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Protecting human rights essential in promoting sustainable supply chains – UN experts

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:07:58 EST

The only way to achieve socially sustainable supply chains is if human rights are protected and respected, a group of UN experts said today in an open letter addressed to G20 leaders currently meeting in Geneva.

Half of all health facilities in war-torn Yemen now closed; medicines urgently needed – UN

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:32:55 EST

More than 14 million people in Yemen have no access to health services, the United Nations health agency today said, warning that transportation of medical personnel and treatment for the injured is getting increasingly difficult as this week the fighting enters its third year.

UNESCO chief condemns killing of Mexican reporter in Chihuahua

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:03:48 EST

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today denounced the killing of journalist Miroslava Breach Velducea in the capital of northern Mexican state Chihuahua on 23 March 2017.

Mosul: UN rights chief urges civilian protection as sniper fire, airstrikes kill dozens

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:59:37 EST

The top United Nations human rights official today deplored the massive loss of civilian lives in the western sections of Iraq’s Mosul city in recent days due to actions by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorists as well as airstrikes by the Government forces.

Supporting Syrian refugees not only an act 'of generosity' but also of 'enlightened self-interest' – UN chief

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST

Visiting the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan that is hosting about 80,000 Syrian refugees, the United Nations chief urged the parties to the conflict in Syria and the countries that have influence over them to realize that the crisis is not only a tragedy for Syrian people but also a threat to regional stability and global security.

Around 22 million children could soon starve without urgent aid, UNICEF warns

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST

Millions of children are on the brink of starvation in the worst humanitarian crisis in decades, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today warned, urgently calling for nearly $255 million to respond to immediate needs in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.

Possessing nuclear weapons ‘fundamentally incompatible’ with world's aspiration for peace – UN official

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:42:14 EST

At the start of a United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, a senior UN official highlighted that creating a world free of such weapons is a common obligation of all States – both nuclear and non-nuclear – and called for their inclusive engagement.

Children suffer grave violations in Sudan’s conflict – UN reports

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:22:40 EST

Fewer children have been recruited to fight in parts of Sudan, but they are still killed and injured, and victims of sexual violence in the country, according to a new report by the United Nations Secretary-General.

UN report explores ways urbanization can be a catalyst for rural development

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:26:45 EST

One way to encourage mutually beneficial developments for urban and rural areas alike is to develop value chains and food systems more efficient and inclusive, a United Nations-backed report examining the ‘quiet revolution’ towards sustainable urbanization has found.

Near East and North Africa: Conflicts threaten to erode gains in region’s zero-hunger battle

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:53:10 EST

Food security and nutrition levels have sharply deteriorated over the last five years in the Near East and North Africa due largely to the spread and magnitude of conflicts and protracted crises, reversing the pre-2010 trend of improvement, a new United Nations report said today.

UN agency chief urges stronger cooperation to aid refugees' transfer from Greek islands

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST

The head of the United Nations refugee agency today noted the need for more accommodations on the Greek mainland to help improve conditions at reception centres on the Greek islands.

Children paying the heaviest price as conflict in Yemen enters third year – UN

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST

As the escalation of the conflict in Yemen enters its third year this week, the top United Nations humanitarian official has called on the parties to the conflict to commit to political dialogue and resolve the situation or risk an unending manmade crisis.

UN appalled at killing of aid workers in South Sudan

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST

Six aid workers from a national non-governmental organization were killed when their convoy was ambushed yesterday while travelling along the Government-controlled area on the Juba-Pibor road, the United Nations mission in the country (UNMISS) has said.

UN envoy calls for urgent measures to protect ceasefire in Syria

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST

Voicing deep concern over recent escalation of fighting in Syria, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country has urged Iran, Russia and Turkey to undertake urgent efforts to uphold the ceasefire which has been in effect since late December last year.

Earth Hour 2017: UN joins iconic landmarks 'going dark' to support protecting the planet

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST

The United Nations this evening dimmed the lights at its iconic Headquarters complex in New York and other facilities around the world in observance of the tenth annual 'Earth Hour,' global event to put the spotlight on the issues facing the planet and to inspire millions across the world to live more sustainably.