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UN spotlights slave descendants’ legacy of achievements, overcoming ‘dark chapter of human history’

24 March – Stressing the importance of remembering slavery and slave trade in human history, the legacy of which “resounds down the ages,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today highlighted the contributions that people of African descent have made and are continuing to make to their communities and to the world.


PHOTO FEATURE: The enduring legacy of the transatlantic slave trade

24 March – The transatlantic slave trade was the largest forced migration in history and undeniably one of the most inhumane. According to the United Nations, over a 400-year period, the forcible extraction of Africans from their motherland was unprecedented in the annals of recorded human history


INTERVIEW: Amid increased suffering, responsibility to protect all the more necessary – UN Special Adviser

24 March – In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the outcome of the World Summit in which it, inter alia, underscored that each individual State has the responsibility to protect its populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.


Research shows link between temperature rise and human influence, says head of UN climate panel

23 March – Speaking today at a United Nations forum to invigorate political momentum on climate change, the head of a major UN panel on climate change underlined that human influence on the climate system cannot be disputed.


Faced with ‘clear science, real threats,’ countries must remain committed to Paris climate deal – UN

23 March – Climate change is an unprecedented and growing threat to peace, prosperity and development and addressing it presents an economic opportunity for Governments and business, senior United Nations officials said today.


FEATURE: Humanity at the core as UN readies for first-ever Ocean Conference

22 March – Over a year ago, on 20 February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston made a category 5 landfall along the north coast of Fiji's largest, most populous island, Viti Levu, killing at least 44 people, and grounding flights to and from the Pacific Island nation.


At UN event, people with Downs Syndrome ‘speak up’ to influence government policy and action

21 March – Today, the call that people with Down Syndrome be included to fully and equally participate in all aspects of society echoed widely throughout United Nations Headquarters in New York.


‘Stand up against intolerance and eliminate discrimination,’ says UN chief Guterres

21 March – Against the backdrop of rising discrimination and violence against those perceived as different, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged the world to stand up against intolerance and build communities that recognize diversity not as a source of weakness, but a source of strength and richness.


Nowruz a reminder that heritage helps make resilient, sustainable societies – UN cultural agency

21 March – In a message on the occasion of Nowruz – the day that celebrates the arrival of the spring season – the head of the United Nations cultural agency urged everyone to embrace the day's values and be inspired by its universal message of peace and solidarity.


UN disability rights committee opens with a call to spotlight gender issues

20 March – The United Nations committee monitoring efforts to protect rights of persons with disabilities today opened its spring session today in Geneva with a call to pay special attention to gender issues.


Ahead of International Day, UN and Smurfs team up to promote happiness and sustainable development

18 March – Every person – no matter how big, small or blue – can make the world more peaceful, equitable and healthy, the United Nations today told young people at a special ceremony for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that included the Smurfs and a handover of the key to Smurfdom.


UN announces interagency group to coordinate global fight against antimicrobial resistance

16 March – The United Nations today announced the establishment of an Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, which will be co-chaired by Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan.


Half of Central African Republic’s people need aid; Security Council discusses peace operations

16 March – Senior officials today called for strong political support and adequate resources for the United Nations peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic (CAR), where half of the population urgently needs aid, according to the latest United Nations figures.


UN launches 'Platform of Champions' calling to end global gender pay gap

14 March – With women being paid an average of 23 per cent less than men, the United Nations has launched a high-profile network to call for equal pay for work of equal value.


Peace efforts and sustainable development top agenda at UN agency’s narcotics conference

13 March – The top United Nations panel dealing with all aspects of narcotic drugs opened its 60th session today with a focus on peace and security, as well as on helping Governments reach their sustainable development commitments.


UN Commission on Status of Women opens with calls for more men to stand up for equality

13 March – With men still dominating even in countries that consider themselves progressive, the world needs more women leaders and more men standing up for gender equality, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today.


UN announces new approach to 'stamp out' sexual exploitation and abuse

9 March – Underscoring that the United Nations should not be, in any way, associated with the vile and vicious crimes of rape, sexual violence, exploitation and abuse, Secretary-General António Guterres has outlined a new victim-centred approach to prevent and respond to such abuses committed by those serving under the UN flag.


