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As the year closes out, UN political chief talks the art of diplomacy – and crises to watch in 2019

As the world – and the United Nations – continues to grapple with political crises, we look at the political landscape with Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo. We begin by asking her what it’s like to be the top UN political officer.

UN urges ‘restraint’ in Bangladesh’s post-parliamentary election violence

The United Nations said on Monday that it is aware of violent incidents and reports of irregularities in Sunday’s general elections in Bangladesh.

UN refugee agency presses States to aid 49 refugees stranded on Mediterranean

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), on the last day of 2018, called on UN Member States to urgently offer safe ports of disembarkation for 49 refugees and migrants, including young children, aboard rescue vessels in the Mediterranean Sea.

Afghanistan: UN mission welcomes new polling dates following election delays

Amid reports that Afghanistan’s 2019 presidential election may be postponed, local electoral authorities confirmed a polling date delay; a decision the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomed for its clarity on Monday.

‘Stealing’ food from hungry Yemenis ‘must stop immediately’, says UN agency

After uncovering evidence that humanitarian food supplies are being diverted in Yemen’s Houthi-controlled capital, Sana’a, and other parts of the country, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has demanded an immediate end to the practice.

THE COMMITTEES: General Assembly’s Sixth Committee, handling the ‘nuts and bolts’ of international law

The Sixth Committee’s work, as the primary forum at the United Nations considering legal questions and matters in the General Assembly, is at the very core of living. From getting married to getting a speeding ticket, everything we do in our daily life is based on some kind of local, national and regional law. 

In 2019, ‘reasons for hope’ in a world still on ‘red alert’: UN chief Guterres

Last year, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued “a red alert” over a range of dangers confronting the world, which “still persist” as 2019 looms: “These are anxious times for many, and our world is undergoing a stress test,” the UN chief said on Saturday in his message for the New Year.

Yemen: Committee brings warring parties to the table in Hudaydah, builds on ceasefire

Yemen’s warring parties have begun the process this week of implementing a comprehensive ceasefire agreement across the key rebel-held port city of Hudaydah, raising hopes that groundbreaking consultations convened by the UN in Sweden can lead to a lasting peace through further talks next year.

‘Continue working together’ UN chief urges DR Congo, as country heads to polls

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on all those playing an active political role in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to “continue working together” to ensure free and fair elections, as the country heads to polls this Sunday.

THE COMMITTEES: From the colonies to the space race - past, present, future converge in Fourth Committee

A timeline that stretches from the colonial past, through the present, and into the future for the final frontier in space, defines one of the United Nations General Assembly’s most versatile Main Committees – the Fourth Committee.