United Nations

  • Yemen's warring parties agree to their largest prisoner swap as UN seeks ceasefire
    GLION, Switzerland, September 27 (Reuters) - The U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen wants to build on Sunday's announcement of the largest prisoner exchange agreement in the five-year conflict to pave the way for a national ceasefire and a political solution to end the war, he said. Yemen's warring parties agreed to exchange 1,081 prisoners, including 15 Saudis, as part of trust-building steps aimed at reviving a stalled peace process, the United Nations and sources said. "
  • U.N. experts, activists seek probe of Philippines drug war killings
    GENEVA, September 22 (Reuters): U.N. rights experts and activists called on Tuesday for launching an international investigation into unlawful killings in the so-called war on drugs in the Philippines and for the International Criminal Court to step up its preliminary probe. Sanctions should be slapped on officials responsible for inciting killings or failing to prevent them, said Agnes Callamard, U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. Cal
  • Collective action within UN framework needed to tackle global challenges
    UNITED NATIONS, SEPTEMBER 20 (IANS): Ahead of the high-level meetings of the UN scheduled for Monday, the international community expects world leaders to make collective efforts to address global challenges. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the UN which finds itself standing at another juncture in human history given rising unilateralism and protectionism, reports Xinhua news agency. "As we mark the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations, it is clear that the world h
  • UN chief says no action on UN Iran sanctions due to 'uncertainty'
    NEW YORK, September 20 (Reuters): United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Saturday he cannot take any action on a U.S. declaration that all U.N. sanctions on Iran had been reimposed because "there would appear to be uncertainty" on the issue. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last month that he triggered a 30-day process at the council leading to the return of U.N. sanctions on Iran on Saturday evening that would also stop
  • Explainer: US says UN sanctions on Iran to be reimposed Saturday. What does that mean?
    NEW YORK, September 19 (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump's administration says that on Saturday (2000 EDT/0000 GMT Sunday) all United Nations sanctions on Iran have to be restored and a conventional arms embargo on the country will no longer expire in mid-October. But 13 of the 15 U.N. Security Council members, including long-time U.S. allies, say Washington's move is void and diplomats say few countries are likely to reimpose the measures, which were lifted under
  • Burundi impunity for abuses continues, says U.N. report, as another mass grave opened
    GENEVA/NAIROBI, September 17 (Reuters): Impunity for rape, murder and other abuses is still widespread in Burundi despite a change of government, a U.N. report released on Thursday said. The report comes days after Burundi's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which is examining past atrocities and investigating mass graves, issued rare criticism of local leaders in charge during a 1972 massacre. The U.N. report said there had been numerous rights abuses in Burundi conn
  • Build-up of greenhouse gases hits new record despite lockdowns, U.N. report finds
    LONDON, September 9 (Reuters): Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere hit a record high this year, a United Nations report showed on Wednesday, as an economic slowdown amid the coronavirus pandemic had little long-term effect. The sharp, but short, dip in emissions earlier this year represented only a blip in the build-up of climate-warming carbon dioxide. "Greenhouse gas concentrations - which are already at their highest levels in 3 mill
  • Hitting women hard, pandemic makes gender poverty gap wider - U.N.
    BOGOTA, September 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): The coronavirus pandemic will widen the poverty gap between women and men, pushing 47 million more women and girls into impoverished lives by next year, and undoing progress made in recent decades, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Worldwide more women than men will be made poor by the economic fallout and massive job losses caused by COVID-19, with informal workers worst hit in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, accordin
  • U.N. prosecutors say Mladic's life sentence should be upheld
    AMSTERDAM, August 26 (Reuters): Prosecutors on Wednesday called on U.N. judges to uphold former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic's life sentence for war crimes, including genocide, while his lawyers are calling for an acquittal or a retrial. Mladic, 77, was the commander of Bosnian Serb forces during the 1992-95 Bosnian War and trial judges found he was responsible for overseeing the murder of more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica, Bosnia in 199
  • Displaced Yemenis suffer as aid shortfall closes clinics
    HAJJAH, August 26 (Reuters): Ahmed Mansour and his colleagues worked eight months without pay in a health centre in a Yemeni displacement camp out of concern for their patients. But this month they closed its doors. "Enough is enough now, we can't go on," said administrative worker Mansour, who financially supports his and his deceased brother's family. His salary, while he was still paid, was around $180 a month. Across Yemen health, sanitation and nu
  • Paperwork not patrols: Southeast Asian policewomen face career obstacles
    BANGKOK, August 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Female police officers in Southeast Asia are rarely allowed out on patrol and instead given administrative roles that hold back their careers, the United Nations and international police organization Interpol said on Wednesday. Women account for between 6-20% of police officers in the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), according to a new study by Interpol, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and U.N.
