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Javier Pérez de Cuéllar praised as ‘accomplished statesman’ who had ‘profound impact’ on the world

Javier Pérez  de Cuéllar, the fifth United Nations Secretary-General, praised for his ability to foster dialogue and for leading the Organization through a turbulent decade, has passed away at the age of 100.  

Violent extremism prevention ‘only effective’ if human rights are enshrined

Many global programmes aimed at countering violent extremism have negative impacts on human rights and may even ‘foster radicalization’ rather than preventing it, an independent UN human rights expert warned on Wednesday.

Human rights defenders, too often left defenceless themselves – UN expert

Human rights defenders working in conflict and post-conflict situations need to be given greater recognition, protection and support, an independent UN expert said on Wednesday, in his latest report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. 

Deadlock broken, South Sudan on road to ‘sustainable peace’, but international support still key

Positive developments in South Sudan have “moved the country further along the road to sustainable peace”, the top UN official there told Security Council members on Wednesday.

Coronavirus COVID-19 wipes $50 billion off global exports in February alone, as IMF pledges support for vulnerable nations

The extent of the damage to the global economy caused by novel coronavirus COVID-19 moved further into focus on Wednesday as UN economists announced a likely $50 billion drop in worldwide manufacturing exports in February alone.

Yemen: UN Population Fund stresses women’s needs, amidst world’s worst humanitarian crisis 

Intense clashes in Yemen’s Al Hazam City, this month have caused massive displacement with an estimated 1,800 families forced to flee their homes, according to a flash update from UN humanitarian coordination office, OCHA.  

World remains a ‘violent, highly discriminatory place’ for girls

Twenty-five years after the historic Beijing women’s conference in China – a milestone in advancing equal rights – violence against women and girls is not only common, but widely accepted, a new UN report revealed on Wednesday.

Greater progress needed to ensure safe return of displaced Rohingya: UN refugee agency chief

UN agencies together with the Bangladesh authorities have appealed for $877 million to support hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, where conditions are still not conducive for their safe return, UN refugee agency chief Filippo Grandi said on Tuesday.

No country is free from child sexual abuse, exploitation, UN’s top rights forum hears

Child sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and the use of children in prostitution “are a reality in all parts of the world”, the Human Rights Council heard on Tuesday.

World Wildlife Day: UN chief urges ‘more caring’ relationship with nature

People everywhere need to remember that we depend on Mother Earth to survive, the UN chief said in his message for World Wildlife Day marked on Tuesday, advocating for “a more caring, thoughtful and sustainable relationship with nature”.