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May confirmed as warmest on record, CO2 levels hit new high despite COVID economic slowdown

5 June 2020

Last month was the warmest May on record and carbon dioxide levels also hit a new high despite the economic slowdown from COVID-19, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Friday, in an urgent appeal for Member States to renew their ef

Protect the environment, prevent pandemics, ‘nature is sending us a clear message’

4 June 2020

On this year’s World Environment Day, celebrated on June 5, the UN is drawing links between the health of the planet, and human health, and highlighting the importance of protecting biodiversity, the system that supports life.

‘Global solidarity’ needed, to find affordable, accessible COVID-19 vaccine

4 June 2020

In the race to end the coronavirus pandemic, the UN chief reminded a virtual medical conference on Thursday that “a vaccine, by itself, is not enough”.  

‘Stronger response’ key, to build a safer and more stable future: Guterres

3 June 2020

UN chief António Guterres is calling for greater unity and solidarity to defeat COVID-19 and build a better world in the wake of the global pandemic.

Bicycles: Setting the wheels of change in motion during and after COVID-19 

3 June 2020

World Bicycle Day highlights the potential for transforming the way the world moves around, before and after the COVID-19 pandemic, helping create a healthier, more sustainable future, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

‘Unprecedented’ financing needed to halt recession of ‘unparalleled proportions’: Mohammed

2 June 2020

As COVID-19 has halted economic activity and threatens social wellbeing across the globe, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held a wide-ranging policy discussion on Tuesday, exploring financing options to address the pandemic and mobiliz

Put human rights at the centre of coronavirus response urges Muhammd-Bande

2 June 2020

The nations of the world must put human rights at the heart of their ongoing response to COVID-19 and ensure that everyone can enjoy “justice and peace” wherever they may be, the President of the General Assembly said on Tuesday.

Yemen: ‘Hanging on by a thread’, UN chief requests funding to meet staggering humanitarian crisis

2 June 2020

More than five years of conflict have left Yemenis “hanging on by a thread, their economy in tatters” and their institutions “facing near-collapse”, the UN chief told a virtual pledging conference on Tuesday, calling for a demonstration of solidar

Coronavirus a challenge, and opportunity, to fix remittances system than funnels billions home from abroad

2 June 2020

With a euro here and a dollar there, remittances – the money that migrant workers send home to their families – have been adding up in a big way to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and lift tens of millions out of extreme poverty.

‘Dogged pragmatism’ needed to save Ocean: UN Special Envoy

2 June 2020

‘Dogged pragmatism’ is needed to save the Ocean as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, according to the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean.

FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19-related ‘tragedy’ unfolding in Yemen

1 June 2020

A “tragedy” fueled by the spread of COVID-19 which is unfolding in Yemen could affect millions of people there, an international UN-backed pledging conference is expected to hear on Tuesday.

Why business needs to address the social impacts of COVID-19: an interview with Lise Kingo, UN Global Compact chief

1 June 2020

As businesses struggle to cope with the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, they need to remain aware of their responsibilities as partners in efforts to build a sustainable future, says the outgoing head of the UN Global Compact, the wor

Life and death for Yemen’s women and girls, as funding evaporates

30 May 2020

In mid-May, just as the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Yemen, funding for UNFPA’s life-saving reproductive health services dried up.

Yemen: Amid spike in COVID-19 cases, UNICEF airlifts in badly needed health supplies

30 May 2020

A plane chartered by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) landed at Sana’a airport on Saturday with lifesaving supplies to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in conflict-torn Yemen.  

Latin America and Caribbean: Millions more could miss meals due to COVID-19 pandemic

28 May 2020

Some 14 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean could experience severe food insecurity this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to projections released on Thursday by the World Food Programme (WFP).

COVID-19: Act now or risk ‘unimaginable devastation’ globally, warns UN chief

28 May 2020

Unless countries across the world act together now, the COVID-19 pandemic will cause “unimaginable devastation and suffering around the world”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday at a virtual high-level meeting on financing for

Yemen: Humanitarians seeking $2.41 billion to keep aid flowing amid COVID-19 pandemic

28 May 2020

UN agencies and their global partners are seeking $2.41 billion to fight COVID-19 spread in Yemen while continuing to support millions affected by the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

COVID-19: A ‘new and deadly threat’ for civilians caught up in violence

27 May 2020

Innocent civilians trapped in violence now face “a new and deadly threat” from COVID-19, the UN chief told the Security Council on Wednesday, warning that the pandemic is “amplifying and exploiting the fragilities of our world”.

‘Lockdown generation’ of young workers will need extra help after COVID-19, urges UN labour chief

27 May 2020

Further evidence of the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on the global job market has emerged in a new study by the UN labour agency, which on Wednesday said that more than one in six young people have stopped working since the onset of the pandem

‘Business unusual:’ How COVID-19 could change the future of work

27 May 2020

Millions of people around the world have been working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic and now experts are asking whether this “business unusual” could be the future of work, at least for those people whose job doesn’t require them to be t

Yemen aid lifeline near ‘breaking point’: UN food agency

26 May 2020

Humanitarian aid projects to war-torn Yemen are reaching breaking point, and some $870 million is needed to continue giving life-saving assistance to millions of vulnerable people for the next six months, the World Food Programme (WFP), warned on

Guterres commends India and Bangladesh for life-saving work in face of deadly Cyclone Amphan

23 May 2020

  The UN chief António Guterres commended the governments and people of India and Bangladesh on Saturday, for their life-saving efforts ahead of devastating Cyclone Amphan, wishing those survivors injured and affected by the disaster, a speedy rec

Shrinking forests need bold action to safeguard their biodiversity

22 May 2020

Amidst alarming rates of deforestation and land degradation, urgent action is needed to safeguard the biodiversity of the world's forests, according to a new United Nations report, released on Friday.

Build back better and preserve biodiversity after COVID-19 pandemic: UN chief

22 May 2020

Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic must also lead to countries uniting to preserve the natural world, in line with global commitments to achieve a better future for all people and the planet, top officials with the United Nations said on Friday,

Yemen: Coronavirus transmission likely widespread, decimating ‘collapsed’ health system, UN warns

22 May 2020

War-torn Yemen’s health system has ‘in effect, collapsed” under the strain of a widening COVID-19 outbreak, with epidemiologists estimating that the virus could spread faster and more widely than in many other countries, the UN warned on Friday.

Cyclone Amphan’s trail of destruction in Bangladesh and India

21 May 2020

UN humanitarians and partners are working hard to assist the people of Bangladesh and India suffering from the impact of Cyclone Amphan, which made landfall on Wednesday, wreaking havoc, causing high tidal surges, flooding and embankments to colla

Asia-Pacific nations commit the whole region to ‘defeat’ COVID-19

21 May 2020

Gathering together at the top UN intergovernmental body in Asia and the Pacific on Thursday, countries of the vast region of more than four billion people, urged greater measures that reinforce global solidarity in ending the COVID-19 pandemic.

International Tea Day: Trusty cuppa represents ‘crux’ of today’s issues – UN General Assembly president

21 May 2020

Art, culture, heritage, and a source of livelihood for millions.

FROM THE FIELD: Nature ‘strongest ally’ to building sustainable planet

21 May 2020

Nature is humankind’s ‘strongest ally’ to help build a sustainable planet, according to a Malaysian biodiversity expert, whose organization is supported by the UN Development Programme, (UNDP).

Human development backslides, education at global levels ‘not seen since the 1980s’

20 May 2020

School closures, to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, have left some 60 per cent of the world’s children without an education, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said in its new report, launched on Wednesday.