Africa a few weeks from height of coronavirus storm, says UN

2020-03-29 16:14

Africa is two to three weeks away from the worst of the coronavirus storm and needs $100 billion to bolster preventative measures, says the UN Economic Commission for Africa.

Millions could die if coronavirus spreads unchecked, warns UN chief

2020-03-19 22:21

Millions of people could die from the new coronavirus, particularly in poor countries, if it is allowed to spread unchecked, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned.

Human rights under assault worldwide: UN chief

2020-02-24 17:00

UN chief Antonio Guterres launched a "call to action" on Monday against rising attacks on human rights, highlighting the persecution of minorities and "alarming levels of femicide".

Past decade hottest on record, 'much extreme weather' ahead: UN

2020-01-15 20:21

The past decade has been the hottest on record, the UN said Wednesday, warning that the higher temperatures were expected to fuel numerous extreme weather events in 2020 and beyond.

WATCH | 'We must not let fear stop us': Young women share stories of activism

2019-12-11 14:14

At a United Nations summit in Geneva, young women spoke about child marriage, sexual slavery, indigenous rights, corruption and climate change.

OPINION: What the Rugby World Cup teaches us about tackling global problems

2019-10-23 09:28

We Germans have learned our lesson from history: Only if our neighbours, friends and partners thrive as we do, we will do well in the long-run. In Africa, this is called Ubuntu, writes Martin Schäfer.

Pakistan's Khan warns of 'bloodbath' in Indian Kashmir

2019-09-28 07:15

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned the UN in stark terms of the threat of a "bloodbath" in Kashmir, even invoking the possibility that its dispute with India over the territory could escalate into an all-out nuclear war.

African nations could lose $420m in a no-deal Brexit - but SA could be among the winners, says study

2019-04-11 15:23

According to a UN agency study, total export losses from 20 African countries could be as much as $420m - but SA, Mauritius and Botswana could boost their exports.

ASA humbled by UN's support for Semenya

2019-03-22 16:20

Athletics South Africa stated that they were humbled by the unanimous resolution adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council.

At UN, unrepentant Trump set to rattle foes, friends alike

2018-09-23 20:29

President Donald Trump is poised to redouble his commitment to "America First" on the most global of stages this week.


How a year of trying to buy nothing made me a smarter shopper and a better teacher

2020-03-27 17:26

It started as a New Year’s resolution driven by guilt and a touch of sibling rivalry – but by the end of the year, it taught me valuable lessons as a teacher, including about the benefits of failure.

UN headquarters in New York closed to tourists over coronavirus fears

2020-03-11 08:52

The United Nations has closed its New York headquarters to the general public to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

UN calls on developed countries to help East Africa fight locust plague

2020-02-09 17:38

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has bemoaned developed countries' contribution to climate change, commending Africa for its political and moral leadership on the climate emergency.

UN talks struggle to stave off climate chaos

2019-12-13 18:16

United Nations climate negotiations in Madrid were set to wrap up on Friday with even the best-case outcome likely to fall well short of what science says is needed to avert a future ravaged by global warming.

OPINION: Is the United Nations still relevant to South Africa?

2019-10-29 06:01

The UN contributed to the end of apartheid; its commitment to assist in ending extreme poverty in SA remains strong, writes Nardos Bekele-Thomas.

UN in the red, staff salaries at risk

2019-10-09 13:24

The United Nations has an overall annual operating budget of several billion dollars, covering everything from humanitarian work to disarmament, but right now, it's just trying to make sure its employees get paid after this month.

Disrupted world order brings urgency to South Africa's seat on the Security Council

2019-07-05 08:43

South Africa is six months into its third elected term on the United Nations Security Council. So far, it has managed its tenure by taking cautious and calculated decisions.

Mozambique crisis classified in line with Syria, Yemen to lure help

2019-03-23 13:53

The UN's World Food Programme has raised the classification for Mozambique's flooding to its highest level, which puts the disaster on par with Syria and Yemen.

Essential for SA economy to go green - UN representative

2019-01-15 21:07

Transitioning to a low carbon economy is essential for the South African economy, says a UN representative.

Busy week ahead for Ramaphosa and his team at the UN

2018-09-23 19:24

President Cyril Ramaphosa's first meeting on Monday during his maiden visit as head of state tot the United Nations (UN) is a friendly visit to UN secretary-general António Guterres.

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