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Ukraine: UN calls for protection of civilians after attacks on water facility workers

Following recent shelling of water treatment workers in eastern Ukraine, a senior United Nations official has called on all parties to the conflict to protect those civilians who maintain critical infrastructure.

Pakistan: UN chief condemns attack at police checkpoint near Lahore

“[Mr. Guterres] extends his condolences to the families of the victims and wishes those injured a speedy recovery,” said a statement from a UN spokesman, which said the Secretary-General calls for the perpetrators of the attack to be brought to justice.

International Women's Day 8 March

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

UN chief urges completion of planned aid delivery to Douma in Syria’s east Ghouta

Moreover, a part of the medical and health supplies to be included for delivery was removed by the Syrian authorities,” said UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric in a statement issued Tuesday, noting that the last time an inter-agency convoy reached eastern Ghouta this year was 14 February.

World Wildlife Day -3 March

Big cats are among the most widely recognized and admired animals across the globe. Overall, their populations are declining at a disturbing rate due to loss of habitat and prey, conflicts with people, poaching, and illegal trade. For example, tiger populations plummeted by 95% over the past 100 years and African lion populations dropped by 40% in just 20 years. They are the future leaders of wildlife conservation and they deserve a future where we humans live in harmony with wildlife that shares the planet with us. Have a look at our Social Media Kit if you need some inspirations. However, today these charismatic predators are facing many and varied threats, which are mostly caused by human activities. Share what you've learned with your friends and family.

Nigeria: UN chief condemns killing of aid workers by Boko Haram insurgents

According to the UN, at least one other aid worker remains critically injured and another three are still missing. Eight members of the Nigerian national security forces were also killed.

UN chief, Security Council, strongly condemn Burkina Faso terrorist attacks

Burkina Faso is among a group of five Sahel countries, together known as the G5, which are facing complex interconnected security and development challenges.

UN Committee against Torture issues new guidelines on asylum seekers’ rights

The new document addresses governments’ implementation of an article under the Convention against Torture that deals with non-refoulement – a ban on expelling, returning (“refouling”) or extraditing a person to another State where he or she could face

Top UN officials urge stronger support for Syrians and host communities amid escalating violence

“We are deeply shaken and distraught by the brutality and utter disregard for civilian lives we are witnessing in Eastern Ghouta and other parts of Syria today,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, UN Development Programme Administrator Achim Steiner and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock in a joint press release.

You can still save lives’; UN aid chief urges Security Council action to halt violence in Syria’s war-battered east Ghouta

“What we need is a sustained cessation of hostilities and we need it desperately,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock told the Council via video conference, adding: “Millions of battered and beleaguered children, women and men depend on meaningful action by this Council.”

Guinea-Bissau: Political crisis requires continued UN presence, Security Council told

“After several years of long-term investment in the stability of Guinea-Bissau, it is time to consolidate and reap the dividends of our concerted efforts. It is vital that we accompany this process to its completion,” Modibo Ibrahim Touré, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Guinea-Bissau told the Security Council. 

New guidelines on global care standards during childbirth issued by UN health agency

Based on 56 evidence-based recommendations, the new guidelines include having a companion of choice during labour and childbirth; ensuring respectful care and good communication between women and health providers; maintaining privacy and confidentiality; and allowing women to make decisions about their pain management, labour and birth positions and natural urge to push, among others.Recognizing that every labour and childbirth is unique and that the duration of the active first stage of labour varies from one woman to another, the guidelines state that the previous benchmark for cervical dilation rate at 1 cm/hr during the active first stage of labour (as assessed by a partograph or chart used to document the course of a normal labour) may be “unrealistic” for some women and is inaccurate in identifying women at risk of adverse birth outcomes.

Poverty eradication, inclusive growth focus of UN Social Development Commission’s 2018 session

Countries must accelerate inclusive and equitable economic growth and sustainable development that will not leave behind vulnerable populations, such as women and youth, the United Nations deputy chief told the Commission for Social Development, which opened its annual session on Monday.


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