Interviews

Societies must unite against ‘global crisis of antisemitic hatred’, Guterres urges

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, and the six million Jews and others murdered on Nazi orders during the Holocaust, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told a ceremony in New York on Monday that the world must “re-commit to preventing any repetition of those crimes”.

End discrimination against women and children affected by leprosy

 Governments must put an end to the informal segregation and institutionalized neglect of hundreds of thousands of women and children affected by leprosy, an independent UN human rights expert said on Sunday, World Leprosy Day.

‘Default male bias’ makes for generations of ‘invisible women’, author tells UN audience

Although women make up half the global population, they are often disregarded in the increasingly important world of big data: from measuring economic growth, to disaster response and recovery, or key public transportation planning,  award-winning author Caroline Criado-Perez said at the United Nations on Friday. 

Nahla Valji, the UN’s first Senior Gender Advisor in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, asked Ms. Criado-Perez what inspired her to write the book Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, and how the UN can learn from her research on ‘default male bias’.   

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The drive for quality education worldwide, faces ‘mammoth challenges’

Aligning inclusive, quality education with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was centre-stage on Friday, as the President of the UN General Assembly held a high-level interactive meeting for the International Day of Education.       

Health services for Syrian women caught up in war, foster safety and hope: UNFPA

Continued displacement from conflict-affected areas in northeast Syria leaves women and girls in urgent need of safe spaces, shelter and reproductive health services, according to a Flash Update this week from UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

Quality education: ‘Key to life’

All societies are undermined without quality schooling for all said the President of the UN General Assembly (PGA), in an interview just ahead of the International Day of Education.

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Myanmar: Departing UN rights expert still hopeful for democratic transition

An independent human rights expert said she has not given up hope for a democratic transition in Myanmar even though the country has yet to address “grave allegations” of international crimes, including possible genocide. 

 

Policing a 50-year rift: the UN Mission in Cyprus

The United Nations has been involved in the divided island of Cyprus for more than half a century.

Conor Lennon asked Elizabeth Spehar, head of the UN Mission in Cyprus, to explain why the UN is still needed on the island.

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75 years after Auschwitz liberation, antisemitism still threatens ‘foundations of democratic societies’

Commemorating 75 years since the liberation of the notorious Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, independent UN rights experts said on Thursday that “urgent action” is needed to combat mounting antisemitism.

Top UN court orders Myanmar to protect Rohingya from genocide

Myanmar must take steps to protect its minority Rohingya population, the top UN court unanimously ruled on Thursday.