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Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: About 2.3 million children cut off from aid, UN says

"Protecting these children, many of whom are refugees and internally displaced... must be a priority", said the UN's children's agency Unicef.

Despite deals with the Ethiopian government, humanitarian agencies say they are being denied access to Tigray.

Government forces have been battling Tigray fighters since 4 November.

The government says it is in control of the region and the conflict is over. But Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) says it is still fighting on various fronts.

UN SG launches plan to address potentially devastating socio-economic impacts of COVID-19

The potential longer-term effects on the global economy and those of individual countries are dire.   In a new report, Shared responsibility, global solidarity: Responding to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, the United Nations Secretary-General calls on everyone to act together to address this impact and lessen the blow to people.

'Aquaman' calls for action with rousing UN speech

Speaking at the UN review of the SAMOA Pathway, a roundtable discussion on Small Island Developing States in New York, the ocean activist and well known actor delivered a rousing six minute speech to global leaders.

Representing island nations, he told the meeting small island countries have led the way in sounding a global alarm on the state of the earth and its seas.

Momoa said innovation and creativity have perceivably elevated humans to the most powerful beings in the world.

UN urges Indonesia to protect Koman

They also urged Indonesia to protect people's rights to peaceful protest and those reporting on protests in West Papua, and to ensure access to the internet

Earlier this month a police warrant was issued for Ms Koman, who is believed to be in Australia, after police claimed she spread fake news online.

Indonesian authorities have blamed disinformation and Papuan independence activists for a recent wave of protests in the region

Top United Nations official 'forced himself on me'

She alleged she was offered a promotion if she accepted an apology from the man and claimed that the organisation failed to take her complaint seriously.

In an exclusive interview with CNN, Martina Brostrom accused a UN assistant secretary general, Dr. Luiz Loures, of grabbing her in a hotel elevator, forcibly kissing her and trying to drag her to his room during a conference in 2015. He denies the allegations.

The right to sufficient shelter

This right is recognised every first Monday of October by the United Nations as the World Habitat Day.

It reflects on the state of human settlements and their right to sufficient shelter.

For this year, the World Habitat Day is sharing the date with the International Day of Non-Violence, also observed by the UN.

This day is also a global observance that promotes non-violence through education and public awareness.

It is annually held on October 2 to coincide with renowned Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday

UN urged by Vanuatu to act on West Papua human rights

Speaking during a debate of the UN general assembly in New York, a Vanuatu representative said his government continued to receive reports of human rights violations in Papua.

Setareki Waqanitoga said hundreds of Papuans were recently arrested by Indonesian police for holding peaceful demonstrations.

Mr Waqanitoga welcomed acknowledgement of the Papua situation by UN Special Rapporteurs on basic rights.

But he called on the UN Human Rights Council to do more.

UN officially notified of US intention to withdraw from Paris climate pact

The notification came two months after President Donald Trump announced his intention to leave the accord.
 
“As the Secretary-General said in a statement on 1 June 2017, the decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement is a major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security,” said UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric in a note sent  to correspondents.
 

Global Day of Parents passed quietly

This was publically declared in 2012, September 17, and from then on, June 1 has annually been recognised as the Global Day of Parents.

It’s not a day restricted to one’s biological parents but an opportunity to appreciate parents and parental figures for the vital role they play in the development of families.

Global Day of Parents highlights and promotes effective parenting.

According to the UN, this observance recognises parents as vital in providing protection and positive development for their children.

More North Korea sanctions? They haven't worked so far

The U.N. Security Council has been trying for more than a decade to stifle North Korea's nuclear weapons program with little success: Nuclear tests and missile launches have continued.

Sanctions imposed so far range from restrictions on the arms trade and financial services to a ban on North Korea's business of exporting statues of foreign leaders.

Here are five key areas where the U.N. has taken action since 2006, when North Korea carried out its first nuclear test:

 

Weapons