Category: Global Justice

‘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 […]

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 […]

UN refugee agency voices ‘grave concern’ as crisis escalates at Manus Island processing centre

Photo: UNHCR/V. Tan

The United Nations refugee agency has expressed a grave concern over the deteriorating conditions for refugees and asylum seekers at Australia’s offshore immigration processing facility on the Manus Island of Papua New Guinea. The Government of Australia has announced the closure of the Manus Regional Processing Centre, seeking to relocate people in detention to Lorengau […]

On eve of elections, UN experts call on Kenyan authorities to ensure peaceful polls

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The Government of Kenya should urge all parties to maintain the highest standards of behaviour before, during and after Tuesday’s general elections to avoid a repeat of the violence that took place in 2007, three United Nations human rights experts have said. “We call on the Kenyan authorities to do their utmost to ensure peaceful elections, […]

On anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing, UN chief calls for intensified effort on nuclear disarmament

Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome). Photo: UNESCO/G. Boccardi

With the presence of some 15,000 nuclear weapons on earth, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged all States to intensify their efforts in the shared pursuit of a nuclear-weapons-free world. “Our dream of a world free of nuclear weapons remains far from reality,” said Mr. Guterres in his message delivered on his behalf by High Representative for Disarmament […]

Adopting new resolution, UN Security Council moves to thwart terrorists’ access to weapons

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The United Nations Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at preventing terrorists from acquiring weapons, particularly small arms and light weapons, the “destabilizing accumulation and misuse” of which the 15-member body said “continue to pose threats to international peace and security and cause significant loss of life.” The Council “strongly condemned” the continued […]