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Afghanistan: 500,000 jobs lost since Taliban takeover |

In a warning that the economy has been “paralyzed” since the de facto authorities took control last August, ILO said that there have been...

UNESCO condemns killing of journalist in Myanmar |

Audrey Azoulay, the UNESCO Director-General, denounced the killing of Sai Win Aung, also known as A Sai K, who died on 25 December in...

Escalation in Yemen ‘worst in years’ – UN top envoy  |

According to his statement, airstrikes on Sana’a have resulted in the loss of civilian lives, and damage to noncombatant infrastructure and residential areas.  A continued offensive...

Myanmar: UN humanitarian chief calls for probe into ‘grievous’ attack on civilians |

Mr. Griffiths said he was “horrified” by reports that at least 35 people, including at least one child, were killed in the attack, which...

Morocco’s extradition of Uyghur asylum seeker to China could lead to serious rights violations,...

If he is made to return, human rights defender Yidiresi Aishan risks detention, enforced disappearance, or torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment...

Afghanistan: Political affairs chief has ‘frank and useful exchanges’ with the Taliban   |

“I had frank and useful exchanges about what needed to be done to bring about an Afghanistan that is inclusive, abides by its human...

Myanmar: UN deplores conviction and sentencing of Aung San Suu Kyi |

The development follows media reports that a military vehicle slammed into demonstrators in the city of Yangon over the weekend, leaving an unknown number...

Importance of sound, inclusive elections in Iraq ‘cannot be overstated’ |

Jeanine Plasschaert, Special Representative and Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said clashes erupted in the weeks following the vote, with demonstrations and...

Afghanistan’s farmers, herders desperate for seed, food and cash  |

While humanitarian access has never been better, prices are soaring and needs continue to outpace the resources provided, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)...

Anxiety in Afghanistan as Taliban struggles for legitimacy |

Deborah Lyons, UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said that despite an improvement in the security situation,...

Conviction of US journalist symbolic of media repression in Myanmar: UN rights chief |

Rights chief Michelle Bachelet said the conviction and harsh sentencing of American journalist Danny Fenster that day was emblematic of the wider plight of...

Yemen: UN Special Envoy calls for urgent end to fighting, as humanitarian needs escalate ...

Participating by teleconference, Mr. Grundberg briefed the Council Members about his three-day visit to Taiz governorate, where he held meetings in Taiz city, Turbah and Mokha, and discussed the urgent necessity for an end...

Hong Kong: Arrests under Security Law, a serious concern |

The human rights lawyer, who was arrested on 8 September, was a member of the Hong Kong Alliance, an advocacy group which organized an...

Trade can play a pivotal role in addressing climate change, says UN report  |

Around 16 million new jobs could be created in clean energy, energy efficiency, engineering, manufacturing and construction industries in the Asia-Pacific region, more than compensating for the estimated loss...

Afghanistan: Humanitarians call for greater support as winter approaches |

Afghanistan was already among the world’s worst humanitarian situations prior to the Taliban assuming power in August, which has deepened existing needs and vulnerabilities.   A...

‘Urgent’ international response needed in Myanmar: UN chief  |

The country has been in protracted crisis since Myanmar’s military leadership ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb. 1.   It claimed...

Afghanistan: Rapid decline in public health conditions, WHO warns |

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the COVID-19 response has also declined and almost half of the country’s children are at risk of...

DPRK says it will ‘respond willingly’ if US abandons ‘hostile policy’  |

“But it is our judgment that there is no prospect, at the present stage, for the US to really withdraw its hostile policy towards...

Pacific nations appeal for solidarity to combat COVID-19 and climate change |

Referring to the recent UN Secretary-General’s report Our Common Agenda, for a better, greener, and safer future for all, Fiji’s Prime Minister Josaia V....

Philippines President urges world to ‘reverse course’ on inequality  |

“From what I have seen that future will likely be one of inequality, where the poor plays catch-up with the rich, with no hope nor chance of...

Afghanistan: ‘Palpable’ fear of ‘brutal and systemic repression’ of women grows |

Michelle Bachelet informed a high-level event on safeguarding 20 years of international engagement in Afghanistan, that women have been “progressively excluded from the public...

UNICEF stresses Afghan girls must not be excluded from school |

“We are deeply worried”, UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore said in a statement, “that many girls may not be allowed back at this time”.

First humanitarian flight to Kabul marks ‘turning point’ in crisis: WFP  |

More than 90 per cent of families are struggling to find enough to eat, and with winter fast approaching, aid agencies have been “scrambling to meet massive needs...

Support Afghans in their most perilous hour, urges UN’s Guterres |

Leading the appeal in Geneva for $606 million to support emergency aid for 11 million people across the country, António Guterres said that even...