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‘Instead of responding to crises, we need to invest far more in prevention,’ says UN chief

  The imbalance between spending on conflict, and spending on peace, must be tackled head-on, Secretary-General António Guterres said Monday, urging the United Nations to rally all international actors “for our efforts across the peace continuum – from prevention, conflict resolution and peacekeeping to peacebuilding and sustainable long-term development.” “Two years ago, the General Assembly […]

Aid convoy for Eastern Ghouta should arrive on Monday, UN and partners announce

The United Nations and its partners plan to deliver much-needed relief assistance to the besieged Syrian enclave of eastern Ghouta this week, the global organization’s humanitarian wing said on Sunday. A convoy of 46 trucks carrying health and nutrition supplies, along with food for 27,500 people, should arrive in the city of Duma on Monday, the UN […]

On ‘Zero Discrimination Day’ UN urges tackling everyday biases; ask yourself ‘what if…?

To mark Zero Discrimination Day, the United Nations agency coordinating the global effort to tackle HIV/AIDS is challenging people to recognize where everyday discrimination takes place and take action to stop it by asking themselves simple questions: ‘What if the person you bought your vegetables from was living with HIV? Would you buy tomatoes from […]

Asia-Pacific countries pledge women, girl’s empowerment at high-level UN forum

  At a high-level United Nations regional consultation in Bangkok, senior government representatives from Asia and the Pacific committed to empower rural women and girls, to lift their standard of living and combat structural barriers impacting their human rights. “If we do not take concrete actions we risk leaving rural women and girls behind,” said. Shamshad Akhtar, […]

With proposed reforms, UN closer than ever to a development system that is ‘fit for purpose’

There are serious threats to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the United Nations, especially its development system, must be effectively reformed in order to be able to limit the impact of those threats Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday. In his address to the opening of the annual operational segment of the Economic and Social […]

UN peacekeeping chief wraps up three-day visit to Lebanon

  The head of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations has wrapped up a visit to Lebanon with a call on leaders from Lebanon as well as Israel to take advantage of the role UN peacekeeping can play in finding political solutions to conflict. The Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, concluded on Tuesday the Lebanon leg […]