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Despite having enough food, humanity risks hunger 'crises' – report

Oct 19, 2019 - 12:06 AM

According to a UN report, a key obstacle is unequal access: while some people throw away food they buy too much of, others cannot afford or find the nutrition they need

At least 62 killed in Afghan mosque blast

Oct 18, 2019 - 11:48 PM

The blast comes after the UN released a new report saying an 'unprecedented' number of civilians were killed or wounded in Afghanistan from July to September

VIOLENCE. A volunteer carries an injured youth to hospital, following a bomb blast in Haska Mina district of Nangarhar Province on October 18, 2019. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Venezuela wins seat on U.N. rights council

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:44 PM

(UPDATED) To applause in the chamber, Venezuela gets the nod in a vote by the UN General Assembly to choose 14 new members for the 47-member body based in Geneva

UNHRC. File photo shows a general view of the 39th UN Council of Human Rights at the UN Offices in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

1-in-3 young children undernourished or overweight – UNICEF

Oct 15, 2019 - 9:52 AM

Making sure every child has access to a healthy diet must become a 'political priority' if widespread malnutrition is to be conquered, especially in developing countries, says the report

FALSE: '95 countries in UN review believe there are no EJKs in PH'

Oct 14, 2019 - 5:49 PM

The claim is a misquoted statement from a 2017 Philippine News Agency report that was revised and later taken down

Yemen to become world's poorest country if war continues – U.N.

Oct 11, 2019 - 12:00 AM

'If fighting continues through 2022, Yemen will rank the poorest country in the world,' according to a United Nations Development Programme report

YEMEN WAR. A Yemeni child buys sweets from Majd al-Din al-Shamiri (unseen), a 16 year-old Yemeni who set up a shop in his family's car that was destroyed during the ongoing war in his country, in the Jabal Sabr area of the southwestern city of Taez, on September 28, 2019. File photo by Ahmad Al-Basha/AFP

U.N. expert: PH drug war designed to show off Duterte's 'arbitrary power'

Oct 10, 2019 - 12:12 PM

UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston says the 'killing of significant number of people may have achieved other government objectives but has done nothing in terms of eliminating the drug problem'

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's admininstration, relatives of victims of extra judicial killings along with human rights groups picketed the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Demanding justice for their slain kin amidst the recent adoption of the Iceland resolution at the UNHRC to investigate the human rights violations and drug war related killings in the Philippines. July 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

At least 30 civilians died in May U.S. strikes in Afghanistan – U.N. probe

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:54 PM

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan says it 'verified 39 civilian casualties... due to the May 5 air strikes.' It also got 'credible information' about an additional 30 deaths, which are being verified.

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

U.N. rights chief troubled by Hong Kong violence

Oct 05, 2019 - 7:12 PM

'We are troubled by the high levels of violence associated with some demonstrations that have been taking place in the past days,' says UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet

HONG KONG PROTEST. Debris are left burning during clashes with police following an unsanctioned march through Hong Kong on September 29, 2019. Photo by Isaac Lawrence / AFP

United Nations chief hopes to maintain 'momentum' in Western Sahara talks

Oct 03, 2019 - 4:48 PM

Antonio Guterres praises the progress made by the UN's former special envoy, Horst Kohler, who left the position in May for health reasons

ANTONIO GUTERRES. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivers a speech in the Egyptian capital Cairo on April 2, 2019. File photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

De Lima wants PH gov't to reconsider vote vs U.N. reso on Rohingya

Oct 02, 2019 - 7:47 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says the Philippine vote against the United Nations resolution supporting democratic transition in Myanmar is not in line with Filipino values

RECONSIDER. Senator Leila de Lima says that the Philippine vote against the United Nations resolution supporting democratic transition in Myanmar is not in line with Filipino values. AFP file photo

Khashoggi suspects made 'chilling' jokes before killing – reports

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:17 PM

Helena Kennedy, a British lawyer assisting the UN probe into Khashoggi's death, says recordings she had heard from inside the kingdom's mission in Turkey referred to the Saudi critic as a 'sacrificial animal'

ONE YEAR AFTER. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) members stand next to dummies with press armbands and jacket piled in front of the Saudi Consulate in Neuilly-Sur-Seine, west of Paris on October 1, 2019 during a protest to mark the one year of the death of Jamal Khashoggi. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

