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UN Chief praises efforts to reduce tension on Korean Peninsula

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has welcomed the latest efforts made towards building trust and reducing military tension on the Korean Peninsula, following his meeting with North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Friday, during High-Level week of the General Assembly.

Massive earthquake in Indonesia leaves hundreds dead: UN chief ‘deeply saddened’

Following a major, 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province on Friday, the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres said in a statement that he’s “deeply saddened” by the “terrible loss of life” and injuries from the disaster.

UNGA meeting spotlights the ‘press behind bars’, as experts denounce record number of jailed journalists

Regularly threatened, attacked and killed, journalists are also being imprisoned in record numbers around the world, an event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly highlighted on Friday. These practices undermine not only the fundamental human rights of the reporters themselves, but also the public’s right to receive and impart information, rights experts warn.

South Sudan’s ‘relentless conflict’ leaves almost 60 per cent suffering desperate food crisis

“Relentless conflict” in South Sudan has now left more than six million people facing crisis levels of hunger, three UN agencies have said, amid ongoing efforts to deliver aid to the war-weary country.

Pacific Islands on the front line of climate change: UN chief

The concerns of the Pacific Islands, on the front line of climate change, are at the heart of the United Nations work, said Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday, at a meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), an intergovernmental organization, which holds UN Observer status.

Access to legal abortion services needed, to prevent 47,000 women dying each year - UN rights experts

States across the world should act now to decriminalise abortion and make every effort to ensure women and girls have the right to make their own decisions about pregnancy, said a group of United Nations human rights experts on Friday, in a statement marking International Safe Abortion Day.

Violence and displacement in Ebola-hit DR Congo threatens humanitarian response

Increasing violence in Ebola-affected areas of north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) threatens the safety of tens of thousands of people there, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said on Friday.

World ‘cannot remain indifferent’ as millions suffer, Guinea‑Bissau President tells UN Assembly

“We cannot remain indifferent to so much suffering and despair,” the President of Guinea-Bissau urged world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly, drawing attention to the millions killed and displaced by conflict and fear.

‘We do not need superheroes,’ the world expects its leaders to tackle global ills, Indonesian vice-president tells UN

With collective will, compassion and humanity, world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly Hall have what it takes to deal with complex and worsening global challenges, the Indonesian Vice-President declared on Thursday.

UN News Daily Guide: debate continues, ‘soft power’ for peace, protecting minorities and the press

On the occasion of the 73rd General Assembly, the UN is hosting a plethora of events with some of the world’s most prominent leaders and experts, to set the pace on dozens of critical global topics. To help you navigate the frenzy and make sure you don’t miss out on anything important, UN News has prepared this fifth daily guide for you to keep your finger on the pulse.