Ahead of a special event at UN headquarters on the role of leadership in the fight against homophobia – featuring Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and singers Ricky Martin and Yvonne Chaka Chaka – the South African singer said “hiding behind culture” was not a valid excuse for discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. [...]
In a report released today, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) says that, despite some progress, the application of a landmark law on violence against women is being hampered by dramatic underreporting and a lack of investigations into most incidents. UNAMA
In the Haitian city of Petit Goave, a UNICEF-supported effort has built a new water system that delivers water to a central station where it is treated to guard against cholera and other diseases. Today marks the launch of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Initiative for the Elimination of Cholera in Haiti. UNICEF
The UN Security Council today condemned the arrest of Mali's Prime Minister Cheikh Modibo Diarra and said it was committed to the quick deployment of an African-led force in Mali. UNTV
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is working to provide food and fight malnutrition for conflict-affected people in Mali, West Africa.
The UN refugee agency announced on Tuesday that more than half-a-million Syrian refugees have been registered or are awaiting registration in the four neighbouring countries and North Africa, and the numbers are climbing by more than 3,000 per day. CH UNTV