U.N. expert blasts Saudi prince over Khashoggi defense

Oct 01, 2019 - 11:50 AM

Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur, says 'the killing of Mr. Khashoggi was a state killing' and Prince Mohammed bin Salman is only taking corporate responsibility for the crime and not personal responsibility

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in Riyadh, on October 24, 2017. The Crown Prince pledged a "moderate, open" Saudi Arabia, breaking with ultra-conservative clerics in favour of an image catering to foreign investors and Saudi youth. "We are returning to what we were before -- a country of moderate Islam that is open to all religions and to the world," he said at the economic forum in Riyadh.  / AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE

FALSE: Marawi war 'triggered' by 'attempt to serve a warrant of arrest for drug trafficking'

Sep 30, 2019 - 6:23 PM

Clashes erupted in Marawi in May 2017 as the military tried to capture 'high-value targets' of the Maute Group and the Abu Sayyaf Group. There was no mention of illegal drugs at the time.

Teodoro L. Locsin Jr., Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-fourth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Locsin: U.N. ‘not free to interfere’ when a country goes tough vs crime

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:13 PM

'The nations here in United [Nations] should not let this platform be used to threaten others with accountability for taking a tough approach to crime,' says DFA Secretary Teddyboy Locsin, Jr

'NOT FREE TO INTERFERE.' Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddyboy Locsin addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 28, 2019. Screenshot from UN Web TV

How U.N., international groups help defend press freedom

Sep 28, 2019 - 1:46 PM

(UPDATED) International lawyers seek targeted sanctions 'to impose serious financial consequences on state officials' who abuse journalists

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

China foreign minister tells the U.N. protectionism risks causing global recession

Sep 28, 2019 - 8:40 AM

'The lessons of the Great Depression should not be forgotten,' Wang Yi tells the United Nations General Assembly in New York

WANG YI. Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters on September 27, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

U.N. launches probe into Venezuela rights abuses

Sep 27, 2019 - 6:28 PM

A resolution tabled by more than a dozen countries from Latin America and elsewhere is adopted by the 47-member council with 19 votes in favor, 7 opposed, and 21 abstaining

UN PROBE. A group of lawyers dressed with judicial robes and carrying a Venezuelan national flag protest outside Venezuela's Supreme Court of Justice building against the absence of the rule of law in Venezuela at Chacao neighborhood, in Caracas, on September 26, 2019. Photo by Matias Delacroix/AFP

Filipina agri-entrepreneur named U.N. nutrition ambassador

Sep 27, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Filipina agriculture entrepreneur Cherrie Atilano joins 26 others as a high-level ambassador to the UN's Scaling Up Nutrition Movement, which seeks to eliminate all forms of malnutrition

FIGHTING MALNUTRITION. Filipina agri-entrepreneur Cherrie Atilano is among the 27 high-level ambassadors to the UN's nutrition intitiatives. Photo from Atilano's Instagram account

De Lima: U.N. support for rights groups in PH 'indispensable'

Sep 27, 2019 - 4:32 PM

Detained opposition Senator Leila de Lima also thanks United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for speaking out on her 'arbitrary' detention and attacks against human rights defenders in the Philippines

DEFEND HUMAN RIGHTS. Rights groups protest violations of human rights seen under the Duterte administration. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

All agreements off if Israel annexes territory, Abbas warns at U.N.

Sep 27, 2019 - 8:09 AM

'Our response, if any Israeli government is to proceed with this plan, is that all signed agreements with the government of the occupation and any obligations therein will be terminated,' says Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas speaks at the Palestinian Peace and Freedom Forum, which was created by the Palestine Liberation Organisation's (PLO) Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society, in Ramallah in the West Bank on February 6, 2019, with the attendance of Israeli activists. (Photo by ABBAS MOMANI / AFP)

Iran leader says Europe untrustworthy, condemns 'hostility'

Sep 26, 2019 - 9:56 PM

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's remarks follow a failed European push to arrange a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly

SUPREME LEADER. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivering a speech on the 25th anniversary of the death of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, at his mausoleum in a suburb of Tehran on June 4, 2014. File photo by Iranian Supreme Leader's Website/Handout/AFP

Amal Clooney raises attacks vs Maria Ressa at U.N.

