UN aid chief spotlights need to bridge humanitarian-development divides
The United Nations humanitarian chief today stressed the need to transcend the divide between relief aid and development work, urging action on global commitments made at last month’s World Humanitarian Summit (WHS).
UN rights expert applauds media initiative to put spotlight on homelessness in San Francisco
The United Nations human rights expert on housing today commended a large media initiative in the US city of San Francisco aimed at bringing the issue of homelessness to the forefront of discussions and encourage civil engagement.
UN Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attacks in Lebanon
The United Nations Security Council has condemned “in the strongest terms” three consecutive terrorist attacks that occurred yesterday in the northern town of Qaa, which resulted in a number of deaths and injuries.
UN agencies to meet on El Niño’s ‘devastating impact’ in Central America’s Dry Corridor
With the El Niño climate event devastating Central America’s so-called Dry Corridor, where one of the worst droughts in decades has left 3.5 million people food insecure, United Nations agencies will gather this week to discuss ways to improve the long-term response to the weather developments in the region.
In Jerusalem and Gaza, Ban urges ‘courageous steps’ for lasting two-State solution
Following a meeting this morning in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the leader to take the “courageous steps” necessary for a negotiated two-State solution in order to bring lasting peace, security and dignity for the people of both Israel and Palestine.
Poverty and early deaths await millions of world's most disadvantaged children – UNICEF
Some 69 million children under five years of age will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million children will live in poverty, and 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030, unless the world focuses more on the plight of its most disadvantaged children, according to a United Nations report published today.
FEATURE: Ahead of Security Council elections, General Assembly President explains how a country can get a non-permanent seat
At the United Nations General Assembly tomorrow morning – and for the first time in June, as part of revitalization efforts in the Assembly – elections will be held to fill five non-permanent seats on the Security Council.

UN officials call for boost in solidarity and funding to meet growing humanitarian needs
The international community must act with urgency and solidarity to deliver on the commitments generated at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, this past month, in order to adequately respond to and prevent crises and build resilience on a global scale, senior United Nations officials emphasized today.
Secretary-General condemns killing of UN peacekeeper in Central African Republic
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the recent killing in Bangui of a peacekeeper serving with the UN operation in the Central African Republic (CAR), his spokesman said today.
UNESCO chief urges probe into killing of journalist in Mexico
The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today called for an investigation into the killing of journalist Zamira Esther Bautista in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.
UN Security Council strongly condemns deadly Al-Shabaab attack on Mogadishu hotel
The United Nations Security Council has “condemned in the strongest terms” a recent deadly attack by Al-Shabaab on a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu that killed several people, including a serving government minister.
Ban names humanitarian coordinator in Syria as new Deputy Special Representative for Liberia
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Yacoub El Hillo of Sudan as his Deputy Special Representative in the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), succeeding Antonio Vigilante of Italy, who concluded his assignment on 15 June 2016.
UN allocates $13 million from emergency fund to support people in north-eastern Nigeria
The top United Nations relief official today released $13 million from a fund that supports rapid humanitarian responses – known as the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) – to provide life-saving assistance to 250,000 people in areas of north-east Nigeria that have just become accessible.
UN deputy chief highlights benefits from and challenges confronting oceans
Addressing a gathering on laws affecting the world’s oceans, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today underscored that healthy oceans are critical to maintaining life on the planet, while also noting their connection to broader sustainable development aims.
In Jerusalem, Ban urges two-State solution to Israel-Palestine conflict
Following a meeting with Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that nearly 50 years of occupation of Palestinian land has not brought security for Israelis, stressing that only a negotiated two-State solution could bring the legitimate aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians to fruition.