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No end to Yemen civil war on the horizon, senior UN official briefs Security Council

No progress has been made by parties in Yemen to reach a political agreement to settle the civil war, which is now in its seventh year, a senior UN official for the Middle East region told the Security Council on Monday. 

UN deputy chief praises resilience of Haiti’s people, says ‘incredible’ relief effort underway

On a two-day mission to Haiti, the UN deputy chief said on Friday that relief teams are “working day and night”, and that she was struck by the resilience of the Haitian people, who had mobilized quickly to support their neighbours in the aftermath of last week’s massive earthquake and subsequent tropical storm.



 

Afghanistan: ‘Now is the time to stand as one’, UN chief tells Security Council

As desperate Afghans were trying to escape the Taliban and board planes, during chaotic scenes at Kabul airport on Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for international unity on Afghanistan, in a briefing to an emergency session of the Security Council. 

Thailand flexes financial muscle to grapple with climate crisis

“Social responsibility and sustainable profit” can go hand in hand according to the chief of Thailand’s government pension fund. The UN, and some of the biggest players in the Thai economy, are working together to support efforts by the country’s finance and banking institutions to speed up the South East Asian country’s transition to a net zero carbon economy.

Afghanistan: UN chief urges Taliban to halt offensive immediately, negotiate ‘in good faith’

The UN Secretary-General on Friday called on Taliban militants to “immediately halt” their offensive against Government forces and return to the negotiating table in good faith, “in the interest of Afghanistan, and its people.”

Youth need ‘seat at the table’ to lead struggle for better future: Guterres

Young people are on the “frontlines of the struggle to build a better future”, the UN chief said on Thursday, International Youth Day.

UN weather agency seeks to confirm 48.8°C ‘record’ heat spike in Sicily

UN weather experts said on Thursday that they’re “actively looking” into a possible record temperature for Continental Europe of 48.8 Celsius (119.8 Fahrenheit) near the town of Syracuse in Sicily, amid devastating wildfires in Mediterranean countries and Russia.

Myanmar military leaders attempting to legitimize power: UN Special Envoy

Six months after seizing power in a coup, Myanmar’s military leaders now appear to be moving to consolidate their rule, the UN Special Envoy for the country said on Tuesday, in her latest briefing to journalists in New York. 

Global response needed to counter rising security threats at sea

Despite an overall decrease in maritime traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic, piracy and armed robbery of ships rose by nearly 20 per cent during the first half of last year, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Monday. 

End inequalities, recognize abuses, UN chief says on International Day of Indigenous Peoples

Although some countries have begun to rectify their “heinous legacy” of discrimination against indigenous people, more action is still needed, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday.