Young Haitians bond over sports, earrings and pineapple jam — Global Issues

Some 1500 young people got together at the Semans Lapè (Seeds of Peace) project event supported by the UN Peacebuilding Fund. Rosemonde* (23 years old) “I live in Cite Soleil which is under the control of gangs. There is only one road out of my neighbourhood, and it is often flooded or…

Secretary-General upholds the importance of a single global economy — Global Issues

Mr. Guterres was speaking to journalists a day after addressing regional leaders attending the 12th Summit between the UN and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Avoid at all costs “As I told yesterday’s summit meeting, we must avoid at all costs the division of the global economy…

UN Human Rights Council inquiry hears testimonies on Shireen Abu Akleh killing — Global Issues

The session – mandated by the Human Rights Council – forms part of the Commission’s ongoing investigative work.  First-hand accounts  Its objective was twofold, explained Commissioner Chris Sidoti: First, to understand the designation of seven Palestinian non-Government organizations, human rights organizations, as unlawful organisations and six of them as terrorist organisations.  Recording first-hand information…

Terrorism intensifying across Africa, exploiting instability and conflict — Global Issues

“Terrorists and violent extremists including Da’esh, Al-Qaida and their affiliates have exploited instability and conflict to increase their activities and intensify attacks across the continent”, Amina Mohammed said on behalf of Secretary-General António Guterres.   “Their senseless, terror-fuelled violence has killed and wounded thousands and many more continue to suffer from…

Crime and terrorism thriving again in Afghanistan amid economic ruin, warns Kőrösi — Global Issues

Csaba Kőrösi painted a near apocalyptic picture of ordinary life in the Taliban-ruled nation that has endured almost five decades of “relentless conflict”, urging the international community to make up the $2.3 billion shortfall in the UN humanitarian appeal for $4.4 billion. ‘Moral imperative’ In a powerful speech to ambassadors in New…

UN and partners provide life-saving aid to some 13.5 million — Global Issues

“Since February, aid workers have provided critical aid and protection services to some 13.5 million people across all regions of Ukraine”, Associate Spokesperson Stéphanie Tremblay told journalists at a regular briefing in New York. She added that more than 4.2 million people have received cash assistance over the past eight…

DPR Korea launches ‘unprecedented number’ of missiles, Security Council hears — Global Issues

And yet, despite having conducted missile tests on Wednesday and Thursday, Mohamed Khiari informed the ambassadors that DPRK, more commonly known commonly as North Korea, “has yet to publicly provide details” on the launches.  He pointed out that yesterday’s missile launch was “assessed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)”,…

UN chief urges Security Council, speak ‘with one voice’ to secure peace — Global Issues

“They help protect civilians and prevent violence…[and] enable the work of peacebuilding, development, humanitarian, and human rights actors”, he detailed.   However, “local and global contexts in which they operate are becoming more challenging by the day”.  The UN chief reminded the Security Council that peacekeeping plays a “critical role” in…

UN chief warmly welcomes Russia decision to end suspension from Ukraine grain deal — Global Issues

The UN-brokered deal which is implemented through a Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) in Istanbul involving Russia, Ukraine, and Türkiye, was signed in July, to allow grain, oil and other foodstuffs to leave the war-torn country for markets overseas – many of which are in desperate need of food from Europe’s…

UN refugee chief calls for greater focus on climate and conflict factors — Global Issues

Mr. Grandi expressed hope that these dimensions “will be in clearer focus” at the COP27 UN climate change conference, opening this weekend in Egypt, and at its successor conference in a year’s time.   The climate emergency is ravaging resources and creating tensions, including between communities, particularly in already fragile…