Month: August 2017

‘Racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism or Islamophobia are poisoning our societies’ – UN chief

Secretary-General António Guterres speaks to journalists at a press encounter. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Urging people everywhere to speak out against hate speech and hate crimes, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated his call for tolerance, respect for the other and the importance of recognizing diversity. “Racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism or Islamophobia are, as I mentioned yesterday, poisoning our societies,” the Secretary-General told journalists today at a briefing at the UN […]

Yemen’s cholera epidemic surpasses half-million suspected cases, UN agency says

15.08.2017 News

More than 500,000 people in Yemen are suspected of having cholera, the United Nations health agency today said, warning that the disease is spreading quickly due to a lack of clean water or health access. “Yemen’s cholera epidemic, currently the largest in the world, has spread rapidly due to deteriorating hygiene and sanitation conditions and disruptions […]

In Iraq, UN Youth Envoy says young people are ‘most valuable force we have to shape a better future’

The UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, at a special International Youth Day event in Baghdad, hosted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Iraq. Photo: UNAMI/Ivan Djordjevic

As International Youth Day events kicked off worldwide today, at a special event in Iraq, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, pledged to do everything in her power to ensure the voices of youths, including those working to build peace, are heard. “Today, thousands of young women and men work tirelessly, often under very […]

Iraq launches UN-supported action plan to save lives of mothers and newborns

Health workers supported by UNICEF and the Directorate of Health visit a newborn and her mother in their shelter in Debaga displacement camp in Erbil Governorate, Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Decades of conflict and under-investment have placed a huge strain on Iraq’s healthcare system – with pregnant women and their babies paying for it with their lives, according to three United Nations agencies. “Although progress has been made to lower maternal mortality rates, there has been slow headway in reducing the mortality rates for children […]

Protecting indigenous peoples’ rights ‘is protecting everyone’s rights’ – UN

A H/mong hill tribe woman in a village of Sin Chai, Sapa, Viet Nam. Women’s labour accounts for the two-thirds of subsistence agriculture in developing countries, yet they often have no rights over the land. UN Photo/Kibae Park

Ten years after the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, progress in several countries has been made in formally recognizing indigenous peoples, but overwhelmingly they continue to face discrimination, marginalization and major challenges in enjoying their basic rights. “While indigenous peoples have made significant advancements in advocating for their rights in international […]