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Ethiopia: ‘Incomplete but troubling picture’ reveals impact of Tigray crisis on children

12 February 2021

Humanitarians are learning more about the dire situation of children in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where fighting continues between Government troops and regional forces of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). 

UN talks ‘honestly’ about the environment and avoids ‘scaremongering’

10 February 2021

The challenge of tackling climate change is one that the UN needs to talk about “honestly, without scaremongering” and by focusing on scientific fact, according to Inger Andersen, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). 

East Asian countries led economic recovery in last quarter of 2020, says UN report

10 February 2021

Without the resilience of the economies of East Asia and the Pacific, there would have been no global trade recovery at the end of last year, UN analysts said on Wednesday.

UN highlights importance of pulses for diets and food security, marking World Day

10 February 2021

The United Nations is marking World Pulses Day on Wednesday, highlighting the importance of the legumes not only as a vital source of nutrition but also for improving soil fertility and warding off crop pests. 

FROM THE FIELD: Teaching Chad’s scientists of the future

9 February 2021

The study of science could have a “transformational” impact on young people living in different conflict areas across the world according to the UN’s Education Cannot Wait programme.

Without ‘constructive international diplomacy’ Syria’s peace process will not move forward

9 February 2021

 The UN Special Envoy for Syria said there had to be “constructive international diplomacy” if the peace process is to move forward in any way, appearing before the Security Council behind closed doors on Tuesday.  

Cooling La Niña is on the wane, but temperatures set to rise: UN weather agency

9 February 2021

Temperatures in almost all parts of the world will likely rise between now and April despite the cooling influence of the latest La Niña weather phenomenon, which has passed its peak, UN climate experts said on Tuesday.

Ethiopia: Government approves ‘first step’ towards Tigray emergency assistance 

8 February 2021

UN agencies have received approval from the Ethiopian Government for 25 international staff to provide humanitarian assistance inside the country’s conflict-torn Tigray region, the UN Spokesperson said on Monday. 

Social development key pillar for ‘sustainable and resilient’ world – Commission hears 

8 February 2021

As coronavirus vaccines provide a glimmer of optimism around the world, a high-level UN official said on Monday that it was “painful to witness” the dashed hopes of most people in the Global South who have little chance of receiving an inoculation

2021 a ‘crucial year’ for climate change, UN chief tells Member States

8 February 2021

The world is far from achieving agreed goals to reduce global warming in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the UN Secretary-General warned on Monday in his ongoing bid to secure greater commitment to averting climate catastrophe. 

UN stands ready to support relief, in aftermath of deadly India flash floods

8 February 2021

The United Nations stands ready, if necessary, to contribute to ongoing rescue and assistance efforts, following a glacier burst and subsequent flash flooding in northern India, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Sunday.

Rapid scale up crucial to meet humanitarian needs in Ethiopia’s Tigray: Joint UN-Government mission

7 February 2021

A joint United Nations-Government of Ethiopia mission to Mekelle in the country’s Tigray region, on Saturday, underscored the need for strong partnership to rapidly scale up a Government-led collective response to meet immediate humanitarian needs

FROM THE FIELD: Sharing migration stories across generations in Central America

6 February 2021

Two migrants, one young and one old, have been sharing their experiences of migrating to a small town in Costa Rica in Central America.

Aid agencies renew appeals for aid access to all areas in Ethiopia’s Tigray

5 February 2021

The UN renewed appeals on Friday for humanitarian access to all areas of Ethiopia’s troubled Tigray region to help people displaced fighting, forcing the most desperate to eat leaves to survive.

Afghanistan: Detainee torture allegations remain ‘alarming’, UN report reveals

3 February 2021

Torture claims among people detained for security or terrorism-related offences in Afghanistan remain high, according to a new UN human rights report published on Wednesday. 

‘Make peace with nature’, UN chief urges at Ocean Decade launch

3 February 2021

January marked the beginning of what many within the UN and beyond view as “the most critical decade of our lives”, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said on Wednesday, launching a major initiative to protect the wo

First Person: Digging for victory in the Philippines

3 February 2021

Some farming techniques can have a devastating and negative effect on the environment, as farmers seek to harvest the maximum amount of produce from their land, but the efforts of a Filipino chef and activist are demonstrating that, with the right

Urgent steps needed to alleviate suffering in Ethiopia’s Tigray region: Guterres

3 February 2021

The United Nations Secretary-General, on Tuesday, voiced grave concerns over the crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and underscored the need for urgent efforts to protect populations at risk. 

Pandemic triggers ‘widespread upheaval’ in global fisheries and aquaculture

2 February 2021

COVID-19 has caused “widespread upheaval” for the whole fishing and aquaculture industry around the world, the UN deputy agriculture chief said on Tuesday, launching a new report that assesses the toll the pandemic has taken on the sector. 

Impact of COVID-19 on cancer care has been ‘profound’, warns UN health agency 

2 February 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a “profound” impact on the diagnosis and treatment of cancer around the world, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, before highlighting that breast cancer has become the most common type of the dise

FROM THE FIELD: Celebrating the power of centuries-old farming techniques

31 January 2021

Sustainability is not new: communities have been living in harmony with their surroundings for hundreds, if not thousands of years.

Fair Finance: The women entrepreneurs lifting communities out of poverty

31 January 2021

Helping women start and grow businesses in the world’s poorest countries is a path to lifting them and their families out of poverty, the high-profile businesswoman, and new UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Goodwill Ambassador Sonia Gardner, ha

FROM THE FIELD: COVID crisis creates new wave of self-reliance for Tonga

30 January 2021

Although Tonga, an archipelago in the South Pacific, has so far avoided COVID-19 cases, the pandemic has hit the economy hard along with the entire region, and helped Tongans become more resilient and less reliant on expensive food imports.

Fair Finance: How can the global inequality gap be narrowed?

30 January 2021

Reducing inequality is one of the UN’s flagship goals, but the gulf between rich and poor worldwide, remains persistently high.

EU must place social justice ‘at its core’ to lift people out of poverty

29 January 2021

The European Union’s failure to lift 20 million people out of poverty by 2020, is “a defeat for social rights”, an independent UN human rights expert said on Friday, urging the bloc to boldly rethink its whole socio-economic approach.

Follow the science: UN plans for a stronger pandemic recovery

29 January 2021

Funders responsible for more than $100 million of annual global research investments joined the deputy UN chief Amina Mohammed on Friday to discuss how to unify research efforts, and use science to recover effectively from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Syria floods: Humanitarians working ‘round the clock’ to provide urgent relief

29 January 2021

Humanitarian staff have been working “round the clock” to reopen access roads and provide emergency relief from the disastrous impact that recent floods have unleased on displaced people living in camps in northwest Syria, the UN’s deputy humanita

Escalating hostilities in Yemen’s Hudaydah put thousands of civilians at risk

28 January 2021

Civilians in Yemen’s Hudaydah Governorate, face a growing threat from escalating clashes, with shelling of residential areas ongoing, endangering thousands.

Tigray’s children in crisis and beyond reach, after months of conflict: UNICEF

27 January 2021

Three months since fighting began in Ethiopia’s northern state of Tigray, there’s grave concern for the plight of youngsters there, the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF has warned.

Tens of thousands in northwest Syria lose shelter after floods inundate camps

27 January 2021

Heavy rains and floods in north-west Syria has worsened the plight of tens of thousands of internally displaced persons, destroying their tents, food and belongings in the midst of winter, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OC