Sep 26, 2019 - 8:41 PM

'Maria Ressa is a Filipino journalist who stands at 5’2” but stands taller than so many of us in her courage and personal sacrifice for the cause of telling the truth,' says Amal Clooney in her speech

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U.N. calls for 'Global Green New Deal' to boost world economy

Sep 26, 2019 - 4:35 PM

The United Nations says countries must enable trillions of dollars in public sector investments to help reboot the global economy and counter climate change

U.S. ramps up Iran pressure as European summit bid flounders

Sep 25, 2019 - 11:45 PM

On US President Donald Trump's last scheduled day at the annual UN summit of world leaders, his administration says it is imposing sanctions on Chinese companies that have purchased Iranian oil

NEW SANCTIONS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump holds a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

CA defers confirmation of Philippine envoy to U.N.

Sep 25, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says the members of the Commission on Appointments panel were not satisfied with Rodolfo Robles' answers

DEFERRED. Rodolfo Robles has to wait for the next Commission on Appointments hearing to try again, or else he would be bypassed by the body. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Humanity must rescue oceans to rescue itself, U.N. warns

Sep 25, 2019 - 5:43 PM

The report is a sobering reminder greenhouse gas emissions, mostly from burning fossil fuels, are driving the planet towards a hothouse climate our species might not tolerate

Trump vows pressure on Iran as Europeans seek U.N. breakthrough

Sep 25, 2019 - 12:05 AM

In a speech to world leaders full of praise of unilateralism and criticism of China, Donald Trump makes clear he will not ease economic pressure on Iran – a condition set by Hassan Rouhani for any meeting

TRUMP AND UN. US President Donald Trump speaks at the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters on September 24, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

'Fallacy' to say Amazon is the heritage of humankind – Bolsonaro

Sep 24, 2019 - 11:30 PM

'It is a fallacy to say that the Amazon is the heritage of humankind, and a misconception confirmed by scientists to say that our Amazon forests are the lungs of the world,' says Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro

'FALLACY.' Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil,  speaks at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly September 24, 2019, in New York. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Fact checkers team up against disinformation at U.N. GA

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:01 PM

23 fact-checking organizations from 17 countries work together to spot false and misleading claims during the international event

'How dare you?' Greta Thunberg asks world leaders at U.N.

Sep 23, 2019 - 11:44 PM

'You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, yet I'm one of the lucky ones. People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing,' says Thunberg

'WE'LL BE WATCHING YOU.' Greta Thunberg speaks at the United Nations where world leaders are holding a summit on climate change on September 23, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

U.N. chief announces creation of constitutional committee on Syria

Sep 23, 2019 - 11:09 PM

The committee is to include 150 members – a third picked by the regime, another by the opposition, and the remaining third by the United Nations

TALKS. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem (C-R) meeting with United Nations special envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen(C-L) in the Syrian capital Damascus on September 23, 2019. AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA

U.N. report on attacks vs PH rights groups is 'shoddy work' – Locsin

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:27 PM

'The UNHRC report reads like it was written by the accusers...Ignore it,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

THREATS. Human rights defenders urge the Philippine government to stop persecuting human rights activists. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

66 countries vow carbon neutrality by 2050 – U.N.

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:06 PM

'The climate emergency is a race we are losing, but it is a race we can win,' says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

PROTEST. Environmental activists gather to protest to shut down the city during global climate action week on September 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. Some 60 world leaders convene on Monday for a UN summit on 'climate emergency' aimed at reinvigorating the faltering Paris agreement. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Rouhani heads to U.N. in bid to win Iran support against 'cruel' U.S.

