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Stand in solidarity to preserve Africa’s hard-won progress, urges UN chief

20 May 2020

The coronavirus pandemic threatens the hard-earned gains Africans have made throughout the continent, the UN chief said on Wednesday, urging the world to stand in solidarity with the people, “now, and for recovering better”.

Syria: UN relief chief appeals for renewal of lifesaving cross-border aid operation

19 May 2020

The UN’s top aid official has urged the Security Council to renew a mechanism that provides lifesaving assistance to millions of desperate people in northwest Syria, through cross-border deliveries from Turkey.

Guterres encourages three UN Member States to agree on Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

19 May 2020

UN chief António Guterres is encouraging Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to persevere with efforts to overcome their differences and reach agreement on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

WHO countries agree 'equitable and timely access' to coronavirus vaccine, 'comprehensive evaluation' of response

19 May 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) concluded the annual World Health Assembly on Tuesday, adopting a resolution that calls for an independent review of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the agency’s own performance.

'Alarming’ military build-up underway in Libya, as COVID-19 heightens insecurity

19 May 2020

The civil war in Libya is in danger of intensifying as foreign intervention grows and the spectre of the COVID-19 pandemic adds to a deepening sense of insecurity, the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) told the Security Council on T

Coordination essential to beat coronavirus, keep development goals on track

19 May 2020

As the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis continues to wreak havoc across the world – with the most vulnerable suffering the most – the UN chief said on Tuesday that the task of eradicating poverty and achieving the development goals “has never been mo

Post-pandemic ‘green shift’ in transport could create up to 15 million jobs

19 May 2020

Transforming the transport sector to be more environmentally-friendly in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, could create up to 15 million new jobs worldwide and help countries move to greener, healthier economies, according to a UN-backed rep

UN chief renews call for COVID-19 solidarity as WHO warns ‘majority’ of world still at risk

18 May 2020

A “massive” and combined effort by all countries is needed to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday, as UN health agency head, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, insisted that “the majority of the world’s popu

Cultivating a taste for traditional crops in Hawaii

16 May 2020

Hundreds of millions of people go hungry around the world, and there are fears the COVID-19 pandemic could make matters worse. In Hawaii, researchers think that bringing back overlooked, traditional crops, could help feed many vulnerable people.

Philippines typhoon recovery, complicated by coronavirus concerns

15 May 2020

As Typhoon Vongfong slammed the Philippines on Thursday, tens of thousands of people fled to cramped shelters, raising fears that without proper safety precautions in place, evacuation centres could become a hotbed of coronavirus infection, the UN

Support stepped up for Rohingya camps as first COVID-19 infections are confirmed

15 May 2020

After confirmation that the first cases of COVID-19 infection have been identified in a vast and overcrowded refugee camp in Bangladesh, UN humanitarians on Friday announced additional measures and appealed for funds to prevent the disease from sp

Workers and COVID-19: Access to healthcare, now ‘a matter of life and death’

14 May 2020

The spread of COVID-19 in developing countries has exposed gaps in social protection coverage which could compromise recovery plans, expose millions of people to poverty and affect global readiness to cope with similar crises, according to two pol

Deadly gas leak in India, grim wake-up call for global chemical industry: UN rights expert

14 May 2020

Last week’s deadly toxic gas leak at a Korean-owned polymer plant in south-eastern India, is a grim wake up call for the chemical industry to acknowledge and fulfil its responsibility to respect human rights, the UN independent expert who monitors

UN leads call to protect most vulnerable from mental health crisis during and after COVID-19

13 May 2020

Decades of neglect and underinvestment in addressing people’s mental health needs have been exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN said on Thursday, in a call for ambitious commitments from countries in the way they treat psychological illness,

Coronavirus ‘grim reality’: World economy to shrink by 3.2 per cent, new UN report projects

13 May 2020

Against the backdrop of the raging COVID-19 pandemic, the world economy in 2020 is projected to shrink by 3.2 per cent, racking up some $8.5 trillion in overall losses – wiping out nearly four years of output gains, according to a mid-year economi

COVID-19 could help turn the tide on ocean health in Asia-Pacific

13 May 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic could help turn the tide on the well-being of oceans in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a UN report published on Wednesday.

UN sustainable energy project in Ukraine finds a new role: fighting COVID-19

12 May 2020

A United Nations project to promote energy efficiency among Ukrainian homeowners has found a second life – informing 1.8 million of the nation’s citizens on how to combat the COVID-19 virus.

Universal basic income the right prescription for Latin America & Caribbean – UN report

12 May 2020

A new report by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) unveiled on Tuesday, proposes that governments ensure immediate temporary cash transfers to help millions of people struggling to meet basic needs, as the massive

‘Urgency to act’ for sustainable development, great than ever as coronavirus pandemic continues

11 May 2020

As COVID-19 upends lives and livelihoods across the planet, the UN on Monday held a wide-ranging policy discussion stressing a range of multilateral solutions to ease the pandemic, while also getting back on track towards achieving the 17 Sustaina

UN issues ‘wake-up call’: Don’t sideline AIDS response during COVID-19 crisis

11 May 2020

As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus, decades of advances made in the battle against HIV are under threat, noted two UN agencies on Monday, point out that disruptions to treatment could cause hundreds of thousands of HIV-related

Battle ‘not yet over’ against locust invasions in East Africa and Yemen

11 May 2020

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges, significant gains have been made against Desert Locust encroachment in East Africa and Yemen, with an estimated 720,000 tonnes of cereal saved from the swarms of migratory pests across 10 countri

Moving towards 100% renewable power (with a little help from sheep)

10 May 2020

The US island state of Hawaii has committed to generating 100 per cent of its power using renewable energy by 2045, demonstrating to other US states and island communities across the world, that sustainable energy can be a reality.

Ensure city poor and vulnerable are fed, amidst lockdown hunger risk, urges UN

10 May 2020

The UN food agency, FAO, warns that hunger and fatalities could rise significantly in urban areas, without measures to ensure that poor and vulnerable residents have access to food.

First Person: Fashionable face masks, creativity and dressing to shop in the COVID era

9 May 2020

A fashion designer and stylist in New Orleans, one of the early epicentres of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, has said that she was left “stifled and confused” by the disruption caused by the pandemic, but recognizes there are opportun

‘Humanitarian catastrophe’ looms in Haiti, threatening years of progress as COVID-19 takes hold, ECOSOC group says

8 May 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak could trigger a humanitarian catastrophe in Haiti, endangering many years of hard-won progress in the Caribbean nation, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) said on Friday.

COVID-19: UN and partners launch $6.7 billion appeal for vulnerable countries

7 May 2020

Humanitarians are seeking nearly $7 billion to protect millions of lives and halt the spread of COVID-19 in more than 60 of the world’s most fragile countries.

Top UN official calls for universal basic income to tackle growing inequality

6 May 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is not only a health crisis, but it is also proving to be an economic disaster for huge numbers of people worldwide.

COVID-19 makes universal digital access and cooperation essential: UN tech agency

5 May 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic reshapes the way in which we work, keep in touch, go to school and shop for essentials – across the world – it has never been more important to bridge the digital divide for the 3.6 billion people who remain off-line.

Food insecurity in West Africa could leave 43 million at risk as coronavirus hits

5 May 2020

Well over 40 million people across West Africa face desperate food shortages in coming months, with COVID-19 restrictions a new factor adding to people’s vulnerability, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

None of us is safe until we all are, says UN chief at EU push to end COVID-19 pandemic

4 May 2020

The “most massive public health effort in history” is needed to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief said on Monday, addressing a European Union pledging conference in Brussels.