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Yemen: ‘Light at the end of the tunnel’ as first nationwide truce in six years continues

A UN brokered two-month renewable truce between the warring parties in Yemen is holding, Special Envoy Hans Grundberg told the Security Council on Thursday, providing “light at the end of the tunnel”, and the possibility of a lasting peace. The first…

Ukraine: General Assembly passes resolution demanding aid access, by large majority

The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly demanded civilian protection and humanitarian access in Ukraine on Thursday, while also criticizing Russia for creating a “dire” humanitarian situation resulting from its invasion exactly one month ago. During its 11th Emergency Special Session, 193 Member…

UN chief calls for nuclear weapons-free Middle East

The UN Secretary-General on Monday called on all Middle East States to transform the vision of a region with no nuclear weapons, or other weapons of mass destruction, into a working reality. Antonio Guterres was speaking in New York at the second session…

Three campaigns against gender-based violence produced in Argentina go viral, reaching several continents

“Amigo se cuenta”, “Yo me ocupo” and “Sin mochilas” are three campaigns strategically designed by Spotlight, a joint initiative of the European Union, to build societies that respect and empower women, taking into account the different aspects that converge in…

“Stop denying racism, start dismantling it” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says

Michelle Bachelet on Monday, June 28 2021 issued an urgent call for States to adopt a “transformative agenda” to uproot systemic racism, as she published a report casting a spotlight on the litany of violations of economic, social, cultural, civil…

Tensions could escalate to ‘full-scale war’, UN Middle East envoy warns

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process added his voice to calls for calm in the Occupied Palestinian Territory late on Tuesday, warning that the situation is “escalating towards a full-scale war”, amid continuing air strikes and…

FROM THE FIELD: Rights of indigenous peoples highlighted in UN photo exhibit

The rights of indigenous people to make decisions about their cultural heritage and traditional way of life is being recognized in a United Nations photo exhibition. The UN estimates there are some 476 million indigenous people in more than 90…

Rights experts condemn UK racism report attempting to ‘normalize white supremacy’

UN independent human rights experts on Monday denounced a government-backed report into racism in the United Kingdom, saying that it further distorted and falsified historical facts, and could even fuel racism and racial discrimination. “In 2021, it is stunning to…

First Person: ‘No daughter of mine will be cut’

Like 95 per cent of women in her Ugandan community, Margaret Chepoteltel underwent female genital mutilation (FGM) as a child, subjecting her to lifelong health problems. Today, she is raising awareness of the dangers of FGM, as part of a…

‘We sink or we swim together’: 5 things you need to know about COVAX

COVAX has been trending in stories about the COVID-19 pandemic in recent days, particularly in relation to the shipment of vaccines to Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, the first to arrive in Africa. Here’s a UN News recap of what COVAX…

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