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2018 ‘terrifying’ for Yemenis but ul

New York, Dec 21 (IBNS): It has been a “terrifying” year for Yemenis but ultimately one of hope, as December talks in Sweden yielded a ceasefire around a key port city with the promise of further substantive consultations between the warring parties next month, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, told UN News in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.

21-Dec-2018
Remain united for Syrians, UN envoy de M

New York, Dec 21 (IBNS): Addressing the problems plaguing Syria and bring years of brutal fighting to an end, requires further “genuine effort” on the part of influential countries, to talk to each other and work constructively, the veteran United Nations Special Envoy for Syria has said.

21-Dec-2018
UN report sheds light on ‘unimaginable

New York, Dec 21 (IBNS): Migrants and refugees are being subjected to "unimaginable horrors" from the moment they enter Libya, throughout their stay in the country and – if they make it that far – during their attempts to cross the Mediterranean, according to a report released on Thursday, by the United Nations political mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the UN human rights office (OHCHR).

21-Dec-2018
UN-led Yemen ceasefire monitoring team g

New York, Dec 20 (IBNS): A UN-led team tasked with overseeing  the ceasefire  which came into effect on Tuesday around a number of critical Yemeni ports, has begun planning operations with a conference call to discuss the general outlines of its work, including agreement of a code of conduct, the UN Spokesperson said on Wednesday.

20-Dec-2018
DR Congo elections: ‘historic opportun

New York, Dec 20 (IBNS): As the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) prepare to vote in next week’s long-awaited presidential election, UN Security Council members on Tuesday expressed their conviction that the 23 December vote should be viewed as an “historic opportunity” for the country.

20-Dec-2018
New UN rights report paints bleak pictur

New York, Dec 20 (IBNS): A new United Nations human rights report has documented “hundreds” of extra-judicial killings and cases of torture and sexual violence against civilians over the last two years in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

20-Dec-2018
Confirmed ‘Blue Line’ tunnels ‘do

New York, Dec 20 (IBNS): The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has confirmed the existence of at least two tunnels crossing the “Blue Line” – the border demarcation between Lebanon and Israel – but they “do not appear thus far” to have exit points leading to the surface on Israeli territory, the United Nations top peacekeeping official told the Security Council on Wednesday.

20-Dec-2018
General Assembly officially adopts roadm

New York, Dec 20 (IBNS): The United Nations General Assembly officially endorsed the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration on Wednesday, a non-binding agreement adopted in Marrakech on 10 December by 164 Member States, and described by UN chief António Guterres as a “roadmap to prevent suffering and chaos”.

20-Dec-2018
'Multiplicity’ of rights violations in

New York, Dec 20 (IBNS): Rights violations have continued unabated and unaddressed in Ukraine and people are still dying amid ongoing conflict between Government forces and armed separatists in the east of the country, a top UN rights official said on Wednesday

20-Dec-2018
Reducing energy costs, social isolation

London, Dec 19 (IBNS): The cost of heating and cooling the home, and increasing social isolation are significant factors in health risk of older adults during extreme weather, according to a new study by the University of Warwick.

19-Dec-2018
RSF’s 2018 round-up of deadly attacks

The RSF round-up figures have risen in all categories. Murders, imprisonment, hostage-taking and enforced disappearances have all increased. Journalists have never before been subjected to as much violence and abusive treatment as in 2018.

19-Dec-2018
‘Chance for peace’ in South Sudan fi

New York, Dec 19 (IBNS): The security situation in South Sudan has significantly improved since the recently signed peace deal between the opposing parties in the country’s civil war, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, head of UN Peacekeeping (DPKO), told the Security Council on Tuesday.

19-Dec-2018
Human rights champions from across the w

New York, Dec 19 (IBNS): The “clear and profound” guidelines enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “have made it the world’s most widely translated document”, the UN Secretary-General told the General Assembly on Tuesday at an event to commemorate the Declaration’s 70th Anniversary, marked 10 December.

19-Dec-2018
UN rights chief welcomes new text to pro

New York, Dec 19 (IBNS): As the most basic rights of rural people continue to be trampled on in many parts of the world, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, welcomed Monday the adoption on Monday by the UN General Assembly of a new declaration to help safeguard them.

19-Dec-2018
Worth going 'extra mile' for a new Syria

New York, Dec 19 (IBNS): Efforts to establish a constitutional committee for Syria are worth going the “extra mile” for, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Tuesday, after meeting the foreign ministers of Iran, Russia and Turkey - guarantors of a fragile ceasefire in the wartorn country – who agreed that it should convene for the first time early next year, in Geneva.

19-Dec-2018
‘We are nowhere closer’ to Israeli-P

New York, Dec 19 (IBNS): Recent violence and rising tensions in the West Bank are fuelling a climate of hatred and fear, “driving both Israelis and Palestinians further away” from a resolution to the conflict, the United Nations envoy for the Middle East Peace Process has said.

