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For women in e-commerce, ‘entrepreneurship means freedom’

8 August 2021

Entrepreneurship can mean more freedom for women according to the first Latin-American advocate of eTrade for All, an initiative developed by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to expand and promote the digital economy

Escalating Lebanon-Israel aggressions provoking ‘very dangerous situation’

6 August 2021

The UN Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL, said on Friday that escalating hostilities over the past two days involving Lebanese and Israeli forces have created “a very dangerous situation” in the volatile border region.

Ceasefire in Tigray more urgent than ever: UN relief chief

6 August 2021

A ceasefire in Tigray on humanitarian grounds is needed now more than ever if a massive aid operation across frontlines is to succeed, the UN’s emergency relief chief said on Friday.

Myanmar: COVID-19 third wave has hit like a ‘tsunami’, warns WFP

6 August 2021

The World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Friday that it is facing a 70 per cent funding shortfall in Myanmar, where millions face growing food insecurity.

Displaced Afghans face ‘continued deterioration’ in country

6 August 2021

The situation for people who have been displaced due to an upsurge in fighting in Afghanistan following the resurgence of the Taliban is expected to continue to deteriorate, unless more is done to assist them, according to the UN’s International O

Heavy rains and flooding push Yemenis to the brink

4 August 2021

Heavy rains and flooding in Yemen have affected at least 28,000 people, according to initial estimates released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Wednesday.

Ethiopia: ‘Heartbreaking’ devastation in Tigray, says UN humanitarian chief  

4 August 2021

The new UN Emergency Relief Coordinator ended a six-day mission to Ethiopia with a fresh push to get badly needed food and other supplies into the embattled Tigray region.  

Donor conference a ‘unique opportunity’ to renew commitment to Lebanon: UN deputy chief

4 August 2021

A donor conference to boost support for Lebanon one year after the devastating explosion in its capital, Beirut, represents a “unique opportunity” to renew commitment to the country and prevent a humanitarian catastrophe, the UN Deputy Secretary-G

Beirut’s youth rebuild the Lebanese capital, brick by brick

4 August 2021

Young people in Beirut, which was devastated by an explosion in a warehouse at the city’s port on 4 August 2020, have been pitching in to get the Lebanese capital back on its feet with support from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

UN chief welcomes ‘historic’ IMF liquidity boost for governments in need

3 August 2021

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to exacerbate restrictions on government spending throughout the world, the UN chief on Tuesday welcomed the decision by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to approve a $650 billion allocation of Special Drawing

Afghanistan: UN mission demands end to fighting as Taliban advance

3 August 2021

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Tuesday called for an immediate end to fighting in urban areas, as the Taliban continues a ground assault in the south of the country. 

Families still struggling one year after Beirut explosion: UNICEF

3 August 2021

A year after the devastating explosions in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, a staggering 98 per cent of families are still in need, according to a survey published on Tuesday by the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF. 

Lace up and join the UN to help win #TheHumanRace against climate change

2 August 2021

The United Nations is encouraging everyone across the world to participate in the literal race against the climate emergency. 

A year after the Beirut explosions: a UN Resident Coordinator blog

1 August 2021

On August 4th, 2020, a devastating blast in a warehouse destroyed much of the centre of the Lebanese capital, Beirut. Many neighbourhoods were destroyed, downtown Beirut looked like a war zone.

Olympic athletes describe the power of sport to change the world

31 July 2021

Leading athletes, influencers and innovators have been sharing their thoughts on the role that sport can play in building a better world for all, in UN-led online discussions held to coincide with the Tokyo Olympics.

Sink or swim: Can island states survive the climate crisis?

31 July 2021

Small island nations across the world are bearing the brunt of the climate crisis, and their problems have been accentuated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely affected their economies, and their capacity to protect themselves from possib

Six months after coup, Myanmar’s political, rights and aid crisis is worsening

30 July 2021

It’s been six months since the military coup in Myanmar where there’s grave concern over the widening impact of the deepening political, human rights and humanitarian crisis affecting the country’s people.

Conflict, COVID, climate crisis, likely to fuel acute food insecurity in 23 ‘hunger hotspots’

30 July 2021

Life-saving aid to families on the brink of famine is being cut off in several countries by fighting and blockades, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) said in a new report issued on Friday.

100,000 children in Tigray at risk of death from malnutrition: UNICEF 

30 July 2021

More than 100,000 children in Tigray, Ethiopia, could suffer from life-threatening severe acute malnutrition in the next 12 months, a tenfold jump over average annual levels, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. 

From electric dreams to supercharged reality: the road race to a clean energy future

29 July 2021

The global Formula E electric race series, a partner with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP),  has grown in popularity since it launched some seven years ago, attracting the attention of major car manufacturers, changing people’s perceptions of e

Yemen: New World Bank funds offer lifeline to most vulnerable

29 July 2021

Three UN agencies on Thursday welcomed $127 million in new funding from the World Bank to provide lifesaving support to some of the country’s most hard hit rural families, struggling under the impact of multiple crises.
 

Food systems transformation a ‘silver lining’ in COVID crisis: UN deputy chief

28 July 2021

A sustainable and prosperous planet can only be achieved through working together and in solidarity, the UN Deputy Secretary-General said on Wednesday at the end of a major global food security meeting.

Bangladesh: Deadly flooding, landslides devastate Rohingya refugees  

28 July 2021

Three days of strong winds and heavy monsoon rain on sprawling refugee sites in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar have taken Rohingya refugee lives and wreaked havoc and destruction, the UN refugee agency said on Wednesday.

Gaza: Humanitarian response underway, but political solutions still needed 

28 July 2021

Although the international community is providing urgent assistance to Gaza in the wake of the most recent round of hostilities, a political solution is still needed to end the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, a senior UN official in th

Child malnutrition expected to quadruple in Southern Madagascar  

26 July 2021

At least half a million children under five in drought-afflicted southern Madagascar are on the verge of acute malnourishment, two UN agencies warned on Monday. 

Outstanding sites added to UNESCO World Heritage List 

26 July 2021

An ancient temple in India and a “cultural landscape” in Spain have become two of the latest sites to be registered on the UN’s prestigious World Heritage List. 

UN climate science talks open amid heatwaves, floods and drought

26 July 2021

Negotiations began on Monday to approve a UN science report which will anchor high level summits later this year, charged with boosting climate action worldwide.

Support mangrove conservation, UNESCO chief says

26 July 2021

The world is waking up to the importance of mangroves, a senior UN official said on Monday, underscoring the need for everyone to support restoration and protection of these crucial habitats. 

Together, we must tackle growing hunger, urges Guterres  

26 July 2021

Inefficient global food production is at the root of a huge rise in hunger as well as one-third of all emissions and 80 per cent of biodiversity loss, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned, in a call to all countries to transform food s

Together, we must tackle growing hunger, urges Guterres  

26 July 2021

Inefficient global food production is at the root of a huge rise in hunger as well as one-third of all emissions and 80 per cent of biodiversity loss, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned, in a call to all countries to transform food s