united nations

  • January 6, 2016

    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.

  • January 5, 2016

    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.

  • January 4, 2016

    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.

  • December 30, 2015

    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.

  • December 28, 2015

    The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria has set 25 January 2016 as the target date to begin talks between the parties aimed at ending the five-year-old conflict, his spokesperson has announced .

  • December 26, 2015

    The presidential and legislative elections that had been scheduled to take place tomorrow (27 December) in the Central African Republic (CAR) will now be held on 30 December 2015, says the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country

  • December 24, 2015

    Some 70 per cent of the over one million Syrian refugees in Lebanon now live below the Lebanese extreme poverty line, a big rise over 2014, and food insecurity is mounting, the United Nations reported yesterday.

  • December 17, 2015

    A new statistical study conducted by the United Nations International Labour Organisation shows migrant workers account for 150.3 million of the world’s approximately 232 million international migrants.

  • December 14, 2015

    Following the adoption of the new Paris Agreement on climate change on 12 December, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said government representatives had made history.

  • December 11, 2015

    A UN human rights expert has warned the UN’s drugs agency that it is not doing enough to prevent a global surge in the death penalty for drugs offences.