Category: Politics

UN ‘determined to lead by example’ on disability rights: Guterres

© UNICEF/Christopher Herwig A 9-year-old girl plays on a seesaw in a new inclusive playground built in her school in Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan. The UN is determined to lead by example when it comes to the rights of people with disabilities, Secretary-General António Guterres said in a message to mark the International Day of […]

Protests around the world: Politicians must address ‘growing deficit of trust’, urges Guterres

UN Bolivia/Patricia Cusicanqui Demonstrators protest on the streets of La Paz, Bolivia. Protests in cities across the world in recent days show that “people are hurting and want to be heard” by political leaders who must now address a “growing deficit of trust”, said the UN chief on Friday. Speaking to correspondents at UN Headquarters in New York, António […]

All States have ‘primary responsibility’ to protect against hate attacks

The UN’s top rights official has added her voice to condemnation of the weekend mass-shootings in the cities of El Paso and Dayton, insisting on Tuesday that “not just the US, but all States” should do more to stop discrimination. Speaking to journalists in Geneva, Michelle Bachelet’s spokesperson, Rupert Colville, from the Office of the High Commissioner […]

‘Protracted crisis’ in Venezuela leads to ‘alarming escalation of tensions’: UN political chief

    The “protracted crisis” in Venezuela has led to an “alarming escalation of tensions”, Rosemary DiCarlo, the UN’s political and peacebuilding chief, told the UN Security Council on Tuesday. She said that the “grim reality” facing the country, according to available information, showed a deteriorating economy, with citizens dying of preventable causes, and 3.4 million Venezuelans so […]

‘Time for important decisions,’ head of UN in Afghanistan tells Security Council

With parliamentary elections one month away and a major ministerial conference planned for November in Geneva, the United Nation’s Special Representative for Afghanistan briefed the Security Council on Monday, noting that “preparations are on track” but that many challenges lie ahead, including increased security concerns. “It is a time for important decisions in Afghanistan”, said […]