ON INTERNATIONAL DAY, UN CHIEF GUTERRES CALLS ON ALL TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH DETAINED STAFF


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The International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members marks the anniversary of the abduction of UN staff member Alec Collett. UN Photo/Milton Grant

ON INTERNATIONAL DAY, UN CHIEF GUTERRES CALLS ON ALL TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH DETAINED STAFF

On the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted the challenges that UN staff face and urged everyone to ensure that they have the safety they need to help those most in need around the globe. Read more

BUILDING PEACE NEEDS CULTURE TOO, A MESSAGE OF HISTORIC SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION – HEAD OF UN AGENCY


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Destruction at the World Heritage site of Palmyra in Syria. Photo: ©UNESCO/Francesco Bandarin (file)

BUILDING PEACE NEEDS CULTURE TOO, A MESSAGE OF HISTORIC SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION – HEAD OF UN AGENCY

Univocally condemning unlawful destruction and pillaging of cultural heritage such as religious sites and artefacts, the United Nations Security Council today adopted an historic resolution that is expected to strengthen protections for such heritage during armed conflicts where they are most vulnerable. Read more

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UNESCO meeting lays groundwork for reviving, protecting Iraq’s cultural heritage

UNESCO meeting lays groundwork for reviving, protecting Iraq’s cultural heritage

As details on the destruction of and damage to Iraq’s rich and diverse cultural heritage emerge, the United Nations cultural agency has appealed to the international community to help protect and revive the country’s archaeological, religious and cultural sites for future generations. Read more

UN APPROVES $22 MILLION LOAN TO BOOST AGRICULTURAL WORK TO PREVENT FAMINE IN SOMALIA


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Women milking goats on the outskirts of the village of Qardho, Somalia. Photo: FAO/Karel Prinsloo

UN APPROVES $22 MILLION LOAN TO BOOST AGRICULTURAL WORK TO PREVENT FAMINE IN SOMALIA

The United Nations agricultural agency will be further scaling up its activities in drought-hit regions of Somalia thanks to a $22 million loan approved this week by the UN emergency response fund. Read more

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Somalia: UN-backed cholera vaccination campaign targets 450,000 people

Somalia: UN-backed cholera vaccination campaign targets 450,000 people

The Government of Somalia has launched an oral cholera vaccination (OCV) campaign today with the support of the United Nations health agency, targeting over 450,000 people in seven high-risk areas around the country. Read more

‘STAND UP AGAINST INTOLERANCE AND ELIMINATE DISCRIMINATION,’ SAYS UN CHIEF GUTERRES


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Children behind fence that separates them from the white community near Johannesburg, during the time of apartheid in South Africa. UN Photo/Pendl

‘STAND UP AGAINST INTOLERANCE AND ELIMINATE DISCRIMINATION,’ SAYS UN CHIEF GUTERRES

Against the backdrop of rising discrimination and violence against those perceived as different, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged the world to stand up against intolerance and build communities that recognize diversity not as a source of weakness, but a source of strength and richness. Read more

Breaking News:UN REFUGEE AGENCY VOICES CONCERN ABOUT FORCED RETURN OF NIGERIAN REFUGEES FROM CAMEROON


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A Nigerian woman talks to UNHCR workers at Minawao camp in Cameroon. She fled the violent insurgency in Gamboru Ngala, Borno state in Nigeria, with her sister, Izza, (background). Photo: UNHCR/Alexis Huguet

UN REFUGEE AGENCY VOICES CONCERN ABOUT FORCED RETURN OF NIGERIAN REFUGEES FROM CAMEROON

The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern that forced returns of refugees from Cameroon’s far north region to crisis-gripped north-eastern Nigeria are continuing despite the recent signing of a tripartite agreement aimed at ensuring the voluntary nature of returns.Read more

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Security Council wraps up Lake Chad Basin visit; stops in ‘epicentre’ of Boko Haram violence

Security Council wraps up Lake Chad Basin visit; stops in ‘epicentre’ of Boko Haram violence

The crisis in Africa’s Lake Chad Basin is of global concern and action is needed “right now,” the United Nations Security Council today said, wrapping up its four-country tour with the promise of long-term support for the Governments and the people in their fight against Boko Haram. Read more