united nations

  • January 23, 2017

    Highlighting growing challenges, such as climate change and natural resource scarcity  facing small farmers in developing countries, the head of the United Nations agricultural agency has called for information technology tools that can help boost their resilience as well as feed a growing world population.

  • January 17, 2017

    Children face the ongoing violations of their rights worldwide, including poverty, violence and discrimination against them, a senior United Nations human rights official has told the body that monitors implementation of a global treaty on the matter.

  • January 11, 2017

    Delivering his first formal briefing to the Security Council, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres underlined the need for new, strengthened efforts to build and sustain peace ranging from prevention, conflict resolution and peacekeeping to peacebuilding and sustainable development.

  • January 5, 2017

    A senior United Nations humanitarian official has reported  that though damage to Aleppo was extreme, aid workers were nonetheless inspired by signs of optimism and hope, and asked that peace be given a chance.

  • January 3, 2017

    On his first day at the helm of the United Nations, Secretary-General António Guterres has pledged to make 2017 a year for peace.

  • December 30, 2016

    The United Nations envoy for Syria has welcomed the announcement of a nationwide ceasefire between the Government and armed opposition groups that came into effect at midnight 29 December 2016.

  • December 27, 2016

    The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the adoption of a Security Council resolution which states that the establishment of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, have “no legal validity”, constitute a “flagrant violation” under international law and are a “major obstacle” to a two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace.

  • December 19, 2016

    In his last press conference as UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon delivered stark warnings on two issues at the forefront of international concern: that “the carnage in Syria remains a gaping hole in the global conscience;” and that South Sudan faces a risk of genocide as the country leaders have “squandered a peace agreement.”

  • December 12, 2016

    Former Prime Minister of Portugal António Guterres is set to be sworn in today as the next United Nations Secretary-General, succeeding Ban Ki-moon who steps down at the end of the month.

  • December 11, 2016

    Veteran journalist Peter Oborne rightly has a reputation for integrity and intellectual rigour.