US focused on disrupting finances for Somalia’s al-Shabab

UNITED NATIONS — The United States strongly backed efforts to disrupt the illegal financing methods used by Somalia’s al-Shabab extremist group, which according to U.N. experts raised more than the $21 million it spent last year on fighters, weapons and Read More …

Donors pledge $1.7 billion for Burkina Faso, Mail and Niger

More than 20 donors pledged nearly $1 billion for the three countries at the epicenter of a humanitarian crisis in Africa’s Sahel region for this year and over $700 million for 2021 and beyond, the United Nations announced Tuesday. U.N. Read More …

UN maritime agency says it was hacked

The United Nations International Maritime Organization (UN IMO) disclosed a security breach over the weekend that the agency categorized as a “sophisticated cyber-attack” against its IT systems. The incident was discovered on Thursday and impacted the IMO public website and Read More …

IATA and UNOCT to Cooperate on Countering Terrorist Travel

GENEVA –The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen cooperation with the United Nations Countering Terrorist Travel Programme (CT Travel Programme). The memorandum was signed today by Read More …

The hunger crisis linked to coronavirus could kill more people than the disease itself, Oxfam warns

The coronavirus pandemic has already claimed over half a million lives across the world, with case numbers continuing to rise. A new report by Oxfam now warns that the hunger crisis worsened by the pandemic could potentially kill more people Read More …

Yemen’s Houthi rebels allow UN team to inspect ‘time bomb’ oil tanker

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have given U.N. inspectors the green light to inspect a decaying oil tanker abandoned off the coast with 1.1 million barrels of crude onboard which experts say could rupture at any time. A breach of the vessel Read More …

Intercommunal violence, terrorist attacks inflame tensions in West Africa

Intercommunal violence and persistent attacks by extremists, continue to undermine peace and security across West Africa, the UN’s top official in the region warned the Security Council on Thursday, calling for sustained engagement with all partners to urgently advance a Read More …