In Brief

UN chief welcomes Seoul’s proposal to reopen dialogue with Pyongyang

19 July 2017 &#150 Secretary-General António Guterres today welcomed the move by the Republic of Korea to lower tensions on the Korean Peninsula, his spokesperson said. “The Secretary-General welcomes the proposal by the Republic of Kor...Read More

UN reports more people warned against tobacco use, but industry interference continues

19 July 2017 &#150 Despite measures protecting a majority of people from tobacco-related illness and death, the tobacco industry continues to hamper Government efforts to fully implement life and cost-saving interventions, the United Na...Read More

UN refugee agency 'shocked' by reported airstrike and casualties in Yemen

19 July 2017 &#150 The United Nations refugee agency today said that it is &#8220deeply shocked and saddened&#8221 at reports of the deaths and injuries of internally displaced persons in an aerial attack on the embattled Mawza ...Read More

Not the time for a 'blame game,' urges UN Special Advisor on Cyprus

18 July 2017 &#150 Speaking to the media following his briefing to the United Nations Security Council, the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, urged all sides to work collectively and to build on the a...Read More

UNESCO chief calls for probe into killing of Honduran video journalist in Mexico

18 July 2017 &#150 The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today called for an investigation into the recent murder of a Honduran journalist in Mexico. “I condemn the murder of Edwin Rivera Paz,” Irina ...Read More

UN deputy chief highlights importance of public institutions in reaching development goals

18 July 2017 &#150 United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed today urged public institutions to embrace the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, reduce inequality and end tackle cl...Read More

UN agency seeks $421 to support alternatives for refugees, migrants crossing to Europe

18 July 2017 &#150 The United Nations refugee agency today appealed for about $421.2 million to help improve protection of refugees and migrants crossing the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea, and to back European countries workin...Read More

UN rights expert warns torture routinely used against Sri Lankan security suspects

18 July 2017 &#150 Concluding a five-day visit to Sri Lanka, a United Nations independent human right expert today noted “routine and endemic” use of torture against people detained on national security grounds. “The Tamil community has...Read More

Haiti has chance to solidify stability before UN mission’s drawdown, Security Council told

18 July 2017 &#150 With three months left before the current United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti transitions to a smaller one, a UN envoy stressed today that the Caribbean country faces the “window of opportunity” to solidify s...Read More

On Nelson Mandela Day, UN celebrates South African leader’s service to humanity

18 July 2017 &#150 Marking what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 99th birthday, the United Nations today honoured his lifetime of service and dedication to justice and equality. “The best tribute we can pay this great man is not words o...Read More

Libya: UN rights arm sounds alarm for safety of prisoners at imminent risk of torture

18 July 2017 &#150 The United Nations human rights arm today voiced deep concern for the safety of individuals taken prisoner by members of the Libyan army after recent fighting in Benghazi, noting that they may be at imminent risk of t...Read More

UN and partners call for nearly $24 million in emergency aid for the Congo's Pool region

18 July 2017 &#150 United Nations, the Republic of Congo’s Government and humanitarian partners today appealed for $23.7 million to aid Congolese in the area of southern Brazzaville known as &#8220the Pool&#8221, where fighting ...Read More