19-Dec-2018
South Sudanese refugees need $2.7 billio

New York, Dec 19 (IBNS): The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) launched a $2.7 billion appeal on behalf of South Sudanese refugees on Tuesday, to address Africa’s largest displacement crisis, where millions have been uprooted by years of brutal civil war.

19-Dec-2018
Migrants: ‘A powerful driver’ of eco

New York, Dec 19 (IBNS):Human migration is “a powerful driver of economic growth, dynamism and understanding,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said, in his message  commemorating International Migrants Day, marked on 18 December.

19-Dec-2018
World needs China for global prosperity:

Beijing, Dec 18 (IBNS): Chinese  President Xi Jinping on Tuesday said the world will need his nation for global prosperity.

18-Dec-2018
Moves to create a Kosovo army have ‘de

New York, Dec 18 (IBNS): The decision by Kosovo’s parliament to form a national army was described by the UN Peacekeeping chief on Monday as having “further deteriorated relations between Belgrade and Pristina,” which, he said, have been strained for some time.

18-Dec-2018
Migrants: ‘A powerful driver’ of eco

New York, Dec 18 (IBNS): Human migration is “a powerful driver of economic growth, dynamism and understanding,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said, in his message  commemorating International Migrants Day, marked on 18 December.

18-Dec-2018
UN affirms ‘historic’ global compact

New York, Dec 18 (IBNS): The United Nations General Assembly affirmed a non-legally binding Global Compact on Refugees on Monday, marking the latest move by Member States to support the rights of 258 million people on the move worldwide.

18-Dec-2018
First full satellite survey of devastate

New York, Dec 18 (IBNS): The first comprehensive survey of the devastation inflicted on the ancient Syrian city of Aleppo by years of urban warfare, has been published thanks to ground-breaking satellite imaging tools, developed by UN agencies – an essential first step towards its eventual reconstruction.

18-Dec-2018
UN agencies welcome green light for Rohi

New York, Dec 18 (IBNS): The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, on Monday announced that they had received the Government go-ahead to develop community projects in Myanmar’s Rakhine province, and called on authorities to provide “more effective access” to the area.

18-Dec-2018
UN calls for funds to ease ‘deteriorat

New York, Dec 18 (IBNS): The need for aid in the occupied Palestinian territory has increased, following a year that has seen a “serious deterioration in the humanitarian situation,” said Jamie McGoldrick, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the region, in a statement on Monday.

18-Dec-2018
Global Compact on Refugees: How is this

New York, Dec 18 (IBNS): The terms ‘refugee’ and ‘migrant’ have been used interchangeably to describe the millions of people worldwide that are either fleeing conflict or seeking better living conditions. As the United Nations sets out to secure global compacts to better protect them, it’s critical to understand the differences between the two.

18-Dec-2018
Turkey gives citizenship to 72,000 Syria

Ankara, Dec 17 (IBNS): The Turkish government has granted citizenship to as many as 72,000 Syrians refugees, media reports said on Monday

17-Dec-2018
Explosion rocks Greece TV station, no ca

Athens, Dec 17 (IBNS): An explosion outside Skai TV premise in Greece has left the building extensively damaged, media reports said on Monday.

 

17-Dec-2018
Japan restaurant explosion leaves 42 hur

Tokyo, Dec 17 (IBNS): At least 42 people were hurt when a suspected gas explosion in Sapporo city left wooden buildings housing a Japanese-style pub, a real estate agency and a clinic, collapse on Sunday, media reports said.

17-Dec-2018
100 Christians detained in China

Beijing, Dec 17 (IBNS): Hundred Christian pastors have been detained by authorities in China, media reports said on Monday.

17-Dec-2018
Most ‘precious’ and ‘scarce’ res

New Delhi, Dec 17 (IBNS): Following a productive two weeks of global dialogue for the United Nations and its Member States, alongside governments and advocates, Secretary-General António  Guterres, speaking in the Qatar capital, Doha, underscored the importance of international cooperation in the “enormous challenges” of our time, drawing the curtain on a job finished at Sunday’s Doha Forum.

17-Dec-2018
41 injured in Japan restaurant explosion

Tokyo, Dec 16 (IBNS): At least 41 people have been injured in an explosion that took place at a restaurant in northern Japan's Sapporo city on Sunday, reports said.

16-Dec-2018
France: Security beefed up as Paris gear

Paris, Dec 15 (IBNS): Security officials have arrested several people as Paris is gearing up for a fifth straight week of protest on Saturday.

