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Guterres: ‘Global addiction to fossil fuels’ must end and a ‘renewables revolution’ be jumpstarted

18 September 2022

Achieving a just and equitable energy transition is “one of the biggest challenges facing our world,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Global Compact Board meeting on Sunday.

Closing gender pay gaps is more important than ever 

18 September 2022

On average, women globally are paid about 20 per cent less than men, the International Labour (ILO) Organization said on Saturday, International Equal Pay Day.

Education financing is imperative for “peaceful, prosperous, stable societies’ – UN chief

17 September 2022

Education systems around the world need “more, not less money” the UN chief told journalists on Saturday during a joint press stakeout on the Transforming Education Summit and the International Finance Facility for Education.

‘Violent civil unrest’ in Haiti hampers aid delivery

16 September 2022

An escalation in what the UN is calling “violent civil unrest” in Haiti, and the subsequent blockading of roads across the country, is making it “very challenging for humanitarian partners to provide assistance” according to the UN Spokesperson, S

Global cooperation to protect the ozone layer can ensure a better future for us all

16 September 2022

As the Montreal Protocol to Protect the Ozone Layer turns 35 on Friday, World Ozone Day, the United Nations has said that continuing the level of cooperation that led to the treaty’s adoption and success is just what is needed to protect life on E

The Black Sea Grain Initiative: What it is, and why it’s important for the world

16 September 2022

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began, exports of grain from Ukraine, as well as food and fertilizers from Russia, have been significantly hit.

‘Tsunami of hunger’ could trigger multiple famines, Security Council warned

15 September 2022

As risks of conflict-induced famine and widespread food insecurity continue to rise, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator urged the Security Council on Thursday to address the interlinked crises, and work towards establishing lasting peace in affec

Brazilian artist’s mural ‘for the planet’ proves big draw for UN General Assembly

15 September 2022

World leaders arriving at UN Headquarters for next week’s High Level General Assembly meetings, will be greeted by a powerful and striking new mural from renowned Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra, focusing attention on climate change and stewardship

Human rights: Inflation threatens everyone’s right to development

15 September 2022

Rising global inflation is expected to hit emerging and developing economies particularly hard this year, adding to a “confluence of crises” that threatens us all, the UN’s acting human rights chief has warned.

Syrians ‘can come together to rescue their country’ from war, Security Council hears

14 September 2022

“Progress is possible” to end more than 11 years of war in Syria, in order to produce a peaceful future for all, the UN’s Deputy Special Envoy for the country told the Security Council on Wednesday.

UN officials see progress as global food prices drop amid ongoing Black Sea grain deal shipments

13 September 2022

Two vital objectives of the Black Sea grain deal brokered by the United Nations and Türkiye are already being achieved, a senior UN official said on Tuesday, pointing to the steady decrease in international food prices and the increasing availabil

Climate change impacts ‘heading into uncharted territory’, warns UN chief

13 September 2022

“Climate science is clear: we are heading in the wrong direction”, declares a major, multi-agency UN climate science report released on Tuesday, with a focus on increasing fossil fuel emissions and rising greenhouse gases, now at a record high, wh

Catastrophic hunger levels leave 500,000 children at risk of dying in Somalia

13 September 2022

Catastrophic hunger levels in Somalia have left more than 513,000 children at risk of dying, 173,000 more than during the 2011 famine, UN humanitarians warned on Tuesday.

Security Council calls for intensifying efforts to expand Yemen truce

12 September 2022

The UN Security Council has urged warring parties in Yemen to urgently intensify negotiations towards expanding their historic truce, according to a statement issued on Monday. 

Global UN forum showcases need, impact of South-South cooperation

12 September 2022

From climate change to worsening inequalities and COVID-19 fallouts, top UN officials told a major forum in Bangkok, Thailand, on Monday that greater cooperation among developing countries, known as the global South, was needed to overcome a multi

‘Solutions lie in solidarity’ UN chief says on South-South Cooperation Day

11 September 2022

In this era of unprecedented challenge and upheaval, “solutions lie in solidarity,” the UN chief said in his message commemorating United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation, on Monday. 

UN chief sees ‘great heights’ of human endurance and heroism amid ‘climate carnage’ in Pakistan

10 September 2022

Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday reiterated that the needs in flood-ravaged Pakistan are enormous and called for massive and urgent financial support, as he wrapped up a two-day trip aimed at raising awareness of the climate-driven d

UN chief sees ‘great heights’ of human endurance and heroism amid ‘climate carnage’ in Pakistan

10 September 2022

Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday reiterated that the needs in flood-ravaged Pakistan are enormous and called for massive and urgent financial support, as he wrapped up a two-day trip aimed at raising awareness of the climate-driven d

From the Field: Black pigs, green tea, and pink orchids – preserving China’s natural resources

10 September 2022

China has a dizzying range of rich natural resources. The country is home to 10 per cent of all known plant species, and 14 per cent of all known fauna.

Pakistan: UN scales up financial and other support after ‘latest climate tragedy’

9 September 2022

A $7 million disbursement from the UN’s Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF), announced on Friday, will bolster response to the devastating monsoon floods in Pakistan, the worst in more than a decade. 

In flood-hit Pakistan, Guterres appeals for ‘massive’ global support, tougher action on climate change

9 September 2022

UN Secretary-General António Guterres arrived in Pakistan on Friday to show solidarity with the people of the country following the loss of life and destruction caused by this year’s devastating floods.

WMO: Climate change in Africa can destabilize ‘countries and entire regions’

8 September 2022

Water stress and hazards like withering droughts and devastating floods are hitting African communities, economies and ecosystems hard, according to a new report launched on Thursday by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). 

Human development falling behind in ninety per cent of countries: UN report

8 September 2022

The latest flagship UN report on human development, released on Thursday, warns that multiple crises are halting progress on human development, which is going backwards in the overwhelming majority of countries.

Human development falling behind in ninety per cent of countries: UN report

8 September 2022

The latest flagship UN report on human development, released on Thursday, warns that multiple crises are halting progress on human development, which is going backwards in the overwhelming majority of countries.

Security Council hears top concerns of displacement, global security and civilians in Ukraine

7 September 2022

As the war in Ukraine “continues to rage,” the UN political and peacebuilding chief updated the Security Council, saying on Wednesday that 5,718 people have been killed, including 372 children.

Somalia: UN envoy calls for collaboration to achieve new administration’s goals

7 September 2022

The political climate in Somalia is now more conducive to addressing key national priorities following the end of the “contentious” electoral process in May, UN Special Representative James Swan told the Security Council on Wednesday.

Pollution and climate change upsurge the risk of ‘climate penalty’

7 September 2022

A rise in the frequency, intensity and duration of heatwaves will not only increase wildfires this century but also worsen air quality – harming human health and ecosystems, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO

‘The air that keeps us alive is making us sick’, warn UN experts on Clean Air Day

7 September 2022

International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies, marked on 7 September, takes place in a world where almost all the air we breathe is polluted, and some seven million people die from air pollution every year.

New social contract needed to lift half of Asia and Pacific region’s workforce out of poverty

6 September 2022

Denied decent work opportunities and highly vulnerable to systemic shocks such as pandemics or economic downturns, workers in Asia and the Pacific are under pressure, according to a report launched on Tuesday by the UN Economic and Social Commissi

Somalia: UN’s top humanitarian forum warns of ‘tipping point’ as famine risk rises

6 September 2022

Somalia is at a “tipping point”, with hundreds of thousands of people at immediate risk of famine, the heads of the UN’s highest-level humanitarian coordination forum have warned.