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Africa’s Sahel: Act now before the crisis ‘becomes unmanageable’, urges Grandi

5 February 2020

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is stepping up response in Africa’s Sahel region where escalating violence has forced a rising number of people to flee their homes. 

$675 million appeal to stop coronavirus in its tracks, as deaths rise

5 February 2020

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) appealed on Wednesday for $675 million to boost international measures to counter the new coronavirus epidemic, as deaths from the outbreak neared 500.

FROM THE FIELD: Chad returnees’ reluctant homecoming 

5 February 2020

Citizens of Chad who have spent most of their lives as refugees in neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR) have been talking to the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, about the challenges they have faced returning to their home country.

Ocean Conference has potential to be a ‘global game-changer’

4 February 2020

The second global Ocean Conference taking place in Portugal in a few months’ time promises to be “a critical moment” for the health of life under water and on land, the President of the UN General Assembly said on Tuesday, as preparations got unde

Climate action ‘both a priority and a driver of the decade’: Guterres

3 February 2020

Climate action will be both a priority and a driver of world affairs through the coming decade, United Nations Secretary-General chief António Guterres announced on Monday, during a speech at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday, in which he decl

‘Spectre of poverty’ hangs over tribes and indigenous groups: UN Labour agency

3 February 2020

Indigenous and tribal communities are around three times more likely to face extreme poverty than others with women “consistently at the bottom of all social and economic indicators”, UN labour experts said on Monday.

Syria: UN health agency highlights ‘critical health threats’ facing Idlib civilians

3 February 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) raised the alarm on Monday over critical health threats facing hundreds-of thousands of Syrians forced to flee due to intensified hostilities in Syria’s northwest, where health facilities and workers have increa

$1.4 billion needed this year to fund UN’s agency for Palestine refugees

31 January 2020

A minimum of $1.4 billion is needed to fund the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, known as UNRWA, the acting chief said on Friday.

The digital building blocks of better communities

31 January 2020

In cities and communities across the world, citizens of all ages and backgrounds are getting the chance to literally play an important role in redesigning their public spaces, thanks to an innovative collaboration between the UN, and the company b

Suriname’s climate promise, for a sustainable future

31 January 2020

Suriname has become the second nation globally to outline updated plans to fight climate change in the hope of ensuring that any future increase in the temperature of the planet does not exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

How mobile money is rebuilding lives in Sudan

31 January 2020

When Mohammed Ahmed left Sudan in search of better life, he couldn’t have imagined that he would find financial security back home.

End Syria fighting to avoid ‘even greater humanitarian catastrophe’

29 January 2020

The “dire and deteriorating humanitarian situation” affecting women and children in northwest Syria was the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator’s top concern on Wednesday morning as he briefed the Security Council in New York.  

India: Climate emergency message resonates at world’s largest literature festival – UN News special report from Jaipur

29 January 2020

Against the backdrop of India’s famed “pink city” of Jaipur, the world’s largest literature festival hosted the UN’s top representative in the country on Monday, who told audience members attending a special session on the climate emergency, that

West Darfur tensions could see 30,000 flee across Sudanese border to Chad: UN refugee agency

28 January 2020

The number of people fleeing to Chad to escape ongoing tensions in Sudan’s West Darfur state, could reach 30,000 in the coming weeks, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday. 

New UN finance panel to push Global Goals forward

28 January 2020

The President of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday encouraged Member States to support a new panel that has been set up to help make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality, by 2030.  

FROM THE FIELD: Sourcing clean water in Ghana

28 January 2020

Communities in northern Ghana are benefiting from the rehabilitation of water sources which is expected to boost livelihoods and build resilience against climate change, thanks to a project supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). 

Nearly 5 million children in need due to rising violence in central Sahel: UNICEF

27 January 2020

A surge in violence in the central Sahel region in Africa means nearly five million children will need humanitarian assistance this year, up from 4.3 million, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday. 

‘Green economy’ pioneer Pavan Sukhdev wins 2020 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

27 January 2020

Renowned environmental economist and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador Pavan Sukhdev was awarded on Monday the 2020 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, recognizing his groundbreaking ‘green economy’ work. 

Deadly earthquake kills dozens in Turkey, UN stands in solidarity and offers support

25 January 2020

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres was deeply saddened by the “loss of life and destruction of property” caused by a 6.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked eastern Turkey on Friday night. 

The drive for quality education worldwide, faces ‘mammoth challenges’

24 January 2020

Aligning inclusive, quality education with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was centre-stage on Friday, as the President of the UN General Assembly held a high-level interactive meeting for the International Day of Education.       

FROM THE FIELD: Niger supporting the most vulnerable, as crises mount  

24 January 2020

The number of people requiring humanitarian assistance in Niger, a country which the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, says is “being assaulted on all fronts”, is expected to increase in 2020. 

Health services for Syrian women caught up in war, foster safety and hope: UNFPA

23 January 2020

Continued displacement from conflict-affected areas in northeast Syria leaves women and girls in urgent need of safe spaces, shelter and reproductive health services, according to a Flash Update this week from UNFPA, the United Nations Population

At Davos, UN chief urges ‘big emitters’ to take climate action

23 January 2020

The world is “doomed” in the face of climate change unless major industrial nations reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday. 

UN chief outlines solutions to defeat ‘four horsemen’ threatening our global future

22 January 2020

The start of the New Year finds the world facing four looming threats to human progress: surging geopolitical tensions, the climate crisis, global mistrust and the downsides of technology, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday. 

‘Negative developments’ undermining two-State solution in Middle East

21 January 2020

Recent heightened tensions in the Middle East underscore the critical need for dialogue and diplomacy in the region, the UN’s Political Affairs chief told the Security Council on Tuesday. 

Healthcare’s a human right, not ‘a privilege for the rich’ UNAIDS argues at Davos

21 January 2020

The UN agency devoted to ending AIDS as a public health threat is calling on top politicians and governments across the world to ensure the right to quality healthcare is upheld, and not just a privilege to be enjoyed by the wealthy.

Rising inequality affecting more than two-thirds of the globe, but it’s not inevitable: new UN report

21 January 2020

Inequality is growing for more than 70 per cent of the global population, exacerbating the risks of divisions and hampering economic and social development.

FROM THE FIELD: Weeding out Mexico’s unwanted beach invader

21 January 2020

An invasive species of seaweed which has blighted tourist beaches in Mexico has become more aggressive due to the heating effects of climate change. But now, thanks to support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), efforts are underway to hold

UN human rights ruling could boost climate change asylum claims

21 January 2020

The UN Human Rights Committee has determined that countries cannot deport people who have sought asylum due to climate-related threats. 

Nearly half a billion people can’t find decent work; unemployment set to rise: new UN labour report

20 January 2020

Around half a billion people work fewer paid hours than they would like, or are not getting enough access to paid work, shows a study published by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Monday, which also forecasts that unemployment will r