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Peace dividend for Libya economy, as oil flows and Central Bank unifies exchange rate after years of deadlock

16 December 2020

The ceasefire that halted Libya’s civil war in October has begun to pay economic dividends that should improve living standards for ordinary Libyans, with a first central bank board meeting in five years and a full resumption of oil production hel

Syria: Millions displaced, impoverished and traumatized, Security Council hears

16 December 2020

As the end of another year of war looms, “families in Syria remain without respite after almost a decade of conflict”, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council on Wednesday.

Desert Locust ‘re-invasion’ threatens millions in Horn of Africa

16 December 2020

New Desert Locust swarms are forming in the Horn of Africa, threatening agricultural livelihoods and food security of millions of people, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned. 

Tigray crisis: Humanitarian aid for children must be a priority, UNICEF says

15 December 2020

Providing aid to millions of children uprooted by the ongoing crisis in the Tigray region of Ethiopia must be a priority, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday. 

Young Champions of the Earth: Indian’s burning desire for energy

15 December 2020

An Indian engineer has been recognized by the United Nations for developing innovative technology which not only produces energy, but which helps to keep the air cleaner and reduce climate change.

People, planet on ‘collision course’, warns UN Development Programme

15 December 2020

Countries must redesign their development pathways to reduce pressures exerted on the environment and the natural world, or risk stalling humanity’s progress, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has cautioned. 

People, planet on ‘collision course’, warns UN Development Programme

15 December 2020

Countries must redesign their development pathways to reduce pressures exerted on the environment and the natural world, or risk stalling humanity’s progress, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has cautioned. 

First glimmer of hope in decades for Black Sea and Mediterranean fish stocks

14 December 2020

The number of fish stocks subject to overexploitation in the Mediterranean and Black Sea has fallen for the first time in decades, offering some hope that a dangerous decline can be turned around, according to a report published on Monday by the U

LIVE: Climate Ambition Summit

12 December 2020

Live coverage of the Climate Ambition Summit 2020, an important step forward in the battle against the climate crisis, with several major economies announcing new commitments to cut their carbon footprints and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Ethiopia: UN refugee agency calls for ‘unfettered access’ to Tigray

11 December 2020

Amidst “disturbing reports” from Ethiopians fleeing to Sudan, the UN refugee agency called on Friday for “unfettered access to Tigray in order to reach people in need”. 

Hunger rising in mountain regions due to biodiversity loss, climate change

11 December 2020

Although many of the world’s most important crops and livestock species originate in mountain regions, hunger is rising in these areas due to biodiversity loss and climate change, according to a joint study published on Friday by the UN Food and A

Yemen: food insecurity a ‘ticking timebomb’, warn aid agencies

11 December 2020

UN humanitarians issued a fresh alert on Friday for war-torn Yemen, warning that time is running out to avoid famine in the country.

Rich countries’ support for children ‘totally inadequate’: UN report

10 December 2020

The UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, slams the levels of financial support for children allocated by high-income countries during the pandemic as totally inadequate, in a child poverty report issued on Friday.

Rich countries’ support for children ‘totally inadequate’: UN report

10 December 2020

The UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, slams the levels of financial support for children allocated by high-income countries during the pandemic as totally inadequate, in a child poverty report issued on Friday.

WFP chief uses Nobel speech as call for action to avert ‘hunger pandemic’

10 December 2020

With 270 million people – more than the entire population of Western Europe – “marching toward starvation”, the head of the World Food Programme (WFP) called for greater action to avert a “hunger pandemic”, in accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on be

UN makes progress on 'greening the blue'

10 December 2020

In 2019, the UN system continued to make steady progress towards reducing its environmental footprint, recording decreases in emissions and implementing advanced environment management systems. 

‘Green recovery’ from COVID-19 can slow climate change: UN environment report

9 December 2020

Despite a brief dip in global carbon dioxide emissions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the planet is still heading for a global temperature rise in excess of 3 degrees Celsius this century, a new United Nations report has revealed. 

UN emergency relief fund, ‘an investment in humanity’ declares Guterres

8 December 2020

The UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) which responds to crises around the world, consistently delivers “principled, coordinated, fast and agile” humanitarian action, the UN chief said on Monday, appealing for hundreds of millions of doll

Developing countries raise climate ambitions to plot path out of pandemic

8 December 2020

Developing countries are building more ambitious plans to tackle climate change, with COVID-19 stimulus packages often serving as a springboard towards a greener recovery, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said on Tuesday.

54 million women and youth face staggering humanitarian challenges 

7 December 2020

As COVID-19 continues to disproportionately impact women and girls hit by multiple humanitarian crises, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency appealed on Monday for $818 million to provide 54 million women and youth with essential and life-

‘Quickly restore the rule of law’ in Ethiopia’s Tigray, urges Guterres

7 December 2020

The UN Secretary-General said on Monday it was “essential to quickly restore the rule of law” in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray, where Government forces and those loyal to the ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) have been engaged

UN spotlights ‘critical role’ of aviation in pandemic recovery, marking International Day

7 December 2020

The United Nations is commemorating the International Civil Aviation Day on Monday, highlighting the importance of the sector in lifting the world to recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. 

Contribution of life in soil ‘remains largely underestimated’, says UN agriculture agency 

4 December 2020

Even though soil organisms play a crucial role in boosting food production, enhancing nutritious diets, preserving human health, and combating climate change, the real contribution of these tiny life forms remains largely underestimated, the UN ag

UN working at ‘full speed’ to prepare for humanitarian mission to Ethiopia’s Tigray

4 December 2020

The UN’s humanitarian coordination office, said on Friday that it was doing its utmost to secure aid access to Ethiopia’s Tigray region, after a deal was struck to reach displaced civilians, following weeks of fighting between federal and regional

Vanuatu graduates from list of least developed countries

4 December 2020

The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu has graduated from the status of least developed countries (LDC), becoming the sixth ever country to achieve the milestone, since the category was created in 1971. 

Yemen: Unchecked violations ‘may amount to war crimes’, Security Council hears

3 December 2020

UN experts called on the Security Council on Thursday, along with the international community at large, to put an end to the “surreal and absurd dimension” of human rights violations engulfing war-torn Yemen, where abuses continue unchecked.  

Amid ‘unprecedented’ needs, UNICEF asks for $6.4 billion to help 190 million children

3 December 2020

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Thursday, launched a $6.4 billion emergency funding appeal to reach more than 190 million children affected by humanitarian crises amidst the coronavirus pandemic. 

Revealed: The cost of the pandemic on world's poorest countries

3 December 2020

More than 32 million of the world’s poorest people face being pulled back into extreme poverty because of COVID-19, leading UN economists said on Thursday, highlighting data showing that the pandemic is likely to cause the worst economic crisis in

COVID-19 could push over 1 billion into extreme poverty, finds UN report

3 December 2020

An additional 207 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty by severe long term impact of the coronavirus pandemic – bringing the total number to more than 1 billion – by 2030, a new study from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has fou

Ethiopian Government and UN strike deal for ‘unimpeded’ humanitarian access in Tigray

2 December 2020

The UN on Friday announced that agreement has been reached with the Ethiopian Government to allow “unimpeded, sustained and secure access” for humanitarian supplies to reach those in need across areas now under its control in Tigray.