat for speaking out, and UN human rights experts are urging the government to do much more to protect them. 

Major fall in global food prices for July, but future supply worries remain

Fri, 05/08/2022 - 10:19
Food prices dropped significantly in July, marking the fourth consecutive monthly decline since hitting record highs earlier in the year in the wake of the war in Ukraine, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) reported on Friday. 

More lifesaving grain shipments authorized to leave Ukraine

Thu, 04/08/2022 - 23:53
Three more ships have been given the green light to leave Ukraine’s Black Sea ports on Friday, carrying just over 58,000 tons of corn, in a move that will raise hopes further for the success of a UN initiative aimed at lowering prices of essential foods and easing the global crisis.

DR Congo: UN regrets Government move to expel Mission spokesperson

Thu, 04/08/2022 - 22:33
The United Nations continues to engage with authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the wake of the deadly shooting this past weekend involving peacekeepers from its Mission there, MONUSCO. 

UNFPA global innovation awards: 10 projects that will change lives of women and girls

Thu, 04/08/2022 - 21:24
The UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency, UNFPA, has announced the ten winners of its first ever Joint Innovation Challenge; a cutting edge competition to provide funding for social enterprises with innovative solutions that advance the empowerment of women and girls worldwide.

Unprecedented global challenges are ‘not insurmountable’ – UN chief

Thu, 04/08/2022 - 19:52
Nearly a year ago, the UN chief released his report, Our Common Agenda (OCA), a blueprint for global cooperation moving forward, and reinvigorated multilateralism. On Thursday, he updated the General Assembly on progress made so far, saying the need for the report’s proposals “has only increased.”

Healthy life expectancy in Africa grows by nearly 10 years

Thu, 04/08/2022 - 17:15
Healthy life expectancy among Africans living in mainly high and upper middle-income countries on the continent, has increased by almost 10 years, the UN health agency, WHO, said on Thursday.

New sculpture at UN honours rights experts killed in DR Congo

Wed, 03/08/2022 - 22:07
A powerful new sculpture unveiled at UN Headquarters on Wednesday honours the memory and mission of two human rights experts who were murdered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) five years ago. 

UN chief slams ‘immoral’ profiteering amid global energy crisis

Wed, 03/08/2022 - 21:05
As the war in Ukraine continues to rage, skyrocketing energy prices are compounding an existential cost-of-living crisis for hundreds of millions of people, the UN chief said on Wednesday, introducing the third is a series of briefings from the Global Crisis Response Group (GCRG) on Food, Energy and Finance.

UN renews commitment to Yazidi community eight years after ISIL onslaught

Wed, 03/08/2022 - 20:21
Every effort must be made to support the Yazidi community in Iraq, the United Nations said on Wednesday, marking eight years since the extremist group ISIL launched a brutal assault on the religious minority.