united nations

  • February 17, 2016

    As World Health Organisation officials briefed United Nations Member States in New York yesterday (16 February) on the Zika virus outbreak, the agency launched a global strategy to guide the international response to the spread of the virus and the neonatal malformations and neurological conditions associated with it.

  • February 15, 2016

    The United Nations has reported that Afghan hostilities in 2015 left more than 3,500 civilians dead, including an unprecedented number of children – one in four casualties over the past year was a child – and nearly 7,500 others wounded, making this the highest number of civilian casualties recorded.

  • February 10, 2016

    The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced yesterday (9 February) that it has started distributing urgently needed food to people displaced by the recent surge in violence in Aleppo.

  • February 4, 2016

    Just two days after declaring the official start of delayed intra-Syrian talks in Geneva to end five years of bloody warfare, the UN mediator has suspended them for three weeks following differences between Government and opposition delegations on the priority of humanitarian issues.

  • February 3, 2016

    Child protection systems across Europe are overwhelmed as the rate of youngsters in the flood of refugees and migrants has soared to one in three compared with one in 10 less than a year ago, the UN warned yesterday, calling for strengthened steps to prevent exploitation and abuse.

  • January 28, 2016

    As the global community gathered to commemorate the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi extermination camp 71 years ago, the UN Secretary General emphasised that the most effective way to prevent new genocides is by educating new generations about the horrors of the Holocaust.

  • January 25, 2016

    Senior United Nations humanitarian officials have called on the authorities and various factions in war-torn Yemen to allow sustained access into the besieged central city of Taiz after seeing at first-hand the desperate state of its inhabitants.

  • January 22, 2016

    Hundreds of extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, gang-rapes, sexual slavery, forced abortion, massive recruitment of child soldiers and indiscriminate attacks against civilians with entire villages burned down have been perpetrated by all in sides in South Sudan, says the UN.

  • January 20, 2016

    Despite falling unemployment in some developed economies, the global jobs crisis is likely to continue for at least the next two years, especially in emerging economies, topping 200 million by 2017, the United Nations labour agency has warned, calling for urgent steps to boost jobs.

  • January 18, 2016

    The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the launch of a new report on finding solutions to the growing gap between the increasing numbers of people in need of assistance and sufficient resources to provide relief.