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UN chief tours tsunami-hit Indonesian city as survivors pray

Oct 12, 2018 - 9:07 PM

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres toured Balaroa, where barely a vertical structure remained

Indonesian Muslims hold a mass prayer at Talise village in Palu on October 12, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami that hit the area. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on October 12 visited the disaster-ravaged Indonesian city of Palu, where an earthquake and tsunami killed 2,000 people and left thousands more missing, presumed dead. YUSUF WAHIL / AFP

World leaders to attend Kofi Annan's state funeral in Ghana

Sep 13, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo calls the funeral 'a major event for our country' and describes Annan as 'one of the most illustrious people of this generation'

KOFI ANNAN. Local chiefs, politicians and extended family members wait to pay their respects to Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat and former Secretary General of United Nations who died on August 18 at the age of 80 after a short illness, at the entrance of Accra International Conference Centre in Accra on September 12, 2018. Photo by Ruth McDowall/AFP

World must act by 2020 to avoid runaway climate change – UN chief

Sep 11, 2018 - 9:20 AM

'Climate change is the defining issue of our time – and we are at a defining moment,' says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

ANTONIO GUTERRES. This file photo taken on January 3, 2017 shows United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaking to staff members at UN headquarters in New York. File photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / AFP

UN chief condemns escalating violence in Libya

Sep 02, 2018 - 12:46 PM

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres calls on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and abide by the ceasefire agreement brokered by the United Nations and the Reconciliation Committees'

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres wants to put an end to the violence in Libya. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Israel rejects UN report on protecting Palestinians

Aug 18, 2018 - 11:41 PM

'The report's suggestions will only enable the Palestinians' continued rejectionism,' says Israel's UN Ambassador Danny Danon

CONFLICT. In this file photo, Israeli security forces are seen during clashes between them and Palestinian demonstrators at the Huwara checkpoint, south of Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on July 28, 2017. Photo by Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

Tributes pour in for former UN chief, Nobel laureate Kofi Annan

Aug 18, 2018 - 7:48 PM

(4th UPDATE) World leaders and organizations pay tribute to the former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate

UN CHIEF. In this file photo taken on April 28, 2004, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan takes a question during a press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Kofi Annan, former UN chief, dies at 80

Aug 18, 2018 - 5:57 PM

(4th UPDATE) Current UN chief Antonio Guterres voices deep sadness at the news, describing Annan as 'a guiding force for good'

NOBEL LAUREATE. In this file photo, Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations, speaks during the Langenburg Forum for sustainability in Langenburg, central Germany on June 8, 2017. Photo by Christoph Schmidt/AFP

Chile's Bachelet picked to be U.N. rights chief

Aug 09, 2018 - 8:43 AM

Michelle Bachelet – a two-time president who ranks among the world's most powerful women in politics – will step into a position that has drawn much controversy under Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

NEW UN RIGHTS CHIEF. Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet will be the next UN commissioner for human rights. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

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Aug 02, 2018 - 8:50 PM

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Will next UN rights chief treat Duterte, world leaders more gently?

Aug 02, 2018 - 7:56 AM

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has acknowledged that his unvarnished criticism of world leaders has made it impossible for him to secure a second term

RIGHTS CHIEF. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein speaks in Guatemala City on November 17, 2017. File photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

UN chief urges Israel, Palestinians to avoid 'devastating conflict'

Jul 22, 2018 - 8:28 AM

The recent violence in Gaza marks the most serious escalation between Israel and Hamas since the 2014 war

CRISIS. A picture taken on July 20, 2018 shows a fireball exploding in Gaza City during Israeli bombardment. Photo by Bashar Tales / AFP

UN chief appeals for end to fighting in south Syria

Jun 23, 2018 - 11:19 AM

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls for a return to ceasefire arrangements agreed by Russia, the United States and Jordan

SYRIA BOMBARDMENT. A Syrian man carries an infant injured in government bombing in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. File photo by Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP

Russia 'skeptical' over UN Syrian crimes against humanity report

Jun 21, 2018 - 7:17 PM

The report says forces loyal to the Syrian government had deliberately starved civilians during the siege between February and April, among other crimes.

