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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

WFP moves to support families affected by Gaza violence 

17 May 2021

Responding to rising humanitarian needs brought about by the escalation of conflict in the Gaza Strip, the World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday began providing emergency assistance to support families, amid fears of low food stocks and rising pric

Vaccine inequity triggers ‘huge disconnect’ between countries

17 May 2021

Although COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to decline globally for a second consecutive week, the UN health agency chief said on Monday that “a huge disconnect” is mounting between some highly vaccinated countries, which see the pandemic as large

Invest in Sudan’s peaceful and sustainable future, UN chief tells Paris conference

17 May 2021

Continued international support for Sudan is critical as the country undergoes a historic political and economic transformation, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told a major investment conference in Paris on Monday. 

Ensure digital technologies are 'a force for good', Guterres says in message for International Day

17 May 2021

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digital transformation across the planet, millions worldwide still lack Internet access, the UN Secretary-General said on Monday, highlighting why information and communication technologies (ICTs) mus

First Person: Gardening is ‘political’ says Irish celebrity horticulturist

15 May 2021

For Diarmuid Gavin, a renowned Irish gardener and TV personality, horticulture has to a role to play in all contemporary affairs, from the Black Lives Matter Movement to the ongoing pandemic, because “everything is connected, and everything is pol

Tanzania helpline calls time on child marriage and abuse

15 May 2021

Child marriage continues to affect many young girls across Tanzania, in East Africa, but now a series of interventions supported by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) are allowing children to get the support they need to avoid unwanted and potentially

Civilian casualties climb, as UN chief calls on all parties to 'immediately cease' fighting in Gaza and Israel

14 May 2021

The UN Secretary-General on Friday issued an urgent appeal for all parties involved in this week's escalation of violence in the occupied Palestinian enclave of Gaza, and Israel, to "immediately cease the fighting", or risk creating an "uncontaina

UN condemns killing of aid worker in South Sudan

13 May 2021

The top UN humanitarian official in South Sudan has called  for law enforcement along roads following the first killing of an aid worker in the country this year during an ambush in Budi, East Equatoria, on Wednesday.

More violence ‘last thing Yemen needs’, peace ‘only way’ to resolve crises

12 May 2021

Peace is “the only way” to resolve the crisis in Yemen, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator told the Security Council on Wednesday. 

Islamic social financing initiative aims to help economic recovery, pandemic response

11 May 2021

As the world continues to grapple with the health and economic crisis sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN and Islamic Development Bank teamed up on Tuesday to help the most vulnerable. 

Vaccine inequity posing ‘significant risk’ to global economic recovery: UN report

11 May 2021

Although the outlook for global growth has improved, the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as inadequate progress on vaccination in poorer countries, are putting recovery at risk, according to the latest UN economic forecast, publi

Deep concern as violence escalates in Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel

11 May 2021

The UN rights office, OHCHR, appealed on Tuesday for “a redoubling of efforts to restore calm” on Tuesday in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, after airstrikes and days of clashes between protesters and Israeli police.

5 things you should know about the state of the global economy

10 May 2021

Is this the year we overcome the global economic crisis caused by the pandemic? Are our jobs in danger? Who has lost the most in the crisis and what can be done to recover?

Free up ‘bottlenecks’ stifling Africa’s agri-food sector, urges FAO chief 

10 May 2021

The UN agriculture chief warned on Monday that severe underfunding of Africa’s agri-food sector has boosted food insecurity and was hampering the future development of countries across the continent. 

Climate change threatens winged harbinger of spring

7 May 2021

A sure sign of spring in northern Europe is the arrival of the Arctic tern bird, but ahead of the UN’s World Migratory Bird Day  experts fear the warming of the oceans in its nesting grounds in the northern Atlantic is threatening its very existen

Cut methane emissions to avert global temperature rise, UN-backed study urges

6 May 2021

Methane emissions caused by human activity can be reduced by up to 45 per cent this decade, thus helping to keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to a UN-backed report pub

Guterres renews zero-emissions appeal to avoid falling into climate abyss

6 May 2021

All countries should commit to zero carbon emissions by 2050 if the world is to avoid a disastrous 2.4 degree Celsius temperature rise by the end of this century, UN Secretary General António Guterres said on Thursday.