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2024

  • 14 6月 2024
    A brief roundup of United Nations-related political and peacebuilding events and developments globally.
     

    Special Envoy Grundberg calls for release of UN staff and NGO workers detained in Yemen

    On 13 June, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen Hans Grundberg drew the Council’s attention to the crackdown by Ansar Allah on Yemeni civil society, non-governmental organizations and the United Nations. The Envoy noted that "last week, 13 UN personnel, including one of my colleagues in Sana’a, in addition to five staff members of international NGOs and many more from national NGOs and civil society were arbitrarily detained by Ansar Allah. They remain in incommunicado detention." He went on to urge Ansar Allah to respect the rights of Yemenis under international law and release all United Nations and NGO personnel immediately and unconditionally, and to refrain from the arbitrary detention of civilians. "Such arbitrary detentions are not the expected signal of an actor who is seeking a mediated solution to conflict," he stressed.

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    SRSG Abarry commends progress in Chad, Gabon, while noting continued dangers posed by armed groups in region

    On 10 June, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) Abdou Abarry told the Security Council that the region had seen positive developments. He welcomed the return of Constitutional order to Chad and Gabon, commending the facilitators of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). Noting that armed groups continued to “sow their reign of terror”, he welcomed the Joint Multilateral Force’s operations against Boko Haram and Da’esh-affiliated groups. 

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    Peacebuilding Fund holds sixth annual strategic dialogue

    This week, DPPA's Peacebuilding Support Office, represented by Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support Elizabeth Spehar, alongside Norway’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Andreas Kravik, concluded the sixth Annual Strategic Dialogue with the Peacebuilding Fund's (PBF) top twelve voluntary donors. Hosted in Oslo by the Norwegian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the event featured key speakers including the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, Nicholas Haysom, Chief of Staff of the Office of the President of Guatemala, Ana Glenda Tager Rosado; the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bruno Lemarquis; and the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti, Ulrika Richardson. Partners underscored the value of the agreement of Member States on the use of assessed contributions for the PBF, though noted the difficult financial situation in many countries. Issues discussed included the continued urgency of peacebuilding efforts in UN transition contexts; assessing and communicating impact; building coalitions for peacebuilding at country and global levels; and the need to stay and deliver in challenging contexts.s

    PBSO participates in National Dialogues Conference 2024 in Helsinki

    This week, Awa Dabo, Director and Deputy Head of DPPA's Peacebuilding Support Office, participated in the National Dialogues Conference 2024 in Helsinki, hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the CMI - Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation, Finn Church Aid, Felm, and the Abilis Foundation. The Peacebuilding Support Office moderated a panel discussion on the role of national dialogues and other non-formal dialogue processes in peacebuilding. Additionally, PBSO engaged in a panel session organized by CMI focused on multilateralism and the peaceful resolution of conflicts. During the visit, Dabo also met with the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs to discuss Finland’s partnership with PBSO, including collaborations on the UN-CSO Dialogue, Youth, Peace and Security, and Finland’s support to the Peacebuilding Fund.

    DSRSG Isaczai meets with senior Iraqi officials

    On 13 June, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq Ghulam Isaczai met in Erbil with Rêber Ahmed, Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Interior (pictured), to follow up on the implementation of the government plan for internally displaced persons (IDP) in camps. Isaczai also met with Dara Rashid, KRG Minister of Planning, and discussed KRG's engagement with the new UN Cooperation Framework process. The DSRSG also met with Alan Hama, KRG Minister of Education, where he emphasized the importance of ensuring that education is provided for children in IDP camps.

    On 12 June, DSRSG Isaczai met in Baghdad with Iraq’s Minister for Migration and Displacement Evan Gabro (pictured), to address the challenges facing IDPs as the camp closure deadline approaches. Isaczai noted the Government's commitment to resolving protracted displacement through a roadmap focused on voluntary, safe, and dignified return and reintegration of IDP families within a practical timeframe.

    UNAMI holds consultations on UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework

    In June 2024, the Development Support Office of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) conducted consultations on the upcoming United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for 2025-2029. The Framework serves as an agreement between the UN system and the Government of Iraq, specifically tailored to meet the country's priorities. In Erbil, Basra, Kirkuk and Mosul, regional and local government officials, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, and civil society representatives had an opportunity to contribute their insights, underscoring the importance of local input in refining the UN's strategic direction in Iraq.

