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UK’s Mark Lowcock appointed to head up UN relief wing

12 May 2017 – Secretary-General António Guterres today appointed Mark Lowcock, a national of the United Kingdom, as the United Nation’s highest official on humanitarian assistance and aid coordination, the UN Spokesperson’s office announced today.


The ‘cycle of revenge’ in South Sudan will hurt everyone – UN envoy

11 May 2017 – Deteriorating security in parts of South Sudan coupled with increased displacement could worsen the humanitarian suffering in the country through outbreaks of diseases such as diarrhoea and even cholera, the United Nations envoy for the country has warned.


International support for Somalia must focus on rebuilding security, averting famine – UN chief

11 May 2017 – Opening a major conference on Somalia, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged the international community to support security efforts in the country battling Al-Shabaab and aid the more than six million Somalis affected by the violence and a deadly drought.


'World's most powerful job creators,' small enterprises vital to achieving Global Goals – UN official

11 May 2017 – By leveraging their ingenuity and creativity to harness new market opportunities, micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises can lead the way towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a senior United Nations official said today in remarks to a high-level meeting on the issue.


In London, Secretary-General Guterres spotlights UN reform initiatives to rescue multilateralism

10 May 2017 – In a public lecture in London, Secretary-General António Guterres today stressed the need for reforming the United Nations to tackle main challenges the world is facing, including the changing nature of conflict.


Weather, climate and water challenges in spotlight at annual session of UN weather agency council

10 May 2017 – Strengthening weather and climate services to protect lives, property and the economy from increasingly extreme and unusual weather is among the pressing issues being discussed at the annual session of the United Nations weather agency's coordinating body, which kicked off today in Geneva.


UN condemns deadly attack on peacekeepers in Central African Republic

10 May 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned an attack against a convoy of the UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) that left four dead, one missing and 10 others evacuated.


Buddha's message of compassion 'timeless' says UN chief on international day

10 May 2017 – Observing the Day of Vesak, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on the global community to draw inspiration from the journey of Lord Buddha and embrace his message of compassion.


UN relief workers concerned about civilians in Mosul threatened by Iraqi forces, ISIL

09 May 2017 – As a new front opens in the fight between Iraqi forces and the group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) in north-western Mosul city, United Nations humanitarian staff are raising concern about hundreds of thousands of civilians still living in the area.


Central African Republic: UN Mission condemns deadly attack on peacekeepers

09 May 2017 – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) has strongly condemned yesterday’s attack on one of its convoys in the country’s south that killed one Cambodian peacekeeper.