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Taliban urged to uphold Afghan girls’ right to education

Mon, 09/18/2023 - 5:00am
The international community must ensure that every girl in Afghanistan has an opportunity to learn, the head of the UN fund for education in emergencies said on Monday – the second anniversary of the Taliban’s edict banning secondary education for girls. 

‘Radical reorientation’ needed as half of humanity lacks basic health coverage

Mon, 09/18/2023 - 5:00am
Over 4.5 billion people worldwide lack coverage for essential health services the UN health agency said on Monday, underscoring the need for stronger political commitment and increased government investment.

Ukraine: UN adds historic Kyiv cathedral and monastery to danger list

Mon, 09/18/2023 - 5:00am
The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added two of Ukraine’s most historic buildings in Kyiv and another site in Lviv, to its official list of World Heritage sites in danger  

Libya floods aftermath: Response continues amid the wreckage

Mon, 09/18/2023 - 5:00am
UN teams are working tirelessly to deliver vital assistance to communities devastated by the unprecedented floods that hit eastern Libya.

UNESCO: 250 million children now out of school

Mon, 09/18/2023 - 5:00am
The number of children missing out on any schooling has increased by six million, bringing the total to 250 million, according to new figures released on Monday by the UN Education, Science, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Ethiopia: Mass killings continue, risk of further ‘large-scale’ atrocities

Mon, 09/18/2023 - 5:00am
In Ethiopia, war crimes have continued unabated almost a year after a ceasefire was agreed between the country’s Government and forces from the northern Tigray region, UN-appointed independent rights experts said on Monday.

UN General Assembly adopts declaration to accelerate SDGs

Mon, 09/18/2023 - 5:00am
Now is the time for a global plan to rescue the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are woefully off-track halfway towards their 2030 deadline, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday in New York. 

How the UN SDG Summit aims to transform the world

Mon, 09/18/2023 - 5:00am
The centrepiece of the UN General Assembly’s 2023 high-level week, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit, will see world leaders gather in New York on Monday for two intense days of meetings. Their goal: to put the world back on track towards a greener, cleaner, safer, fairer future for all.

‘Staggering proposition’ reaching SDGs for small island States: A UN Resident Coordinator blog

Sun, 09/17/2023 - 5:00am
Achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can seem link “a staggering proposition” for resource-starved small island developing States, but in Trinidad and Tobago, an “inexorable spirit” is helping the country get closer to realizing the challenging targets.

UNGA78: UN chief brushes off key leaders' absence, says delivery paramount

Sat, 09/16/2023 - 5:00am
With several high-profile world leaders opting out of the UN General Assembly’s annual opening session next week, Secretary-General António Guterres has said that he cares less about who comes to New York and more about what gets done, especially to revive the lagging Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

‘We all need to step up’ to rescue the SDG’s and fight for a better future: UN chief

Sat, 09/16/2023 - 5:00am
UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday rallied a diverse cross section of civil society actors to use their passionate voices and energetic grassroots networks to “help rescue the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and fight for the better future every person deserves.” 

Preserving dignity, public health: Managing deceased bodies during crises

Fri, 09/15/2023 - 5:00am
The UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday joined with the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, to underline the critical importance of preserving the dignity of the dead in the wake of recent natural disasters in Libya and Morocco.

Over-compliance with unilateral sanctions hurts human rights

Fri, 09/15/2023 - 5:00am
Unilateral sanctions and over-compliance are threatening the health and well-being of people across the world, an independent UN human right expert warned on Friday.

Empower youth to safeguard democracy: Guterres

Fri, 09/15/2023 - 5:00am
Societies must engage meaningfully with young people and empower them with the skills and education they need as the standard bearers of democratic principles, Secretary-General António Guterres said, commemorating the International Day of Democracy, on Friday.

Rights expert appeals for action to tackle elder abuse

Fri, 09/15/2023 - 5:00am
A UN-appointed human rights expert on Friday called for urgent action and better data to stamp out the widespread problem of elder abuse. 

Time to revoke death penalty for social media dissent, UN experts urge

Fri, 09/15/2023 - 5:00am
Saudi Arabia must immediately revoke the death sentence handed down to Mohammed Al Ghamdi for posting critical views online, as the crackdown on freedom of expression in the country continues to escalate, independent UN human rights experts said on Friday.

South Sudan: Key electoral questions ‘remain unanswered’

Fri, 09/15/2023 - 5:00am
As South Sudan prepares to hold its first-ever elections in December, resolving critical outstanding issues requires political will for compromise, the UN envoy to the country said on Friday.

Guterres urges G77 and China to champion multilateralism ‘rooted in equality’

Fri, 09/15/2023 - 5:00am
UN Secretary-General António Guterres appealed to leaders from the Group of 77 developing countries (G77) and China to “fight for a world that works for all”, in his address to their summit in Havana, Cuba, on Friday. 

Morocco and Libya: UN scales up support for disaster relief

Fri, 09/15/2023 - 5:00am
Two very different catastrophes in Morocco and in Libya united by the “unimaginable trauma” of bereaved families, continue to mobilize the UN’s relief efforts, the Organisation’s top aid official Martin Griffiths said on Friday.

‘Thriving economies’ critical to eradicating hunger and poverty: McCain

Thu, 09/14/2023 - 5:00am
Addressing the Security Council on Thursday, the head of the World Food Programme (WFP), Cindy McCain, highlighted the growing need for humanitarian aid worldwide against a backdrop of reduced funding.

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