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In final address, UN health chief urges world body to ‘remember the people’ behind the facts and figures

The outgoing chief of the United Nations health agency today highlighted the relevance of the World Health Organization (WHO), and offered its decision-making body parting advice that included protecting scientific evidence, pushing for innovation...

UN forum aims to ensure ‘promises made are promises kept’ on financing for development

Promises made for financing the implementation of sustainable development goals must be promises kept, speakers said today at the opening of a United Nations forum.

UN refugee agency ramps up response as Libya’s humanitarian crisis deepens

Conflict, insecurity, political instability and a collapsing economy have contributed to the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Libya, prompting the United Nations refugee agency to announce plans to step-up its presence and programmes there.

Syria: Amid ‘promising’ diplomatic steps, UN envoy says hostilities continue on the ground

Despite the “promising” steps in Syria that followed diplomatic talks in the Kazak capital, Astana – a nationwide ceasefire announced last December, and the de-escalation zones created inside Syria to deepen that effort – a United Nations...

Persistent persecution of Bahá’í in Yemen ‘unacceptable,’ and must stop, says UN expert

In Yemen, Bahá’ís are under pressure to recant their faith, according to a United Nations rights expert, noting that in April, the Public Prosecutor reportedly summoned by phone at least 30 members of the community to appear in court, and...

On Day for Biological Diversity, UN says tourists must protect nature that draws them

Tourism must not undermine the nature that attracts tourists in the first place, said the head of the United Nations-backed treaty on biological diversity, marking International Day for Biological Diversity.

Climate-vulnerable islands in spotlight ahead of UN disaster risk reduction forum in Mexico

Hurricanes, cyclones and tsunamis are increasingly common threats to the world’s most climate-vulnerable island nations, whose representatives are meeting today in Cancun, Mexico, ahead of a major United Nations conference on risk reduction.

INTERVIEW: ‘Our peacekeepers are saving lives every day’ – new UN peacekeeping chief

With United Nations peace operations being carried out in highly complex environments and facing multiple challenges, Secretary-General António Guterres recently stressed the need to adapt peacekeeping to “our changing world.” It is in...

UN agency works to fill humanitarian vacuum in north DR Congo after aid groups’ departure

The United Nations migration agency is responding to the urgent humanitarian needs of more than 27,000 displaced people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo&#39s (DRC) eastern province of North Kivu, after many relief aid organizations...

UN experts urge Indonesia to free jailed politicians, repeal its blasphemy law

A group of United Nations human rights experts today urged the Government of Indonesia to review and repeal its blasphemy law following the recent conviction and imprisonment of the former governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama.