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‘Deliberate starvation’ tactics used in South Sudan could be a war crime

 crime UNMISS The United Nations has been providing food aid to hungry South Sudanese over a period of many years. The people of South Sudan have been “deliberately starved” in different parts of the country for ethnic and political reasons, and sexual violence against women and men as a weapon of war is ongoing, UN investigators said on Thursday. The three-member commission,appointed by […]

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‘Not a single country’ does enough to help children flourish, say health experts

© UNICEF/Sebastian Rich Five-year-old Kiara makes a sale in a commuter train car in Buenos Aires, the capital. She has been working in the Subte, the city’s mass transit system, selling hairpins and other cheap goods, since she was three years old. The world’s survival depends on children being able to flourish, but no country is doing enough to give them a sustainable future, dozens of highly respected […]

UN rights chief, agencies appalled at civilian toll in war-torn Syria’s north-east

© UNICEF/Baker Kasem A child walks in the falling snow at a recently established informal settlement which continues to receive newly displaced families from southern Idlib and rural Aleppo governorates in northwest Syria. Facing freezing temperatures and bombing, more than 900,000 civilians in Syria’s north-west have been forced into ever smaller areas in search of safety, […]

World must ‘act and deliver’, match Pakistan’s compassion for refugees, says UN chief

UN Photo/Mark Garten Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the International Conference on 40 Years of Hosting Afghan Refugees in Pakistan, in Islamabad. Pakistan’s solidarity and compassion for hosting Afghan refugees is a remarkable blueprint that the rest of the world should follow. That’s the message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who spoke at an international conference in Islamabad – where he also called for […]

World Urban Forum ends with call for united action to ensure sustainable future for cities and towns

UN-HABITAT This young lady is participating in the Tenth World Aurban Forum (WUF10), which wrapped up in Abu Dahbi on 13 February 2020. The Forum was established in 2001 by the UN to address one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanization The premier international gathering on the future of cities wrapped up on Thursday in […]

Teenage girls’ education, ‘an indispensable foundation’ for achieving development goals: Guterres

World Bank/Arne Hoel Students in computer programming class at Al Shami Girls Secondary School in the West Bank. Promoting education for adolescent girls is an “indispensable foundation for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”,  Secretary-General António Guterres declared at the launch event of the Drive for 5 education initiative at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, hosted by the Irish […]