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Climate action: UN chief encouraged by Japan’s 2050 net zero pledge 

26 October 2020

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed Japan’s announcement on Monday that it would reduce carbon emissions to zero, by 2050, as part of the global effort to slow the worldwide rise in temperatures, and prevent the most damaging effect

UN expresses hope ‘new opportunities’ will arise from Sudan’s recognition of Israel

24 October 2020

The UN chief on Saturday said he was taking note of the announcement that Sudan has agreed to normalize relations with Israel, expressing hope that further cooperation will advance international peace and prosperity.

Step up action to achieve COVID-19 ceasefire, Guterres says in UN Day message

23 October 2020

The UN’s 75th anniversary this Saturday, which falls as countries continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, is an opportunity to accelerate action to achieve a global ceasefire during the crisis, Secretary-General António Guterres has said. 

Rohingya conference pledges to ‘remain steadfast’ in finding solutions to crisis

22 October 2020

A joint UN-hosted donor conference to rally international support behind Myanmar’s displaced Rohingya minority, ended on Thursday with a promise to continue engaging with concerned countries towards finding a long-term solution to their plight.

Classroom crisis: Avert a ‘generational catastrophe’, urges UN chief

22 October 2020

The world is at risk of suffering “a generational catastrophe” as COVID-19 wreaks havoc on the education of students globally, the UN chief said on Thursday. 

FROM THE FIELD: Women guardians of the environment

21 October 2020

Women from around the world are being given a more prominent role in the fight against climate change, thanks to the efforts of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

A few ‘green shoots’, but future of global trade remains deeply uncertain

21 October 2020

Although global trade is making a frail recovery, the outlook remains uncertain, UN trade and development body UNCTAD said on Wednesday, in announcing its latest COVID-era update. 

Environmental factors behind 15 per cent of deaths across Mediterranean, new UN report reveals

21 October 2020

Around 15 per cent of deaths in the Mediterranean are attributable to preventable environmental factors, a new UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report released on Wednesday has revealed.

Collapsing consumer demand amid lockdowns cripple Asia-Pacific garment industry

21 October 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered government lockdowns, collapsed consumer demand, and disrupted imports of raw materials, battering the Asia Pacific garment industry especially hard, according to a new report released on Wednesday by the Intern

Trusted data helps us all ‘understand the changing world’ – UN chief

20 October 2020

Current, reliable and trusted data help us to “understand the changing world” in which we live, the UN chief said on Tuesday in his message for World Statistics Day.

UN chief appeals for urgent action to reverse ‘downward spiral’ in Central Sahel

20 October 2020

The world must act now to reverse the situation in Africa’s central Sahel region, where humanitarian needs are at “a breaking point”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told a high-level conference on Tuesday, to address the burgeoning crisis. 

One in six children living in extreme poverty, with figure set to rise during pandemic

20 October 2020

An estimated one in six children – or 356 million globally – were living in extreme poverty before the COVID-19 pandemic began, and this is set to worsen significantly, according to a new World Bank Group and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) analysis r

Burkina Faso ‘one step short of famine’, warns UN food relief agency

19 October 2020

Unless access is urgently granted to humanitarian organizations, thousands in the Central Sahel will be “pushed into further destitution”, the UN emergency food relief agency warned on Monday.  

‘Biocups’, electric motorcycle taxis and recycling 500 billion bottles for a sustainable Thailand: a UN Resident Coordinator blog

19 October 2020

The private sector in Thailand has a key role to play in helping the south-east Asian country to reach poverty reduction and sustainable development goals agreed by the international community.

Yemen: Combatants ‘have to find strength’ to end fighting, says UN humanitarian official

18 October 2020

Parties to the conflict in Yemen must do more to protect civilians, a senior UN humanitarian official in the country has said, as the number of civilian deaths has witnessed a sharp rise over the last few weeks in the war-ravaged country. 

Violence, COVID-19, contribute to rising humanitarian needs in the Sahel

16 October 2020

A surge in armed violence, coupled with the economic and social fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, are contributing to worsening conditions for children in the Central Sahel, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported on Friday. 

LIVE: World Food Day

16 October 2020

Hunger is rising, due to factors including conflict, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, which is putting a strain on food systems that are already failing in many countries.

An ‘airlift of hope’ in Yemen, UN envoy tells Security Council

15 October 2020

An “airlift of hope” agreed by Yemen’s warring parties to return more than 1,000 detainees to their families has been welcomed by UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths, who has urged both sides to agree to further peace-building measures.


Social protection coverage in Asia and the Pacific ‘riddled with gaps’

15 October 2020

More than half of the people living in Asia and the Pacific lack any social protection coverage, leaving populations vulnerable to ill-health, poverty, inequality and social exclusion, a new UN report has found. 

Thousands displaced by fighting in southern Afghanistan

14 October 2020

Thousands of people have been displaced and critical health services interrupted, after fighting erupted on 11 October in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, the UN humanitarian office has reported. 

Stand in solidarity with world’s poor, UN chief says in message for International Day

13 October 2020

The UN Secretary-General has called for solidarity with all people living in poverty, during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. 

‘Time for global solidarity’ to overcome COVID’s health, social and economic challenges

13 October 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only led to a “dramatic loss” of human life but also constitutes an “unprecedented challenge” to public health, food systems and employment, a group of leading UN agencies said on Tuesday. 

FROM THE FIELD: Cultivating a response to disasters in Malawi

13 October 2020

Farmers in Malawi who are struggling with the dual threats of climate change and an economic crisis worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, are learning how to more accurately predict the weather and prepare for the eventuality of natural disasters, th

IMF: ‘Less severe’ but ‘still deep’ recession predicted

13 October 2020

In the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic and its continuing impact, the global economy could see a “somewhat less severe, though still deep” recession through 2020, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected in its latest global economic ou

Shift needed from ‘what the weather will be’ to ‘what the weather will do’

13 October 2020

Extreme weather and climate events have increased in frequency, intensity and severity as result of climate change and hit vulnerable communities disproportionately hard, a new UN report has said, calling for greater investment in effective early

Bad situations ‘only get worse’ without disaster risk governance, UN chief says on International Day

13 October 2020

With nations facing multiple crises simultaneously and extreme weather events witnessing a dramatic rise over the past few decades, the UN Secretary-General has called for strengthening disaster risk governance to build a safer and more resilient

UN chief announces major push to transform harmful food systems

12 October 2020

The UN chief António Guterres set out a new plan to transform the world’s food systems on Monday - coinciding with the start of World Food Week - which will culminate in a major summit, scheduled to take place in September next year.

UN chief urges ministers to provide ‘decisive leadership’ on climate action

12 October 2020

With nations striving to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating impacts, efforts must focus on decarbonizing the global economy and building a more inclusive and resilient future, the UN Secretary-General said on Monday.

‘Staggering’ rise in climate emergencies in last 20 years, new disaster research shows

12 October 2020

The first 20 years of this century have seen a “staggering” rise in climate disasters, UN researchers said on Monday, while also maintaining that “almost all nations” have failed to prevent a “wave of death and illness” caused by the COVID-19 pand

The World Food Programme: a three-year experiment that became indispensable

9 October 2020

The need for the World Food Programme, the recipient of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, to exist is starker than ever.