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UN must continue to be a forum for dialogue on decolonization: Guterres

21 February 2020
With 17 non-self-governing territories remaining worldwide, the United Nations must continue to be the place where their concerns can be heard, the Secretary-General said in New York on Friday. 

2020’s ‘wind of madness’ indicates growing instability: UN chief

4 February 2020
Rising instability and unpredictable geopolitical tensions have led to a “wind of madness” across the world, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday during his main annual press conference for journalists at UN Headquarters in New York. 

Youth leaders share positive visions of the future, as Guterres launches UN75 in New York

29 January 2020
Six youth leaders from around the world were at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday to share their ambitious visions for a future where international cooperation is prioritized and everyone’s voice is heard.   

Former UN chief Perez de Cuéllar celebrates his 100th birthday

18 January 2020
The fifth Secretary-General, Javier Perez de Cuéllar, whose UN career began with the first ever General Assembly meeting in 1946, celebrates his 100th birthday on Sunday.

Philippines volcano: UN aid operation in place as thousands told to flee

15 January 2020
The UN is concerned over warnings issued by Philippines’ authorities that volcanic eruptions on the country’s most populous island could last “days, months or even years”. 

UN chief pays tribute to ‘enduring contributions’ to regional, international diplomacy of Oman’s late Sultan Qaboos

11 January 2020
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has extended his profound condolences to the Royal family, the Government and people of Oman on the passing of Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, who passed away late Friday at the age of 79. 

Secretary-General upholds value of UN Charter for a world in turmoil

9 January 2020
Amid an era of rising geopolitical tensions and declining trust between nations, the United Nations Secretary-General has encouraged countries to “come home” to a defining document of the international community: the UN Charter. 

Secretary-General calls for global participation in UN75 dialogues for better future for all

2 January 2020
The United Nations on Wednesday launched the biggest global conversation on the world's future: the UN75 dialogues.  Views and ideas gathered throughout the year will be shared at a high-level event in September to mark the Organization's 75th anniversary.

General Assembly approves $3 billion UN budget for 2020

27 December 2019
The UN General Assembly on Friday adopted a budget of $3,073,830,500 for the United Nations to cover the year 2020 . 

The 2010 – 2020 UN News Decade in Review, part three

27 December 2019
The final part of our look back over the past decade takes in the launch of the 2030 Agenda, the UN’s blueprint for a better future for all; the humanitarian response to the Rohingya refugee crisis; the successful end to the mandate of the UN Liberia Mission; and fresh momentum in the fight against the climate crisis, despite disappointment over the COP25 climate conference in Madrid. 

UN chief sends wishes for ‘peace and a blessed New Year’ to all

25 December 2019
While visiting with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres extended wishes for a peaceful Christmas and a blessed New Year. 

The 2010 – 2020 UN News Decade in Review, part two

25 December 2019
With the 2020s now in full view, welcome to the second in our three-part series looking back at some of the major UN-related stories of the past decade. In part two, we take in the years 2014 to 2016, which saw the worst outbreak of Ebola ever recorded; new hope that the climate crisis could be tackled by world leaders, through the historic Paris climate agreement; and the launch of the UN’s 2030 Agenda, a plan of action for people, the planet and prosperity. 

The 2010 – 2020 UN News Decade in Review, part one

23 December 2019
The teenage years of the Twenty-First Century are nearly over and, as we prepare to enter the 2020s, UN News takes a look back at some of the big stories on our global patch, that unfolded between 2010 and 2019: welcome to our three-part Decade in Review. In part one, which takes in the period between 2010 and the end of 2013, we focus on the devastating Haiti earthquake, the beginning of the ongoing Syrian conflict, the inspiring work of Malala Yousafzai in favour of girls’ education, and the creation of what has now become “the world’s most dangerous UN mission”, in Mali.

Mountains matter, especially if you’re young, UN declares

10 December 2019
Covering around 27 per cent of the earth's land surface, mountains play a critical role in moving the world’s towards sustainable economic growth. With the future in mind, the theme for this year’s international day celebrating the world’s peaks and summits on Wednesday, is Mountains matter for Youth.

‘World has failed’ victims of genocide too often: Guterres

9 December 2019
Too often, “the world has failed” populations under threat of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and ethnic cleansing, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of Genocide on Monday.

Palestine refugee agency chief resigns amidst mismanagement probe

6 November 2019
The Commissioner-General for the UN relief and works agency serving Palestine refugees, UNRWA, resigned on Wednesday, hours after the UN announced preliminary findings of an investigation into misconduct allegations.