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Still time to reverse damage to ‘ravaged’ ecosystems, declares UN chief, marking Environment Day 

4 June 2021

Amidst the triple environmental threat of biodiversity loss, climate disruption and escalating pollution, Secretary-General António Guterres launched “an unprecedented effort to heal the Earth”, on the eve of World Environment Day. 

UNRWA chief calls for ‘clear and unequivocal guarantees’ on staff safety in Hamas-controlled Gaza

3 June 2021

The head of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has called for “clear and unequivocal guarantees” over the safety and security of staff working to restore critical services in Gaza, following last month’s conflict between

Restoration call for area ‘the size of China’ to protect falling biodiversity and food insecurity

3 June 2021

An area of land roughly the size of China needs restoring if the planet’s biodiversity and the communities who rely on it are to be protected, UN agencies said on Thursday.

Invasive pest spread another fallout from climate change, UN-backed study finds

2 June 2021

Climate change is making pests which ravage important agricultural crops even more destructive, heightening threats to global food security and the environment, a UN-backed study published on Wednesday has found. 

Staggering health needs emerge in Gaza, following Israel-Hamas conflict 

2 June 2021

Senior UN health agency officials on Wednesday called for unhindered humanitarian access to the Gaza Strip, citing growing concerns about urgent health needs there. 

COVID crisis to push global unemployment over 200 million mark in 2022

2 June 2021

The economic crisis caused by the COVID pandemic is expected to contribute to global unemployment of more than 200 million people next year, with women and youth workers worst-hit, UN labour experts said on Wednesday.

Amidst COVID surge, Asia-Pacific region needs ‘immediate and stronger support’ 

1 June 2021

With the coronavirus still raging in many parts of the world, the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, warned on Tuesday of vaccine shortages, especially in the Asia-Pacific region, and urged “immediate and stronger support” for the global COVAX initiative

WFP feeds more than one million in Tigray, but needs support to reach more

1 June 2021

More than one million people in two areas of the war-ravaged Tigray region in Ethiopia have received emergency food assistance since distributions began in March, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported on Tuesday. 

‘Simply no scenario’ where humanity can survive on an ocean-free planet

1 June 2021

The world must harness “clear, transformative and actionable solutions” to address the ocean crisis, the President of the UN General Assembly said on Tuesday, opening a meeting to generate momentum towards the 2022 UN Ocean Conference, when public

Haiti: funding gap threatens the lives of nearly 86,000 children

31 May 2021

In Haiti, the number of severely malnourished under-fives could more than double this year, UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Monday. Some could die if they do not receive timely treatment.

First Person: Learning a recipe for freedom in Nigeria

31 May 2021

When Nigerian Blessing Ojukwu became pregnant after she was raped, her family disowned her.

FROM THE FIELD: Ghost in the seashell

31 May 2021

“Ghost fishing” occurs when abandoned fishing gear dumped in the ocean traps and kills fish or other underwater life, and it is causing devastation to marine environments, warns the UN food agency, FAO.

UN chief calls for a global partnership to address COVID, climate change and achieve SDG’s

30 May 2021

Speaking in a key international partnerships summit, António Guterres said that if governments embrace together the goals of phasing out coal, enhancing climate commitments, and investing in the Global Goals, there is an opportunity to rise to 'th

First Person: The ‘Human Swan’ inspiring climate action

30 May 2021

Australian biologist Sacha Dench has been nicknamed “the Human Swan”, in recognition of her record-breaking, 7,000 kilometre, paramotor (motorized paraglider) flight, tracking Bewick swans across 11 countries, from Arctic Russian to the UK.

Millets prove tasty solution to climate and food security challenges

29 May 2021

A renewed focus on boosting the production of millets and highlighting their benefits, is critical to reducing over-reliance on more commonly grown crops, boosting diverse diets, and food security.

