Global perspective, human stories
06/23/2018 02:46 AM
UN chief calls for ‘immediate end’ to escalation of fighting in southwestern Syria, as thousands are displaced
The UN Secretary-General on Friday expressed his grave concern for thousands of civilians caught up in an escalation of fighting across southwestern Syria, close to the border with Jordan.
06/23/2018 01:00 AM
Stigmatized, shunned and shamed, International Widows’ Day draws attention to their unique needs
The loss of a spouse or partner is often devastating, but for many women it is magnified by a “long-term struggle” for basic needs, human rights and dignity, according to UN Women, in a message to mark International Widows’ Day.
06/22/2018 09:26 PM
Women's rights face global pushback from conservativism, fundamentalism – UN experts warn
Women’s rights are under threat from a “backlash” of conservatism and fundamentalism around the world, a United Nation panel warned on Friday.
06/22/2018 06:35 PM
Japanese law professor elected new judge at the International Court of Justice
An international law professor from Japan has been elected to serve with the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, following the resignation of a sitting judge, earlier this month.
06/22/2018 05:13 PM
US migrant children policy reversal, still ‘fails’ thousands of detained youngsters: UN rights experts
The United States government decision to end its border policy of forcibly separating migrant children from their parents, does not help thousands of youngsters already in detention, who should be released and reunited with their families, a group of UN rights experts said on Friday.
06/22/2018 04:09 PM
Human rights chief calls for international probe on Venezuela, following ‘shocking accounts of extrajudicial killings’
In Venezuela, “credible, shocking accounts of extrajudicial killings” and impunity for perpetrators, indicate that the rule of law “is virtually absent”, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Friday, in a call for an international inquiry into the alleged violations.
06/21/2018 11:14 PM
UN Envoy ‘confident’ deal can be reached to avert further violence around key Yemeni port city
The United Nations envoy for Yemen expressed confidence on Thursday that a solution can be found to prevent further violence in and around the port city of Hodeida.
06/21/2018 10:52 PM
Strong multilateral institutions key to tackling world’s dramatic challenges, UN chief says In Moscow
In Moscow on Thursday, Secretary-General António Guterres said multilateralism was vital to tackling climate change, terrorism and other dramatic challenges, and that the United Nations and Russia would continue working together to make global institutions stronger and better able to serve the public good.
06/21/2018 10:29 PM
Myanmar: New UN envoy offers to serve ‘as a bridge’, recognizes ‘positive steps’ over Rakhine state
Focussing on “listening to all sides” the new United Nations Special Envoy on Myanmar praised “recent positive steps” taken by the government and United Nations to try and ensure the eventual voluntary, safe and dignified return of Rohingya refugees, to their homes in Rakhine state.
06/21/2018 09:10 PM
First-ever global conference of national counter-terrorism chiefs will strengthen cooperation, build ‘resilient’ States, says top UN official
Heads of counter-terrorism agencies from across the world will be meeting at UN Headquarters in New York next week for the first time, to pool expertise, resources and ideas to fight back against the growing scourge of international terrorism.