Workplace stress ‘a collective challenge’ as work-life boundaries become blurred – UN
Marking World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO) today outlined the findings of its latest research on the impact of stress in the workplace.
Boosting productivity key to economic growth in Asia-Pacific – UN
As nations begin implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the next phase of Asia-Pacific economic growth should be driven by broad-based productivity gains and further rebalancing towards domestic and regional demand, the United Nations said today in a new survey.
UN rights chief condemns spate of assassinations in Burundi
The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the increasing number of attacks against high-level officials in Burundi and called for proper investigations to be carried out.
On anniversary of UN-backed treaty banning nuclear tests, Ban reiterates call to action
Marking the 20th anniversary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that instead of a celebration, the occasion is a call to action on the work that remains to be done to end nuclear testing and continue on an environmentally sustainable path.
Access and aid needed in Yemen, says UN humanitarian coordinator
Following a three-day mission to Yemen’s north-western Sa’ada Governorate, the top UN relief official in the country urged Yemeni parties to remain committed to the cessation of hostilities and allow unhindered humanitarian access, while he called on the international community to increase the level of support.
BAKU: UN Global Forum ends with renewed commitment to create inclusive societies
A global conference convened by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations UNAOC concluded today, with delegations, who gathered in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku, making a renewed commitment to creating inclusive societies.
Water scarcity in DPR Korea causes first drop in food production since 2010 – UN agency
The total food production in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) decreased by nine per cent in 2015, marking the first drop since 2010 due to drought and low irrigation water availability, the latest report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) showed today.
Ban welcomes ‘change in strategy and mindset’ as UN adopts landmark resolutions on peacebuilding
Deeply concerned by the high human cost and suffering caused by armed conflicts, and recognizing the significant number of simultaneous security and humanitarian crises that the world currently faces, the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council today concurrently adopted resolutions on the Organization’s peacebuilding architecture, providing renewed momentum for the focus within the UN system on ‘sustaining peace.’
UN agency smartphone app now raising funds for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon
ShareTheMeal, the award-winning smartphone app developed by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), is switching its fundraising efforts to support Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.
Libya: UN envoy ‘deeply concerned’ by terrorist attacks on oil fields
The most senior United Nations official in Libya today said he is deep concerned by recent incursions by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) into Libya’s oil crescent region and by attacks carried on oil fields.
Ecuador: quake damage to schools impacts 120,000 children – UNICEF
More than 280 schools have been damaged by the earthquake that hit Ecuador on 16 April, leaving up to 120,000 children temporarily without education, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said.
BAKU: at UN forum, Arab entrepreneur touts potential of virtual games to make real-world impact
“In a virtual world, everyone can be a world-saving hero,” an Arab entrepreneur from Israel told the UN News Centre in Baku, underscoring the potential of online games to bridge the divide between young adults in conflict zones and foster inclusive society.
UNESCO team assesses damages to Syria's Palmyra world heritage site
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has completed a visit to the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria as part of a technical rapid assessment mission to take preliminary stock of destruction at the World Heritage site.
In Vienna, Ban to discuss how UN can deliver on world’s expectations
While on a visit to the capital of Austria, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be leading discussions on how the UN system can work together in unity so that it can deliver on the expectations of the international community.
Security Council extends mandate of UN Mission in Central African Republic
The United Nations Security Council today extended until 31 July the mandate of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), determining that the situation in the country constitutes a threat to international peace and security.