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UN chief saddened at death of Iranian President in helicopter crash

UN Secretary-General António Guterres, alongside members of the Security Council, has extended sincere condolences to the people and Government of Iran following the death of President Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter accident on Sunday.

Read More 20 May 2024 | 6:00 pm

India’s LGBTQIA+ community notches legal wins but still faces societal hurdles to acceptance, equal rights

While there has been some recent progress for India’s LGBTQIA+ community, there is still a long way to go to overcome social stigma and prejudice, and to ensure that all people in the country feel their rights are protected, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Read More 17 May 2024 | 6:00 pm

UN security staff killed in Gaza; Guterres calls for probe

A staff member of the UN Department of Safety and Security (DSS) died and another was injured when their UN vehicle was struck as they travelled to the European Hospital in Rafah, Gaza, on Monday.

Read More 13 May 2024 | 6:00 pm

‘Keep working with us to build a better world,’ Guterres says, as major UN civil society forum closes in Kenya

The first-ever UN civil society conference held in Africa wrapped up in Nairobi on Friday hearing calls for “bold and honest” conversations among governments and civil society to drive forward shared vision for reinvigorated multilateralism, a better world and a brighter future for all.

Read More 10 May 2024 | 6:00 pm

‘Outrageous’ arson attack forces UNRWA to temporarily shutter East Jerusalem compound

The head of the UN Palestine refugee agency (UNRWA) has temporarily closed its headquarters in occupied East Jerusalem after an arson attack on Thursday following weeks of protests. 

Read More 9 May 2024 | 6:00 pm

First UN civil society forum held in Africa heralds ‘inclusive’ Summit of the Future

‘Meaningful participation’ and ‘inclusion’ were the buzzwords at the opening on Thursday of a major UN conference in Nairobi, Kenya, where governments were urged to heed the diverse voices of civil society, which were well-placed to work alongside them in building a fairer and more just future.

Read More 9 May 2024 | 6:00 pm

Palestine: General Assembly discusses failed UN membership bid

Palestine’s recent attempt to become a full member of the United Nations was the focus of discussion in the General Assembly on Wednesday. 

Read More 1 May 2024 | 6:00 pm

UN updates on probe into allegations of staff collusion during 7 October attacks

A UN office investigating Israeli accusations that 12 staff members from UN Palestine relief agency UNRWA were involved in the 7 October Hamas-led attacks has closed one of the cases because Israel had not provided any supporting evidence, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said on Friday. 

Read More 26 April 2024 | 6:00 pm

Secretary-General calls for UN 2.0 to tackle 21st century challenges

Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday emphasised the need for a “strengthened and updated” United Nations to better reach and support people around the world.

Read More 22 April 2024 | 6:00 pm

Guterres upholds UNRWA as a ‘lifeline’ following receipt of independent panel’s report

UN chief António Guterres issued an appeal on Monday to “actively support” the UN agency for Palestinians, UNRWA, adding that he accepted the final findings of an independent probe into the organisation, launched amid serious unconfirmed allegations of UNRWA collusion with Hamas fighters and as part of efforts to assess whether the agency was doing everything within its power to ensure neutrality.

Read More 22 April 2024 | 6:00 pm

Ukraine war ‘stark reminder’ of the trials facing multilateralism

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is “a stark reminder” of the challenges to multilateralism and remains the top priority of UN partner the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Security Council heard on Friday. 

Read More 19 April 2024 | 6:00 pm

US vetoes Palestine’s request for full UN membership

The Security Council rejected Palestine’s request for UN membership on Thursday, with the United States casting a veto.

Read More 18 April 2024 | 6:00 pm

Stories from the UN Archive: Retro cutting-edge tech at the UN

Long before artificial intelligence, UN staff brainstormed and developed innovative solutions in the Organization's day-to-day affairs, so this #ThrowbackThursday we are taking you behind the scenes for a peek at some almost forgotten retro mid-20th century cutting-edge tech at UN Headquarters ahead of World Creativity and Innovation Day, marked annually on 21 April.

Read More 18 April 2024 | 6:00 pm

Palestine’s status at the UN explained

What will it take for Palestine to become a full UN Member State? As the Security Council takes up the matter while the devastating war in Gaza enters its seventh month, we looked at Palestine’s current status and what it takes to become a UN Member State.

Read More 18 April 2024 | 6:00 pm

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