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‘It’s your future to define’, says UN deputy chief, urging young African leaders to push for Global Goals

25 February 2020

Meeting in Zimbabwe with young leaders from across the African continent,UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on Monday encouraged the lively gathering to “use your youth power, for it’s your future to define”, telling them to use technology

One in three Venezuelans not getting enough to eat, UN study finds

25 February 2020

Hyperinflation in Venezuela means that roughly one-third of the population – more than nine million people – do not get enough to eat and are in need of assistance, according to estimates published on Tuesday by the World Food Programme (WFP). 

More funding needed to combat locust swarms ‘unprecedented in modern times’

25 February 2020

Along with climate shocks, conflict and acute food insecurity, the East Africa region now faces a hunger threat from desert locusts, top UN relief officials warned on Tuesday, saying action now, will avert a major food crisis later.  

Biodiversity ‘fundamental’ for global food systems, at “heart’ of development – UN agriculture chief  

24 February 2020

Because the production of everything we eat transforms the environment, the United Nations agriculture chief told a high-level UN meeting on biodiversity that careful discussions are needed to decide on the scale of acceptable transformations. 

Climate change takes toll on Zimbabwe’s natural habitat, UN deputy chief observes

23 February 2020

Alongside the human population, Africa’s animals are suffering greatly from the effects of climate change, United Nations Deputy Secretary General Amina Mahommed saw first-hand on Sunday in Zimbabwe.

Ten new migratory species protected under global wildlife agreement

22 February 2020

Asian elephants, jaguars and great Indian bustards were among 10 new species added to a global wildlife agreement on Saturday. 

Ten new migratory species protected under global wildlife agreement

22 February 2020

Asian elephants, jaguars and great Indian bustards were among 10 new species added to a global wildlife agreement on Saturday. 

UN chief appeals for end to Syria’s ‘man-made humanitarian nightmare’

21 February 2020

In a tersely delivered statement on Friday, the UN Secretary-General appealed for an end to the “man-made humanitarian nightmare” currently unfolding in Syria, where ongoing military operations in the north-west have displaced hundreds of thousand

On World Social Justice Day, the UN labour agency  says ‘put people and planet first'

20 February 2020

Reduce inequality around the world, the United Nations labour agency urged on Thursday, World Social Justice Day.

More than $1 billion pledged for post-earthquake recovery in Albania

20 February 2020

The international community has pledged $1.25 billion to help Albania recover from a devastating earthquake during a European Union-led donors’ conference in Brussels.  

At Stockholm road safety summit, UN officials join global call to end ‘scourge’ of preventable deaths

19 February 2020

Road traffic accidents take some 1.35 million lives every year and cost most countries three per cent of their gross domestic product, the top UN health official said on Wednesday as the Third Global Ministerial Conference On Road Safety kicked of

Millions of children and families in Niger struggle as humanitarian needs mount – UNICEF

19 February 2020

Malnutrition, disease, floods, droughts and displacement in Niger have put nearly three million people, more than half of them children, in need of humanitarian assistance, UNICEF said on Wednesday, calling for increased attention to their plight.

Security Council urged to find political way forward in Syria

19 February 2020

With progress stalled on both the peace and political fronts in Syria, UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen urged ambassadors in the Security Council on Wednesday to “put their weight” into finding a solution to end nearly nine years of conflict. 

Yemen: Recent uptick in fighting contradicts desire for peace

18 February 2020

A recent escalation in fighting between warring parties in Yemen contradicts their stated desire to peacefully end nearly five years of conflict, UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths said in a briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday. 

Amid ‘horrifying’ new level of violence in north-west Syria, UN relief chief says ceasefire is the only option

17 February 2020

The crisis in north-west Syria has reached a “horrifying new level”, the UN Humanitarian Affairs chief warned on Monday.

