A humanitarian convoy has finally reached the besieged Syrian town of Madaya with life-saving health and food supplies from the United Nations and its partners for the 42,000 desperate residents after reports of people starving to death under encirclement by pro-Government forces.
Following the recent nuclear test conducted by North Korea, the World Council of Churches (WCC) is calling on all parties involved in the current situation on the Korean peninsula to invest in initiatives to reduce tensions and for peaceful co-existence on the Korean peninsula.
The United Nations thas deplored the underground nuclear test announced by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling it “deeply troubling” and the UN Security Council vowing to immediately begin considering the “significant measures” it had vowed to take in the event of another nuclear test by the country.
Civilians are suffering a “terrible toll” in the fighting which is tearing Yemen apart, with casualties now topping 8,100, with nearly 2,800 fatalities, amid Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, shelling by Houthi groups and other clashes, the United Nations reported yesterday.
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has phoned the Foreign Ministers of Saudi Arabia and Iran to urge both countries to avoid actions that could further exacerbate tensions after the recent Saudi executions, the attack on the Saudi embassy in Iran, and the rupture in diplomatic ties.
Top United Nations officials have expressed deep dismay and regret over yesterday's executions by Saudi Arabia of 47 people, including the cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, and called on the country's authorities to commute all death sentences.
Extreme tornadoes in the United States, abnormal snowfalls in Mexico, and heavy flooding in South America and the UK show that governments must take more preventive action to reduce human and economic losses from weather-related disasters, a senior United Nations official has warned.