    UNAMI facilitates dialogue on freedom of expression

    On 13 June, the UNAMI Human Rights Office facilitated a one-day dialogue on “Promoting Freedom of Expression in Iraq”. The event, held in Baghdad, provided an opportunity for media workers to engage in structured discussions with representatives of relevant government ministries, the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee, the Commission on Media and Communications, and members of the judiciary.  Participants discussed obstacles to the full enjoyment of freedom of expression and freedom of the media, both in the online and offline environment.

    Preventive Diplomacy Academy holds event on counter-terrorism

    On 10 June, the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia's (UNRCCA) Preventive Diplomacy Academy held a UN Office of Counter Terrorism (UNOCT) information session on UN prevention of violent extremism and counter-terrorism in Central Asia. The event focused on the international legal framework for countering terrorism, including international conventions and protocols, as well as relevant UN Security Council and General Assembly Resolutions.

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    Stitches for Peace: weaving hope in Caño Indio

    This week, in Cúcuta, Colombia, the reconciliation project "Stitches for Peace" celebrated an important milestone: the launch of its new fashion collection under the Ixora brand. This event was a sign of hope for a better future for the women of the former TATR of Caño Indio and their communities. The project, led by 10 women peace signatories, was guided by businesswomen in the fashion sector and tailoring experts. Since its inception four years ago, "Stitches for Peace" has had the support of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia.

    Next Week

    On 18 June, the Security Council will meet on Sudan. On 19 June, there will be a briefing on the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). On 20 June, there will be an open debate on Cybersecurity. On 21 June, there will be a briefing on the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

  • 14 6月 2024

    Mogadishu – Efforts to make the principles of human rights better known and understood among Somalia’s communities received a boost with a multilingual initiative centred on the...

  • 14 6月 2024

    A surge of attacks by Russian forces on the Kharkiv area of Ukraine is causing significant civilian casualties, as well as the destruction of homes and crucial infrastructure, the top UN official in Ukraine said today, in a plea not to “normalize” the dire conditions for Ukrainian civilians.  

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    Escalating fighting in the south and centre of Gaza makes it near-impossible for humanitarians to deliver desperately needed food aid, the Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Carl Skau, said on Friday at the end of a two-day mission to the enclave. 

  • 14 6月 2024

    The UN’s top genocide prevention official warned on Friday that hate speech remains a significant threat to global peace and security, often targeting society’s most vulnerable.

  • 14 6月 2024

    The head of the UN human rights office (OHCHR) Volker Türk on Friday called for serious measures to be taken to end human rights violations that are jeopardizing reconciliation and peace efforts in Ethiopia. 

  • 14 6月 2024

    A cautious welcome was given by civilians in Gaza to this week’s Security Council resolution endorsing a ceasefire for hostages deal - mixed with frustration that the fighting continues with both Hamas and the Israeli Government signalling that the three phase plan falls short.

  • 13 6月 2024

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan

    On 10 June, UNRCCA Preventive Diplomacy Academy welcomed...

  • 13 6月 2024

    Heavy shelling reported in the so-called safe zone of Al-Mawasi in southern Gaza on Thursday came despite the ongoing international push for a ceasefire and as the UN health agency reported 32 deaths from malnutrition “including 28 among children under five years old”.

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    UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday welcomed the swearing in of Haiti’s new Government, urging stakeholders to continue making progress towards restoring democratic institutions through elections.

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    The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on Thursday that calls for the paramilitary Rapid Security Forces (RSF) in Sudan to halt their siege on El Fasher, capital of North Darfur state. 

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    After months of relative stability in Yemen between Government and Houthi forces, a return to all-out war is looking inevitable unless the current escalation in violence is halted, the top UN envoy for the country said on Thursday.

  • 13 6月 2024

    Violence against children caught in armed conflict reached “extreme levels” last year, with a “shocking” 21 per cent increase in extreme violations, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a report published on Thursday. 

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    The UN humanitarian coordinator for Ukraine Denise Brown on Thursday said she was ‘appalled’ by the scale of Russia’s overnight attack on Kryviy Rih City in the Dnipro Region. 

  • 12 6月 2024

    United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced on May 10, 2024, the appointment of Ms. Barrie Freeman of the United States as...

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    In Cauca, Indigenous Mapuche women from the Araucanía region in Chile, Nasa and Misak women from Colombia and local...

  • 12 6月 2024

    More than 200 people, including peace signatories and residents of corregimiento La Trinidad in...

