The United Nations has commended the work carried out by the Bangladeshi Government ahead of tropical storm Mahasen, which hit the country last Thursday, noting it saved thousands of lives.
The United Nations human rights chief today welcomed the decision of dozens of international companies to sign on to an fire-and-safety agreement in the aftermath of the deadly factory collapse in Bangladesh, while calling for additional actions to overhaul the entire garment sector.
United Nations agencies and partners are assessing parts of Bangladesh and Myanmar after Tropical Cyclone Mahasen hit land today, weakened and dissipated, leaving behind less damage than originally feared.
With tens of thousands of Darfur refugees in eastern Chad, the United Nations refugee agency today said it is "in a race against time" to deliver aid before heavy rains cut off access to the group escaping violence linked to tribal conflicts.
Members of Boko Haram and other extremist groups in Nigeria could face war crimes charges for deliberate acts leading to ethnic and religious cleansing, the top United Nations human rights official said today.
Marking the International Day Against Homophobia, United Nations officials today issued a call on Governments worldwide to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals, and strike laws that discriminate against them.
The United Nations refugee agency announced today that the number of Syrian civilians who have fled their country to escape conflict has passed the 1.5 million mark, while warning that the widening gap between the needs and resources available is becoming a huge challenge.
The United Nations human rights office today expressed serious concern over Papua New Guinea's announcement that it will resume the death penalty more than half a century since it last carried out an execution, stressing this would represent "a major setback" for the country.
Yemen is facing a worsening humanitarian situation which could destabilize the country's gains on the political front, a senior United Nations relief official warned today, noting that half of the country's 24 million people are in need of assistance.
The top United Nations official in Iraq today called the relocation of 14 Iranians to Albania from an exile camp near Baghdad, an "encouraging first step."
United Nations aid agencies are working with the Governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar to prepare for Tropical Cyclone Mahasen, which is expected to make landfall within the next 24 to 36 hours, possibly threatening millions of people across the region.
Establishing truth and justice in Guatemala is essential to ensuring that heinous crimes such as arbitrary executions, rape and forced displacement - committed during the country's civil war - do not take place again and to ending impunity, a group of independent United Nations experts said today.
The mutilation of a Syrian soldier purportedly shown in an internet video is a "truly atrocious act" which should be investigated as a potential war crime, the United Nations human rights chief said today, urging the armed opposition to stop such gross crimes.
A United Nations inter-agency mission that recently visited the Syrian village of Houla - the site of a massacre of over 100 people in May 2012 - found a critical shortage of food, water, medical supplies and fuel, the world body said today.
The international community must keep Eritrea under "close scrutiny", an independent United Nations expert said today, stressing the need to fundamentally transform the East African nation's "current culture of rights denial."
Three United Nations independent experts today urged Russian authorities to revise a law that is having "obstructive, intimidating and stigmatizing effects" on the country's non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
A group of independent United Nations experts today reiterated its call on Iranian authorities for the immediate release of seven Baha'i community leaders imprisoned five years ago this month with 20-year sentences - the longest of any current prisoners of conscience.
The top United Nations human rights official today welcomed the conviction of José Efraín Ríos Montt, Guatemala's former de facto head of State, to 80 years in prison for genocide and crimes against humanity.
A United Nations independent expert today called on Israel to immediately halt construction of a settlement highway that he said would cut through the Palestinian community of Beit Safafa endangering the livelihoods of some 9,300 people.
United Nations agencies today said they have begun distribution of emergency assistance to thousands of Syrians who were recently displaced by alleged massacres in Baniyas and its surrounding areas.