Agreement over buffer zone to spare civilians in Syria’s Idlib welcomed by top UN officials
New York, Sept 19: The agreement between Turkey and Russia to create a demilitarized buffer zone protecting civilians living in Idlib, Syria, has been welcomed by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the world body’s humanitarian chief, who called on all warring parties and countries supporting them to make it effective. Read more>>
Senior UN official calls on Israel to stop demolition of Palestinian village in the West Bank

New York, Sept 18: The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, expressed concern on Monday “at the intention of the Israeli authorities to demolish the Bedouin village of Khan Al-Ahmar/Abu Al-Helu” in the West Bank, where 181 Palestinians currently live, more than half of whom are children.

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‘Shadow’ of persistent inequality is growing, key UN human development report reveals

New York, Sept: While health, education, and income levels have improved overall across the globe, “wide inequalities” both among and within countries, are casting a shadow on sustained human development, a new United Nations report shows.

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Security Council extends mandates of UN peace operations in Libya, Colombia through next September

New York, Sept 14: By unanimous agreement on Thursday, the Security Council extended the mandates of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the Organization’s Verification Mission in Colombia.

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‘Collective endeavour’ needed to strengthen peacekeeping further, says top UN official

New York, Sept 13: Highlighting complex and evolving challenges, the head of UN peacekeeping on Wednesday called for heightened vigilance and a more robust response to existential threats against both peacekeepers and those they strive to defend.

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Hunger reached ‘alarming’ ten-year high in 2017, according to latest UN report

New York, Sept 12: With food deprivation on the rise due to conflict and climate change, more people went hungry in 2017 than at any time in the previous decade, according to the latest edition of the UN’s annual multi-agency flagship report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World.

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‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ clean-up project launches trial run: UN Environment

New York, Sept 11: A trial run of an innovative system designed to clean up the world’s seas and oceans, founded by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) “Champion of the Earth” laureate Boyan Slat, has set off from San Francisco, in a bid to begin the removal of the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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