  • 12 6月 2024

    Armel Caracas was the only peace signatory in the country elected in the 2023 regional elections. For the last...

  • 12 6月 2024

    Palestinian armed groups and Israeli authorities have both committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during the attack on 7 October and the subsequent military operations, according to a new report by a UN independent human rights body.

  • 12 6月 2024

    The international community must continue to pay close attention to the troubling human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and find ways to revive dialogue with the Government, the UN Security Council heard on Wednesday. 

  • 11 6月 2024

    At least 49 migrants have been killed, including many women and children, and a further 140 are missing after the boat they were on capsized off the coast of Yemen on Monday, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported.

  • 11 6月 2024

    All of the 253 people indicted by UN tribunals for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed decades ago in Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia, have now been accounted for, the Security Council heard on Tuesday. 

  • 11 6月 2024

    A comprehensive ceasefire in Gaza linked to the release of all remaining hostages cannot come too soon, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, as he welcomed the Security Council resolution adopted a day earlier seeking an end to the war there.

  • 11 6月 2024

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on Tuesday for the immediate release of all United Nations staff held in Yemen by the de facto Houthi authorities, following the arrest of 13 of the Organization’s personnel. 

  • 11 6月 2024

    The UN Development Progamme (UNDP) is helping to tackle the mountain of rubble and waste in Ukraine - one of the fallouts from the full-scale Russian invasion of the country, now in its third year. 

  • 11 6月 2024

    The Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) launched a campaign on Tuesday to address the unfolding crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan, amid the going war between rival military forces that erupted last April. 

  • 11 6月 2024

    DUSHANBE, Tajikistan

    On 10-11 June, Kaha Imnadze, Special Representative of the...

  • 10 6月 2024

    The UN agency championing gender equality called on Monday for greater investment in Palestinian women-led organizations who are at the forefront of humanitarian operations in the Gaza Strip. 

  • 10 6月 2024

    Further deadly violence in Sudan’s besieged Al Fasher city has forced a major hospital to shut over the weekend after soldiers stormed the facility, prompting alarm on Monday from the UN World Health Organization (WHO) about the serious impact on sick and injured patients.

  • 10 6月 2024

    The adoption of a new constitution in Chad alongside new inclusive dialogue in Gabon, standout as positive recent developments in Central Africa, the head of the UN office for the region said on Monday.

  • 10 6月 2024

    The UN Security Council on Monday adopted a resolution aimed at reaching a comprehensive ceasefire deal in three phases to end the war in Gaza, with US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield telling members "today, we voted for peace."

  • 9 6月 2024

    The scenes of devastation witnessed in the aftermath of Israel’s military operation to release hostages from the Nuseirat refugee camp proves that each day the war continues “it only grows more horrific” the UN’s top humanitarian official said on Sunday.

  • 8 6月 2024

    Mogadishu – Seven-year-old boys can have a wide range of interests. For some, the mechanical world of cars and trains appeals. For others, it is the rugged world of adventure and swashbuckling derring-...

  • 7 6月 2024
    A brief roundup of United Nations-related political and peacebuilding events and developments globally.

    Inaugural PBC meeting on Guatemala highlights UN engagement and government priorities

    On 4 June, the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) held its inaugural Ambassadorial-level meeting on Guatemala. The president of Guatemala, Bernardo Arévalo, presented his administration's peacebuilding priorities and transformative reform agenda. Guatemala represents a success story as a post-conflict country that has transitioned to stabilization and democratic governance. This year, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support Elizabeth Spehar and Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and the Americas Miroslav Jenča made visits to the country. 

    UN investigative team hands over key ISIL crime data to Iraq

    On 5 June, Acting Special Adviser and Head of the UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD) Ana Peyró Llopis updated Security Council members on the Team’s twelfth and final report. The Acting Special Adviser said that the team has initiated its liquidation for withdrawal from Iraq, adding that all the evidence and material the team collected has been consolidated into one, centralized digital archive and will remain beyond the closure of the Team. Member States, including Iraq, could consider them in the future to hold ISIL perpetrators accountable for crimes committed in Iraq, she said, lamenting ten years since Da’esh declared itself a caliphate in 2014, we are still calling for accountability to hold those responsible for the crimes they committed in Iraq.

