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UN officials denounce bombings in northern Syria

25 November 2020

Senior UN officials have strongly condemned two separate bombings, on Tuesday in northern Syria, which reportedly left at least seven civilians dead and many more wounded. 

Afghanistan conference draws donor pledges and calls for lasting ceasefire 

24 November 2020

International donors pledged financial and political support for Afghanistan’s peace process at the 2020 Afghanistan Conference in Geneva on Tuesday, anticipating a sustainable ceasefire that will help the country rebuild and heal after decades of

‘Foundational and necessary change’ needed to heal post-COVID world

24 November 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic precipitating one of the world’s worst health, socioeconomic and humanitarian crises in over a century, the UN chief told a high-level discussion on Tuesday to seize the opportunity “to make real, foundational, and neces

‘Foundational and necessary change’ needed to heal post-COVID world

24 November 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic precipitating one of the world’s worst health, socioeconomic and humanitarian crises in over a century, the UN chief told a high-level discussion on Tuesday to seize the opportunity “to make real, foundational, and neces

Desert Locust resurgence worries in Horn of Africa, reports UN agency

24 November 2020

The Desert Locust crisis, which struck the greater Horn of Africa region earlier this year, could re-escalate as recent strong winds carried small mature yellow swarmlets from southern Somalia into eastern and northeastern Kenya, the UN Food and A

UN ‘extremely concerned’ for safety of Tigray civilians in regional capital, as refugee numbers grow

23 November 2020

The UN on Monday said it was “extremely concerned” over the safety of civilians across Ethiopia’s Tigray region, as fighting between Government troops and those loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) reportedly continued, with the Et

Carbon dioxide levels hit new record; COVID impact ‘a tiny blip’, WMO says  

23 November 2020

Levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere hit a new record of 410.5 parts per million in 2019, and are expected to keep rising this year, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in its annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin on Monday.  

No time to waste, as Yemen inches towards famine: UNICEF

23 November 2020

Raising alarm over “an imminent catastrophe” in war-ravaged Yemen, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reiterated the urgent need to stop fighting. 

‘We see the sparks before they turn into fires’: training women to avoid conflict in Sierra Leone

21 November 2020

In the West African country of Sierra Leone, the UN is supporting a government programme, training women and men to take on leadership roles in areas such as peacebuilding, with the aim of promoting peace and non-violence.

UN chief to press G20 for greater solidarity and support during pandemic

20 November 2020

When he addresses leaders of the world’s richest countries at the G20 summit on Saturday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will deliver a simple message on the COVID-19 pandemic: “We need solidarity and cooperation.

Guterres pledges support for sustainable industrial development in Africa

20 November 2020

The COVID-19 crisis was impacting Africa “well before the pandemic spread across the continent”, the UN chief said on Friday, marking Africa Industrialization Day, arriving at a point when many economies were expanding and “poverty was in decline”

‘Act urgently’ to stave off catastrophic famine in Yemen: Guterres

20 November 2020

Yemen is in “imminent danger of the worst famine the world has seen for decades”, the UN chief warned in a statement released on Friday, calling for urgent action on the part of the international community to “stave off catastrophe”.

This World Children’s Day, ‘reimagine a better future’, for every child

20 November 2020

The global community is marking World Children’s Day on Friday, calling for societies to “reimagine a better future” for every child, where each one has the opportunity to thrive. 

FROM THE FIELD: From President to shepherd, the dreams of displaced children of the Sahel

20 November 2020

Engineer, nurse, breakdancer, shepherd, human rights lawyer, journalist, musician and president are just some of the future dreams harboured by young displaced people in the Sahel region of Africa.

Climate crisis: ‘Nowhere near the finish line’ – UN chief 

19 November 2020

Pointing to its “pioneering legislation and policies”, on Thursday the UN chief hailed the 27-member European Union (EU) as a “a leader on climate action”, that had shown that it was possible to cut emissions while achieving economic growth. 

Development funding and trade transparency needed, to stop COVID-19 dividing the world

19 November 2020

The pandemic has redefined the world economy in ways that will deepen inequality and can only be reversed if a global transformation in attitudes towards trade and development allows the whole world to recover together, the UN trade body UNCTAD sa

Refugee resettlement numbers fall to lowest in two decades: UNHCR 

19 November 2020

Refugee resettlement numbers will be at a “record low” this year, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Wednesday, with only 15,425 people resettled in the first nine months of 2020, compared to more than 50,000 in 2019. 

UN officials assess needs at camps for refugees from Ethiopia’s Tigray region

18 November 2020

Senior UN officials have conducted a two-day mission to southeastern Sudan, where some 30,000 Ethiopians have found refuge after fleeing ongoing fighting between national and regional forces in Tigray province, the world body reported on Wednesday

Latest Ebola outbreak is declared over, with lessons for COVID-19  

18 November 2020

An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is over, the government announced on Wednesday, after a five-month response supported by the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO), and other partners.   

Backed by space technology, Asia-Pacific countries power sustainable development

18 November 2020

Asian and Pacific nations are increasingly leveraging space technology and geospatial information to respond to challenges on the ground, including in their efforts to contain the spread and mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, accordi

Persons living with disabilities ‘have very special abilities’, UN deputy chief tells young Ghanaians  

17 November 2020

During her visit to Ghana on Monday, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed met with young people living with HIV and disabilities in the capital, Accra.   

UN releases $100 million to guard against famine

17 November 2020

The United Nations released $100 million of emergency funding on Tuesday to stave off the risk of famine in seven countries most at risk from a hunger epidemic fueled by conflict, economic decline, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.

UN warns of catastrophe as second hurricane in two weeks hits Central America  

17 November 2020

The United Nations warned on Tuesday of catastrophic consequences from Hurricane Iota, the second major tropical cyclone to hit Central America this month.   

‘Full scale’ humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ethiopia’s Tigray: UNHCR

17 November 2020

A “full-scale humanitarian crisis” is unfolding as thousands of refugees flee ongoing fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region each day to seek safety in eastern Sudan, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported on Tuesday. 

Rising hunger, ‘an outrage in a world of plenty’: Guterres

16 November 2020

“Hunger is an outrage in a world of plenty”, the UN chief told the governing body of the Organization’s food agency on Monday, highlighting the important role of food security in cementing peace. 
 

Climate change: UN chief calls for ‘great leap’ towards carbon neutrality

16 November 2020

As countries work to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, they also have the chance to “get it right” on climate change, the UN Secretary-General told a virtual gathering of influential leaders on Monday. 

New Asian trade bloc could play key role in driving investment 

16 November 2020

A new trade bloc covering a huge swathe of the Asia-Pacific region will play an important role in developing poorer economies and in post-pandemic stimulus, according to a report published on Monday by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (U

A deep dive into Zero Hunger: farming the seas

15 November 2020

With the world population expected to rise to 9.7 billion by 2050, food production will need to keep pace, and experts believe the Ocean can provide much of the sustenance we need.

A deep dive into Zero Hunger: the seaweed revolution

14 November 2020

If just two per cent of the Ocean were to be sustainably farmed, the world could easily be fed, according to experts.

Deputy UN chief looks to ‘new dawn for Mali’, promotes participation of women in country’s transition

13 November 2020

The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed on Friday has been strongly advocating for the greater participation of women and youth in Mali’s ongoing transition towards a durable peace, and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as she continu