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Key COP26 climate summit postponed to ‘safeguard lives’

2 April 2020

With no end in sight to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the UN climate change talks which were due to take place in Scotland later in the year, have been postponed until October 2021.

FROM THE FIELD: Sunny days power a better life for displaced Nigerians

2 April 2020

Water boreholes powered by solar energy are helping to improve life for Nigerians displaced by conflict, according to the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM). 

Low-skilled workers, developing countries at risk of steep economic decline as coronavirus advances

1 April 2020

The global economy could shrink by up to one per cent in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and may contract even further if restrictions on economic activities are extended without adequate fiscal responses, according to analysis released today b

Coronavirus pandemic threatens to plunge millions in Arab region into poverty and food insecurity

1 April 2020

COVID-19 will be responsible for pushing a further 8.3 million people in the Arab region into poverty, according to a new policy brief issued on Wednesday by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).

COVID-19 effect casts cloud over weather alert accuracy: UN sky watchers

1 April 2020

UN weather experts warned on Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic risks disrupting key forecasting services, including early warning alerts around the world.

UN launches COVID-19 plan that could ‘defeat the virus and build a better world’

31 March 2020

The UN chief launched on Tuesday a new plan to counter the potentially devasting socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, calling on everyone to “act together to lessen the blow to people”.

First Person: Humankind’s ‘modern mentality to tame’ the environment: A volcanologist’s view

31 March 2020

The 17 goals agreed by the global community to reduce poverty and create a sustainable planet are the responsibility of all people, wherever they are in the world, according to the United Nations.

UN helps Pacific prepare for COVID-19 pandemic, warns that children are ‘hidden victims’

30 March 2020

United Nations agencies are working together to provide vital support to Pacific Island countries as they rally to combat COVID-19 outbreaks across the region. 

$2.5 trillion COVID-19 rescue package needed for world’s emerging economies

30 March 2020

The economic fallout from COVID-19 is likely to get “much worse” before it gets better for some six billion people living in developing economies, the UN said on Monday, in an appeal for a $2.5 trillion rescue package to boost their resilience to

First Person: Hawaii’s ‘silver tsunami’: the challenge of caring for kupuna elders

29 March 2020

The International Labour Organization (ILO) marked its centenary in 2019 and as part of the commemoration launched a photography project called “Dignity at Work: The American Experience” to document the working life of people across the United Sta

First Person: False promises in Mauritania

28 March 2020

Women and girls face particular challenges as migrants, whatever their reason for leaving their country of origin. UN agencies are learning more about these difficulties, and how to address them.

UNFPA advocates for women, girls suffering unseen impacts of COVID-19 pandemic

27 March 2020

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is pledging support for those suffering from invisible impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including women and girls whose access to life-saving sexual and reproductive health care may be disrupted.

‘Rapid deterioration’ in global investment flows as Coronavirus spreads: UN trade body

26 March 2020

Foreign direct investment flows are liable to drop by 30 to 40 per cent during 2020, into next year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, reflecting a far more severe economic blow that initially projected, the United Nations Conference on Trade

Debt relief milestone in Somalia, as World Bank, IMF, call for global payment suspension in light of COVID-19 

25 March 2020

The top United Nations official in Somalia congratulated the Horn of Africa nation on Wednesday for achieving the benchmark set by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), confirming its eligibility for debt relief. 

UN launches major humanitarian appeal to keep COVID-19 from ‘circling back around the globe’

25 March 2020

To confront the unprecedented worldwide challenge posed by the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, top UN officials on Wednesday, launched a massive humanitarian appeal to mitigate its impact, particularly on fragile countries with weak health systems.

‘Concerted efforts’ needed to meet 2030 Global Goals in Asia-Pacific region

25 March 2020

Action to reverse the depletion and degradation of the environment across Asia and the Pacific is a top priority if the region is to stay on course to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a new United Nations report launched

UNICEF sounds alarm over water cuts in Syria as efforts ramp up to prevent COVID-19 spread

23 March 2020

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its relief partners in Syria are warning that water disruptions in the country’s war-battered north-east could exacerbate risks posed by the global coronavirus pandemic. 

‘Count every drop, every drop counts’: UN weather agency calls for better water data on World Meteorological Day

23 March 2020

Floods, extreme rainfall, droughts and melting glaciers…many of the major signs of climate change involve water.

Reaching ‘beyond the possible’ in Hawaii to meet sustainability goals

23 March 2020

The people and government of the US state of Hawaii will reach “beyond the possible” to make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality; The SDGs are a set of targets agreed by countries around the world to reduce poverty, protect the plan

World Water Day: Often overlooked, water resources are essential part of solution to climate change

22 March 2020

On World Water Day, the United Nations launched a flagship report that says reducing both the impacts and drivers of climate change will require major shifts in the way we use and reuse the Earth’s limited water resources. 

Turn around deforestation in 2020, the ‘Nature Super Year’, says Guterres

21 March 2020

On the International Day of Forests, which falls on Saturday, UN chief António Guterres is calling for 2020, which has been referred to as a “nature super year”, to be the year that the world turns the tide on deforestation and forestry loss.

FIRST PERSON: The ‘inseparable bond’ between Hawaiian culture and native plants

20 March 2020

The 17 goals agreed by the global community to reduce poverty and create a sustainable planet are the responsibility of all people, wherever they are in the world, according to the United Nations.

UNHCR delivers much-needed aid to Sudanese refugees in Chad

20 March 2020

Nearly 94 tonnes of emergency aid has been airlifted into Chad to support thousands of people who have fled ongoing violence in Sudan’s West Darfur state, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, reported on Friday.

Humanitarian workers push for continued life-saving access during COVID-19 pandemic or ‘virus could cycle back’

20 March 2020

As the global humanitarian response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues at breakneck speed, UN assistance remains critical for some 100 hundred million people living in emergency situations, and life-saving food aid is essential for 87 million peop

UN body underscores priority of health, safety during ‘unprecedented’ COVID-19 challenges

19 March 2020

Confronted with widespread human, social, and economic ramifications surrounding COVID-19, the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) stressed the priority of ensuring “the health and safety of people”.

‘Solidarity, hope’ and coordinated global response needed to tackle COVID-19 pandemic, says UN chief

19 March 2020

As public fear and uncertainty grow around the COVID-19 pandemic, “more than ever before, we need solidarity, hope and the political will to see this crisis through together,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday in his first vir

World Bank Group Increases COVID-19 Response to $14 Billion To Help Sustain Economies, Protect Jobs

19 March 2020

The World Bank and IFC’s Boards of Directors approved today an increased $14 billion package of fast-track financing to assist companies and countries in their efforts to prevent, detect and respond to the rapid spread of COVID-19.

Women plough the way to peace in South Sudan resettlement project

18 March 2020

Women who had been displaced by fighting in South Sudan are sowing seeds of peace, with support from the UN mission in the country, UNMISS. 

Swift policy action, strong leadership can save millions of jobs, ‘avert the worst’ amid COVID-19 pandemic

18 March 2020

As daily dire forecasts on the global economy add to the anxiety surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN’s labour agency on Thursday offered a range of uregnt measures, which, if governments act quickly, can be used to protect workers in the wor

Blueprint launched to manage Earth’s fragile peatland carbon sinks

18 March 2020

A blueprint for how countries can keep carbon in fragile land-based carbon sinks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has been unveiled by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).