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A ‘charismatic leader’ dedicated to making the world a better place for all: officials bid farewell to former UN chief Kofi Annan

A ‘charismatic leader’ dedicated to making the world a better place for all: officials bid farewell to former UN chief Kofi Annan

The flag at United Nations Headquarters in New York is flying at half-mast this Saturday as the Organization marks the death of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
UN mourns death of  former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, ‘a guiding force for good’

UN mourns death of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, ‘a guiding force for good’

The United Nations is mourning the death of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who passed away peacefully after a short illness, according to a statement published on his official Twitter account on
Senior UN children’s advocate says they ‘should never be targeted by violence’

Senior UN children’s advocate says they ‘should never be targeted by violence’

Reacting to a recent upsurge in violent attacks affecting children, Virginia Gamba, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, called on Friday for those
UN chief encourages victims of terrorism to ‘raise up their voices’

UN chief encourages victims of terrorism to ‘raise up their voices’

Victims of terror attacks have an important and powerful role to play in combatting the “global menace” the United Nations chief said on Friday, launching an exhibition at UN Headquarters in New York
Terrorists potentially target millions in makeshift biological weapons ‘laboratories’, UN forum hears

Terrorists potentially target millions in makeshift biological weapons ‘laboratories’, UN forum hears

Rapid advances in gene editing and so-called “DIY biological laboratories”which could be used by extremists, threaten to derail efforts to prevent biological weapons from being used against civilians,
Child victims of DRC Ebola outbreak need ‘special attention and care’: UNICEF

Child victims of DRC Ebola outbreak need ‘special attention and care’: UNICEF

An ongoing deadly Ebola outbreak in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has particularly affected children, the UN’s children agency, UNICEF, said on Friday.
Aid funding for Occupied Palestinian Territories at ‘all-time low’

Aid funding for Occupied Palestinian Territories at ‘all-time low’

Funding for humanitarian operations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) is at an “all-time low”, threatening the delivery of life-saving aid to people in the West Bank and Gaza, the United
Continue ‘their mission’ urges UN chief, as the victims of the Baghdad bombing are remembered, 15 years on

Continue ‘their mission’ urges UN chief, as the victims of the Baghdad bombing are remembered, 15 years on

Remembering 22 colleagues killed by the “horrific terrorist attack” on the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad 15 years ago, Secretary-General António Guterres has called on all staff to pay
‘No safe way’ into battle-scarred Afghan city of Ghazni to deliver aid as traumatized children search for parents

‘No safe way’ into battle-scarred Afghan city of Ghazni to deliver aid as traumatized children search for parents

The city of Ghazni in Afghanistan is still too dangerous for aid workers to reach, after a week of “intense” fighting and reports that traumatized children are turning up at hospitals looking for
‘Unconscionable’ to kill aid workers, civilians: UN Emergency Coordinator

‘Unconscionable’ to kill aid workers, civilians: UN Emergency Coordinator

Remembering all the humanitarians killed in the line of duty just ahead of World Humanitarian Day, the United Nations relief chief on Friday, renewed the call for civilians and aid workers everywhere
‘Step backwards’ for Bosnia’s autonomous Serb region as assembly reneges on Srebrenica genocide report

‘Step backwards’ for Bosnia’s autonomous Serb region as assembly reneges on Srebrenica genocide report

The Republika Srpska National Assembly in Bosnia and Herzegovina drew concern from the top United Nations expert on the Prevention of Genocide on Thursday, over its decision this week to revoke its
In Tanzania visit, UNHCR official stresses freedom of choice is crucial for refugee returns

In Tanzania visit, UNHCR official stresses freedom of choice is crucial for refugee returns

Refugees should never be pressured to decide if they should return to their home countries, a senior UN official has said.
Terror attacks strike people ‘from all walks of life, the UN included’

Terror attacks strike people ‘from all walks of life, the UN included’

The terrorist attack on UN headquarters in Iraq in 2003 that claimed the lives of 22 people should serve as a reminder that the organization’s locally recruited staff often face the greatest dangers
UN experts cite ‘possible exploitation’ of workers hired to clean up toxic Japanese nuclear plant

UN experts cite ‘possible exploitation’ of workers hired to clean up toxic Japanese nuclear plant

A group of United Nations rights experts are urging the Japanese government to urgently protect tens of thousands or workers hired to help decontaminate the Fukushima nuclear plant, who are reportedly
‘Passport to dignity’ that schools represent may expire fast, without emergency funding warns UN Palestine refugee agency

‘Passport to dignity’ that schools represent may expire fast, without emergency funding warns UN Palestine refugee agency

A lack of funds means that the new school term for over half a million Palestinian students could be cut short after just one month, says UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for
UN condemns ‘heinous’ suicide attack on education centre in Afghanistan

UN condemns ‘heinous’ suicide attack on education centre in Afghanistan

The perpetrators of Wednesday’s “heinous” suicide bombing that killed students at an education centre in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, must be brought to justice, the UN Secretary-General has said.
Using ‘leprosy’ metaphors in political rhetoric ‘fuels public stigma’ and discrimination: UN rights expert

Using ‘leprosy’ metaphors in political rhetoric ‘fuels public stigma’ and discrimination: UN rights expert

Recent incidents where high-level politicians have used the word ‘leprosy’ in discriminatory remarks against rivals only contributes to harmful stereotypes surrounding the disease.
US and Mexico child deportations drive extreme violence and trauma: UNICEF

US and Mexico child deportations drive extreme violence and trauma: UNICEF

The many life-threatening dangers faced by children from Central America who are being deported from the United States of America and Mexico, are highlighted in a new report from United Nations
UN chief welcomes re-opening of key Gaza border crossing

UN chief welcomes re-opening of key Gaza border crossing

The decision by Israel to reopen the only functional commercial crossing point into Gaza which has been closed to most deliveries for weeks, has been welcomed by the United Nations Secretary-General.
UN rights experts call on Russia to release Ukrainian film-maker whose life is in ‘imminent danger’

UN rights experts call on Russia to release Ukrainian film-maker whose life is in ‘imminent danger’

A Ukrainian film-maker whose outspoken criticism of Russia’s continued annexation of Crimea has landed him in jail, prompted United Nations human rights experts to call on Russian authorities for his