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ISIS (ISIL) still at ‘centre’ of terrorism threat, Security Council hears

February 10, 2020 - In presenting the latest UN report on ISIL, Vladimir Voronkov, head of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, urged the international...

Humanity’s greatest risk: Cascading impacts of climate, biodiversity, food, water crises: scientists

Mean ranked likelihood and impact of global risks and robustness of the knowledge base surrounding each risk (size of the circle)...

Unleashing Youth Power: A Decade of Accelerating Actions Towards Zero Female Genital Mutilation

NEW YORK, 6 February 2020 – Joint statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, UN Women Executive Director...

FAO: World food prices rise in January

Rome February 6, 2020 - World food prices rose for the fourth consecutive month in January. The FAO Food...

Data on Annexation and Populated Land Swaps under the Trump Plan

February 6, 2020 -The so-called "Trump Plan" proposes for Israel to annex large, invasive swaths of the West Bank, while entertaining an...

WHO: US$675 million needed for new coronavirus preparedness and response global plan

GENEVA, Switzerland, Feb. 5, 2020 - To fight further spread of the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in China and globally, and protect...

Second Mexican defender of monarch butterflies found dead

5 February 2020 – Days after the funeral of prominent Mexican butterfly conservationist Homero Gómez González, the body of a second environmental defender...

Vast amounts of valuable energy, nutrients, water lost in world's fast-rising wastewater streams

February 3, 2020 -Vast amounts of valuable energy, agricultural nutrients, and water could potentially be recovered from the world's fast-rising volume of...

UN agencies raise alarm in the Central Sahel where millions face hunger amid rapidly...

DAKAR  February 3, 2020 - The number of people facing a critical lack of food and vital livelihood opportunities in the Central Sahel...

Israel/OPT: UN expert alarmed by ‘lopsided’ Trump plan, says will entrench occupation

GENEVA (31 January 2020) - The Trump plan on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a lopsided proposal entirely in favour of one side...

Red Cross scales up preparedness for global response as novel coronavirus declared an international...

Geneva/Kuala Lumpur, 31 January 2020 – As the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) continues spreading beyond China, the International Federation of Red Cross and...

Environmental degradation driving gender-based violence – IUCN study

Gland, Switzerland, January 29, 2020 – The degradation of nature can lead to gender-based violence including sexual assault, domestic violence and forced prostitution,...

Buildings can become a global CO2 sink if made out of wood instead of...

January 27, 2020 - A material revolution replacing cement and steel in urban construction by wood can have double benefits for climate...

Combatting antisemitism requires ‘solidarity in the face of hatred’, says UN chief

Against the backdrop of a constant stream of attacks targeting Jews, their institutions and property, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned on Saturday of a global crisis of...

Sea level rise to cause major economic impact in the absence of further climate...

January 27, 2020 - Rising sea levels, a direct impact of the Earth’s warming climate, is intensifying coastal flooding. The findings of...

World Leprosy Day: UN expert calls on States to end discrimination against affected women...

GENEVA (24 January 2020) – Hundreds of thousands of women and children affected by leprosy suffer from informal segregation and institutionalized neglect...

World Court Rules Against Myanmar on Rohingya

Brussels, January 23, 2020 – The International Court of Justice (ICJ) order on January 23, 2020 directing Myanmar to prevent all genocidal...

Commemorating 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, UN experts call for urgent action...

GENEVA (23 January 2020) – States must take urgent and effective steps to monitor antisemitic incidents, ensure accountability for perpetrators of violence,...

Doomsday Clock Changed: It Is Now 100 Seconds From Midnight – Twin Threats of...

WASHINGTON, D.C. January 23, 2020 – The iconic Doomsday Clock symbolizing the gravest perils facing humankind is now closer to midnight...

Large aircraft incident, New South Wales

Editor's note: Statement released by National Council for Fire and Emergency Services, AFAC and the National Aerial Fire Fighting Centre (NAFC) Australia