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DR Congo: ‘Widespread and systematic’ violence linked to clashes over gold

ven, 13/08/2021 - 17:27
Rival armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are carrying out horrific sexual attacks against women and girls, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) warned on Friday.

Childhood cancer care in Africa hit hard by pandemic

ven, 13/08/2021 - 17:23
Nearly 30,000 children in sub-Saharan Africa are believed to have died from cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO). 

Fast-moving Afghanistan crisis ‘has hallmarks of humanitarian catastrophe’

ven, 13/08/2021 - 16:40
Afghanistan is on course to witness its highest ever number of documented civilian casualties in a single year since records began, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.

UN health agency urges support for new COVID-19 origins studies

ven, 13/08/2021 - 14:00
The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged all countries “to put differences aside” in order to speed up efforts to understand where and how the COVID-19 virus started – including the unproven suggestion that it was manufactured in a laboratory.

Afghanistan: UN chief following escalation in fighting ‘with deep concern’

jeu, 12/08/2021 - 22:39
With Taliban fighters continuing to gain ground in Afghanistan, the UN Secretary-General is following events “with deep concern” said the UN Spokesperson on Thursday, including the battle for Herat and Kandahar, the country’s second and third largest cities.  

Top UN envoy points to fresh hope for democratic Somalia

jeu, 12/08/2021 - 21:30
Political strides are breathing new hope into the country’s fragile State-building process, driven by an electoral agreement signed by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, and the heads of Somalia’s federal member states, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Thursday.

Youth must be included in disarmament and non-proliferation

jeu, 12/08/2021 - 21:15
With 40 per cent of the global population under 25, the international community has a special responsibility to ensure young people can share their perspectives and concerns about existential threats to current and future generations, UN disarmament chief Izumi Nakamitsu said on Thursday.

Youth need ‘seat at the table’ to lead struggle for better future: Guterres

jeu, 12/08/2021 - 18:38
Young people are on the “frontlines of the struggle to build a better future”, the UN chief said on Thursday, International Youth Day.

Spyware: Rights experts push for surveillance technology moratorium

jeu, 12/08/2021 - 17:38
A group of UN-appointed experts on Thursday called for a moratorium on the sale of surveillance technology, warning against the danger of allowing the sector to operate as “a human rights-free zone.” 

UN weather agency seeks to confirm 48.8°C ‘record’ heat spike in Sicily

jeu, 12/08/2021 - 17:00
UN weather experts said on Thursday that they’re “actively looking” into a possible record temperature for Continental Europe of 48.8 Celsius (119.8 Fahrenheit) near the town of Syracuse in Sicily, amid devastating wildfires in Mediterranean countries and Russia.

First Person: From a life of violence to a culture of peace

jeu, 12/08/2021 - 06:30
A young peace campaigner from Cameroon who turned his back on the violence prevalent in his hometown and became a youth civil society activist, has been telling the United Nations about how he is helping other young people to reject conflict, and take a greater role in building peace in the country.

UNHCR alarmed over US 'expulsion flights' to southern Mexico

mer, 11/08/2021 - 23:09
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) raised concern on Wednesday over a new policy by the United States, using public health orders linked to COVID-19, to expel some asylum-seekers and migrants by flying them to southern Mexico.

Arrests of Palestinian rights defenders part of ‘wider crackdown’

mer, 11/08/2021 - 21:31
Israel must safeguard human rights activists in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and within its borders, a UN-appointed expert said on Wednesday. 

Rohingya refugees receive first COVID vaccinations in Bangladesh

mer, 11/08/2021 - 20:26
More than 4,000 Rohingyas living in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps in Bangladesh have received their first COVID-19 vaccine shots, as part of a national inoculation drive to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Wednesday.  

WHO supports Guinea after detection of first-ever case of Marburg disease

mer, 11/08/2021 - 19:35
The World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting Guinea following a confirmed death from Marburg virus disease, the first known case in the country and West Africa, the UN agency reported on Wednesday. 

Global climate objectives fall short without nuclear power in the mix: UNECE

mer, 11/08/2021 - 18:42
The urgent need to reduce emissions and slow global heating, should involve the roll-out of more nuclear power stations, regional UN energy experts argued in a new briefing on Wednesday.

Punishment of ‘innocent civilians’ through government sanctions must end: UN experts 

mer, 11/08/2021 - 18:07
Unilateral coercive measures by some governments are denying many people around the world the right to personal development, as well as holding back sustainable national development, four independent UN human rights experts said on Wednesday. 

UN-African Union Mission in Darfur in final shutdown phase

mar, 27/07/2021 - 22:10
Practically all peacekeepers and staff have now left the hybrid UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), in line with its drawdown plan, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Tuesday. 

Progress on tobacco fight, but new nicotine products pose increasing threat

mar, 27/07/2021 - 18:44
While many countries are making progress in the fight against tobacco use, a new World Health Organization (WHO) report shows some are failing to address the problem of emerging nicotine and tobacco products.

COVID-19: Education replaced by shuttered schools, violence, teenage pregnancy

mar, 27/07/2021 - 16:31
A culture of “safety, friends and food” at school has been replaced by “anxiety, violence, and teenage pregnancy”, with remote learning out of reach for millions, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Tuesday.