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Young workers have been hit hardest by COVID fallout, says UN labour agency

11 August 2022

The number of young people globally who can’t find a job this year is set to reach 73 million – that’s a full six million more than before COVID-19 – the UN labour agency said on Thursday.

Children affected by conflict cannot wait for their education

10 August 2022

From Ethiopia to Chad and Palestine, Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the UN’s fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises, is helping millions of boys and girls affected by conflict around the world to pursue their dreams.

Ukraine grain export deal off to ‘a very good start’ – UN interim Coordinator

10 August 2022

Under the Black Sea Initiative so far, 12 vessels have been “authorized to depart the Ukrainian ports,” the acting UN coordinator for the grain deal told UN journalists in New York on Wednesday. 

Belarus: Rights experts denounce withdrawal from key environmental agreement

10 August 2022

UN experts on Wednesday denounced the decision by Belarus to withdraw from an international agreement that upholds people’s right to access information, as well as justice, in environmental matters. 

UN trade body calls for halting cryptocurrency rise in developing countries

10 August 2022

The UN trade and development body, UNCTAD, has called for action to curb cryptocurrencies in developing nations, in three policy briefs published on Wednesday. 

Ethiopia: Without immediate funding, 750,000 refugees will have ‘nothing to eat’

9 August 2022

UN agencies appealed on Tuesday for $73 million over the next six months to provide food rations to more than 750,000 people seeking refuge in Ethiopia.

Nuclear-free Mongolia a ‘symbol of peace in a troubled world’: Guterres

9 August 2022

In a visit to Mongolia on Tuesday, Secretary-General António Guterres underscored the UN’s full solidarity for the country, which he described as “a symbol of peace in a troubled world”. 

Heat, drought and wildfires during one of the warmest Julys on record– WMO

9 August 2022

Amidst extreme heat, drought and wildfires, many parts of the world had just experienced one of three warmest Julys on record, the UN weather agency said on Tuesday.

Indigenous women’s work to preserve traditional knowledge celebrated on International Day

8 August 2022

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for amplifying the voices of Indigenous women, which is critical to achieving a just future for all people.  

Ethiopia: Loan from UN fund allows FAO to scale up fertilizers for farmers in Tigray

8 August 2022

A $10 million loan from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will allow the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to scale up the procurement of fertilizers to support farmers in the restive Tigray region in northern Ethiopia, the age

From the Field: Outreach across the Horn of Africa

8 August 2022

In July, a UN human rights officer embarked on an outreach visit to the Horn of Africa’s Sool and Sanaag regions, a seven-day round-trip of more than 1,600 kilometres by road.

Giraffes, parrots, and oak trees, among many species facing extinction

7 August 2022

Around one million species are facing extinction, according to a report from IPBES, an independent intergovernmental science and policy body supported by the UN.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator ‘gravely concerned’ by escalation of violence in Gaza

6 August 2022

The ongoing and serious escalation of violence in and around Gaza between Palestinian militants and Israel has claimed the lives of 13 Palestinians by Israeli airstrikes, including a 5-year-old child and one woman, informed Lynn Hastings, UN Human

First Person: The honey business owner creating a buzz in northern Uganda

5 August 2022

Sam Aderubo started his company, Honey Pride, in Arua, northern Uganda, in order to make a positive impact on his community.

WMO reports decrease in likelihood of severe Atlantic hurricane season ahead 

5 August 2022

As the North Atlantic hurricane season enters its traditional peak period, the US National  Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) has adjusted its forecast to monitor the conditions which impact cyclonic activity, according to the UN weath

Nuclear technology helps Mexico eradicate invasive insect pest

5 August 2022

One of the most devastating insect pests infesting fruits and vegetables in Mexico has been eradicated in the state of Colima, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Somalia: ‘We cannot wait for famine to be declared; we must act now’

5 August 2022

Rising acute food insecurity in Somalia has caused more than 900,000 people to flee their homes in search of humanitarian assistance since January last year, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned.

Major fall in global food prices for July, but future supply worries remain

5 August 2022

Food prices dropped significantly in July, marking the fifth consecutive monthly decline since hitting record highs earlier in the year in the wake of the war in Ukraine, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) reported on Friday. 

More lifesaving grain shipments authorized to leave Ukraine

4 August 2022

Three more ships have been given the green light to leave Ukraine’s Black Sea ports on Friday, carrying just over 58,000 tons of corn, in a move that will raise hopes further for the success of a UN initiative aimed at lowering prices of essential

UNFPA global innovation awards: 10 projects that will change lives of women and girls

4 August 2022

The UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency, UNFPA, has announced the ten winners of its first ever Joint Innovation Challenge; a cutting edge competition to provide funding for social enterprises with innovative solutions that advance the empo

Unprecedented global challenges are ‘not insurmountable’ – UN chief

4 August 2022

Nearly a year ago, the UN chief released his report, Our Common Agenda (OCA), a blueprint for global cooperation moving forward, and reinvigorated multilateralism.

Unprecedented global challenges are ‘not insurmountable’ – UN chief

4 August 2022

Nearly a year ago, the UN chief released his report, Our Common Agenda (OCA), a blueprint for global cooperation moving forward, and reinvigorated multilateralism.

UN chief slams ‘immoral’ profiteering amid global energy crisis

3 August 2022

As the war in Ukraine continues to rage, skyrocketing energy prices are compounding an existential cost-of-living crisis for hundreds of millions of people, the UN chief said on Wednesday, introducing the third is a series of briefings from the Gl

Ukraine: Black Sea grain shipment success raises hopes more will follow

3 August 2022

The first, eagerly-awaited commercial shipment of grain to leave the Ukrainian port of Odesa since Russia’s invasion more than five months ago, was cleared to proceed to Lebanon on Wednesday, after a scheduled inspection stopover in Istanbul.

Horn of Africa faces most ‘catastrophic’ food insecurity in decades, warns WHO

2 August 2022

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday that the Greater Horn of Africa is experiencing one of the worst hunger crises of the last 70 years.  

American west faces water and power shortages due to climate crisis: UN environment agency

2 August 2022

Two of the largest reservoirs in the United States are at dangerously low levels due to the climate crisis and overconsumption of water, which could affect water and electricity supply for millions in six western states and Mexico, the UN Environm

Ukraine: Guterres welcomes departure of first grain ship, to help ease food crisis

1 August 2022

The UN chief on Monday welcomed the departure of the first ship from the Ukrainian port of Odesa to leave carrying grain under the landmark deal signed by Ukraine, Russia and Türkiye, overseen by the UN.

INTERVIEW: Accessible finance is key to realizing Uganda’s potential

31 July 2022

Northern Uganda suffers from a development gap with the rest of the country, with high rates of poverty and unemployment.

First Person: Surviving Bali’s COVID tourism crash

30 July 2022

Dekha Dewandana ran a thriving ‘homestay’ tourism property in Bali, and received UN-supported training which has helped him to maintain a high standard of hospitality.

From The Field: Protecting the last Malayan tigers

29 July 2022

The Malayan tiger is a critically endangered species, at a real risk of extinction, mainly as a result of illegal poaching and wildlife trafficking: according to the Malaysian authorities, fewer than 200 are left.