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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.

Security Council calls for ‘full adherence’ to Gaza ceasefire, focus on two-State solution

22 May 2021

The UN Security Council on Saturday made it’s first statement on the conflict that erupted between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in Gaza, calling for a “full adherence to the ceasefire” that brought 11 days of fighting to an end early on Fri

SDGs: Greater urgency needed to meet environmental goals, improved data likely key

22 May 2021

Countries are on track to miss the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relating to environmental protection, two UN entities warn in new report issued on Saturday to coincide with the International Day for Biological Diversity. 

Renewable tech brings power swarming through the world’s poorest villages

22 May 2021

Swarm grids, an innovative technology designed to work with renewable energy sources, are bringing reliable electricity to some of the world’s poorest and remote regions for the first time, providing a major boost to the livelihoods of those who l

UN urges worldwide support for cultural sector to aid COVID recovery 

21 May 2021

The creative and cultural industry has played an essential role the world over throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and deserve more support moving forward, the President of the General Assembly said on Friday. 

Everyone will lose unless humanity makes ‘peace with the planet’, declares Guterres

21 May 2021

Humanity is “waging a war on nature”, threatening biodiversity loss, climate disruption and escalating pollution, the UN chief said on Friday. 

Ceasefire can’t hide scale of destruction in Gaza, UN warns, as rights experts call for ICC probe

21 May 2021

The humanitarian community has welcomed the ceasefire agreed in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel but warned that the destruction in Gaza will take years, if not decades, to fix.

Internet upgrade breathes new life into rural areas, new UN report finds

20 May 2021

Improved Internet access and connectivity can do more than urban migration to provide better jobs and higher standards of living for the roughly 3.4 billion people living in rural areas, according to the latest World Social Report, published on Th

UNHCR chief calls on US to end COVID-19 asylum restrictions at the Mexico border

20 May 2021

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has appealed to the Government of the United States to “swiftly lift” the public health-related asylum restrictions that remain in effect at the southern border, and to restore access to asylum for the people

Gaza children living in ‘hell on earth’, UN chief says, urging immediate end to fighting 

20 May 2021

The past ten days have witnessed a “dangerous and horrific” surge in deadly violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), particularly Gaza, and in Israel, the UN chief told the General Assembly on Thursday. 

WHO appeals for regular access to Palestinian enclave amid ongoing Israeli strikes

20 May 2021

The UN health agency has added its weight to calls for regular humanitarian access to Gaza, where two dozen medical facilities have now come under attack through Israeli air strikes, along with healthcare personnel.

Report reveals progress on environmentally protected areas, but quality must improve

19 May 2021

Although the world has made major progress toward a decade-long target for environmental protection areas, it has fallen far short on commitments regarding their quality, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners said in a report published

Global trade soars in first quarter, but services still in doldrums

19 May 2021

Global trade bounced back to a record high early this year, although service industries are still a shadow of their pre-pandemic selves, UN economists UNCTAD said on Tuesday.

UN development system responds with ‘solid score’ in face of COVID-19 test 

18 May 2021

As the world continues to tackle the multiple impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, from pushing some 131 million people into extreme poverty to reversing years of development progress, the UN chief said on Tuesday that a more coordinated approach is

UN urges greater aid access for Gaza, ‘intensification of mediation efforts’ to end Israel-Palestine violence

18 May 2021

The international community must do “all it can” to de-escalate the violence in Gaza and Israel which has left hundreds dead and injured, said the UN’s political affairs chief on Tuesday, calling on all those involved in the fighting to allow for

UN launches response plan to ‘safeguard the well-being and dignity’ of Rohingya in Bangladesh 

18 May 2021

Under the leadership of the Government of Bangladesh, the Organization for Migration (IOM) and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) launched a $943 million plan on Tuesday to “safeguard the well-being and dignity” of Rohingya refugees in the