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Flagship UN report extolls win-win water partnerships to avert global crisis

Launched ahead of the UN 2023 Water Conference, the new edition of the UN World Water Development Report focuses on twin themes of partnerships and cooperation.

Human rights in Ukraine still ‘dire’ amid wide-ranging violations: OHCHR

“The international armed conflict has led to a wide range of human rights violations affecting both civilians and combatants”, the executive summary states, adding that the Office has “verified numerous allegations of arbitrary deprivation of...

Guterres warns that “the consequences will be catastrophic” in a world without glaciers

Glaciers are “critical to all life on Earth”, the UN chief reminded the UN 2023 Water Conference on Wednesday, warning that unless the rise in sea level due to global warming is reversed, “the consequences will be catastrophic.”

Embracing the African philosophy of uMunthu to bolster anti-corruption education

Students in Malawi during one of the consultations. Photo: UNDP. Lilongwe, Malawi, 20- 24 February 2023 — In Chichewa, one of the indigenous languages of Malawi, there is an old saying: “Kali kokha nkanyama; ali...

UN Conference seeks solutions to global water crisis

The world’s precious water resources are “in deep trouble” and leaders are meeting at UN Headquarters this week to address what has become a multifaceted global crisis, before it is too late. 

Eliminating Racial Discrimination is key to implement the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

© United Nations Network on Migration, Global Compact for Migration To mark this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the United Nations Network on Migration calls on Member States to step...

United Nations was asked to take cognizance of human rights violations and crimes against humanity in Balochistan

United Nations was asked to take cognizance of human rights violations and crimes against humanity in Balochistan

UN underlines commitment to support communities in Turkiye and Syria

UN Development Programme Administrator Achim Steiner was among officials from across the UN system who participated in an international donors’ conference to support communities in Turkiye and Syria

UNODC inspectors to continue providing support as deal allowing for sea export of Ukraine grain renewed

UNODC inspectors conducting an inspection under the Black Sea Grain Initiative in Istanbul.Photo: © Duncan Moore/UNODC Istanbul (Türkiye), 20 March 2023 — On Sunday, the United Nations (UN) announced the renewal of the Black Sea...

5 Things You Should Know About the UN 2023 Water Conference

The UN 2023 Water Conference, which takes place at UN Headquarters from 22-24 March, is being hailed as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to accelerate progress towards universal access to safe water and sanitation by 2030.

Announcing new youth advisers, Guterres praises their ‘unrelenting’ drive for climate justice

Their role is to act as climate justice advisers and push for the acceleration of bold climate goals based on their diverse expertise and grassroots work, across the different countries they represent

Black Sea Grain Initiative extended on deadline day

The announcement was made in a Note to Correspondents, released by the UN Secretary-General’s spokesperson’s office on Saturday, which emphasized that the Initiative allows for the “facilitation of the safe navigation for the exports...

Central Sahel: Lives of 10 million children on the line as conflict rages

Children are increasingly caught up in armed conflict in the climate-affected, food insecure central Sahel region, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday.

Ukraine-Russia: Extension of grain export deals vital to global food security

Martin Griffths, the UN Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, briefed ambassadors on the eve of the expiration of the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which has allowed nearly 25 million metric tonnes of foodstuff...

Russia: International Criminal Court issues arrest warrant for Putin

“The contents of the warrants are secret to protect the victims,” said ICC President Piotr Hofmański. “Nevertheless, the judges decided to make the existence of the warrants public, in the interest of justice and...

Seven new substances/chemicals placed under international control; four resolutions passed at 66th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Delegates at the closing session of the 66th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. Photo: UNODC. Vienna, 17 March 2023 — The sixty-sixth session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) concluded today, after five...

INTERVIEW: Turn the tide on water crisis with game-changing commitments, urge co-hosts of UN conference

Water is life, yet this vital natural resource is being depleted, polluted and mismanaged. Disruption to the hydrological cycle is also causing more water-related disasters. To tackle the challenges, the United Nations will convene in March one of the most important water events in history at its Headquarters in New York. 

End of the mystery in Libya: the missing uranium found

Armed militias in eastern Libya say they have found about two and a half tons of uranium ore that the International Atomic Energy Agency had reported missing, the BBC reported. Ten barrels containing the ore...

Russia’s energy grid attacks, torture in Ukraine, could be crimes against humanity: UN rights probe

According to the Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine, set up one year ago at the request of the Human Rights Council, Russian troops committed a “wide range” of violations across the country, many of...

Cocaine trafficking diversifying through new hubs and groups, with global supply at record levels

Global production of cocaine has jumped dramatically over the past two years following an initial slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

By youth, for youth: supporting drug use prevention in schools and communities at the Youth Forum 2023

Vienna, 15 March 2023 — With COVID-19 slowly subsiding, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Vienna International Center welcomed delegations from all over the world to the 66th Session...

Think local, for a “healthy and hunger-free” Europe and Central Asia

Think local, says new FAO report, pointing towards ‘hunger-free and healthy’ Europe, Central Asia

New session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs opens with discussions on how to address and counter the world drug problem

UNODC DTA Director, UNODC Executive Director, Chair, and Secretary of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs at the opening of the 66th session of the CND. © UNODC" title="UNODC DTA Director, UNODC Executive Director,...

UN stresses ‘full commitment’ to Ukraine grain deal as Russia offers 60-day extension

Russia announced earlier that it would agree to a 60-day extension, which is half the number of days agreed when it first expired in November. The UN-brokered deal also endorsed by Türkiye in Istanbul - which...

UNICEF warns of deepening inequalities in Europe and Central Asia

The COVID-19 pandemic, climate disasters and ongoing conflict have deepened inequalities among children in Europe and Central Asia
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