Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)

Climate change and sanctions to blame for major drop in North Korea food supplies

The two main reasons for a significant drop in food production in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are climate change and international sanctions, Tapan Mishra UN Resident Coordination in DPRK, told UN News on Thursday.

When the Resident Coordinator spoke to Conor Lennon from UN News, he explained that 2019 is set to be a tough year for many North Koreans.

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It’s ‘time for concrete action’ says UN chief, welcoming inter-Korean agreement

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, on Thursday welcomed the outcome of the third inter-Korean summit this year, and the “important agreements” contained in the Pyongyang Joint Declaration, issued by the leaders of the two Koreas.

UN relief chief assesses scale of needs in North Korea, welcomes government engagement

North Korea has very clear humanitarian needs which the international community can help to resolve, the UN’s top humanitarian official said on Thursday, after his first visit to the country, officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.  Relief chief Mark Lowcock described how one in five children there, suffers from stunted growth. He told Daniel Johnson a lack of funding and international sanctions was hampering the delivery of vitally needed food and medicines, “which isn’t what anybody wants”.

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US-North Korea summit ‘an important milestone’ towards denuclearization, says Guterres

Tuesday’s historic summit between the leaders of the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been hailed as “an important milestone” by the UN Secretary-General.

UN ready to discuss ‘possible forms of support’ to further inter-Korean peace efforts

Secretary-General António Guterres has said that the United Nations stands ready to discuss “possible forms of support” to further inter-Korean talks over denuclearizing the Peninsula, and working towards a lasting peace.

News In Brief 27 April 2018

  • UN chief salutes “courage and leadership” of DPRK and Republic of Korea
  • Innocent civilians caught in crossfire as violence surges: South Sudan mission chief
  • Concern rises for thousands living in and around besieged Palestinian camp in Syria
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DPR Korea: UN says $111 million needed to provide life-saving aid, tackle malnutrition

The United Nations and its partners are urgently requesting $111 million in humanitarian funding to assist millions of people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), including children whose growth has been stunted because they are not getting enough to eat.

'Peace, dialogue' and diplomacy needed over DPRK: UN expert

The Security Council has to be careful not to negatively impact “ordinary people” in North Korea through sanctions aimed at stopping its nuclear weapons programme.

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News in Brief 19 July 2017 (PM)

Least-Developed “still lagging behind” on SDGs, “despite some progress”

The world’s Least-Developed Countries (LDCs) are “still lagging behind” on the timetable for sustainable development outlined in the so-called Istanbul Programme of Action “despite some progress.”

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Patience “not a virtue”, says new Human Rights Council president

Ending human rights abuses in Syria and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are just two of the key priorities of the upcoming UN Human Rights Council session, its new president said on Wednesday.

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