In response to the withdrawal of the United States on Tuesday from the United Nations body which is designed to promote and protect human rights around the globe, Secretary-General António Guterres said that he would have “much preferred” the US remain.
Nearly three million more displaced year-on-year, warns refugee agency chief, but solutions are within reach
The number of people forced to flee their homes last year rose by nearly three million to 68.5 million, the head of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday, warning that the world’s displacement hotspots “are becoming hotter”.
Government representatives are meeting at United Nations Headquarters to review global action to address the illegal flow of revolvers, pistols, assault rifles, machine guns and other similar weapons.
19 June 2018 - The effects of conflict-related sexual violence echo across generations, in the form of trauma, stigma, and unwanted pregnancy, said the UN chief on Tuesday, describing the scourge as “a threat to our collective security” and “a stain on our common humanity.”
18 June 2018 - As part of his final global update, the United Nations human rights chief on Monday voiced his deep concern over recently-adopted United States border protection policies that have seen hundreds of migrant children forcibly separated from their parents.
18 June 2018 - After visiting the shattered streets of West Mosul over the weekend, the long-standing United Nations Refugee Agency envoy, Angelina Jolie, said that she had never seen such devastation, in her 17-years of working in the field.
14 June 2018 - Decades of rights violations on both sides of the Line of Control in Kashmir have “claimed or ruined numerous lives” and should be the subject of a high-level international probe, the UN’s human rights chief said on Thursday.
14 June 2018 - As the Yemeni port city of Hodeida continues to come under attack from Saudi-led coalition forces on Thursday, seeking to drive out Houthi rebels who control the city, the United Nations and humanitarian partners are rushing to provide life-saving assistance to thousands of vulnerable families there.
Sustainable Gastronomy Day emphasizes the need to focus the world’s attention on the role that sustainable gastronomy can play. It also reaffirms that all cultures and civilizations are contributors and crucial enablers of sustainable development. The day acknowledges gastronomy as a cultural expression related to the natural and cultural diversity of the world. Sustainable gastronomy can play a role due to its interlinkages with the three dimensions of sustainable development, in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by promoting agricultural development, food security, nutrition, sustainable food production, and conservation of biodiversity.
The effects of conflict-related sexual violence echo across generations, through trauma, stigma, poverty, poor health and unwanted pregnancy. The children whose existence emanates from that violence have been labelled “bad blood” or “children of the enemy”, and alienated from their mother’s social group. Children conceived through rape in wartime often struggle with issues of identity and belonging for decades after the end of war. They are rarely accepted by society, and unsafe abortion remains a leading cause of maternal mortality in conflict-affected settings. On this day we strive to foster solidarity with these forgotten victims of war. #CRSV
In a world where violence forces thousands of families to flee for their lives each day, the time is now to show that the global public stands with refugees. To do this, the UN Refugee Agency launched the #WithRefugees petition in June 2016 to send a message to governments that they must work together and do their fair share for refugees. On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. This year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee. #WorldRefugeeDay
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Jillian Mercado is a fashion model and disability rights advocate. She has muscular dystrophy, but says that having a disability hasn't stopped her from doing anything. Ms. Mercado met with Secretary-General António Guterres to discuss what the UN is doing to ensure the rights of persons with disabilities and reduce inequalities, during the annual session of the Conference of States Parties of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This year's theme is “Leaving no one behind through the full implementation of the CRPD.”
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Did you know that the first 1,000 days have a lasting effect on a child’s future? As many countries around the world mark Father’s Day, UNICEF’s new campaign celebrates dads and what they can do to give children the best start in life. UNICEF is calling on governments and companies for greater investment in policies that give dads, and all parents, the time and support they need to nurture their babies. What puts a smile on your baby’s face? What’s your go-to game? Share your top tips by 17 June for the possibility of winning a gift.