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In a time of rising xenophobia, more important than ever to ratify Genocide Convention

Speaking ahead of the UN Day commemorating victims of genocide, the UN chief has called for every country to ratify the Genocide Convention, which still has not been ratified by 45 UN Member States, despite being adopted at the General Assembly 70 years ago.

‘Be the change’ we desperately need, UN deputy chief urges global youth

Young people are the leaders and torchbearers the world “desperately needs” but they also face serious challenges when it comes to realizing their potential, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General has said.

World response to AIDS epidemic at a ‘critical juncture’

Thirty years after the first World AIDS Day, the HIV response stands at a crossroads,  UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said, marking this year’s commemorations.

Migrant caravan: UN agency helping ‘exhausted’ people home

Hundreds of people from Central American States who joined the human caravans travelling towards the United States have been helped home after asking for assistance, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday.

G20 told crucial COP24 climate change conference 'must succeed': Guterres

During press briefings at the beginning of the G20 meeting of industrialized nations in Buenos Aires, UN Secretary António Guterres described the event as an essential forum, citing a lack of confidence and high level of confrontation within the international community.

Yemen war: The battle rages on, children suffer most

Violence has forced over a third of all schools there to close, with 15 located on the frontline and others badly damaged or being used as shelters for displaced families,” said Meritxell Relaño, UNICEF Representative in Yemen.

Armed groups threaten every child in Central African Republic, UNICEF warns

A new study released by the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, shows that the deteriorating crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), five years into the latest civil conflict to hit the country, has left practically every child needing protection from armed groups, which now control four-fifths of the country’s territory.

UNESCO lists wrestling, reggae and raiho-shin rituals as global treasures to be preserved

From Jamaican reggae to Georgian wrestling and Japanese rituals, the UN cultural agency, UNESCO, added six new elements to its list of "intangible heritage" for the world to treasure on Thursday, further improving the visibility of often little-known and understood arts traditions.

Security Council urged to help spare Syrians from ‘devastation’

An escalation in fighting across northern Syria illustrates the “fragility” of the situation in the war-torn region, a senior UN humanitarian official said on Thursday, urging sustained international efforts to protect millions trapped there, from “devastation.”

New Syria fighting represents ‘giant powder keg’, warns aid veteran, as he leaves UN stage

It is unclear if rockets fired into the Syrian city of Aleppo last weekend contained chemical toxins, a senior humanitarian adviser to the UN said on Thursday, adding that if they did, it would constitute a war crime.