Sep 23, 2019 - 8:46 PM

President Hassan Rouhani says his delegation is heading to the UN gathering despite reluctance from President Donald Trump's administration to issue them visas

HEADED TO UN. In this file photo, President Hassan Rouhani addresses the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters on September 22. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

5-year period ending 2019 set to be hottest on record

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:04 AM

The report 'highlights the urgent need for the development of concrete actions that halt global warming and the worst effects of climate change,' the Science Advisory Group writes

PLANET IN DANGER. A protester holds a sign reading 'Planet in danger' during a climate change protest in Paris,on September 21, 2019. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

Trump to boast to UN about U.S. success, but troubles mounting

Sep 22, 2019 - 11:44 AM

'We'll say the United States is the greatest country in the world,' says US President Donald Trump in a mini-review of his speech

TRUMP AT THE UN. U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2018 in New York City. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

As global leaders meet, the Amazon rainforest burns

Sep 22, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The rate of deforestation in the Amazon has nearly doubled since far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro came to power in January

AMAZON ON FIRE. View of a burnt area of forest in Altamira, Para state, Brazil, in the Amazon basin, on August 27, 2019. Photo by Joao Laet/AFP

From the streets to the summit: Young climate leaders mobilize at UN

Sep 22, 2019 - 8:41 AM

The UN invites some 500 young activists and entrepreneurs to join the first United Nations Youth Climate Summit

YOUTH IN THE UN. Greta Thunberg speaks while sitting with the other speakers at the event, (L-R) Komal Karishma Kumar, Wanjuhi Njoroge, António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, and Bruno Rodriguez at the first ever United Nations Youth Climate Summit on September 21, 2019 in New York City.  Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

Locsin says loans, grants from countries hitting PH drug war 'small time'

Sep 21, 2019 - 1:21 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'We don't need the money,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr, following the Palace decision to suspend talks on loans and grants from 18 countries that backed the Iceland resolution

INVESTIGATE. Families of victims of extrajudicial killings hold a protest against killings in the government's campaign against illegal drugs. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Malacañang suspends talks on loans, grants from countries backing U.N. probe into drug war

Sep 21, 2019 - 9:37 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Yet Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo categorically denies President Rodrigo Duterte issued such an order

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's admininstration, relatives of victims of extra judicial killings along with human rights groups picketed the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Demanding justice for their slain kin amidst the recent adoption of the Iceland resolution at the UNHRC to investigate the human rights violations and drug war related killings in the Philippines. July 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Ahead of climate summit, United Nations chief demands 'positive' news

Sep 21, 2019 - 9:30 AM

The hope is that a 'very meaningful number of countries' announce their commitment to a goal of carbon neutrality by 2050

ANTONIO GUTERRES. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at a news conference at UN headquarters on September 18, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

1,500 flee homes in South Africa amid xenophobic violence – U.N.

Sep 20, 2019 - 10:56 PM

South Africa, the continent's second largest economy, is a major destination for other African migrants. But they are often targeted by some locals who blame them for a lack of jobs.

Del Rosario refutes Duterte gov't: U.N. resolution on Hague ruling 'can be done'

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:51 PM

Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario reminds the Duterte administration that the United Nations serves as both the 'primary promoter' of the rule of law and the 'court of world public opinion'

GENERAL ASSEMBLY. The Philippines is set to speak at the UN General Assembly on September 28, 2019. UN file photo/Kim Haughton

Malacañang against raising Hague ruling before UN for fear of hurting China ties

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Following ex-DFA chief Albert del Rosario's suggestion will only have an 'adverse effect' on the Philippines' and China's 'friendly talks' on the West Philippine Sea, says the Palace

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping inside the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing prior to their bilateral meeting on August 29, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Instagram favorite Masungi Georeserve recognized by UN as one of the world’s most sustainable tourism projects

Sep 20, 2019 - 3:03 PM

They received the award last September 10 in St. Petersburg, Russia

Mother or baby die in childbirth every 11 seconds – U.N.

Sep 19, 2019 - 6:26 PM

The statistics reveal that an estimated 2.8 million women and newborns die every year, mostly from preventable causes

Locsin says 'we will lose' if PH brings up Hague ruling at U.N.

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:08 PM

'Such is life,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says as he claims the Philippines will be outnumbered by countries grateful to China for its development aid

STATUS QUO. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the Philippines won't bring up the Hague Ruling at UN General Assembly. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Suu Kyi 'culpability' in Rohingya abuses an 'open-ended question' – U.N. investigator

Sep 18, 2019 - 1:22 PM

'It will become a legal issue whether or not there is an element of culpability here,' fact-finding mission chair Marzuki Darusman tells reporters in Geneva

AUNG SAN SUU KYI. Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at a business forum on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 12, 2018. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP