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Poor seasonal rains threatening ‘foundations’ of tens of thousands of Somali livelihoods

12 March 2021

Poor rain forecast for the next few months threatens to exacerbate the plight of tens of thousands of Somalis displaced from their homes and villages due to “extreme” water shortages since last November, the UN humanitarian office said on Friday. 

‘If you don’t feed people, you feed conflict’, UN chief tells Security Council

11 March 2021

Conflict drives hunger, and when that turns to famine, that then drives conflict, the UN chief told the Security Council on Thursday, adding that “if you don’t feed people, you feed conflict”.

Countries adopt landmark framework that transforms ‘value’ of nature

11 March 2021

Countries, on Wednesday, adopted a new statistical framework that takes into account the contributions of nature, when measuring economic prosperity and human well-being. 

Disaster preparedness is key, 10 years on from Japan quake and tsunami: UN

10 March 2021

The UN chief urged countries to make sure they invest the funds necessary to prevent and manage disasters, in a solemn message of remembrance on Wednesday for the 18,400 people who died or are unaccounted for, due to the earthquake and tsunami tha

‘Hell’ in Yemen, with millions ‘knocking on the door of famine’ WFP’s Beasley warns 

10 March 2021

Over half the Yemen population is facing acute food shortages “with millions knocking on the door of famine”, the UN food relief agency chief said on Wednesday, wrapping up a two-day visit to the country with an urgent plea for peace and funding t

World at critical moment to deliver on 2030 Agenda – UN Deputy Secretary-General  

10 March 2021

The world is at a critical moment to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said on Wednesday, during a virtual discussion with European Parliament Vice-President Heidi Hautala. 

Recognizing ‘historic tipping point’, UN begins push towards more sustainable energy future

10 March 2021

Renewable energy is “crucial for building a sustainable, prosperous and peaceful future”, the UN chief said on Wednesday, launching an accelerated drive for clean energy and climate action. 

Commitment to post-pandemic ‘green’ recovery falling short, UN-backed study finds

10 March 2021

Countries have fallen short in their commitments to build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic, with just 18 per cent of announced recovery spending going towards ‘green’ investment, according to a new report published on Wednesday by the UN an

Food systems account for over one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions

9 March 2021

More than one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions caused by human activity can be attributed to the way we produce, process and package food, a UN-backed study published on Tuesday has revealed. 

Polar vortex responsible for Texas deep freeze, warm Arctic temperatures

9 March 2021

A “polar vortex” was responsible for the freezing conditions in the US state of Texas last month, UN weather experts said on Tuesday, before warning of a worrying increase in global carbon dioxide levels.

One in three travel destinations still fully closed to international tourists: UN agency

8 March 2021

Around a third of 217 world travel destinations surveyed remain completely closed to international tourists, as concerns grow over the impact of new coronavirus variants, and some governments reverse efforts to ease restrictions, according to a ne

Yemen: UN migration agency calls for urgent humanitarian access after ‘horrific’ fire  

8 March 2021

The UN migration agency (IOM) on Monday called for “urgent humanitarian access” to an overcrowded migrant detention centre in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, where a deadly fire reportedly led to multiple deaths at the facility at the weekend. 

FROM THE FIELD: The women fighting for Generation Equality

7 March 2021

It will take around 130 years to reach gender parity in key areas such as politics and the boardroom, but 13 extraordinary women, who have been profiled in a UN exhibition are showing how opportunities can be created for all women and girls.

Women in Europe need ‘greater economic independence’ to avoid poverty: UN Special Rapporteur

6 March 2021

Women in Europe should be given “greater economic independence” through equal pay, childcare support and the sharing of domestic duties to ensure that they do not fall into poverty, according to the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and hum

Wasting food just feeds climate change, new UN environment report warns 

4 March 2021

More than 930 million tonnes of food sold in 2019 landed in waste bins, according to new UN research, released on Thursday, in support of global efforts to halve food waste by 2030. 

UN Development Programme urges temporary basic income for women hit hard by COVID-19 fallout

4 March 2021

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has called for temporary basic income for millions of the world’s poorest women, to help them cope with effects of coronavirus pandemic and alleviate the economic pressures they face every day. 

UN report calls for scaling-up carbon capture, use and storage

3 March 2021

Trapping and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil power generation and industry is needed urgently to achieve carbon neutrality, the UN’s Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) said in a report published on Wednesday.

Equality in engineering crucial to achieving sustainable development: UN-backed report

3 March 2021

Regional disparities in engineering, especially in Africa, must be addressed if the world is to realize a common future where no one is left behind, according to a report issued on Wednesday by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizat

Protect forests, support forest communities, Guterres urges, marking World Wildlife Day

3 March 2021

The United Nations Secretary-General on Wednesday called on people and governments everywhere to step up efforts to protect forests and support forest communities, under increasing threat from unsustainable use of forest resources and wildlife tra

Secretary-General urges countries to end ‘deadly addiction’ to coal

2 March 2021

The world still has a “fighting chance” to limit global warming by ending dependence on coal, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told representatives from governments, local authorities and the private sector, meeting online on Tuesday. 

First Person: fighting for women’s financial freedom

2 March 2021

Around the world, the opportunities for women to lead successful, financially secure lives are being limited by government legislation, company policies and deep-rooted misogyny.

Environmental racism in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’, must end, say UN human rights experts

2 March 2021

The further industrialization of so-called “Cancer Alley” in the southern United States, known for its pollution-emitting chemical plants, should be halted according to a large group of independent UN human rights experts, who on Tuesday branded i

Reflect nature’s ‘true value’ in economic policies and decisions, UN chief urges

2 March 2021

Nations must start weighing up the cost of economic profit against damage to the environment if they are to have a chance at a sustainable future, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday. 

Yemen pledging conference: Severity of suffering ‘impossible to overstate’ says Guterres 

1 March 2021

The international response to Monday’s High-Level Pledging Event on Yemen has been described as “disappointing” by the UN chief, announcing that pledges totalled less than last year’s humanitarian response, and a billion dollars less than the figu

Yemen: UN ceasefire monitoring mission condemns attack on civilians in Hudaydah

1 March 2021

The United Nations Mission to Support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA), on Sunday, strongly condemned an attack in Yemen that killed five civilians, including a woman and child. 

UNICEF urges repatriation of all children in Syria’s al-Hol camp following deadly fire

28 February 2021

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Sunday urged all countries to repatriate and safely reintegrate their young nationals being held at Syria’s largest camp for refugees and internally-displaced, following a deadly weekend fire at Al-Hol camp which

FROM THE FIELD: Adapting to survive and thrive in Ghana

28 February 2021

In the West African country of Ghana, many people from farming backgrounds are forced to find new ways to survive, as droughts, floods and erratic weather patterns upend age-old agricultural practices.

First Person: Yemen ‘cannot even afford to worry about the coronavirus’

28 February 2021

In Yemen, whose people are living through a long-running, brutal war, which has led to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, COVID-19 is far from being a top priority, says the top UN refugee agency (UNHCR) official in the Arabian Peninsula count

FROM THE FIELD: Humanitarian crises of concern in 2021

27 February 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated much of the world’s attention over the last 12 months, but many other crises will continue to require the urgent attention of the UN and the international community in 2021.

UN climate report a ‘red alert’ for the planet: Guterres

26 February 2021

Nations are “nowhere close” to the level of action needed to fight global warming, a UN climate action report said on Friday, urging countries to adopt stronger and more ambitious plans to reach the Paris Agreement goals, and limit the temperature