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‘Act urgently’ to stave off catastrophic famine in Yemen: Guterres

20 November 2020

Yemen is in “imminent danger of the worst famine the world has seen for decades”, the UN chief warned in a statement released on Friday, calling for urgent action on the part of the international community to “stave off catastrophe”.

This World Children’s Day, ‘reimagine a better future’, for every child

20 November 2020

The global community is marking World Children’s Day on Friday, calling for societies to “reimagine a better future” for every child, where each one has the opportunity to thrive. 

FROM THE FIELD: From President to shepherd, the dreams of displaced children of the Sahel

20 November 2020

Engineer, nurse, breakdancer, shepherd, human rights lawyer, journalist, musician and president are just some of the future dreams harboured by young displaced people in the Sahel region of Africa.

Climate crisis: ‘Nowhere near the finish line’ – UN chief 

19 November 2020

Pointing to its “pioneering legislation and policies”, on Thursday the UN chief hailed the 27-member European Union (EU) as a “a leader on climate action”, that had shown that it was possible to cut emissions while achieving economic growth. 

Development funding and trade transparency needed, to stop COVID-19 dividing the world

19 November 2020

The pandemic has redefined the world economy in ways that will deepen inequality and can only be reversed if a global transformation in attitudes towards trade and development allows the whole world to recover together, the UN trade body UNCTAD sa

Refugee resettlement numbers fall to lowest in two decades: UNHCR 

19 November 2020

Refugee resettlement numbers will be at a “record low” this year, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Wednesday, with only 15,425 people resettled in the first nine months of 2020, compared to more than 50,000 in 2019. 

UN officials assess needs at camps for refugees from Ethiopia’s Tigray region

18 November 2020

Senior UN officials have conducted a two-day mission to southeastern Sudan, where some 30,000 Ethiopians have found refuge after fleeing ongoing fighting between national and regional forces in Tigray province, the world body reported on Wednesday

Latest Ebola outbreak is declared over, with lessons for COVID-19  

18 November 2020

An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is over, the government announced on Wednesday, after a five-month response supported by the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO), and other partners.   

Backed by space technology, Asia-Pacific countries power sustainable development

18 November 2020

Asian and Pacific nations are increasingly leveraging space technology and geospatial information to respond to challenges on the ground, including in their efforts to contain the spread and mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, accordi

Persons living with disabilities ‘have very special abilities’, UN deputy chief tells young Ghanaians  

17 November 2020

During her visit to Ghana on Monday, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed met with young people living with HIV and disabilities in the capital, Accra.   

UN releases $100 million to guard against famine

17 November 2020

The United Nations released $100 million of emergency funding on Tuesday to stave off the risk of famine in seven countries most at risk from a hunger epidemic fueled by conflict, economic decline, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.

UN warns of catastrophe as second hurricane in two weeks hits Central America  

17 November 2020

The United Nations warned on Tuesday of catastrophic consequences from Hurricane Iota, the second major tropical cyclone to hit Central America this month.   

‘Full scale’ humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ethiopia’s Tigray: UNHCR

17 November 2020

A “full-scale humanitarian crisis” is unfolding as thousands of refugees flee ongoing fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region each day to seek safety in eastern Sudan, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported on Tuesday. 

Rising hunger, ‘an outrage in a world of plenty’: Guterres

16 November 2020

“Hunger is an outrage in a world of plenty”, the UN chief told the governing body of the Organization’s food agency on Monday, highlighting the important role of food security in cementing peace. 
 

Climate change: UN chief calls for ‘great leap’ towards carbon neutrality

16 November 2020

As countries work to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, they also have the chance to “get it right” on climate change, the UN Secretary-General told a virtual gathering of influential leaders on Monday. 

New Asian trade bloc could play key role in driving investment 

16 November 2020

A new trade bloc covering a huge swathe of the Asia-Pacific region will play an important role in developing poorer economies and in post-pandemic stimulus, according to a report published on Monday by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (U

A deep dive into Zero Hunger: farming the seas

15 November 2020

With the world population expected to rise to 9.7 billion by 2050, food production will need to keep pace, and experts believe the Ocean can provide much of the sustenance we need.

A deep dive into Zero Hunger: the seaweed revolution

14 November 2020

If just two per cent of the Ocean were to be sustainably farmed, the world could easily be fed, according to experts.

Deputy UN chief looks to ‘new dawn for Mali’, promotes participation of women in country’s transition

13 November 2020

The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed on Friday has been strongly advocating for the greater participation of women and youth in Mali’s ongoing transition towards a durable peace, and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as she continu

Reported Ethiopia massacre: UN rights chief warns of spiralling situation, war crimes 

13 November 2020

Disturbing reports of an alleged massacre have surfaced in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, amid fighting between national and regional forces that may become impossible to control, the UN human rights chief warned on Friday. 

COVID disruption will ‘pale in comparison’ if world fails to act on climate change, SDGs

12 November 2020

The fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) “go hand in hand”, the UN chief told a major development bank conference on Thursday.

‘No way’ to get vital humanitarian aid into Ethiopia’s Tigray region, UN warns

12 November 2020

With telephone lines still cut and transport links disrupted, it is impossible for humanitarians to get vital supplies into Ethiopia’s Tigray region or assess evolving humanitarian needs, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Seafarers, heroes of the pandemic as shipping plays vital role in crisis

12 November 2020

The global shipping industry has played a vital role in the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and demand for its services has limited the annual decline in maritime trade volumes to around 4.1 per cent in 2020, the UN Conference on Trade a

Beirut blast aftermath: Healing underway, city needs more support to cleanse ‘deep wounds’

11 November 2020

Those affected by the devastating explosions that tore through Beirut 100 days ago, killing more than 200 people, remain in need of crucial support, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Wednesday. 

UN envoy urges Yemen’s warring parties to place ‘a firm bet on peace’, as famine threat continues

11 November 2020

The plight of Yemenis demands “nothing less than a firm bet on peace”, the UN Special Envoy told the Security Council on Wednesday.  

COVID-19: Slow road to jobs recovery for Latin America and the Caribbean

10 November 2020

The labour market in Latin America and the Caribbean faces a slow recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the need for “active macro policies” and other measures to promote sustainable development alongside getting people back into the

UN agency for Palestine refugees runs out of money as COVID-19 spreads

10 November 2020

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNWRA) has run out of cash on hand to keep vital services going amid the worsening health emergency, UNRWA spokesperson Tamara Alrifai told a regular UN press briefing in Geneva on Tuesday.

UN chief stresses need for greater speed to achieve carbon neutrality

9 November 2020

Although more Governments and businesses are committing to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, the world is still falling far short of that goal, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday in his latest push for a cleaner, greener future.

WHO’s Tedros says it is time for the world to heal, pushing back on ‘misguided nationalism’ 

9 November 2020

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told Member States on Monday that efforts to tackle climate change and poverty had been set back by a lack of global unity since major agreements were struck five years ag

‘Super typhoon’ Goni: UN, partners seek $45 million in immediate relief for affected populations

9 November 2020

The United Nations and humanitarian partners in the Philippines launched, on Monday, a response plan for $45.5 million to bring life-saving assistance and protection to hundreds of thousands of people affected by Typhoon Goni.