Thousands in Goma evacuated amid fears of further volcanic eruption 

28 May 2021

The threat of new volcanic eruptions from Mount  Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have triggered thousands of residents to flee from the eastern city of Goma, the UN humanitarian office said on Friday.  

Grave concerns over 'dire' and deteriorating situation in war-torn Tigray region 

28 May 2021

UN humanitarians expressed deep concern on Friday about serious and ongoing abuses carried out against displaced civilians who are also facing dire food insecurity in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, after months of conflict. 

UN chief appeals to business leaders to help quell ‘a tsunami of suffering’ caused by COVID 

27 May 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought “a tsunami of suffering”, taken over 3.4 million lives and 500 million jobs, while wiping trillions of dollars from global balance sheets, Secretary-General António Guterres told business leaders on Thursday, appe

Up to 400,000 could be displaced by new Goma eruption in DR Congo, warns UNICEF

27 May 2021

With fears that one of the world’s most active volcanoes could erupt again in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is warning that up to 400,000 – nearly 280,000 children – could be displaced and in need of p

Boost investments in nature to combat climate, biodiversity and land degradation crises

27 May 2021

Annual investments in nature-based solutions will have to triple by 2030, and increase four-fold by 2050, if the world is to successfully tackle the triple threat of climate, biodiversity and land degradation crises, according to a new UN-backed s

Israel-Palestine: Political solution only way to end ‘senseless’ cycles of violence

27 May 2021

Only a political solution will end the “senseless and costly cycles of violence” between Israelis and Palestinians, UN Middle East envoy Tor Wennesland said in a briefing to the Security Council on Thursday. 

World now likely to hit watershed 1.5 °C rise in next five years, warns UN weather agency

26 May 2021

Odds are increasing that the annual average global temperature will rise beyond 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, in at least one of the next five years, the UN weather agency warns in a new report issued on Thursday.

Use Africa’s rich heritage as ‘catalyst’ for transformation, urges Guterres 

26 May 2021

A call to use Africa’s rich cultural and natural heritage as a catalyst for growth and transformation is “the right appeal at the right time”, the UN chief told a three-day forum on the continent’s future held online on Wednesday. 

During relative calm, growing humanitarian suffering in Syria, a ‘tragic irony’  

26 May 2021

Violent conflict, terrorism and human rights abuses continue in Syria as its besieged population suffers economic destitution, displacement, detention and abduction, the UN’s Special Envoy for the country told the Security Council on Wednesday. 

Tools to protect civilians in conflict exist, but not the will to apply them, Lowcock tells Security Council

25 May 2021

The international legal framework and tools are all there to protect civilians caught up in conflict, and now it’s time for governments and armed groups to apply them, the UN relief chief told the Security Council on Tuesday.

Africa essential for sustainable development, poverty reduction and peace

25 May 2021

Africa’s rich, diverse cultural and natural heritage, is important for sustainable development, poverty reduction, and “building and maintaining peace”, the UN chief said on Tuesday, marking the international day celebrating the continent. 

Share gains from extracting precious raw materials more equitably, guard against pitfalls, cautions Guterres

25 May 2021

Extracting minerals, metals and other valuable raw materials from the earth, represents a “crucial juncture” between resources, ecosystems and people, all of which have an essential role to play in advancing sustainability and equity, the UN chief

WFP scales up support in Yemen but fears response could be hampered

24 May 2021

Although the World Food Programme (WFP) is ramping up support to people in Yemen’s worst hunger hotspots, in efforts to prevent famine, sustaining response through the rest of the year is uncertain, the UN agency warned on Monday.

DR Congo: More than 170 children feared missing following volcanic eruption in Goma

23 May 2021

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Sunday that hundreds of children and families in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Goma district are at risk following the volcanic eruption of Mount Nyiragongo.

Bhutan, the vaccination nation: a UN Resident Coordinator’s blog

23 May 2021

The small mountain nation of Bhutan has so far managed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, despite sharing a border with China and India, two countries which have been badly affected by the pandemic.