SERGEI LAVROV. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a press conference after his meeting with UN Secretary General in Moscow on June 21, 2018. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Israeli planes hit 25 targets in response to Gaza rocket fire – army

Jun 20, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The fresh hostilities come with tensions high in Gaza after mass protests and clashes broke out along the border on March 30. At least 132 Palestinians have been killed. There have been no Israeli fatalities.

AIRSTRIKE.An explosion is seen at Rafah town in the southern Gaza Strip after an airstrike by Israeli forces on June 20, 2018. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Parts of Yemen missiles fired at Saudi Arabia were Iranian-made – UN report

Jun 15, 2018 - 11:41 AM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres tells the Security Council that debris from the missiles fired since July 2017 'share key design features with a known type of missile manufactured' by Iran

Protests as Syria takes chair of world disarmament body

May 29, 2018 - 8:10 AM

'The Damascus regime has neither the credibility nor moral authority to preside over the CD,' says US ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament Robert Wood

PROTESTS. US Permanent Representative to the Geneva conference, Robert Wood, during a plenary meeting of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament, on August 30, 2017 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

South Korean president asks UN to verify closure of North's test site

May 02, 2018 - 10:48 AM

South Korean President Moon Jae-in also asks for UN support to 'transform the demilitarized zone into a peace zone' between the two Koreas

CLOSURE? This image acquired on September 4, 2017, and courtesy of, shows the Punggye-ri test site where on September 3, 2017, North Korea claimed to have conducted the underground explosion of a hydrogen bomb. Handout photo from Planet/AFP

UN Security Council meets over Syria in remote Swedish farmhouse

Apr 22, 2018 - 12:20 AM

'Hopefully there will be some new ideas on the table and I think it'll be on those tracks: the humanitarian situation, the chemical weapons,' says Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom

UNSC MEETING. Journalists wait before a group picture during the annual informal working meeting with the UN Security Council on April 21, 2018, at Dag Hammarskjold's farm at Backakra, close to Ystad, southern Sweden. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

U.S. on track to meet climate targets despite Trump – U.N. chief

Mar 30, 2018 - 9:09 AM

Emissions-cutting plans put in motion by American businesses, regional governments and cities meant that the goals set by the former US administration which signed the deal in 2016 were within reach

TRUMP. In this file photo taken on March 10, 2018 US President Donald Trump answers questions from the media as he departs the White House in Washington, DC. USA. File photo by Olivier Douliery / AFP

UN chief hits out at Myanmar army chief over Rohingya comments

Mar 27, 2018 - 10:23 AM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urges Myanmar's leaders to 'take a unified stance against incitement to hatred and to promote cultural harmony'

ROHINGYA. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urges Myanmar's leaders to 'take a unified stance against incitement to hatred and to promote cultural harmony.' File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

UN receives 138 allegations of sexual misconduct

Mar 14, 2018 - 1:36 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has vowed to toughen the UN response to allegations of misbehavior by peacekeepers and UN personnel whose mission is to protect vulnerable civilians in conflict zones

MINUSCA. A Moroccan peacekeeper serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic escorts a UN delegation in Bambari, 400 km northeast of Bangui, June 20 2014. File photo by Catianne Tijerina/UN UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina

East Timor signs maritime border deal with Australia

Mar 07, 2018 - 1:12 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres witnesses the signing of the treaty, which is the first-ever reached under a special conciliation mechanism of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea

TREATY. After signing the treaty during a United Nations ceremony, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop tells reporters that East Timor stands to gain 'substantial benefits' from the deal. File photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

North Korea calls UN chief 'henchman' of the U.S.

