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Amid ‘difficult reality’ in Middle East, two-state solution more important than ever – UN chief

International consensus on a two-State solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could be eroding “at a time when it is more important than ever,” Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, calling the ‘question of Palestine’ one of the longest unresolved issues on the agenda of the United Nations. “We must face today’s difficult reality,” Secretary-General António Guterres […]

Humanitarian diplomacy ‘getting nowhere’ in Syria warns UN special adviser

Civilians in Syria’s besieged areas have not seen a single convoy of humanitarian aid arrive for a full two months, a senior United Nations adviser said on Thursday, lamenting that diplomatic efforts appear “totally impotent,” and that hundreds of lives are being lost as a result. Briefing reporters in Geneva after a meeting of a […]

Security operations by Myanmar show ‘established pattern’ of domination over ethnic groups – UN expert

What Myanmar’s Government has claimed are military and security operations are “actually an established pattern” of domination and aggression against ethnic groups, the United Nations independent expert on the rights situation there said on Thursday, reporting on her visit to nearby countries, including Bangladesh, which is hosting nearly 900,000 Rohingya refugees. Yanghee Lee, the UN […]

Hunger continues to intensify in conflict zones, UN agencies report to Security Council

Food insecurity – or lack of access to enough food – continues to worsen in places torn by conflict, United Nations agencies reported Monday, listing Yemen, South Sudan and Syria among the countries most affected by acute hunger. Highlighting the extremely critical importance of humanitarian support for affected communities, the report was generated by the […]

UN health agency finds high levels of antibiotic resistance to world’s most common infections

Antimicrobials have been a driver of unprecedented medical and societal advances, but their overuse has resulted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, with the World Health Organization (WHO) reporting new surveillance data on Monday which reveals widespread resistance to some of the world’s most common infections, including E. coli and pneumonia. “The report confirms the serious situation […]

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