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U.N. may run out of money by end of the month – Guterres

Oct 08, 2019 - 10:08 AM

In a letter intended for the 37,000 employees at the UN secretariat, Guterres says unspecified 'additional stop-gap measures' would have to be taken to ensure salaries and entitlements are paid

WARNING. UN Secretary General António Guterres speaking at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly September 24, 2019, in New York. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Former ambassador Rodolfo Severino Jr dies at 82

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Much respected diplomat Rodolfo Severino Jr, former secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, served the Philippines for over 3 decades

PASSING OF A DIPLOMAT. File photo of Ambassador Rodolfo Severino Jr.

U.N. chief urges ceasefire to avert 'bloody battle' for Tripoli

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:14 AM

(UPDATED) 'It's still time to stop,' United Nations chief Antonio Guterres tells reporters after briefing the UN Security Council in a closed session

A Libyan fighter loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) fires a machine gun during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019.   Mahmud TURKIA / AFP

NATO plans for Russian 'aggression' on 70th anniversary

Apr 05, 2019 - 8:25 AM

At the close of talks in Washington, foreign ministers from the 29-nation alliance say in a joint statement that they face 'an unpredictable and challenging security situation' that includes 'a more aggressive Russia'

PREPARED. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg holds a press conference during a meeting of NATO foreign ministers part of the 70th anniversary of the alliance at the US Department of State April 4, 2019, in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

UN chief says Libya's militias should not run prisons

Jan 11, 2019 - 5:07 PM

In his report to the Security Council, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urges the Libyan government to bring all prisons under its control and free from the grip of militias

CONDEMNING THE LAUNCH. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. File photo by Manuel Elias/UN

Somalia refuses to take back expelled UN envoy

Jan 05, 2019 - 11:46 AM

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed dug in his heels and said UN envoy Nicholas Haysom would remain persona non grata

Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, commonly know as Farmajo walks to make his speech during the inauguration ceremony of Djibouti International Free Trade Zone (DIFTZ) in Djibouti on July 5, 2018. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)

U.N. chief urges 'maximum restraint' from Russia, Ukraine

Nov 27, 2018 - 11:34 PM

UN secretary general Antonio Guterres urges Russia and Ukraine 'to take steps without delay to contain this incident and reduce tensions through all available peaceful means in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations'

CONDEMNING THE LAUNCH. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. File photo by Manuel Elias/UN

FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann dead at 51

Oct 14, 2018 - 7:44 PM

'Basketball has lost a leader, an advocate and a friend'

FAREWELL. Patrick Baumann was known as a tireless worker in international basketball. Photo from FIBA

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

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Aug 09, 2018 - 2:08 PM

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UN's PH staff welcome Secretary-General Guterres

Nov 13, 2017 - 6:46 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres is in Manila to attend the 31st ASEAN Summit

VISIT. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres meets with the staff of the international body in the Philippines. Photo from UN-Philippines' Facebook Page

PH open to UN rights probers 'without bias' – Cayetano

Sep 30, 2017 - 7:54 PM

'All we want is an impartial assessment and not outright condemnation,' Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano tells UN Secretary General António Guterres

HUMAN RIGHTS DISCUSSION. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano and United Nations Secretary General António Guterres meet at the UN Headquarters in New York on 29 September. Photo courtesy of the Department of Foreign Affairs

North Korea's 'global threat' requires global response – NATO chief

Sep 10, 2017 - 5:58 PM

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg calls for North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programs

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a press conference with chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia Herzegovina at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on November 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / THIERRY CHARLIER

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Dec 13, 2016 - 1:46 PM

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Iran missile tests inconsistent with nuclear deal – UN report

Jul 09, 2016 - 4:40 PM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon leaves it up to the Security Council to determine what if anything should be done in response

Fatma Samoura: FIFA's first woman secretary general is used to crises

May 15, 2016 - 9:18 AM

Fatma Samoura may be an outside in the football world but her experience with the United Nations will prove key to helping restore football s image

FIFA APPOINTEE. The 54-year-old Samoura is a football outsider, having worked with the United Nations for 21 years. File photo by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP

FIFA appoints Fatma Samoura as first female secretary general

May 14, 2016 - 12:15 AM

FIFA names Senegalese UN diplomat Fatma Samoura as the first female secretary general in the history of the male dominated world football organization

