New York, Aug 4 (IBNS): Asia-Pacific countries will gather in Bangkok this week for the annual policy session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), focusing on the role of regional connectivity in supporting economic growth and development.
New York, Aug 4 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored the recent upsurge in anti-Semitic attacks, particularly in Europe, in connection with protests concerning the escalation of violence in Gaza.
Kunming, Aug. 3 (IBNS) At least 175 people were killed and 181 others went missing as a major earthquake hit southwest China's Yunnan Province on Sunday, media reports said.
New York, Aug 3 (IBNS) Amidst an 'appalling' escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip since the collapse of a brief 1 August ceasefire, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the killing on Sunday of at least 10 Palestinian civilians in shelling outside of a United Nations school in Rafah which had been sheltering thousands of civilians.
New York, Aug 3 (IBNS) The capture of the town of Sinjar in northern Iraq by militants belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other armed groups has displaced as many as 200,000 people and set off a "humanitarian tragedy", the United Nations envoy to the crisis-gripped country warned on Sunday.
Yangon/New York, Aug 2 (IBNS) Myanmar released dozens of children and young adults from its armed forces, known as the Tatmadaw, the United Nations Friday confirmed, welcoming also efforts to get the people away from guns and into classrooms.
New York, Aug 2 (IBNS): United Nations humanitarian staff working in crisis-torn Central African Republic (CAR) reported Friday that despite peace talks, civilians continue to be caught in crossfire in ongoing fighting.
New York, Aug 2 (IBNS): United Nations officials have welcomed the decision of the Constitutional Court of Uganda to annul the countryâ€™s Anti-Homosexuality Act, hailing it as a victory for the rule of law and social justice.
New York, Aug 2 (IBNS): The best thing a mother can do for her newborn is breastfeed â€“ which does more than help children survive, it helps them to thrive with benefits that last a lifetime, said the United Nations today, kicking off World Breastfeeding Week.
New York, Aug 2 (IBNS): The world faces a looming energy problem. Thereâ€™s not enough of it. It also faces a looming climate change problem. Too much of it. Could natural gas and fracking technology be part of the solution to both challenges?
New York, Aug 2 (IBNS): West Africa is confronted with a â€œfast-movingâ€¦unprecedented outbreakâ€ of the deadly Ebola disease accompanied by â€œunprecedented challenges,â€ but the head of the United Nations health agency Friday told Presidents of countries affected by the most lethal strain of the virus that â€œwhen well-managed, an Ebola outbreak can be stopped.â€
New York, Aug 2 (IBNS): The top United Nations envoy to Iraq Friday called for greater efforts to protect civilians amid the ongoing fighting, as the latest casualty figures show that nearly 1,200 civilians were killed in the month of July, while another 1,500 were injured.
Gaza City, Aug 1 (IBNS) The 72-hour truce with Hamas in Gaza has collapsed as Israel soldiers are searching for a soldier who is believed to have been captured, media reports said on Friday.
New York, Aug 1 (IBNS) During his recent visit to Viet Nam, the United Nations independent expert on religious freedom, Heiner Bielefeldt, stressed the need for religious communities in the country to be able to operate also outside of the officially established channels for religious practice.
New York, Aug 1 (IBNS) As the crisis in Gaza continues unabated, United Nations relief officials on Thursday urged the parties to protect civilians amid the ongoing conflict, which has resulted in thousands of casualties and caused widespread displacement and destruction.