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Gazans ‘stalked by hunger, disease and death’ warns UN’s top aid official

“As the war in Gaza encroaches further into Rafah, I am extremely concerned about the safety and well-being of families which have endured the unthinkable in search of safety,” Mr.…

Stories from the UN Archive: Biggest moments in UN history

Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell briefs the UN Security Council in February 2003 on evidence of Iraq’s failure to disarm. (file) This #ThrowbackThursday, we’re featuring UN Video’s visual…

World News in Brief: Ukraine nuclear power plant update, DR Congo flood response, impact of US terrorism designations

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi took stock of the safety and security situation at the plant as part of ongoing efforts to help prevent a nuclear accident during the…

Gazans ‘have no homes – and they have no hope’: UN chief

  Speaking at a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, the UN chief underscored the need for “real, visible, concrete steps” towards a two-State solution based on UN…

Security Council debates Kosovo’s new rules on Serbian currency

The Prime Minister of Kosovo and Serbia’s President joined Council members in a heated discussion centred on new rules, which came into force on 1 February. The Central Bank of…

Gaza ‘buffer zone’ possible war crime: UN human rights chief

The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) are reportedly destroying all buildings in the Gaza Strip that are within one kilometre of the Israel-Gaza fence and “clearing the area” to achieve this…

UN Middle East envoy upholds need for Gaza ceasefire

Tor Wennesland is in New York for discussions on how to “chart a way out of this crisis and how we can do it with the parties on the ground”.…

Peace is UN’s raison d’être: Guterres

Addressing the General Assembly with a list of priority areas for action, António Guterres underscored that the UN was founded on the pursuit of peace. “Peace is our raison d’être. Yet,…

UN appeals for $4.1 billion in aid for war-torn Sudan and refugee-hosting countries

“Half of Sudan’s population, 25 million people, needs humanitarian assistance,” Martin Griffiths, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, told journalists in Geneva. He emphasized that far too many of those in need…

World News in Brief: UN official condemns attacks in Ukraine, DR Congo faces fresh fighting and devastating floods

The morning assault reportedly involved Russian-fired missiles and drones which hit six Ukrainian regions leaving at least five dead.  The attacks also disrupted essential services, including electricity, water and gas…

UNICEF condemns air strike on schools in Myanmar

The children killed were boys between 12 and 14 years of age. “UNICEF strongly condemns any strikes against schools and places of learning, which must always be safe spaces for…

Gaza war enters fifth month amid reports of potential ceasefire deal

Commenting on the “potentially positive news” surrounding the “huge efforts” involved in the latest international push for peace in Gaza spearheaded by Egypt, Qatar and the United States, Martin Griffiths,…

One year on, for survivors of Türkiye-Syria quakes the suffering is far from over

In the early hours of 6 February 2023, a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the border region between the two countries, claiming over 50,000 lives in Türkiye and a further…

UN food agency ramps up deliveries amid worsening food security in Ethiopia

“WFP, with our partners, are working tirelessly to reach millions of Ethiopians at risk of hunger in the first quarter of the year to help keep a major humanitarian catastrophe…

UN rights office voices concern ahead of elections in Pakistan

OHCHR denounced all acts of violence against political parties and candidates in the lead-up to Thursday’s vote. Spokesperson Liz Throssell said there have been no less than 24 reported instances…