In Nairobi, UN chief Guterres marks International Women’s Day, hails Kenya’s role in multilateralism

8 March – The richness, welfare and prosperity of countries depend on the full integration of women in the development process, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today, commemorating International Women’s Day at a ceremony in Nairobi as part of his visit to Kenya.


On Wildlife Day, UN spotlights youth's role as today's change-makers, tomorrow's custodians

3 March – With the fate of the world's wildlife soon to be in the hands of the next generation, the United Nations is observing this year's World Wildlife Day with a call to harness the power of young people's voices in conservation efforts.


Mental anguish ‘adds weight’ to argument for ending capital punishment – UN rights chief

1 March – The United Nations human rights chief today reiterated his call to abolish the death penalty as it raises serious issues in relation to the dignity and rights of all human beings, including the right to life and the right not to be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.


Drug-resistant tuberculosis continues to be serious health threat says UN health agency

1 March – The United Nations health agency has stressed the critical need for research and development of new antibiotics to tackle the threat of drug-resistant tuberculosis.


Sustainable Development Goals critical for better future for all – deputy UN chief Amina Mohammed

28 February – Delivering her first address as the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed underlined that Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are essential for a safe and secure future that brings prosperity, opportunity and human rights for all.


In Geneva, UN urges upholding human rights amid rising populism and extremism

27 February – Disregard for human rights is a “disease,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today told the opening session of the UN Human Rights Council, urging Member States to uphold the rights of all people in the face of rising populism and extremism.


‘Turn the tide on plastic’ urges UN, as microplastics in the seas now outnumber stars in our galaxy

23 February – Launching an unprecedented global campaign, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is urging everyone to eliminate the use of microplastics and stop the excessive, wasteful use of single-use plastic, to save the world’s seas and oceans from irreversible damage before it’s too late.


At Security Council, UN chief Guterres highlights global significance of a peaceful Europe

21 February – Noting that recent crises in Europe show that the continent remains at risk from new outbreaks of conflict, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for reinforcing mutual trust and respect to strengthen stability and cooperation both within Europe and beyond.


'Time lost means lives lost,' warns UN aid chief, releasing funds to tackle drought in Ethiopia

21 February – The top United Nations humanitarian official today released $18.5 million from the organization's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to enable critical aid for more than 785,000 people suffering from hunger, malnutrition and severe water shortages in Ethiopia's Somali region – the worst drought-stricken part of the country.


UN honours 'outstanding diplomat,' Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, who passed away at 64

20 February – The United Nations Security Council and the General Assembly today, along with Secretary-General António Guterres, mourned the passing of the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, who died this morning in New York.


Amid global paradox, solutions that unify economic and social progress needed – UN labour chief

20 February – Highlighting that many around the world are left out from being able to benefit from global prosperity dividends and that even flourishing societies are seeing inequalities widen, the head of the United Nations labour agency today called for solutions that can bring economic growth combined with social progress.


A decade on, UN urges all Governments to endorse convention on enforced disappearance

17 February – Marking the tenth anniversary of an historic treaty to keep people from suffering enforced disappearance or secret detentions, the United Nations today urged all Governments that have not done so to ratify it, as the world body honoured victims separated from their loved ones.


INTERVIEW: Governments should think twice before putting children in detention – UN expert Manfred Nowak

17 February – Despite progress in the realization of children’s rights, as set out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which entered into force on 2 September 1990, too many commitments remain unfulfilled. This is particularly true for children deprived of liberty, who often remain invisible and forgotten.


UN kicks off preparations for upcoming summit on oceans, launches voluntary commitment website

15 February – The world dumps the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute, the United Nations heard today at the start of a two-day meeting to prepare for this June's Ocean Conference that will aim to help safeguard the planet's oceans and help them recover from human-induced problems.


'Radio provides accessible, real-time medium to bridge divides,' UNESCO says on World Day

13 February – Radio has never been so dynamic, engaging and important in the midst of deep change in ways to share and access information, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today, World Radio Day.


'Year of Pulses' closes with call to build on strong momentum among famers, private sector – UN

10 February – Although the International Year of Pulses has helped raise awareness globally of the many benefits of pulses, such as beans, lentils and chickpeas, gains must be further strengthened to achieve the international community's new development goals, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.


UN commemorates 20 years of protecting children in armed conflicts

8 February – 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.