UN News stories

42 stories found over the past 45 days
Sudan: for first time in four years, UN relief agencies visit areas in Central Darfur

19 November 2015 – Insufficient food, shelter, health services are among the top challenges displaced people are facing in Central Darfur , the United Nations relief wing has warned in a latest humanitarian update on the situation in Sudan.

With new ratification, UN protocol on ending modern slavery edges closer to entry into force

19 November 2015 – With the ratification by Norway, following a similar action by Niger, of the International Labour Organization (ILO) protocol on forced labour, a significant step has been taken towards ending the scourge, as the agency’s binding instruments generally provide that an adopted protocol only comes into force 12 months after being ratified by two member States.

Indigenous peoples’ voices must be heard at Paris climate change conference, UN agency says

19 November 2015 – Indigenous peoples own, occupy or manage up to 65 per cent of the Earth’s land surface, yet they have largely been excluded from national plans prepared for next month’s United Nations climate change conference in Paris, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which is working to address the issue.

On World Day, UNESCO hails philosophy as ‘force for individual and collective emancipation’

19 November 2015 – Marking World Philosophy Day, the head of the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) has stressed that sustainability calls for new ways of thinking about ourselves and the planet and as such, “philosophy and all the humanities will be essential.”

UN expert denounces Paris attacks as ‘crime against humanity, crime against culture’

17 November 2015 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Karima Bennoune, denounced in the strongest possible terms the 13 November terrorist attacks in Paris, saying they may constitute a crime against humanity in which people were targeted “simply for participating in cultural life.”

El Niño on track to be among worst ever, but world better prepared for fallout – UN

16 November 2015 – The current El Niño, a weather pattern of devastating droughts and catastrophic floods that can affect tens of millions of people around the globe, is expected to strengthen further by year's end, on track to be one of the three strongest in 65 years, according to the latest update from the United Nations weather agency.

Ethiopia: UN warns of deepening food insecurity, allocates emergency funds to tackle severe drought

16 November 2015 – With Ethiopia experiencing its worst drought in decades the United Nations is reporting deepening food insecurity and “severe emaciation and unusual livestock deaths” as the Organization's humanitarian wing has allocated $17 million in emergency funding to help the Government tackle climate challenges and ensure timely food relief.

'Tolerance must be taught, nurtured and defended,' says Ban on International Day

16 November 2015 – Tolerance is much more than passively accepting the “other;” it brings obligations to act, and must be taught, nurtured and defended, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on the world to recognize the mounting threat posed by those who strive to divide, and pledge to forge a path defined by dialogue and mutual understanding.

UN launches 2016 International Year of Pulses, celebrating benefits of legumes

10 November 2015 – Under the slogan ‘nutritious seeds for a sustainable future,’ the United Nations, led by its Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), today launched the 2016 International Year of Pulses to raise awareness about the protein power and health benefits of all kinds of dried beans and peas, boost their production and trade, and encourage new and smarter uses throughout the food chain.

Science stands at heart of sustainable future, UNESCO says on World Science Day

10 November 2015 – Citing science, technology and innovation as key components of the upcoming United Nations climate change negotiations in Paris, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today urged governments to “do everything to support societies across the world, on every continent, to create and share knowledge.”