Faith-based organisations presented a significant input at a United Nations civil society hearing in New York City, on 6 April 2016, a prelude to a UN High Level Meeting on HIV in New York on 8-10 June.
In a boost to international humanitarian efforts in Syria, the United Nations World Food Programme yesterday has delivered aid by air for hungry people trapped in the besieged eastern city of Deir Ezzor, an area controlled by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh).
Global security has been a key concern of the ecumenical movement for more than a century, and was in many ways integral to the very formation of the World Council of Churches. This was at the heart of a lecture given by the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit in a contribution to York Minster’s lecture series Global Security and the United Nations: 70 years on.
Expressing deep regret and concern over the deaths of four migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa in a detention centre in al-Zawiya, Libya, the senior United Nations humanitarian official in that country called yesterday (6 April 2016) for an independent, impartial and full investigation into their deaths.
Following “extensive” consultations with Yemeni leaders and regional partners, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen has announced that parties to the conflict have agreed to a nation-wide cessation of hostilities beginning at midnight on 10 April, in advance of the upcoming round of peace talks, scheduled for 18 April in Kuwait.
Top United Nations officials have called on leaders to attend the World Humanitarian Summit in May and make concrete commitments to enhance gender equality, as women and girls are “central” to humanitarian action.
Africa is one of the biggest continents in the world, and also has wide disparities between the poor and rich in access to water, according to reports from the United Nations and other independent groups.
Unless the needs and rights of the more than eight million Syrian children are addressed, an entire generation will be lost, along with decades of development progress,UNICEF warns in a new report ) that calls on the international community to protect the youngest civilians amidst “a children's crisis.”
Despite modest gains in some regions in the world, millions of women are losing ground in their quest for equality in the world of work, according to a new report prepared by the UN International Labour Organisation (ILO) as part of the its Women at Work Centenary Initiative .
One hundred prisoners in Ghezel Hessar prison, Iran, have been told to prepare for impending execution following a pause in hangings ahead of last week’s parliamentary elections. All of the prisoners face execution for alleged drug offences.