united nations

  • August 15, 2017

    Twenty million people risk dying of hunger in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and the north-east of Nigeria, including 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition, the United Nations food relief agency said yesterday, spotlighting its worldwide campaign to fight famine.

  • August 7, 2017

    In response to the launches of ballistic missiles of possible intercontinental range by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the United Nations Security Council has moved to strengthen sanctions on the Northeast Asian country's exports.

  • August 3, 2017

    UN Committee tells UK government to urgently reverse changes which make going to court in environmental cases prohibitively expensive.

  • July 29, 2017

    United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned yesterday's launch of a ballistic missile of possible intercontinental range by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

  • July 25, 2017

    Four years on, Australia's offshore processing has left some 2,000 people languishing in unacceptable circumstances – causing physical and psychological harm, according to the United Nations refugee agency, which yesterday called for an immediate end to the practice.

  • July 21, 2017

    The Maldives authorities must immediately halt its first execution planned in more than 60 years and preserve its positive death penalty record, Amnesty International said yesterday.

  • July 18, 2017

    Civilians lives – including those of women and children – continue to be lost at record high levels amid a worsening toll of suicide attacks, the United Nations mission in Afghanistan said yesterday, calling on anti-government forces to stop indiscriminate attacks against civilians as well as on the Government to stop using mortars and rockets in populated areas.

  • July 17, 2017

    The first ever action plan specifically designed to enable religious leaders to prevent incitement to violence – the Plan of Action for Religious Leaders and Actors to Prevent Incitement to Violence that Could Lead to Atrocity Crimes – was launched on 14 July  2017 by Secretary-General António Guterres at a meeting at UN Headquarters in New York.

  • July 12, 2017

    Unless the international community contributes $200 million to address the cholera outbreak in Yemen, the United Nations humanitarian arm will be forced to “reprogramme” more resources tagged for malnutrition in the country already facing famine, a senior official said yesterday (11 July 2017).

  • July 8, 2017

    A treaty to rid the world of nuclear weapons was formally adopted on 7 July 2017 at the United Nations. Quaker observers hailed the historic treaty as a huge step, saying such weapons of mass destruction should be illegal and unacceptable.