Amid global ‘learning crisis’, Parliaments can ensure adequate resources for education, says UN Assembly President

17 February 2020

Education is the “great equalizer” and Parliaments have a major role to play in scaling up action to ensure that adequate financial resources are allocated to education, girls’ education and technical and vocational training throughout in national

Protecting migratory species in a rapidly changing world

17 February 2020

Many animals – including birds, fish and mammals – migrate along set routes in search of food or breeding grounds. How best to protect them in a rapidly changing world is the focus of a major UN wildlife meeting which opened in Gandhinagar, India,

In Pakistan, Guterres urges world to step up climate action, praises support to Afghan refugees

16 February 2020

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday began a three-day visit to Pakistan, recognizing the country’s decades of “outstanding generosity and solidarity” as one of the world’s largest hosts of refugees, and highlighting its place in confro

World Urban Forum ends with call for united action to ensure sustainable future for cities and towns

14 February 2020

The premier international gathering on the future of cities wrapped up on Thursday in Abu Dhabi with delegates urging action on all aspects of rapid urbanization, recognizing that an increasingly urbanized world is a ‘transformative force’ that ca

Vital Idlib aid deliveries resume after ‘heavy bombing’ - WFP 

14 February 2020

Urgently-needed aid deliveries to embattled civilians in north-west Syria have started again after a day-long break in distributions caused by escalating hostilities, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday. 

Mobile game aims to bridge gap between citizens and leaders on climate action

13 February 2020

Millions of people worldwide will get to share their views on climate action through a UN campaign launched on Thursday aimed at connecting them with Governments and policy makers. 

Ai Wei Wei sculpture celebrates pedal power, as Urban Forum continues in Abu Dhabi

12 February 2020

“You can walk down to the sculpture,” said the guide, “or,” and he paused to pique interest, “you can use one of these new public bicycles and follow the bike lane.” He gestured enticingly at a row of brand new, green, semi-electric bicycles.

$683 million appeal to deliver reproductive health services, where they’re most needed

11 February 2020

With more than half of all maternal deaths occuring in countries affected by humanitarian crises and fragility, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is calling for greater international support to provide life-saving reproductive health and protection s

‘Don’t forget Madagascar’s children’, UN appeals for long-term help as emergency worsens

11 February 2020

Since 2012, the plight of children in Madagascar has not improved and is in many cases getting worse, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday.

Victim-centred laws ‘paramount’ to combat online sexual abuse against children

11 February 2020

Comprehensive national strategies are urgently needed to prevent child sexual abuse online and other Internet issues for children, independent UN human rights experts said on Tuesday, Safer Internet Day.

With science ‘held back by a gender gap’, Guterres calls for more empowerment for women and girls

10 February 2020

Fewer than 30 per cent of the world’s scientific researchers are women: that’s just one of the statistics showing how many challenges remain for women and girls in the scientific field, as the world marks the International Day of Women and Girls i

Act now to prevent Desert Locust catastrophe in Horn of Africa: UN agencies

10 February 2020

With the rainy season fast approaching, countries in the Horn of Africa are in a race against time to tackle a Desert Locust invasion amidst ongoing humanitarian challenges, the United Nations warned on Monday. 

World Urban Forum: cities must be ‘at the heart’ of sustainable development 

9 February 2020

The official opening of the 10th Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF) took place in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, with UN chief António Guterres telling delegates that cities and towns were crucial to deliver sustainable development across the globe duri

AU Summit: Guterres calls for ‘collective, comprehensive, coordinated’ response to challenges facing Africa

9 February 2020

The challenges facing African nations are “complex, multi-faceted and far-reaching" but a “collective, comprehensive and coordinated” response by the global community will build on the momentum that already exists to help the continent thrive, the

World Urban Forum looks to realize a ‘common vision’ for cities of the future

8 February 2020

The Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10), the largest global gathering on the future of cities, opened on Saturday with thousands taking part in lively discussion, through different assemblies representing youth, women, grassroot communi