Feb 23, 2018 - 2:57 PM

North Korea's mission to the United Nations releases a statement complaining of 'reckless remarks' by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during the Munich Security Conference last week

UNITED NATIONS. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. File photo by Manuel Elias/UN

UN chief calls for immediate de-escalation in Syria

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:06 AM

'He calls on all to work for an immediate and unconditional de-escalation of violence and exercise restraint,' says UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric

'IMMEDIATE DE-ESCALATION'. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls for the end to violence in war-torn Syria. File photo by Kena Betancur/ AFP

Pyongyang urges UN to welcome inter-Korean thaw

Feb 02, 2018 - 12:41 PM

In a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho says his country will not 'sit idle' as the United States engages in a 'sinister act of throwing a wet blanket over our efforts'

FLYING SOUTH. A North Korean national flag (top center L) and other nations' flags flutter over the Athletes Village in Gangneung on February 1, 2018 ahead of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. File photo by Yonhap/AFP

UN will send Syria envoy to Russia peace conference

Jan 27, 2018 - 11:41 PM

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres 'is confident that the congress in Sochi will be an important contribution' to reviving the peace talks held under UN auspices in Geneva

TO RUSSIA. In this file photo, UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura briefs the press after speaking to a group of Syrians holding a vigil on the first day of a new round of Syria peace talks in Geneva on February 23, 2017. Photo by Philippe Desmazes/ AFP

UN chief concerned about deal on return of Myanmar's Rohingya

Jan 17, 2018 - 1:31 PM

'We believe it would be very important to have UNHCR fully involved in the operation to guarantee that the operation abides by international standards'

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. File photo by Manuel Elias/UN

UN urges DR Congo leader to keep promise to step down

Jan 01, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Violence has swelled after the date of the new vote was pushed back to December 2018, prompting fears that Kabila may seek to extend his reign

PRESIDENT KABILA. Congolese President Joseph Kabila (C) shakes hands during a special joint session of parliament on November 15, 2016 in Kinshasa. File photo by Junior D. Kannah/AFP

UN suffers worst DR Congo attack as 15 peacekeepers killed

Dec 09, 2017 - 11:13 AM

(UPDATED) 'I condemn this attack unequivocally. These deliberate attacks against UN peacekeepers are unacceptable and constitute a war crime,' says UN chief Antonio Guterres

World leaders plead for climate action at UN forum

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:38 AM

World leaders descend on Bonn to re-energize negotiations hamstrung by America's rejection of the 2015 Paris Agreement

UNITED FRONT. French President Emmanuel Macron (C) and French Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot (L) pose with youth as they visit the French stand during the UN conference on climate change (COP23) on November 15, 2017 in Bonn, Germany. John Macdougall/AFP

UN chief low-key in first Philippine visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 11:48 AM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visits the Philippines amid the tense dynamics of the international organization with President Rodrigo Duterte

What ASEAN Summit world leaders said on human rights, PH drug war

Nov 14, 2017 - 7:24 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has consistently responded with threats to concerns expressed about human rights violations in his war on drugs. But this does not stop several world leaders from raising this issue during the 31st ASEAN Summit.

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Nov 14, 2017 - 12:15 PM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the rest of the leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states do the traditional ASEAN handshake as they pose for a photo prior to the 31st ASEAN Summit plenary at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Myanmar's Suu Kyi meets Tillerson, UN chief on Rohingya crisis

Nov 14, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi faces rising global pressure to solve the crisis for her nation's displaced Rohingya Muslim minority

IN MANILA. Myanmar's State Councellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi looks on during the 9th ASEAN UN Summit on the sideline of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on November 13, 2017. Linus Escandor II / Pool / AFP

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UN blacklists Saudi-led coalition for killing children in Yemen

Oct 06, 2017 - 10:40 AM

The group was briefly included on the annual list of shame last year before a threat by Saudi Arabia to cut off its funding to UN programs forced a reversal

UN BLACKLIST. In this file photo, displaced Yemeni children stand outside a make-shift shelter at a camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) on the outskirts of Sanaa on April 15, 2017. File photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

UN chief tells Myanmar to end 'nightmare' as 19 drown in Rohingya boat capsize

Sep 29, 2017 - 10:01 AM

(UPDATED) 'The situation has spiraled into the world's fastest developing refugee emergency, a humanitarian and human rights nightmare,' says UN chief Antonio Guterres

DEAD. People come to see the boat where Rohingya Muslim refugees were found dead on the shore of Inani beach, near Cox's Bazar on September 28, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Pekan depan, Aung San Suu Kyi akan berpidato soal isu Rakhine State

