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UN deplores deadly attack in Afghanistan, killing scores and injuring many others

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned on Thursday, a fatal attack on a Mosque in the capital, Kabul.

Sri Lanka’s economic crisis pushes health system to brink of collapse

Sri Lanka is in the midst of the worst socio-economic crisis in its history, and the once robust health-care system is nearing collapse, with patients at risk from power shortages, a lack of medicines, and equipment shortages.

Rohingya refugees share concerns with UN rights commissioner during visit to Cox’s Bazar

During her first official visit to Bangladesh, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, met with a host of officials, civil society representatives and Rohingya refugees on Tuesday.

Amidst military rule, UN envoy travels to Myanmar for first time

UN special envoy for Myanmar Noeleen Heyzer travelled to the country for the first time since taking up her appointment last October. 

Humanitarian funding still needed for ‘pure catastrophe’ situation in Afghanistan

Although $4.4 billion is required to fund humanitarian operations in Afghanistan, $1.8 billion has been received so far, or roughly 40 per cent, a senior UN official told journalists in New York on Monday, warning of the dire consequences as winter approaches. 

UN agencies recommitment to women, girls in Afghanistan one year after Taliban takeover

A year of Taliban rule in Afghanistan has led to a deterioration in the lives of women and girls, affecting all aspects of their human rights, three UN agencies reported on Monday.

 

‘Immensely bleak’ future for Afghanistan unless massive human rights reversal, experts warn

The international community must dramatically increase efforts to urge the de facto authorities in Afghanistan to adhere to basic human rights principles, a group of UN independent rights experts said on Friday. 

From the Field: Young Fijians work with older generation for a sustainable future

On the island nation of Fiji, young people are working in solidarity with their elders, benefiting from their knowledge and experience to protect the fragile ecosystem.

Afghanistan: Humanitarian assistance has saved lives, but immense needs remain

Despite an unprecedented scale-up in assistance in Afghanistan over the past year, immense needs still exist and the future looks bleak, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, said on Thursday.  

Nuclear-free Mongolia a ‘symbol of peace in a troubled world’: Guterres

In a visit to Mongolia on Tuesday, Secretary-General António Guterres underscored the UN’s full solidarity for the country, which he described as “a symbol of peace in a troubled world”.