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Conflicts and insecurity remain ‘major bottlenecks’ to achieving UN global goals

2 December 2022

Amidst multiple conflicts that have disrupted supply chains, fuelled food insecurity, and contributed to the rising risk of famine and forced displacement throughout numerous countries, the UN convened a high-level meeting on Friday to discuss sol

UN appeals for record $51.5 billion to help 230 million on the brink in 2023

1 December 2022

A record $51.5 billion is needed to help 230 million of the world’s most vulnerable people in nearly 70 countries next year, the UN said on Thursday.

UN appeals for record $51.5 billion to help 230 million on the brink in 2023

1 December 2022

A record $51.5 billion is needed to help 230 million of the world’s most vulnerable people in nearly 70 countries next year, the UN said on Thursday.

In Africa, UN chief sees continent full of ‘hope and potential’

1 December 2022

Far too often, Africa is viewed from outside “through a prism of problems” said UN chief António Guterres on Thursday, speaking in the Ethiopian capital, home to the African Union, where he has been taking part in the sixth UN-AU annual conference

$1.72 billion plan launched to support Venezuelans on the move in Latin America and the Caribbean 

1 December 2022

Two UN agencies launched on Thursday, a $1.72 billion regional plan to support Venezuelan refugees and migrants throughout Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). 

Rising inflation, falling wages threaten increased poverty and unrest: ILO

30 November 2022

Rising inflation has caused a striking decline in real monthly wages in many countries, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said in a report published on Wednesday, highlighting the urgent need for policies to prevent further poverty, ineq

‘Intense diplomatic efforts’ continue to ensure food and fertilizers reach those in need

29 November 2022

The first shipment of fertilizer donated by Russian producers to countries hit hard by rising global food insecurity, has left the Netherlands bound for Malawi, the UN Spokesperson said in a statement on Tuesday.

Large parts of world drier than normal in 2021: WMO

29 November 2022

Most of the globe was drier than normal in 2021, with “cascading effects on economies, ecosystems and our daily lives”, the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Tuesday.

Ports, shipping need to go green to resist future global crises: UNCTAD

29 November 2022

The entire shipping industry must invest urgently in sustainability if it is to withstand future shocks and help prevent another global cost-of-living crisis linked to supply chain disruption, UN trade and development experts UNCTAD said on Tuesda

UN Forum tackles ‘digital poverty’ facing 2.7 billion people  

29 November 2022

The annual UN forum on Internet governance is under way this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, aiming to deliver bold solutions for an open, free, inclusive and secure digital future for all, in particular for the 2.7 billion people with no Internet

UN envoy warns against ‘worrying and dangerous’ military escalation in Syria

29 November 2022

Syria needs less military activity and more focus on the political process, UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen told the Security Council on Tuesday, appealing for restraint amid a worrying trend towards escalation. 

Ports, shipping need to go green to resist future global crises: UNCTAD

29 November 2022

The entire shipping industry must invest urgently in sustainability if it is to withstand future shocks and help prevent another global cost-of-living crisis linked to supply chain disruption, UN trade and development experts UNCTAD said on Tuesda

Numbers forced to flee passes 100 million; many displaced for decades: UNDP

29 November 2022

Humanitarian aid alone cannot overcome record levels of internal displacement globally, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said in a report published on Tuesday, calling for urgent action to support people uprooted by climate, conflict and crisis

‘We cannot give up’ on the millions suffering in drought-stricken Horn of Africa, urges WFP official

28 November 2022

Millions of people in the Horn of Africa – a region at the intersection of some of the worst impacts of climate change, recurring humanitarian crises and insecurity – are facing the driest conditions in four decades along with extreme food shortag

Ukraine: Heading into winter without heat or water, needs in Mykolaiv are 'critical’ 

28 November 2022

In the south of Ukraine, people have no water, electricity or heat, and food is scarce, the UN Spokesperson said on Monday. 

UNEP honours five protectors of Mother Earth

22 November 2022

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced on Tuesday, the 2022 Champions of the Earth for their transformative action to prevent, halt or reverse ecosystem degradation.  

At Fez forum, UN chief calls for global ‘alliance of peace’ recognizing inclusion and richness of diversity

22 November 2022

In a world where “old evils – antisemitism, anti-Muslim bigotry, persecution of Christians, xenophobia, and racism – are receiving new leases on life”, the UN Alliance of Civilizations is helping to show the way on how to act in solidarity, UN Sec

Honour traffic victims by making roads safer: Guterres

21 November 2022

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for greater global efforts to achieve the goal of reducing traffic deaths and injuries by half by 2030. 

COP27 closes with deal on loss and damage: ‘A step towards justice’, says UN chief

20 November 2022

After days of intense negotiations that stretched into early Sunday morning in Sharm el-Sheikh, countries at the UN Climate Change Conference, known as COP27, reached agreement on an outcome that established a funding mechanism to compensate vulne

‘Join forces’ for peaceful, prosperous continent, urges UN chief on Africa Industrialization Day

20 November 2022

On Africa Industrialization Day, Sunday, the UN chief urged everyone to “join forces to build a more sustainable, peaceful, and prosperous continent for all”.

From the Field: In Ukraine, ‘I have grown used to the endless fear’

19 November 2022

Living with fear and the daily threat of death is something that all Ukrainians have had to reckon with since Russia’s invasion of 24 February, and local UN staff are no exception.

As COP27 deadline slips, UN chief urges negotiators to aim for ‘maximum ambition’ on loss and damage

18 November 2022

The 27th UN Climate Change Conference will close at least one day later than expected, the Egyptian Presidency announced on Friday, calling for negotiators to “shift gears” so an agreement can be reached on the remaining sticking points.

Rights experts decry harassment of activists attending COP27

18 November 2022

Independent human rights experts are in dialogue with Egyptian and UN authorities over the harassment of civil society representatives at the COP27 climate change conference, according to a statement issued on Friday. 

UN chief welcomes renewal of Black Sea Grain Initiative

17 November 2022

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday welcomed the renewal of the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which had been due to expire on Saturday.

Peru’s food crisis grows amid soaring prices and poverty: FAO

17 November 2022

Peru has become the most food-insecure country in South America, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO.

UN’s game plan for sanitation for all

17 November 2022

Ahead of World Toilet Day on 19 November, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is launching a new game plan to help governments achieve safely managed sanitation for their populations and m

Horn of Africa: UNFPA launches $113 million appeal for drought-impacted women and girls

16 November 2022

The unprecedented drought in the Horn of Africa is affecting whole communities, but it is women and girls who are paying “an unacceptably high price”, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Wednesday, launching a $113.7 million appeal to meet thei

COP27: Protecting biodiversity is protecting the Paris Agreement

16 November 2022

While for many years the climate crisis and the biodiversity crisis have been treated as separate issues, the reality – as highlighted on Wednesday at COP27– is that there is no viable route to limiting global warming to 1.5°C without urgently pro

COP27: Protecting biodiversity is protecting the Paris Agreement

16 November 2022

While for many years the climate crisis and the biodiversity crisis have been treated as separate issues, the reality – as highlighted on Wednesday at COP27– is that there is no viable route to limiting global warming to 1.5°C without urgently pro