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    2024 Peacebuilding Fund Thematic Review reveals best practices in ensuring synergies between human rights and peacebuilding

    The 2024 Thematic Review on Synergies between Human Rights and Peacebuilding in PBF-supported Programming was released this week. It outlines best practices and lessons learned from 92 projects spanning 45 countries and territories between 2017-2022, financed by the Secretary-General's Peacebuilding Fund. The review provides practical recommendations for future programming relevant to all peacebuilding and human rights practitioners. The report's launch event took place virtually on 4 June with a presentation on key findings, recommendations by the research team and a panel discussion with UN and civil society organization practitioners on best practices.

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    SRSG Onanga-Anyanga participates in virtual event for Africa Day 

    On 4 June, in commemoration of Africa Day 2024, a virtual event titled "Educating Africans for the 21st Century" was jointly organized by the African Union Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations in New York, the United Nations Anti-Racism Office, and the United Nations Senior Officials of African Descent Group. Participating in a panel, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) Parfait Onanga-Anyanga stressed that education is a vehicle to build more inclusive societies and promote a culture of peace. “Education for all must be intentional, qualitative and provide equal opportunities to both the boy and the girl child,” he said, adding “We must embrace innovative methods that go beyond traditional classroom settings.”

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    UNOAU participates in 4th workshop on ASF-FPU pre-deployment 

    From 27 May to 3 June, the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) participated in the 4th Workshop on the Development of the African Standby Force (ASF) - Formed Police Unit (FPU) Pre-Deployment Training Package in Addis Ababa. The workshop focused on advancing the development of the Pre-deployment package, comprising three essential documents: the Reader, Facilitators’ Guide, and toolkit, along with the Participants’ Journal. Participants assessed progress, edited modules, and structured the Facilitators’ Guide framework. Tasks were assigned for finalization by August 2024, with the next workshop planned for September 2024. 

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    Newly appointed Special Coordinator for Lebanon holds first round of consultations in the country

    Newly appointed Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert held her first round of consultations with the country’s top political and security leaders, including Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati (pictured) and caretaker Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib. Discussions focused on priorities under the Special Coordinator’s mandate, particularly concerning exchanges of fire across the Blue Line and the urgency for the cessation of hostilities, reaffirming commitment to the implementation of Resolution 1701. Discussions also addressed the prolonged presidential vacuum, the need for economic and financial reforms and the Syrian refugee crisis.

    SRSG Simão stresses importance of peaceful and inclusive presidential elections in Mauritania

    Leonardo Santos Simão, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), undertook a five-day visit to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. As part of the good office activities, he met with the Mauritanian authorities and other key players to further strengthen the partnership with the United Nations, ahead of the presidential election scheduled for June 29. 

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    UN Iraq convenes second Joint Steering Committee meeting with Iraqi Government

    The UN Country Team and the Government of Iraq convened on 6 June the annual meeting of the Joint Steering Committee of the UN Cooperation Framework (2020-2024) in Baghdad. The meeting was co-chaired by the UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq (DSRSG/RC/HC), Ghulam Mohammed Isaczai, and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Planning, Mohammed Tamim. The Joint Steering Committee provides strategic oversight and direction for the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF).The RC/HC for Iraq highlighted the importance of partnerships with government institutions as well as international development partners which have generously funded implementation of the Cooperation Framework responding to national development priorities and achievement of the SDGs.  

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    DSRSG/RC/HC Isaczai: "Drought and desertification are major challenges buffeting Iraq today"

    The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) marked World Environment Day on 5 June. DSRSG/RC/HC for Iraq Ghulam Mohammed Isaczai emphasized the significant challenges of drought and desertification facing Iraq. “Drought and desertification are major challenges buffeting Iraq today. Only by determined planning and sustainable action we can combat this threat and restore green space,” he said, emphasizing the shared responsibility and the impact of every small step. He also reiterated the UN's commitment to supporting Iraqi efforts for a greener future.

    UNAMI Human Rights Office holds roundtable discussion on “Promoting Freedom of Expression in Iraq”

    On 5 June, the UNAMI Human Rights Office organized a roundtable discussion in Basra titled “Promoting Freedom of Expression in Iraq”. The event, the third in a series planned in different governorates, brought together 23 participants including journalists, writers, bloggers, social media users, defense lawyers, civil society representatives and human rights defenders. Participants discussed the obstacles to the full enjoyment of freedom of expression and freedom of the media in Iraq, both in the online and offline environment, and proposed solutions to address the concerns identified. Key findings and suggestions from these discussions will form the basis for a forthcoming direct dialogue between non-governmental stakeholders and relevant government, judicial and regulatory authorities planned for mid-June 2024 in Baghdad.

