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UNICEF’s women Goodwill Ambassadors, give voice to the voiceless

25 September 2021

Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in mid-August, the world has continued to watch anxiously, as the fate of women and girls throughout the country hangs in the balance.

LIVE: World leaders pledge to power humanity with clean energy

24 September 2021

How can the world come together to radically change the way it produces and uses energy, as part of efforts to hold back climate change and to ultimately give humanity a more secure future on planet earth?

LIVE: World leaders pledge to power humanity with clean energy

24 September 2021

How can the world come together to radically change the way it produces and uses energy, as part of efforts to hold back climate change and to ultimately give humanity a more secure future on planet earth?

South Sudan plagued by violence and corruption, Human Rights Council hears 

23 September 2021

South Sudan continues to be “plagued” by violence and corruption, the Human Rights Council heard on Thursday, jeopardizing the young nation’s efforts to establish lasting peace and put it on the road towards sustainable development. 

UN chief: Window to avert devasting climate impacts ‘rapidly closing’

23 September 2021

No region is immune to climate disasters the UN chief told the Security Council on Thursday, warning that “our window of opportunity” to prevent the worst climate impacts is “rapidly closing”.

Millions in Yemen ‘a step away from starvation’

22 September 2021

The crisis in Yemen, now in its seventh year of war, continues unabated, with thousands of people displaced and millions “a step away from starvation”, the UN Humanitarian Relief Coordinator said on Wednesday during a high-level side event on the

First Person: The ‘bravery’ of Afghanistan's girls and women

22 September 2021

Afghanistan’s girls and women are showing “bravery” in the face of real “fears and pressures” following the formation of the new, de-facto authorities in Afghanistan,  according to a UNICEF member of staff, one of the few westerners to remain in K

Decades of development efforts undermined by pandemic – FAO report 

22 September 2021

COVID-19 has set back progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), undermining decades of development efforts, according to a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).  

No improvement in young children’s diets over past decade: UNICEF

22 September 2021

There has been little sign of improvement in the diets of the world’s youngest children over the last ten years, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday. 

Afghanistan’s health care system on brink of collapse: Tedros 

22 September 2021

Afghanistan’s health system is on the brink of collapse, the head of the World Health Organisation, WHO, warned on Wednesday. 

World’s two largest economies commit to climate action – Guterres

21 September 2021

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday welcomed important commitments made towards climate action by the world’s two largest economies, as the 76th High Level Debate began in New York.

Colombia calls for global financial consensus to avert COVID debt crisis

21 September 2021

The President of Colombia on Tuesday warned that many developing countries have increased their fiscal deficit to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, putting at risk their financial capacity to act on other priorities, such as climate change.

Call for ‘decisive action now’ to avoid climate catastrophe 

20 September 2021

Speaking alongside the UK Prime Minister in New York on Monday the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has called on world leaders for “decisive action now to avert climate catastrophe.” 

Innovation continued despite COVID-19: New UN report

20 September 2021

Despite the economic devastation wrought by COVID-19, the new technology sector continued to thrive and prosper last year, the UN’s intellectual property agency said in a new report published on Monday.

Giant eco-friendly artwork set to inspire world leaders during the UN General Assembly

18 September 2021

The 11,000 square meters ‘ephemeral fresco’ was created by Swiss artist Saype. It shows two children building the world of the future and represents, among other messages, the participation of young people in the United Nations. 

FROM THE FIELD: Haiti’s gruelling post-quake road to recovery

18 September 2021

Thousands of Haitians continue to take refuge in neighbours’ houses, makeshift shelters, chapels or informal displacement sites, a month after a devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the west of the Caribbean island where they live.

Paris climate deal could go up in smoke without action: Guterres

17 September 2021

Unless wealthy nations commit to tackling emissions now, the world is on a “catastrophic pathway” to 2.7-degrees of heating by the end of the century, UN Secretary General António Guterres warned on Friday.

Counting on youth, for an ‘equitable and sustainable world for all’

17 September 2021

At a virtual event on Friday commemorating the International Day of Peace, the UN chief saluted the “voices, vision and commitment of young people in shaping a more peaceful world”.

Lebanon crisis needs international assistance urgently: WHO chief 

17 September 2021

Lebanon’s enduring economic crisis risks reversing decades of gains in people’s wellbeing, the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.    

UN Women’s feminist roadmap tackles triple crises of jobs, care and climate 

16 September 2021

The UN’s gender equality and empowerment organization on Thursday published a flagship feminist plan for economic recovery and transformation, which aims to learn the lessons of the past, and seize the opportunity to handle COVID-related crises be

Act now to slow climate change and protect the planet, urges UN chief

16 September 2021

The ozone layer – a fragile shield of gas that protects the Earth from the harmful rays of the sun – is “on the road to recovery”, the UN chief said on Thursday in his message for the World Ozone Day.

‘Tipping point’ for climate action: Time’s running out to avoid catastrophic heating

16 September 2021

The temporary reduction in carbon emissions caused by global COVID-19 lockdowns did not slow the relentless advance of climate change.

Syria ‘caught in a downward spiral’ UN relief chief tells Security Council 

15 September 2021

The UN humanitarian affairs chief warned on Wednesday that Syria, after more than a decade of war, remains “caught in a downward spiral” and that “the country will continue to be a place of tragedy, so long as the conflict continues.” 

New South Sudan Parliament can ‘infuse urgency’ into peace process

15 September 2021

South Sudan has made history with the appointment of two women to senior leadership positions within its Transitional National Legislature, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday, as he encouraged par

Eating wild meat significantly increases zoonotic disease risk: UN report 

15 September 2021

The domestic consumption of meat from wild animals has significant impacts on most species protected under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), says a new report released on Wednesday, including increasing

Global economy projected to show fastest growth in 50 years 

15 September 2021

The global economy is expected to bounce back this year with growth of 5.3 per cent, the fastest in nearly five decades, according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

First humanitarian flight to Kabul marks 'turning point' in crisis: WFP 

14 September 2021

The return of humanitarian flights to Kabul since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan is a turning point in the crisis, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday. 

Most agricultural funding distorts prices, harms environment: UN report 

14 September 2021

Around 87% of the $540 billion in total annual government support given worldwide to agricultural producers includes measures that are price distorting and that can be harmful to nature and health.  

$1 billion pledge a ‘quantum leap’ in commitment to Afghanistan: UN chief

13 September 2021

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday hailed significant international financial support pledged to the people of Afghanistan following a meeting in Geneva, which nearly doubled the initial $606 million flash appeal for the country.

South Sudan: Cash shortage triggers food suspensions for 100,000 displaced

13 September 2021

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Monday that beginning next month, funding shortages will force it to suspend lifesaving food assistance for more than 100,000 displaced people in parts of South Sudan until the start of 2022.