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Only ‘real equality’ can end vicious cycle of poverty

20 October 2021

Although poverty and privilege “continue to reproduce themselves in vicious cycles”, it is possible to break the chain and shift the paradigm, an independent UN human rights expert told the General Assembly on Wednesday. 

Only ‘real equality’ can end vicious cycle of poverty

20 October 2021

Although poverty and privilege “continue to reproduce themselves in vicious cycles”, it is possible to break the chain and shift the paradigm, an independent UN human rights expert told the General Assembly on Wednesday. 

Rush for new profits posing threat to human rights, UN experts warn 

20 October 2021

The finance industry’s demand for new sources of capital worldwide to satisfy investors, is having a serious negative impact on the enjoyment of human rights, a group of UN-appointed independent rights experts have warned. 

Humanitarian assistance stepped up on Yemen's west coast, amid clashes

20 October 2021

Humanitarian assistance has been ramped up on Yemen's west coast where ongoing violence has increased the needs of communities displaced by years of conflict, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Wednesday.

1.5 billion people, living with soil too salty to be fertile 

20 October 2021

Between 20 to 50 per cent of irrigated soils in all continents have grown too salty to be fully fertile, creating significant challenges for more than 1.5 billion people trying to grow their own food.  

Fossil fuel production ‘dangerously out of sync’ with climate change targets 

20 October 2021

Despite increased climate ambition and net-zero commitments, governments still plan to produce more than double the amount of energy from fossil fuels in 2030, than the amount that would limit global warming to the Paris Agreement level of 1.5°C. 

Myanmar: Three million in urgent need of life-saving assistance, protection

19 October 2021

The UN Country Team in Myanmar remains “deeply concerned over the humanitarian impact” of the country’s ongoing crises stemming largely from the military coup in February, the UN Spokesperson said on Tuesday.

UNHCR responding to worst flooding in decades in South Sudan

19 October 2021

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, is supporting the Government of South Sudan in assisting people hit hard by the worst flooding there in decades. 

Yemen war reaches ‘shameful milestone’ - 10,000 children now killed or maimed 

19 October 2021

Another “shameful milestone” has been reached in the conflict in Yemen with 10,000 children killed or maimed since fighting started in March 2015, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday. 

Business leaders join UN chief to step up action for sustainability 

19 October 2021

Business leaders joined UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday, to step up delivery of critical investment, for a ‘sustainable, net zero, resilient and equitable world’. 

In highly uneven recovery, global investment flows rebound 

19 October 2021

After a big drop last year caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, global foreign direct investment (FDI) reached an estimated $852 billion in the first half of 2021, showing a stronger than expected rebound.  

UN-backed report reveals rising climate change risk across Africa

19 October 2021

Climate change contributed to mounting food insecurity, poverty and displacement in Africa last year, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and partners said, in a report published on Tuesday. 

UNESCO ‘eDNA’ initiative to ‘unlock’ knowledge for biodiversity protection  

18 October 2021

To understand the richness of biodiversity across World Heritage marine sites, the UN scientific organization launched on Monday a project to protect and preserve biodiversity, based on the study of environmental DNA. 

UNHCR chief urges better support for 13 million 'exhausted' and displaced Syrians

18 October 2021

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has urged greater international support for the more than 13 million Syrians who’ve been displaced in the past 10 years. 

Food Heroes: Cameroon’s shrimp entrepreneur

17 October 2021

Anastasie Obama, a Cameroonian woman who set up her own smoked shrimp business, has been recognized by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Agency (FAO) as a Food Hero, for her contribution towards unlocking the potential of selling shellfish locally and

Food Heroes: Ethiopian avocado farmer’s ‘transformational’ crop

16 October 2021

An Ethiopian farmer has been talking about how avocados have transformed the lives of not just his family but also of people living in his community.

From the Field: Eating our way to a healthier planet

16 October 2021

The UN Food Systems Summit demonstrated the huge imbalances in the way we grow, produce, and consume food. But, as the UN Development Programme (UNDP) shows, we can farm and eat in a sustainable way that is good for us, and the planet.

From the Field: Eating our way to a healthier planet

16 October 2021

The UN Food Systems Summit demonstrated the huge imbalances in the way we grow, produce, and consume food. But, as the UN Development Programme (UNDP) shows, we can farm and eat in a sustainable way that is good for us, and the planet.

Displaced in northeast Nigeria ‘knocking on door of starvation’: WFP

15 October 2021

Displaced families in Nigeria’s northeast are “knocking on the door of starvation”, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday.

Rising poverty a ‘moral indictment of our times’: Guterres 

15 October 2021

For the first time in two decades, extreme poverty is on the rise, the UN chief said in his message released on Friday, marking the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, on 17 October. 

 

Afghanistan: Reuniting families on the run should be priority urges UNHCR

15 October 2021

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, on Friday urged countries to step up reunification for Afghans whose families remain in the country or who are displaced across the region, as the humanitarian crisis in their homeland worsens. 

International Day honours rural women’s critical role in feeding the world

15 October 2021

Although rural women and girls have an essential role in food systems, they still do not have equal power with men, therefore earn less, and experience higher levels of food insecurity, according to UN Women, the agency supporting countries to rea

Portuguese beaches lead the way during UN, EU clean-up campaign 

15 October 2021

In recent months, some 260 different clean-up operations have been undertaken across, aimed at protecting life under the sea, with the UN and European Union’s #EUBeachCleanUp campaign, managing to remove some 50 tons of trash from some of the EU’s

Portuguese beaches lead the way during UN, EU clean-up campaign 

15 October 2021

In recent months, some 260 different clean-up operations have been undertaken across, aimed at protecting life under the sea, with the UN and European Union’s #EUBeachCleanUp campaign, managing to remove some 50 tons of trash from some of the EU’s

The right to a clean and healthy environment: 6 things you need to know

15 October 2021

On 8 October, loud and unusual applause reverberated around the chamber of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. A battle fought for decades by environmental activists and rights’ defenders, had finally borne fruit.

Food Hero: Cameroon’s shrimp entrepreneur

15 October 2021

A Cameroonian woman who set up her own smoked shrimp business, has been recognized by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Agency (FAO) for her contribution towards unlocking the potential of selling shellfish locally and abroad.

From the Field: Lao farmers serve up fish with rice

15 October 2021

Farmers in Laos are rediscovering ancient practices by cultivating rice and fish in the same field after more modern farming methods are failing to provide them with a liveable income.

UN chief urges lifesaving transformation of food systems

14 October 2021

World Food Day is not only a reminder of the importance of what we eat to everyone on the planet, but also “a call to action to achieve food security around the world”, the UN chief said in his message marking the day on Friday.

Yemen: Dialogue and compromise ‘only way forward’

14 October 2021

A comprehensive negotiated political settlement is needed to end the violence in Yemen “once and for all”, UN Special Envoy Hans Grundberg told the Security Council on Thursday.

 

 

Sustainable transport key to green energy shift: UN Secretary-General

14 October 2021

With global transport at a crossroads, government leaders, industry experts, and civil society groups are meeting in Beijing, China, for a UN conference to chart the way forward to a more sustainable future for the sector, and greater climate acti