    Ulaanbaatar Dialogue discusses Youth, Peace and Security  

    The Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs co-organized a session on Youth, Peace and Security at the 9th Ulaanbaatar Dialogue in Mongolia on 6 June, as part of the joint efforts to support regional youth engagement on security issues. This year, on the margins of the Dialogue, a group of young peacebuilders from Northeast Asia met to launch a new platform for youth to contribute to environmental policies in the region. “We must intensify our tireless efforts to promote stability and cultivate an environment conducive to dialogue,” Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo noted in her video message. 

    Former combatants market their products at local coffee fair

    In the south of Tolima, where the former FARC-EP guerrilla was born, today stands out for its coffee production, including several projects led by former combatants. On 1 June, five brands participated, among other community initiatives, in the local coffee fair – Planting Coffee, Harvesting Peace- organized by the mayor of Rioblanco. Former combatants and farmers shared their experiences and had the opportunity to market and network their products. Regional authorities, the National Reintegration Agency and other local actors participated, as well as the UN Verification Mission in Colombia.

    Next Week

    The Security Council will discuss the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) and Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) on 10 June, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on 12 June. A briefing on Yemen will take place on 13 June.

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    UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric confirmed on Friday that Houthi de facto authorities in Yemen have detained 11 UN national staff working for the Organization there.

  • 7 6月 2024

    A recent escalation in fighting in Ukraine, particularly in the Kharkiv region, has left nearly 200 people dead, displaced thousands more and further crippled critical infrastructure, with implications for global food security, a senior UN humanitarian said on Friday. 

  • 7 6月 2024

    Rapidly evolving global political, social, environmental and security challenges risk undermining peace and economic development across West Africa, the UN deputy chief said on Friday, reiterating the importance of a multilateral and inclusive response.

  • 7 6月 2024

    Horrific violence and the risk of famine continue to stalk the people of Sudan, UN humanitarians warned on Friday, as they echoed condemnation by UN Secretary-General António Guterres of an attack on a village south of Khartoum two days ago that is now believed to have left more than 100 dead.

  • 7 6月 2024

    Eight months to the day since the Israel-Hamas war erupted in Gaza, the UN labour agency, ILO, warned on Friday that families there now send their children to work just to survive, as unemployment nears a staggering 80 per cent.

  • 6 6月 2024

    Immediately upon arrival in Beirut, newly appointed UN Special...

  • 6 6月 2024

    Mogadishu – The United Nations in Somalia congratulates the Somali government and people on their country's election today to a seat on the UN Security Council for 2025-2026.

    “Somalia...

  • 6 6月 2024

    Amid early reports that an Israeli strike on a UN-run school in Gaza overnight into Thursday left dozens dead, humanitarians warned that cholera and other potentially deadly diseases stalk people uprooted by the war, forced to live among “mountains of trash”.

  • 6 6月 2024

    The UN General Assembly on Thursday elected Denmark, Greece, Pakistan, Panama and Somalia to serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January next year.

  • 6 6月 2024

    The UN General Assembly on Thursday elected by acclamation Philemon Yang, former Prime Minister of Cameroon, President for its seventy-ninth session which gets underway in September.

  • 6 6月 2024

    Escalating hunger and violence in Sudan are reaching unprecedented levels as it teeters on the verge of becoming the world’s largest hunger crisis and faces increasingly violent attacks by paramilitary groups, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported on Thursday.

  • 6 6月 2024

    Escalating hunger and violence in Sudan are reaching unprecedented levels as it teeters on the verge of becoming the world’s largest hunger crisis and faces increasingly violent attacks by paramilitary groups, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported on Thursday.

  • 6 6月 2024

    The UN Secretary-General António Guterres is deeply concerned about escalating violence in Myanmar, he said in a statement released on Thursday.

  • 5 6月 2024

    UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

    As the exchanges of fire across the Blue Line continue, the Secretary-General renews his calls to the parties to...

  • 5 6月 2024

    In a Bogotá used to the sound of buses, cars’ horns, and bicycle engines, a batucada full of Colombian flavour would be in charge of interrupting the...

  • 5 6月 2024

    TRIPOLI – 5 June – Twenty-six young women from across Libya graduated from the UNSMIL-led training programme by presenting their final projects focus on educating school...