UN News stories

7 stories found over the past 45 days
Development and alternative crops provide hope in war on illicit drugs – UN

15 July 2014 – Senior United Nations officials today called for a greater focus on development activities and alternative crops in countries where the tight grip of drug lords has disrupted peace, security and development, such as in Afghanistan and Myanmar.

UN agency dismayed as Thailand deports Laotian refugee at risk of mistreatment

08 July 2014 – The United Nations refugee agency today spoke out against the deportation of a Laotian man from Thailand back to his homeland, where he could face harsh treatment amounting to persecution.

UN initiative strengthens drought monitoring and early warning in Asia-Pacific

01 July 2014 – Although drought is a “silent killer” in Asia and the Pacific, access to scientific information and knowledge remain a challenge for many countries in the region, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said today at a milestone forum on drought monitoring and early warning.

Global drug use stable, but nearly 200,000 drug-related deaths still recorded – UN report

26 June 2014 – Global drug use has stabilized, but some 200,000 people are still victims of drug-related deaths, according to the latest World Drug Report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Myanmar: UN experts alarmed at draft bill imposing restrictions on religious conversion

20 June 2014 – A group of independent United Nations human rights experts today called on the Government of Myanmar to do away with a draft bill imposing restrictions on religious conversion, stressing the right of every individual to freely choose or to change their faith.

UN, Islamic cooperation body can work together to address global challenges, says Ban

18 June 2014 – In his address to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted ongoing collaboration between the two organizations on a range of immediate challenges and long-term pursuits, including the crises in Iraq, Syria and the ongoing peace efforts in the Middle East.

Myanmar: senior UN official urges greater access to people in need of humanitarian aid

13 June 2014 – The United Nations Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator today stressed the need for improved access to people in need of humanitarian assistance in Myanmar, as she wrapped up a visit to the states of Rakhine and Kachin.