Coronavirus strikes UN headquarters, Guterres tells staff to work from home

U.S. 03/14/20, 07:34

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has asked all staff at its New York headquarters to work from home, a spokesman announced late on Friday, March 13, after a diplomat from the Philippine mission to the U.N. tested positive for the coronavirus. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that all 3,000 staff members ...

Coronavirus death toll passes 2,000 in China, UN says risks remain enormous

World 02/19/20, 05:33

The death toll from the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, surpassed 2,000 in mainland China, and the United Nations warned the virus outbreak is still “a very dangerous situation.” China’s National Health Commission announced on Wednesday, Feb. 19, that it received 1,749 new cases of confirmed infections, 1,185 new cases of suspected ...

UN launches plan to combat escalating hate speech

World 06/18/19, 16:13

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is launching a plan to combat hate speech and counter what he calls "a groundswell of xenophobia, racism and intolerance, violent misogyny, anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim hatred" around the world.The U.N. chief told diplomats at Tuesday's launch that "over the past 75 years, hate speech has been a ...

UN chief urges Russia and Turkey to stabilize Syria’s Idlib

Asia & Pacific 06/18/19, 13:26

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is appealing to Russia and Turkey to stabilize the situation in Syria's last rebel-held territory in the Idlib province area, where Bashar Assad's forces have launched an offensive "without delay."The U.N. chief expressed deep concern Tuesday at the escalation in fighting, calling the situation "especially dangerous given ...

Teen activist Thunberg urges leaders to admit climate crisis

Science 05/28/19, 06:35

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is urging world leaders to acknowledge that global warming "is the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced."Thunberg told political and business leaders at a conference in Austria on Tuesday that it's their job to inform the public about the seriousness of the situation and the ...

North Korea urges UN chief to act against US ship seizure

Asia & Pacific 05/20/19, 15:59

North Korea is denouncing the United States as "a gangster country" for recently seizing one of its cargo ships and is calling on U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to take "urgent measures" to contribute to stabilizing the Korean peninsula. North Korea's U.N. ambassador, Kim Song, said in a letter to Guterres obtained ...

UN leader travels to Pacific to see climate change firsthand

Science 05/15/19, 03:10

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday that he's traveling to three South Pacific island nations to see the effects of climate change firsthand.Speaking in Fiji, the U.N. leader said he wanted to learn about the work being undertaken by island communities to bolster resilience. He said the Pacific needs stronger ...

UN leader visits New Zealand mosques where 51 were killed

Asia & Pacific 05/13/19, 21:05

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday visited the two New Zealand mosques where 51 worshippers were killed by a gunman in March.Guterres spent about 30 minutes inside the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch talking to Muslim leaders and survivors of the attacks.Outside the mosque, he told reporters that like many ...

UN leader arrives in New Zealand on climate change trip

Asia & Pacific 05/12/19, 05:28

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Sunday that the political will to fight climate change seems to be fading at the same time as things are getting worse for those feeling the effects. Guterres made the comments after arriving in New Zealand, where he spoke to media alongside Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ...

UN chief demands that the world step up to stamp out hatred

U.S. 04/29/19, 12:11

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is demanding that the world "step up to stamp out anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred, persecution of Christians and all other forms of racism, xenophobia, discrimination and incitement."The U.N. chief says that beyond the recent murders of worshippers "there is loathsome rhetoric" aimed not only at religious groups ...

Update: UN’s Guterres lauds China’s climate change help

World 04/25/19, 23:57

The Latest on China's Belt and Road infrastructure building conference. (all times local): 12:45 p.m. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says China's Belt and Road initiative offers a chance to help reverse the effects of climate change. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan delivers his speech for the opening ceremony of the second Belt ...

Update: Sri Lanka verifies nationalities of 11 killed

Asia & Pacific 04/21/19, 09:40

The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local): 8:05 p.m. Sri Lanka's foreign ministry says the nationalities of 11 foreigners killed in the Easter Sunday blasts have been verified. They include three Indians, one Portuguese national, two Turkish nationals, three British nationals and two holding U.S. and British ...

UN task force: Global finance overhaul key to end poverty

Enviroment 04/04/19, 17:27

A U.N. task force comprising more than 60 international organizations called Thursday for an overhaul of national and international financial systems, warning that current arrangements can't tackle climate change, poverty, inequality and other urgent development issues.The task force — including the International Monetary Fund, World Bank Group and World Trade ...

Libya’s Hifter orders forces to march on Tripoli

Asia & Pacific 04/04/19, 11:12

Libyan army commander Khalifa Hifter on Thursday ordered his forces to march on Tripoli, the capital of the U.N.-backed government, sparking fears of a major showdown with rival militias.The order posted in an audio recording online came as U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited the North African country and expressed fears ...

Mali warns any cut in UN force will strengthen terrorists

Africa 03/29/19, 23:12

Mali's prime minister is urging the Security Council to maintain its more than 16,000-strong peacekeeping mission in the country, warning that any reduction will end up strengthening terrorist groups and endangering the "fragile progress" toward peace.Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga addressed the council Friday after U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs ...

UN chief visits mosque, stresses sanctity of religious sites

New York 03/22/19, 18:07

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres went to the first mosque built in New York City on Friday to show solidarity with the Muslim community, urging people everywhere "to reaffirm the sanctity of all places of worship and the safety of all worshippers."Speaking a week after the terrorist attacks on two mosques ...

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