UN News stories


29 stories found over the past 45 days
Attack in Somali capital a reminder of extremists' indifference towards human life – UN envoy

19 February 2017 – Strongly condemning today's terrorist attack at a marketplace in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, which reportedly killed at least 25 people and injured dozens more, the United Nations envoy in the country stressed that incident is a brutal reminder of the retrograde tactics employed by violent extremists.


'No time to lose' as humanitarian catastrophe looms in Somalia – UN agencies

17 February 2017 – Amid worsening of an already devastating drought in Somalia, United Nations agencies have underlined that only a massive and immediate scale-up of humanitarian assistance can help the country avoid falling into another catastrophe.


Drought drives food price spike in East Africa, UN warns

14 February 2017 – East Africa’s ongoing drought has sharply curbed harvests and drive up the prices of cereals and other staple foods to unusually high levels, posing a heavy burden to households and special risks for pastoralists in the region, the United Nations agricultural agency said today.


UN chief Guterres engages in 'constructive' discussions on Yemen, Libya with Saudi Foreign Minister

12 February 2017 – Visiting Saudi Arabia, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today that he and the Arab country's foreign minister had “very important and very constructive discussions” on the possible future political solutions for Yemen and Libya.


Somalia: UN Security Council urges sustained momentum towards democratic governance

10 February 2017 – Welcoming political and security progress in Somalia since 2012, including the recently concluded elections in the country, the United Nations Security Council today highlighted the need to “maintain the momentum” towards democratic governance in the African nation.


Averting famine should be 'top of the agenda' for new Somali government, says UN chief Guterres

09 February 2017 – Secretary-General António Guterres joined the wider United Nations and its international partners in congratulating Mohamed Abdullahi 'Farmajo' upon his election as the Somalia's new President and pledging to work with him and his new Government to tackle urgent national priorities, including averting famine.


UN commemorates 20 years of protecting children in armed conflicts

08 February 2017 – Top officials from the United Nations and the international community today applauded two decades of efforts to protect children from the scourge of war by marking the 20th anniversary of General Assembly resolution 51/77 (1997) on promotion and protection of the rights of children.


PHOTO FEATURE: Twenty years of protecting children affected by conflict

07 February 2017 – Following an era in which graphic images of child soldiers had become commonplace in the media, the United Nations General Assembly created a mandate dedicated to better protect children affected by armed conflict.


INTERVIEW: UN marks 20 years of work to improve protection of children affected by conflict

07 February 2017 – The senior United Nations advocate for children caught up in conflict is reaching out to parents, elders, and the entire international community to keep children away from armies and militias – a UN role that over the past two decades has helped more than 115,000 child soldiers regain their youth.