Month: December 2019

Aung San Suu Kyi appears at ICJ as UN rights expert urges greater protection for Myanmar activists

ICJ/Frank van Beek Aung San Suu Kyi appears at the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 10 December 2019. Making the appeal is the UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, who reports that online hostility against activists has increased since the announcement last month of international legal proceedings over the atrocities.   WATCH LIVE: […]

Deliver ‘significant results now’, UN General Assembly President tells COP25 climate conference

WMO/Injoo Hong Storm clouds forming over Banghwa-ri in Gyeongsangnam-do, Republic of Korea. It is “imperative” that the COP25 climate conference underway in Spain delivers “significant results now”, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the UN General Assembly (PGA), said on Tuesday. “Science is unequivocal on the urgency to act, both at global and national levels”, he told the conference […]

Human Rights Day celebrates ‘tremendous activism’ of the world’s young people

© UNICEF David Berkwitz High school girls from Long Island, New York, join other youth climate activists in a demonstration calling for global action to combat climate change. (20 September 2019) The United Nations is highlighting the role of young people in leading the way to a better future for all people for this year’s observance of Human Rights Day, celebrated on […]

Inequality threatening human development, new global UN report warns

UNDP 2019 Human Development Report says business as usual will not solve new generation of inequalities. Despite global progress in tackling poverty, hunger and disease, a “new generation of inequalities” indicates that many societies are not working as they should, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) argues in its latest report released on Monday. The 2019 Human Development Report (HDR) states that […]

Corruption thwarts attempts to build a better world and ‘must be fought by all, for all’

UNDP Ukraine In developing countries, the United Nations Development Programme says that funds lost to corruption are estimated at 10 times the amount of official development assistance. As we enter a decade of ambitious action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), stepping up efforts to eradicate corruption and promote good governance is “essential…to deliver […]

UN rights chief ‘extremely concerned’ over deadly crackdown on protesters in Iran

Unspalsh/Mohamad Babayan Deyr Gachin Caravansary in Iran. The UN is alarmed over alleged rights violations and deaths resulting from recent protests in the country. In the wake of recent protests in Iran, the top United Nations human rights official expressed alarm on Friday over multiple human rights violations which have reportedly taken place across the […]