UN News stories

25 stories found over the past 45 days
More Governments now online but greater effort needed to boost access to e-services, UN finds

25 June 2014 – With all United Nations Member States now online, more Governments are expanding electronic participation and using more mobile and social media tools to reach people, the world body reported today as part of an e-government survey that also highlighted a lack of resources and a continued digital divide.

Widespread water shut-offs in US city of Detroit prompt outcry from UN rights experts

25 June 2014 – Disconnecting water from people who cannot pay their bills is an affront to their human rights, a group of United Nations experts said today, amid reports of widespread water shut-offs in the United States city of Detroit for non-payment.

Illegal trade in wildlife, timber products funding criminals, armed groups – joint UN report

24 June 2014 – Global environmental crime, possibly worth more than $200 billion annually, is helping finance criminal, militia and terrorist groups and threatening the security and sustainable development of many nations, notably in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new joint United Nations-INTERPOL report.

Removal of Syria’s chemical weapons material complete, announces OPCW-UN mission

23 June 2014 – The Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations (OPCW-UN) announced today that the removal of Syria’s chemical weapons material is now complete.

'UN will not give up trying to restore peace to your country,' Ban tells Syrian people

20 June 2014 – Spotlighting the worsening of the already horrifying war in Syria, “which continues to bleed beyond its borders,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today delivered a strong rebuke to the world's indifference to the bloodshed and rejected the notion that a military solution is the only way to end it, offering instead a “principled and integrated” approach to help sow the seeds of a better future for the Syrian people.