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Top stories from the UN

UN risk reduction forum in Cancun closes with call to harness data

Mon, 29 May 2017 00:00:00 EST

We can't change nature, but we can be prepared if we have the right information – that was the message from a major United Nations conference on risk reduction in Cancun, Mexico, which closed with a call for all countries to systematically measure losses from natural disasters.

With 'blue helmets' in harm's way every day, peacekeeping reforms and resources needed – UN chief

Mon, 29 May 2017 00:00:00 EST

Marking International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, Secretary-General António Guterres today said that peacekeeping must have the tools and rules it needs to adapt to the dangerous and challenging environments they face.

Countries signed to UN-brokered illegal fishing treaty meet for first time

Mon, 29 May 2017 00:00:00 EST

For the first time since a United Nations-brokered treaty to stop illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing went into force, the countries that endorsed it are meeting in Norway to discuss how to make it a success.

With Africa in spotlight at G7 summit, Secretary-General Guterres urges investment in youth

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:00:00 EST

At the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Italy, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called world leaders to invest in young people, with stronger investment in technology and relevant education and capacity building in Africa.

Kosovo: UN to create trust fund, following panel report on alleged rights violations by peacekeeping mission

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:41:41 EST

Taking into account an expert panel report on alleged human rights violations by the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, the Secretary-General has decided to establish a Trust Fund to implement community-based assistance projects, his spokesperson said today.

UN envoy warns of dire crisis as Gaza faces power cuts, gallons of raw sewage pouring into the sea

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:28:00 EST

The United Nations Middle East envoy today cautioned that unless urgent measures are taken to de-escalate the crisis now spiralling out of control in the Gaza Strip, there will be devastating consequences for Palestinians and Israelis alike.

FEATURE: UN-backed projects in the Caribbean highlight connection between life on land and life below water

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:13:53 EST

The vital role of the world's oceans in human well-being and development is being highlighted next month as the United Nations hosts a global conference aimed at protecting these resources.

‘All refugees want to go home someday’ – UNHCR spokesperson and author Melissa Fleming

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:52:09 EST

As Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Melissa Fleming listens to stories of people fleeing for their lives every day. Although she has met many refugees and gotten to know several stories of resilience, when she came across Doaa’s story, she couldn’t sleep at night.

UN strongly condemns terrorist attack in Egypt

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 EST

The United Nations Security Council and Secretary-General António Guterres today condemned in the strongest terms the killing of at least 28 people in Egypt, with the Council denouncing the attack “heinous” and “cowardly.”

Civilians in Syria must be spared from anti-ISIL airstrikes – UN rights chief

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 EST

The United Nations human rights chief today urged all warring parties in Syria to take every feasible measure to spare the civilian population from the effects of the armed conflict, noting that civilians are increasing caught in fighting between the Government forces and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorist group.

Libya: UN envoy calls on rival groups to immediately halt violence in Tripoli

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 EST

Condemning the surging violence in Tripoli, the top United Nations official in Libya called today for an immediate end to fighting in and around the capital and for rival groups to “put Libyan national interests” ahead of their own.

Some 10,000 people fleeing west Mosul every day, UN migration agency warns

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 EST

Citing Iraqi Government figures, the United Nations migration agency today warned that the number of people fleeing West Mosul is soaring – on 18 May, hitting a peak when some 16,100 transited through the Hamam al-Alil screening site – the largest official daily movement of people since the October 2016 military offence began.

Fresh violence empties city in Central African Republic; senior UN official urges more aid

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 EST

A senior United Nations official is calling for additional humanitarian aid in the Central African Republic, where nearly the entire population of the city Bria was forcibly displaced last week.

With focus on natural disasters, UN risk reduction forum opens in Mexico

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:04:06 EST

Opening a major United Nations conference on risk reduction in Cancun, Mexico, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed cautioned that the world would not reach its development goals without tackling climate change and disaster risk.

Attacks on hospitals and medical staff ‘symptoms of grave disregard’ for international law – UN chief

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:01:06 EST

Parties to conflict are treating hospitals and clinics as targets, rather than respecting them as sanctuaries, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned today during a Security Council debate on the protection of civilians in armed violence.