UN Affairs

We all have a role to play for a better tomorrow, UN Assembly President says in New Year message

The President of the United Nations General Assembly has urged everyone around the world “to continue to work together” to end the coronavirus pandemic, and to build an inclusive and sustainable future. 

UN chief commends Germany’s commitment to multilateralism throughout ‘dramatic year’

Throughout a challenging year, Germany has been a reliable, generous and “exemplary” friend to multilateralism, the UN chief told journalists on Thursday, speaking at the national parliament building in Berlin. 

UN holds dialogues to examine racism in its ranks

In an address on Thursday at an event for UN staff, Secretary-General António Guterres underscored the need to confront racism within the world body, initiating a series of discussions on the subject. 

FROM THE FIELD: Reindeers, murals, and the life-saving work of the UN

A Mongolian child jumps for joy next to the family reindeer, a young boy in Afghanistan receives a polio vaccine in the shadow of a wrecked military vehicle; just two photographs from United Nations staff around the world, highlighting the incredible diversity of humankind and the life-saving work of the UN.

In Niger, UN deputy chief spotlights women and youth, visits flood zone

The UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed arrived in Niger on Wednesday for the second stop of her “solidarity visit” to West Africa and the Sahel.

Guterres congratulates Biden and Harris, hails UN-US partnership as ‘essential pillar’

Senior UN officials have offered their congratulations to the president-elect of the United States Joe Biden, and vice president-elect Kamala Harris, on their election victory called on Saturday.

UN chief calls for swift action following attacks on peacekeepers in Mali

Authorities in Mali are being urged to act swiftly to apprehend those responsible for two separate attacks on Thursday against peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in the country, MINUSMA

Corruption represents ‘ultimate betrayal’ of public trust: Guterres

Corruption is not only a crime but immoral and the “ultimate betrayal” of public trust, the UN Secretary-General has said, calling on everyone to work together and stamp out the global scourge, in all its forms. 

WHO, IOM and UNICEF promise investigation of sexual abuse allegations against workers in DR Congo

The UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, promised that any of its staff working as part of the agency’s Ebola response team in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) found to have been involved in sexual exploitation and abuse, would face “serious consequences, including instant dismissal.”

‘Eyes and ears’ of UN Human Rights Council facing funding crisis

The work of UN-appointed independent rights experts is at risk from a critical lack of funding, they warned on Monday.