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Syria: Urgent, concrete actions needed, to protect children too young to ‘make sense of this senseless war’

  New firsthand reporting by UN staff in Syria reveals “increasingly horrific brutality” by all parties in the de-escalation area of the country’s northwest, causing “significant civilian causalities” and hundreds of thousands displaced, a senior humanitarian official said on Thursday. “Three million people in Idlib need protection”, Najat Rochdi, Senior Humanitarian Adviser to the UN Special […]

Vital food crops destroyed in Syria amid upsurge in fighting across Idlib, Hama

Thousands of acres of crops have been destroyed in Syria’s Idlib and north Hama provinces amid ongoing deadly violence, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday, in a call to the warring parties to stop using food security to hold people “hostage”. In a briefing to journalists in Geneva, WFP Spokesperson Hervé Verhoosel expressed alarm at […]

Pedal power makes ‘positive impact on climate’, urges UN on World Bicycle Day

The simple, affordable, and environmentally friendly bicycle is not just a means of transportation, but also “a tool for development”, the United Nations said in a message on Monday commemorating World Bicycle Day. Taking to two wheels fosters “sustainable consumption and production”, and has a “positive impact on climate”, according to the UN. Moreover, biking […]

Newly-elected Nigerian UN General Assembly President pledges focus on ‘peace and prosperity’ for most vulnerable

The global reach of the United Nations makes it “the world’s best hope for peace and security, sustainable development and the promotion and protection of human rights and social progress”, said the top Nigerian diplomat who will be the next President of the General Assembly. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, Nigeria’s current UN Permanent Representative, was elected to […]

On the Global Day of Parents, UNICEF is urging support for parents to give children ‘the best start in life’

Kicking off on Saturday the first-ever global Parenting Month, the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, is calling on world leaders to invest in family-friendly policies that support parents to give their children “the best start in life”. According to UNICEF, the month of June is a time to focuse on raising awareness of the impact that protection, nutrition and stimulation have on brains in the earliest years […]