Sep 14, 2017 - 11:04 AM

Suu Kyi dijadwalkan menyampaikan pidato pada Rabu malam 20 September waktu setempat

PERNYATAAN. Menteri Luar Negeri Aung San Suu Kyi akan menyampaikan pidato terkait kekerasan di Rakhine State pada Rabu, 20 September. Foto oleh Hein Htet/EPA

UN chief to make first visit to Israel, Palestinian territories

Aug 04, 2017 - 8:50 AM

The UN chief will hold talks with Israeli leaders travel to Ramallah to meet Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas and to the Gaza Strip where the United Nations runs a major Palestinian aid program

FIRST VISIT. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will pay his first visit since taking the UN helm to Israel and the Palestinian territories. File photo by Kena Betancur/AFP

'Highly constructive' talks on Cyprus, says UN

Jul 02, 2017 - 12:28 AM

The negotiations have been billed as the best chance for resolving one of the world s longest running political crises

PEACE TALKS. Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Turkish Cypriot Leader Mustafa Akinci pose for a photograph during Cyprus peace talks in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana on June 30, 2017. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Turkey FM in Doha as UN 'alarmed' by Gulf crisis

Jun 15, 2017 - 7:25 AM

The United Nations secretary general urges the Gulf countries to find a peaceful solution to the row

The flag of the State of Qatar (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York. 14 July 2016. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Rising sea temperature impacts seagrass beds in Lagonoy Gulf

Jun 10, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Seagrass gardens sustain different marine species and provide livelihood to residents of coastal villages

BARIW-BARIW. Sea grass bared at low tide at Lagunoy Gulf. All photos by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Cyprus talks to resume in Geneva on June 28 – UN

Jun 10, 2017 - 7:33 AM

A UN envoy says the two year diplomatic effort to reach a settlement between Cyprus and Northern Cyprus was in its final mile

PEACE. Protesters and peace activists take part in a peace rally on November 18, 2016, in the northern part of Nicosia, in the self proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). File photo by Birol Bebek/AFP

UN chief: Save the oceans to avert 'global catastrophe'

Jun 06, 2017 - 8:02 AM

Guterres raises alarm over the state of the world s oceans saying pollution overfishing and climate change are causing severe damage and that the situation is getting worse

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (shown on screens) addresses the Oceans Conference, June 5 2017, at the United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

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As U.S. weighs climate pullout, UN wants world to be more ambitious

May 31, 2017 - 7:08 AM

Secretary General Antonio Guterres says it is absolutely essential that the world implements the 2015 Paris climate agreement with increased ambition

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks on climate action at the New York University Stern School of Business in New York on May 30, 2017. Jewel Samad/AFP

U.S. funding cuts would make it 'impossible' for UN to do its work

May 25, 2017 - 10:20 AM

The United States which is the biggest contributor to the United Nations is eyeing significant budget cuts

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (C) holds a food parcel of the World Food Programme, part of the humanitarian aid shipments into Syria, during a visit at a border gate with Syria in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli, in the southern Hatay province, Turkey, on May 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / BURHAN OZBILICI

WATCH: UN Secretary General's message for World Press Freedom Day 2017

May 02, 2017 - 12:00 PM

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres calls on leaders and citizens to counter misinformation and appeals to end threats to journalists worldwide

Antonio Guterres pictured May 14, 2014 in Geneva. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

UN chief urges restraint, council to meet on U.S. strikes in Syria

Apr 07, 2017 - 11:28 PM

Mindful of the risk of escalation I appeal for restraint to avoid any acts that could deepen the suffering of the Syrian people Guterres says in a statement

ANTONIO GUTERRES. Antonio Guterres attends a press conference on May 14, 2014 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Palestinian, UN alarm after Israel approves new settlement

Mar 31, 2017 - 7:40 PM

Israel s security cabinet gives its backing to the new settlement late on Thursday as the government presses ahead with settlement expansion in defiance of international concern

AMONA. A view of Amona from April 28, 2013. Image from Wikimedia Commons.