In Brief

South Sudan refugees in Uganda exceed one million; UN renews appeal for help

17 August 2017 &#150 As the number of refugees from South Sudan in Uganda passes one million &#8211 the vast majority of whom are women and children &#8211 the United Nations refugee agency today reiterated its call for urgent a...Read More

UN rights experts warn new EU policy on boat rescues will cause more people to drown

17 August 2017 &#150 The European Union’s new policy on Mediterranean Sea rescues threatens life and breaches international standards, two United Nations independent human experts today cautioned. &#8220The EU’s proposed new action ...Read More

In East Darfur, UN refugee chief urges international support for Sudan

17 August 2017 &#150 The United Nations refugee chief has called for international solidarity and resources to aid Sudan, which is one of the major hosting countries for refugees fleeing the conflict in South Sudan. &#8220Sudan’s ge...Read More

Post-election Kosovo entering period of uncertainty that will demand strong leadership – UN envoy

16 August 2017 &#150 Following the parliamentary elections of 11 June, which took place without &#8220major irregularities or incidents,&#8221 Kosovo has entered a &#8220period of uncertainty&#8221 marked by reconfigurin...Read More

Guterres appoints former German President Köhler as his Western Sahara envoy

16 August 2017 &#150 United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Horst Köhler, former President of Germany, as his Personal Envoy for Western Sahara. The new Personal Envoy succeeds Christopher R...Read More

Latin America and Caribbean at difficult juncture as foreign direct investment shrinks – UN

16 August 2017 &#150 The United Nations Latin America commission has reported that foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to the region declined by 7.9 per cent to $167.043 billion in 2016, due to low commodity prices, sluggish economi...Read More

As tensions on Korean Peninsula grow, UN chief urges world to 'dial up' diplomacy

16 August 2017 &#150 Addressing the growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today said it was important &#8220to dial down rhetoric and dial up diplomacy.&#8221 Speaking to the...Read More

'Racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism or Islamophobia are poisoning our societies' – UN chief

16 August 2017 &#150 Urging people everywhere to speak out against hate speech and hate crimes, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated his call for tolerance, respect for the other and the importance of recog...Read More

Landmark UN-backed treaty on mercury takes effect

16 August 2017 &#150 A ground-breaking global convention on mercury today goes into effect, the United Nations environment wing said, protecting millions of children and infants from possible neurological and health damage. &#8220Go...Read More

Emergency food distributions launched to assist thousands displaced in DR Congo – UN agency

16 August 2017 &#150 Food assistance will be provided to food insecure people displaced by conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), says the United Nations food agency. The World Food Programme (WFP) a...Read More

UN observers conclude FARC-EP arms removal process in Colombia

16 August 2017 &#150 More than 8,000 weapons and over one million burned cartridges were transported to a central warehouse in Colombia as the United Nations political mission in the country concluded the process of the laying down of i...Read More

UN chief condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Borno State, Nigeria

16 August 2017 &#150 Condemning a series of terrorist attacks in north-eastern Nigeria, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for those responsible for these &#8220repeated heinous acts&#8221 to be brought...Read More