Latest News

Iraq: Displaced girls, women face increasing risk of sexual violence, UN warns

An estimated 20,000 women and girls in Iraq are at an increased risk of sexual violence as a result of the mounting crisis in northern and western parts of the country, warned the United Nations today, urging immediate action to ensure their protection.

Strongly condemning murder of missing Israeli teens, UN chief urges calm on all sides

Strongly condemning the murder of three Israeli teenagers abducted in mid-June in the West Bank, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today declared that the perpetrators’ attempts to stoke tensions in the region “must not be allowed to succeed”, expressing hope that Israeli’s and Palestinians will work together to uncover the truth.

No one could have predicted scope of South Sudan crisis, outgoing UN envoy says

As the top United Nations envoy in South Sudan prepares to complete her tenure, she says that no one could have predicted the horrible conflict that has gripped the world’s youngest nation for the past six months and urged the parties to put the country and its citizens above all else in order to restore peace and stability.

UN reports on new roadmap to boost small-scale, family forest producers

If small-scale forest and farm producers joined to form producer organizations, they could increase forest productivity and improve livelihoods of local communities, the United Nations agricultural agency and its partners today reported.

Nigeria: Ban strongly condemns ongoing ‘horrific attacks’ by Boko Haram

Strongly condemning the ongoing “horrific attacks” being carried out by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored that such violence has become an almost daily occurrence, and reiterated the readiness of the United Nations to support the country.

New UN forum seeks to set the stage for future global development agenda

As countries ramp up their efforts to achieve the set of anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ahead of the 2015 deadline, a new United Nations forum seeks to spur them on as well as to help them create the foundation for new global sustainable development agenda.

‘Outraged’, UN experts urge Egypt to overturn largest confirmed mass death verdict

The credibility and integrity of the Egyptian justice system has become “deeply compromised”, a group of United Nations human rights experts today said, urging the Government to impose a moratorium on the death penalty and to offer new and fair trials for 183 people whose death sentences have been confirmed.

Palestinians in Syria’s Yarmouk camp now without aid for one month – UN

The United Nations agency charged with ensuring the well-being of Palestinian refugees across the Middle East has warned today that, despite reports of a truce between the Syrian Government and armed groups inside Yarmouk camp, it is still unable to carry out humanitarian operations there.

In final meeting with Israeli President Peres, Ban decries global terrorism

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stood again in solidarity with Israelis after the recent abduction of three students, and decried the use of terrorism in countries in the Middle East and around the world.

UN chief voices 'grave concern' at deepening crisis in Iraq

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his grave concern at the deepening crisis in Iraq and the rising number of civilian deaths and injuries, with over one million Iraqis having fled their homes due to the fighting.