  • Covid-19 brings new challenges to counter-terrorism efforts: UN
    UNITED NATIONS, AUGUST 25 (IANS): A top UN official has called for attention to new challenges brought by the global coronavirus pandemic to counter-terrorism efforts. "This pandemic environment raises several strategic and practical challenges for counter-terrorism," Undersecretary-General for UN Counter-Terrorism Office, Vladimir Voronkov told the Security Council on Monday. The Islamic State (IS) and other terrorist groups seek to exploit the far-reaching disruption
  • UN chief urges termination of hate, discrimination
    UNITED NATIONS, AUGUST 23 (IANS): Marking the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Violence Based on Religious Belief, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged the international community to make efforts to put an end to hate and discrimination. While warning of a rise in racism since the coronavirus spread across the world, the UN chief in his message on Saturday noted that the pandemic has been accompanied by "a surge in stigma and racist discourse vilifying
  • U.N. team meets detained Mali president as coup supporters plan to rally
    BAMAKO, August 21 (Reuters): U.N. human rights officials met overnight with Mali's ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and other officials who have been held by mutineers since a military coup earlier this week, the U.N. mission there said on Friday. There has been no word from Keita since Tuesday, when he dissolved parliament and then resigned after being detained at gunpoint, deepening the crisis facing a country struggling to fend off an insurgency by Islamist milita
  • UN hails 'real-life heroes doing extraordinary things in extraordinary times'
    UNITED NATIONS, AUGUST 20 (IANS): Top UN officials honoured humanitarian workers overcoming "huge challenges" to save and improve the lives of millions of women, men and children hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and other crises. Marking World Humanitarian Day, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday urged everyone to applaud and support the health workers and first responders working selflessly amid unprecedented need, reports Xinhua news agency "These re
  • Making young voices truly representative 
    Imlisanen Jamir August 12 is the United Nations’ annual International Youth Day which serves as a reminder on the importance of youth participation in civic society. Young people around the world are often relegated to the sidelines and excluded from having a say in decisions that will affect them. Ultimately, the lack of youth participation in important decisions is detrimental to all – regardless of age. In Nagaland, as is across the world, young people are facin
  • NIPA seeks international law for indigenous peoples
    Dimapur, August 10 (MExN): The Naga Indigenous Peoples Alliance (NIPA) on Monday made an appeal for “a binding international law for the world’s struggling indigenous peoples/ nations.” In a press release on August 10, NIPA reaffirmed its support to the United Nations’ “belief and conviction that comprehensive world peace will be tangibly attainable only when millions of the oppressed and marginalized indigenous peoples/nations around the world are righ
  • Global coronavirus deaths exceed 700,000, one person dies every 15 seconds on average
    Reuters The global death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 700,000 on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, with the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico leading the rise in fatalities. Nearly 5,900 people are dying every 24 hours from COVID-19 on average, according to Reuters calculations based on data from the past two weeks. That equates to 247 people per hour, or one person every 15 seconds. President Donald Trump said the coronavirus outbreak is as under contro
  • U.N. warns that 60% of Zimbabweans threatened by hunger
    HARARE, July 30 (Reuters): The U.N. food agency on Thursday appealed for an additional $250 million to provide relief to millions of Zimbabweans as the COVID-19 pandemic bites and warned that 60% of the population could become "food-insecure". Zimbabwe is gripped by a climate- and recession-induced economic crisis, its worst in more than a decade, which has seen shortages of foreign currency, medicines and soaring inflation. The World Food Programme (WFP) said the
  • U.N. says nearly 3,500 Afghans killed or hurt in first half of 2020
    KABUL, July 27 (Reuters): More than 1,280 Afghan civilians have been killed in the first six months of the year as fighting rages in Afghanistan despite a pact between the United States and Taliban militants, the United Nations said on Monday. The violence, mainly between Afghan government forces and the Taliban, killed 1,282 and injured 2,176 for a tally of 3,458 civilian casualties, the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a report. "The reality rema