15-Dec-2018
Australia recognises West Jerusalem as c

Sydney, Dec 15 (IBNS):  Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Saturday confirmed that his government is going to recognize West Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

15-Dec-2018
UN countries unanimously support initiat

New York, Dec 15 (IBNS): On December 12, 2018, the UN General Assembly has adopted a special resolution “Enlightenment and religious tolerance” at its plenary session. The document, the draft of which was developed by Uzbekistan, was unanimously supported by all UN member states.

15-Dec-2018
Peacekeeping chief honours Tanzanian tro

New York, Dec 15 (IBNS): A year on from the brutal killings of 15 United Nations peacekeepers from Tanzania in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the head of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) paid a visit to some of the victims’ families on Friday, to honour the memory of the soldiers who died in what was the biggest single loss of ‘blue helmets’ in recent history. 

15-Dec-2018
Preparing Africa for ravages of climate

New York, Dec 15 (IBNS): Africa is at a “tipping point” as global warming increases, and urgent action needs to be taken across the continent now, to mitigate risks and safeguard a decade of social and economic gains, according to a new report launched on Thursday by the United Nations Development Agency (UNDP) at the COP24 climate conference, in Katowice, Poland.

15-Dec-2018
Security Council welcomes Yemen breakthr

New York, Dec 15 (IBNS): Senior UN officials briefed the Security Council on the details of a UN-brokered ceasefire in Yemen on Friday in and around the key port city of Hudaydah, which is expected to restore a humanitarian lifeline to millions across the country, and kickstart imports of commercial goods.

15-Dec-2018
UN investigates systematic sexual violen

New York, Dec 15 (IBNS): Widespread and systematic sexual violence across South Sudan, just a few months after the country’s top two politicians signed a renewed commitment to peace, was at the top of the UN Commission on Human Rights in the country’s agenda on Friday, as members ended their first fact-finding mission.

15-Dec-2018
DR Congo elections: ‘Excessive use of

New York,Dec 15 (IBNS): Deadly pre-election violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) sparked by police reportedly firing live ammunition at opposition supporters, has been condemned by the UN’s top rights official, Michelle Bachelet.

15-Dec-2018
Yemen ceasefire deal: ‘Potential’ no

New York, Dec 15 (IBNS): The freshly agreed Yemen ceasefire deal covering the key Red Sea governorates of Hudaydah and Taiz has been welcomed by the World Food Programme (WFP), which on Friday expressed hope that it would improve access for humanitarians and, just as crucially, commercial shipping.

15-Dec-2018
UN agencies launch emergency plan for mi

New York, Dec 15 (IBNS): A new plan to cover the urgent needs of millions of Venezuelan refugees and migrants, coordinated by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), was launchedin Geneva on Friday.

15-Dec-2018
French security officials kill Strasbour

Paris, Dec 14 (IBNS): The key suspect in Strasbourg's Christmas market on Tuesday has been shot dead by the French police, media reports said on Friday.

14-Dec-2018
Civilian death toll continues to mount i

New York, Dec 14 (IBNS): Although the overall intensity of violence in Syria has decreased, civilians continue to be killed by air and ground-based strikes, Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs told the Security Council on Thursday, during a briefing on the current situation in Syria.

14-Dec-2018
Rising insecurity in Central Africa Repu

New York, Dec 14 (IBNS): Rising violence in the Central African Republic threatens to spill across the border into neighbouring countries, creating further instability, a senior United Nations official warned on Thursday, urging continued and coordinated regional efforts to bolster peace and security.

14-Dec-2018
Four million Syrian children have only k

New York, Dec 14 (IBNS): Half of Syria’s children, that’s four million, have grown up only knowing a life of violence, as the war-battered country enters its eighth year of conflict, the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday.

14-Dec-2018
Yemen talks: Truce agreed over key port

New York, Dec 14 (IBNS): The announcement of a ceasefire between Yemen’s warring parties in and around the key port of Hudaydah, was hailed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday as a deal which would improve the lives of millions of people.

14-Dec-2018
Haiti: ‘Laden with challenges’ but a

New York, Dec 13 (IBNS): Haiti is “laden with challenges, but also hope”, the head of the UN Mission in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday, against the backdrop of on-going political unrest in the Caribbean country.

13-Dec-2018
‘Fire-fighting approach’ to humanita

New York, Dec 13 (IBNS): With around one in every 60 people across the world caught up in a crisis that requires urgent humanitarian assistance, the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a top panel on the issue on Wednesday that maintaining a “fire-fighting approach is not sustainable” in the long term.

13-Dec-2018
‘Staunch support’ for Iran nuclear d

New York, Dec 13 (IBNS): While there is “staunch support” among Member States for the 2016 Iran nuclear deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, that is tempered by concerns over some of its other activities, which Iran “should carefully consider and address” according to the latest report  on the deal from the UN Secretary-General.

13-Dec-2018
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