To the government leaders gathered in New York today for the third UN high-level meeting on noncommunicable diseases, Michael R. Bloomberg brings a positive message: The 41 million annual deaths from NCDs are largely preventable. What’s needed to save millions of lives is…

In 2017, a child under age 15 died every 5 seconds, according to new UN estimates. The vast majority of these 6.3 million deaths were children under 5, most of them from preventable and treatable causes like pneumonia and malaria.

Kofi Annan, the widely-respected former UN secretary general, died unexpectedly this weekend after a short illness, PassBlue reports. He was 80 years old.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein delivered a blistering assessment today of the state of human rights around the globe.

Rebranding the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti will not undo its dark past. The mission’s new iteration fails to prioritize investigating and compensating for its failures, writes Edwidge Danticat.     The mission was woefully slow to act following the…

UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibé can happily list the recent successes that the global community has scored against HIV/AIDS. And he can update you on progress of the 90-90-90 targets  (by 2020, ensuring 90% of people with HIV will know their status; 90% of people…

Last week, thousands of people descended on New York City for the opening of the 72nd General Session of the UN. Later in the week, a delegation of 30 from North Carolina’s Carrboro High, led by teacher Matthew Cone, will join them. It marks Cone’s third trip to the UN…

The Associated Press uncovered nearly 2,000 reports of rape and abuse concerning UN peacekeepers and the people they were charged with protecting between 2004 and 2016.From rape of women and children to forced prostitution and trafficking, some peacekeepers allegedly…

As pro-regime Syrian forces closed in on an opposition stronghold in Aleppo this morning and forced their way into homes, the UN reported at least 82 civilians were shot on the spot.   UN spokesperson Jens Laerke said it looked like a “complete meltdown of humanity” in…

The UN apologized publicly yesterday for its role in the spread of cholera in Haiti, but stopped short of acknowledging the source of the outbreak, Nepalese peacekeepers.   Speaking before the General Assembly yesterday, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said “We simply did not…