UN News stories


28 stories found over the past 45 days
Ban welcomes appointment of transitional unity Government in South Sudan

29 April 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the appointment by South Sudan President Salva Kiir of the ministers of the Transitional Government of National Unity, urging the parties to complete the establishment of all transition institutions.


South Sudan: UN strongly condemns attack against mission compound in Bentiu

28 April 2016 – The United Nations has strongly condemned an attack that took place on 25 April against the compound of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Bentiu, where a rocket-propelled grenade landed inside the perimeter of the compound and partly damaged one of the containers located in the humanitarian hub.


Riek Machar’s arrival in Juba should ‘open a new chapter’ for South Sudan – UN Peacekeeping chief

26 April 2016 – The arrival in Juba of First Vice-President-designate Riek Machar should open a new chapter for South Sudan and allow “the real transition to begin,” the United Nations peacekeeping chief said today, stressing that the security situation in the country, however, remains precarious amid a worsening humanitarian and human rights situation.


South Sudan: Ban welcomes swearing in of Riek Machar as First Vice-President

26 April 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the return of Riek Machar to Juba and his swearing in as the First Vice-President of South Sudan, calling it a “new phase” in the implementation of the peace agreement.


BAKU: youth stress vision of inclusive society at UN forum

25 April 2016 – Gathering from around the world for a United Nations conference in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku, young people of all walks of life, from an Internet technology intern to a dentist, are working to define future narratives to counter potentially compelling discourse of those who seek to divide society.


Security Council deplores maritime tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea

23 April 2016 – The United Nations Security Council has deplored the recent maritime tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea that resulted in up to 500 deaths when an overcrowded boat capsized en route from Libya to Europe, emphasizing the need for better coordination of efforts to deal with the smuggling of migrants.


Two thirds of unimmunized children live in conflict-affected countries – UNICEF

22 April 2016 – Almost two thirds of children who have not been immunized with basic vaccines live in countries that are either partially or entirely affected by conflict, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today, ahead of World Immunization Week.


At UN, Forest Whitaker calls on leaders to ensure benefits of global goals ‘touch everyone’

21 April 2016 – Peacebuilding advocate and Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker addressed world leaders today at the United Nations, asking them to ensure that the benefits of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can touch everyone worldwide.


With Global Goals agreed, UN focuses on what it will take to achieve sustainability targets by 2030

20 April 2016 – In a watershed moment for international cooperation, global political, business and civil society leaders are headed to New York where they will pledge fast action on the new United Nations sustainable development agenda and the landmark Paris climate agreement, to build on momentum from 2015 to create a better future for people and the planet.


UN refugee agency says up to 500 lives lost after boat sinks in Mediterranean

20 April 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency said today that as many as 500 people may have lost their lives this past week when an overcrowded boat carrying refugees and migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea at an unknown location between Libya and Italy.