FIFA APPOINTEE. The 54-year-old Samoura is a football outsider, having worked with the United Nations for 21 years. File photo by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP

FIFA fires secretary general Valcke

Jan 13, 2016 - 7:31 PM

The former right hand man to FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been accused of aiding a scheme to sell 2014 World Cup tickets on the black market

FIRED. The FIFA Emergency Committee decided, on January 9, 2016, to dismiss Jerome Valcke, seen here in this file photo from March 2014, from the position of FIFA Secretary General with immediate effect. File Photo by STEFFEN SCHMIDT/EPA

Al-Qaeda, allies seize Syria's Idlib city in blow to regime

Mar 28, 2015 - 11:52 PM

The capture comes as UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon expresses anger and shame at the world s failure to stop the conflict

A fighter from the al-Qaida group in the Levant, Al-Nusra Front, poses next to the movements flag in a destroyed building near the front line with Syrian government solders in Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus on September 22, 2014. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says more than 180,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict since it erupted in March 2011, while the United Nations puts the figure at 191,000. AFP PHOTO/ RAMI AL-SAYED

OPEC: No oil supply shortage due to Iraq unrest

Jun 24, 2014 - 10:54 PM

The price rise seen on the oil markets is not because of shortage but because of speculation says the OPEC chief We are ready for any unseen circumstances

NO SHORTAGE. This photo taken on February 3, 2009, shows an engineer walking past chimneys at the Barjisiya oil fields in Zubair One south west of the city of Basra, 550 kms from Baghdad. Escalating violence in Iraq is threatening the development of some of the world's largest oil reserves at a time when OPEC's number-two producer was expected to be a key future supplier. Photo by Essam Al- Sudani / AFP

UN chief calls for arms embargo on Syria

Jun 20, 2014 - 11:11 PM

It is irresponsible for foreign powers and groups to give continued military support to parties in Syria that are committing atrocities the UN chief says

In this file photo, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a press conference in Manila, Philippines, 22 December 2013. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

With China as guest, G77 summit seeks new development commitments

Jun 15, 2014 - 1:08 AM

Leaders of developing nations plus China meet to draft a global anti poverty agenda at a summit that also showcases Latin America s burgeoning relationship with the Asian giant

UN chief urges respect for sovereignty of Ukraine

Mar 21, 2014 - 9:47 PM

This current crisis can only be resolved through peaceful diplomatic solutions says the UN chief

Glitch mars Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremony

Feb 08, 2014 - 1:20 AM

There was an early glitch at the Sochi Winter Olympics when one of five illuminated snowflakes which were to morph into the five Olympic rings inside the arena failed to light

FOUR RINGS AND A FLAKE. The Sochi Winter Olympics got off to an uneven start as one of the five snowflakes designed to comprise the five Olympic rings failed to transition into a circle. Photo by Barbara Walton/EPA

World leaders sign Zero Hunger Declaration at Davos

Jan 28, 2014 - 1:02 PM

The WFP puts hunger in the spotlight at the World Economic Forum

COMMITMENT TO ACTION. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and over 50 others sign the Zero Hunger Challenge Declaration at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Photo by The WFP

House staff linked to fake SARO transferred to another dep't

Dec 03, 2013 - 7:44 PM

As a precautionary thing the Speaker has moved Jose Badong from the House appropriations committee to the Office of the Secretary General

NO PROBE YET. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr says Cagayan Rep Baby Aline Vargas-Alfonso called him on Friday, November 29, 2013 to explain her alleged involvement in the fake SARO case. Photo by Rappler

UN's Ban Ki-moon: Syria atrocities a 'collective failure'

Sep 11, 2013 - 11:29 PM

The leader of the United Nations says the continuing atrocities in Syria stain the reputation of the world body

STOP THE VIOLENCE. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the unabated violence in Syria calls on world leaders and the UN to make good on their promise to prevent genocide

Autism Awareness Day: 'Light it up blue'

Apr 02, 2013 - 4:51 PM

On April 2 World Autism Awareness Day UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon calls for a more inclusive society that recognizes the potential of people with autism

AUTISM AWARENESS. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gives his World Autism Awareness Day message. Photo from the 'Ban Ki-moon' Facebook page

Is Aquino snubbing indigenous peoples?

Aug 10, 2012 - 8:52 AM

In the Philippines indigenous peoples comprise about 17 of the population

Photo credit: Cordillera Peoples Alliance