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Myanmar can draw on UN expertise in tackling Rohingya returns, Security Council told

The United Nations can help repatriate Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, the Organization’s top political official said Tuesday, stressing that the Asian country in democratic transition can also tap the UN’s capacities and extensive experience in tackling other challenges. ...

Armed hostilities on rise again in Ukraine, where conflict ‘never really stopped,’ says UN rights wing

An uptick in armed hostilities in Ukraine has resulted in more deaths and new damages to critical water infrastructure storing dangerous chemicals – posing a grave threat to human life and the environment, according to a new United Nations report. ...

UN Assembly calls on Member States to ‘accelerate progress’ on goal of universal health coverage

The United Nations on Tuesday called for greater efforts on the part of its Member States to ensure universal health coverage, and designated 12 December as International Universal Health Coverage Day. ...

New compact to improve refugee response ‘a chance to chart a different course’ – UN agency chief

The head of the United Nations refugee agency on Tuesday kicked off in Geneva a dialogue on protection challenges with a stark warning: the tragedy of forced displacement has deepened – one year after the world pledged to improve its response to refugee situations. ...

New compact to improve global refugee response ‘a chance to chart a different course’ – UN agency chief

The head of the United Nations refugee agency on Tuesday kicked off in Geneva a dialogue on protection challenges with a stark warning: the tragedy of forced displacement has deepened – one year after the world pledged to improve its response to refugee situations. ...

‘Invest in the future, not the past;’ green business key to winning war on climate change – UN chief

Those who fail to bet on a green economy will be living in a grey future, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned Wednesday, calling for greater ambition by governments, civil society, the private sector and finance partners to help tackle the global climate challenge. ...

New Year could bring more misery to children in DR Congo’s restive Kasai region, warns UNICEF

In the coming year, severe acute malnutrition could claim the lives of more than 400,000 children under the age of five in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s volatile Kasai region, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned Tuesday. ...

UN and partners launch $4.4 billion regional appeal for more than five million Syrian refugees

A more than $4 billion appeal has been launched to support what one senior United Nations official called on Tuesday &#8220a lost generation&#8221 of Syrian refugees caught up in the ongoing conflict. ...

Recalling Algiers attack, Secretary-General says, 2007 bombing ‘hit heart of the UN’

In a message commemorating the 2007 bombing of the United Nations offices in Algiers, the capital of Algeria, Secretary-General António Guterres expressed the Organization’s continuing support to combat terrorism and violent extremism. ...

Human Rights Day: UN officials pledge to focus on advancement of human dignity, equality and rights

Top United Nations officials on Monday urged everyone to raise their voices and stand up for the rights of others, while celebrating the launch of a year-long campaign on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Decalration of Human Rights during a special event at UN Headquarters in New York. ...

UN aid official in Yemen urges lifting of blockade, says millions a ‘step away from famine’

The continuing blockade of ports in Yemen must be lifted, a senior United Nations humanitarian official today urged, calling for greater access to more than eight million people on the verge of famine. ...

Human Rights Day: UN officials pleddge to focus on advancement of human dignity, equality and rights

Top United Nations officials on Monday urged everyone to raise their voices and stand up for the rights of others, while celebrating the launch of a year-long campaign on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Decalration of Human Rights during a special event at UN Headquarters in New York. ...

Human Righst Day: UN officials pleddge to focus on advancement of human dignity, equality and rights

Top United Nations officials on Monday urged everyone to raise their voices and stand up for the rights of others, while celebrating the launch of a year-long campaign on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Decalration of Human Rights during a special event at UN Headquarters in New York. ...

Security tensions may have deepened rights violations in DPRK, Security Council told

People’s rights are reportedly violated in “almost every aspect” of their lives in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations human rights chief warned Monday, stressing that security tensions on the Korean Peninsula should not negate concerns about the situation of ordinary people there. ...

Lift in global economy prompts opportunities to tackle deep-rooted development issues – UN

A three per cent upturn in the global economy has paved the way to readjust policy towards longer-term issues, such as addressing climate change, tackling existing inequalities and removing institutional obstacles to development, according to a new United Nations report on global economic prospects. ...

Make digital world safer for children, increase online access to benefit most disadvantaged – UNICEF

Governments and the private sector have not kept up with the game-changing pace of digital technologies, exposing children to new risks and harms &#8211 both on and offline &#8211 and leaving millions of the most disadvantaged behind, the United Nations Children&#39s Fund (UNICEF) said Monday in a new report ...

Human Rights Day: UN launches campaign for 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration

The United Nations on Sunday kicked off in Paris, France, a year-long campaign to honor the foundational human rights document, which next year marks its 70th anniversary. ...

Not enough being done to shield civilians from violence in Somalia – UN report

The armed conflict in Somalia continues to exact a heavy toll on civilians, damaging infrastructure and livelihoods, displacing millions of people, and impeding access to humanitarian relief for communities in need, according to a United Nations report launched today in the country&#39s capital, Mogadishu. ...

Peaceful conduct of elections ‘historic moment’ for Nepal, says UN chief

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the holding of the two-phased State and Federal elections and congratulates the people of Nepal for the peaceful conduct of the polls. ...

‘Genocide should not be part of our present or our future,’ UN adviser says on day to honour victims

The United Nations office that coordinates efforts on genocide prevention has launched an appeal for Member States to ratify the 1948 genocide convention by the end of 2018 if they haven&#39t done so. ...