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Myanmar: Death sentences ‘vile attempt at instilling fear’, rights experts charge

Fri, 06/10/2022 - 12:15pm
The international community must increase pressure on Myanmar ‘s military rulers in the wake of their decision to move ahead with death sentences against four individuals, including two prominent opponents of the regime, UN independent human rights experts said on Friday. 

Mediterranean Sea journeys for migrants have grown more deadly: UNHCR

Fri, 06/10/2022 - 9:31am
Migrants who risk their lives to cross the Mediterranean to Europe on flimsy boats often piloted by people-smugglers, are at greater risk of dying now than for years, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.

World must ‘speed up’ efforts to end AIDS pandemic by 2030

Fri, 06/10/2022 - 9:12am
To end AIDS, beat COVID-19 and “stop the pandemics of the future”, the world needs to ensure global access to lifesaving health technologies, the UN Chef de Cabinet has told a meeting of the General Assembly to review progress.

Brazil urged to step up search for missing journalist and indigenous activist

Fri, 06/10/2022 - 7:23am
Authorities in Brazil must step up efforts to find a British journalist and an indigenous rights activist who disappeared nearly a week ago in a dangerous remote area of the Amazon, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Friday. 

Death sentence for Ukraine foreign fighters is a war crime: UN rights office

Fri, 06/10/2022 - 6:19am
The UN human rights office, OHCHR, on Friday condemned the death sentence handed down to three foreign fighters in Ukraine by a court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. “Such trials against prisoners of war amount to a war crime,” said OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani.

Forge prosperous, democratic, equitable societies, Guterres tells Americas summit

Thu, 06/09/2022 - 5:15pm
It is essential to close the gap between the great potential of the Americas region and the daily struggles facing its people, UN Secretary-António Guterres told senior officials from across the hemisphere on Thursday. 

Kazakhstan: ‘Only together’ can ‘silent pandemic’ of gender-based violence be overcome, says Deputy UN chief

Thu, 06/09/2022 - 2:13pm
The UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed was in Kazakhstan on Thursday, where she spoke out against the “silent pandemic” of gender-based violence worldwide, saying that only collective action could end the scourge.

Ethiopian migrants head home on first ever return flight from Yemen's Ma'rib

Thu, 06/09/2022 - 10:40am
For the first time ever, 150 Ethiopian migrants are flying to Addis Ababa on a Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) flight from Yemen’s conflict-affected Ma’rib governarate, the UN migration agency, IOM, said on Thursday.

Five countries elected to serve on UN Security Council

Thu, 06/09/2022 - 10:10am
Five countries have been elected to serve as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council following a vote in the General Assembly on Thursday. 

Sri Lanka: UN appeals for $47 million for life-saving aid to 1.7 million people

Thu, 06/09/2022 - 9:06am
Sri Lanka is experiencing a multidimensional economic crisis, which is compounded by food insecurity, rising protection concerns and shortages threatening lives and livelihoods, the UN said on Thursday, appealing for $47.2 million to provide life-saving assistance.

Russia’s war on Ukraine, an assault on the world’s vulnerable: Guterres

Wed, 03/23/2022 - 1:06pm
The war in Ukraine is not only a “horror unfolding before our eyes”, but also an “assault on some of the most vulnerable people and countries” across the world, said the UN chief on Wednesday, convening the first meeting of the steering committee which will guide the creation of a new UN crisis response group to help mitigate the worldwide impact of Russia’s invasion.

Ukraine: Competing drafts on humanitarian assistance debated at General Assembly 

Wed, 03/23/2022 - 12:01pm
The UN General Assembly met on Wednesday for its second emergency session on the Ukraine crisis since Russia invaded the country on 24 February, with two similar but different resolutions placed before delegates, addressing the unfolding humanitarian crisis. 

UN health agency appeals to reverse gains lost in fight against tuberculosis

Wed, 03/23/2022 - 11:57am
World TB Day is marked on 24 March, and this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) has called for urgent investment in the fight against tuberculosis, “to save millions more lives”.

Ukraine war: Middle East food prices soaring, as donor fatigue kicks in, Security Council hears

Wed, 03/23/2022 - 10:06am
Amid growing donor fatigue and a brutal war in Ukraine that has diverted the world’s attention, the world must not forget millions of people in need across the Middle East and North Africa, the UN chief told the Security Council on Wednesday.

Mistreatment in childbirth, a human rights and healthcare problem, new study warns

Wed, 03/23/2022 - 9:04am
Women across the world face unacceptable mistreatment during childbirth, according to a new study from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Human Reproduction Programme (HRP) launched on Wednesday.

Seeds of change in Kenya as farmers lead way on tobacco-free farms

Wed, 03/23/2022 - 9:02am
In Kenya, a trailblazing sustainable agriculture project has helped hundreds of farmers move away from the harmful practice of growing tobacco, in favour of a healthier alternative, the UN said on Wednesday.

Taliban’s backtracking on girls’ education, ‘deeply damaging’

Wed, 03/23/2022 - 7:40am
Following a U-turn over re-opening girls’ secondary schools in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the UN human rights chief shared her “profound frustration and disappointment” that six months after the Taliban seized power, high school girls have yet to return to the classroom.

UN weather agency to spearhead 5 year early warning plan, boosting climate action

Wed, 03/23/2022 - 6:15am
The UN set an ambitious five year deadline on Wednesday for countries to ensure that citizens worldwide are protected by early warning systems against extreme weather and climate change, the UN chief announced, marking World Meteorological Day.

First Person: Keeping aid flowing during Ukraine’s health crisis

Tue, 03/22/2022 - 7:02pm
Jarno Habicht has worked with WHO for the last 19 years and served as WHO Representative in Ukraine since 2018. He explains how WHO prepared for armed conflict in the country, and how it has responded to health-related issues since the Russian invasion.

Women and girls deserve to live without violence in ‘safety, dignity and freedom’

Tue, 03/22/2022 - 1:55pm
Violence against women and girls may be the world’s “longest, deadliest pandemic,” the UN chief said on Tuesday, during an event focused on the role boys and men need to play, to help eliminate gender-based violence.

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