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Fighting drug trafficking in the Golden Triangle: a UN Resident Coordinator blog

20 September 2020

Drug trafficking has long been a problem in the Golden Triangle, the region where Thailand’s Chiang Rai province meets Myanmar and Laos.

Survival of wildlife reserves under threat in Namibia

19 September 2020

After six months of lockdown, the Namibian government ended travel restrictions and curfews on Friday, in light of a drop in new COVID-19 cases.

Sustainable Development goals are ‘the future’ Malala tells major UN event, urging countries to get on track

18 September 2020

The Global Goals represent the future for millions of girls who want education, women who fight for equality, and youth fighting for clean air, UN Messenger of Peace Malala Yousafzai said on Friday, at a side event of the General Assembly, challen

Leveraging youth to shape a better future, UN announces 17 Young Leaders for SDGs

18 September 2020

The United Nations, on Friday, recognized 17 young advocates for sustainable development, who are leading efforts to combat some of the world’s most pressing challenges and inspiring the younger generation for a better future for all. 

New wave of famine could sweep the globe, overwhelming nations already weakened by years of conflict, warn UN officials

18 September 2020

The global hunger crisis caused by conflict – and now compounded by COVID-19 – is moving into a dangerous phase, the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday, stressing that without resources, a wave of famine could sweep the glo

Reversing land degradation can ‘preempt and manage’ conflicts

17 September 2020

To help prevent conflicts and at the same time protect the planet, “we all must tackle environmental degradation”, a top UN official told the Security Council on Thursday.

Syria COVID spread may be much higher than figures suggest, Lowcock tells Security Council

16 September 2020

Reports from inside Syria are pointing to a much broader spread of COVID-19 than the number of confirmed cases – currently 3,618 – suggests, the UN’s top humanitarian official says. 

Protect lives, mitigate future shocks and recover better: UN-wide COVID-19 response 

16 September 2020

Over the course of 2020 thus far, the coronavirus has taken hundreds of thousands of lives, infected millions of people, and wreaked socio-economic, humanitarian and human rights havoc, the United Nations said in a new report released on Wednesday

South Sudan: Progress on peace agreement ‘limps along’, UN envoy tells Security Council

16 September 2020

Although the transitional government in South Sudan continues to function, with state governors now appointed, among other developments, progress on the 2018 peace agreement “limps along”, the top UN official in the country told a virtual meeting

Governments urged to protect poor against modern slavery, step up development financing

16 September 2020

Unless governments act now, millions of the world’s most vulnerable people could be pushed into contemporary forms of slavery and other exploitation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a UN independent human rights expert has said. 


Ozone treaties ‘inspiring examples’ of political will, UN chief says on International Day

16 September 2020

The United Nations commemorated the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, on Wednesday, recognizing the success of landmark global agreements in helping restore the protective layer around Earth. 

Famine threat returns to Yemen, amid upsurge in fighting

15 September 2020

The spectre of famine has returned to Yemen as donor countries fail to make good on their 2020 pledges, amidst an upsurge in fighting, fresh hurdles for aid deliveries, and ongoing efforts to nail down a nationwide ceasefire, the Security Council 

Climate change: Record northern heat, fuels concerns over US wildfire destruction

15 September 2020

The northern hemisphere experienced its warmest August ever, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Tuesday, amid searing conditions that have contributed to devastating wildfires on the west coast of the United States.

Climate change: Record northern heat, fuels concerns over US wildfire destruction

15 September 2020

The northern hemisphere experienced its warmest August ever, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Tuesday, amid searing conditions that have contributed to devastating wildfires on the west coast of the United States.

UN report highlights links between ‘unprecedented biodiversity loss’ and spread of disease

15 September 2020

The continued degradation of the environment is increasing the likelihood of diseases spreading from animals to humans, warns a UN report on biodiversity, released on Tuesday.

Countries must ‘get their hands dirty’ to stem COVID and prevent future pandemics 

14 September 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended a world embroiled in chaos, unleashing catastrophic health, social and economic consequences along with irreparable harm to humanity, according to UN-backed report published on Monday.

A youthful 75: next generation to carry the torch for UN values

12 September 2020

75 years on from the founding of the UN, young people are being enlisted to share their visions of a better planet, and help decide the next chapter of the Organization. 

New fires at Greek island refugee camp destroy last remaining shelters

11 September 2020

Fresh fires at a Greek island centre for thousands of refugees and migrants, have destroyed all remaining accommodation for those affected by the initial blaze on Tuesday evening.

Nations of the South display spirit of ‘global solidarity’ – UN chief

10 September 2020

“The spirit of South-South cooperation and global solidarity”, is alive and well across the hemisphere as the word grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, said the UN chief in a message relayed to countries of the Global South on Thursday. 

Distrust of public institutions, health inequities could push more countries into conflict, UN political affairs chief warns

9 September 2020

The erosion of trust in public institutions, unequal access to health care and tensions around delicate peace negotiations, are among the risks amplified by COVID-19, which if not mitigated, could push more countries into violence, the UN politica

Science, solidarity and solutions needed against climate change: Guterres 

9 September 2020

Concentrations of greenhouse gases in atmosphere are at record levels, emissions that saw a temporary decline due to the pandemic are heading towards pre-COVID levels, and global temperatures continue to hit new highs, these are the findings of a

Greece: Devasting fire compounds overcrowding and COVID-19 challenges in refugee camp

9 September 2020

UN agencies have offered support to Greek authorities on Wednesday after a major fire ripped through an overcrowded refugee camp overnight, destroying dwellings and forcing thousands to flee, many reportedly suffering from smoke inhalation.

Under ‘extraordinary circumstances’, General Assembly continues to serve the people

8 September 2020

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the General Assembly has worked hard, under “extraordinary circumstances” to uphold its vital mandates, perform essential services, and ensure continuity in the name of the people the Organization serves, the pres

Finance Ministers meet to refine ‘single ambitious menu’ for COVID-19 recovery and beyond

8 September 2020

The UN Deputy Secretary-General has reminded Finance Ministers from across the world of their duty to help countries emerge from the social and economic chaos brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Burkina Faso: Over 535,000 children under five ‘acutely’ malnourished

8 September 2020

New data from UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revealed worsening nutritional situation for children in Burkina Faso, with more than 535,000 children under the age of five suffering from acute malnutrition – an unprecedented level. 

Build a better future with blue skies for all, UN urges, marking first International Day of Clean Air

7 September 2020

The first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies is being commemorated around the world on Monday, following the recognition by the United Nations General Assembly of the importance of clean air for the health and day-to-day lives of people

Leveraging innovation, partnership to shore up food security in Asia and the Pacific

6 September 2020

Transforming food systems in Asia and the Pacific to make them more sustainable, resilient and productive, is vital for countries to rebound from the impact of COVID-19 and address chronic undernourishment, a UN regional forum on food security has

Quiet corridors but a full programme at virtual UNGA75: five things you need to know

6 September 2020

The 75th UN General Assembly (UNGA) session, begins on 15 September and this year, due to the ongoing global pandemic, it will be unlike any other in the organization’s three quarters of a century of existence. 

COVID-19 impact on treatment for chronic illness revealed

4 September 2020

The COVID-19 health crisis has caused massive disruption worldwide in diagnosing and treating people with deadly but preventable diseases, including more than one in two cancer patients, UN health experts said on Friday.

‘I don’t understand why Africa is still hungry’: UN envoy’s plan to transform food systems for all

4 September 2020

Agnes Kalibata, the former Rwandan Minister for Agriculture, has been tasked with leading the first-ever UN Food Systems Summit.