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Climate emergency ‘a danger to peace’, UN Security Council hears

24 July 2020

The climate emergency generated by global warming, is exacerbating existing risks to international peace and security, while also creating new ones, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Friday, making the case for swift climate action

Dramatic Arctic fires and sea ice melt, show need for urgent climate action

24 July 2020

“Exceptional and prolonged” temperatures in Siberia, have left parts of the Arctic warmer than sub-tropical Florida, and fuelled “devastating” wildfires for a second consecutive year, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Friday, whi

'Temporary Basic Income' could slow COVID surge, provide lifeline for world’s poorest

23 July 2020

The immediate introduction of a Temporary Basic Income for the world’s poorest people could slow the current surge in COVID-19 and enable close to three billion people to stay at home, according to a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) rep

Amid fears of worst recession in decades, urgent calls for solidarity, a united economic front

22 July 2020

With multilateral cooperation under strain, senior UN officials, Nobel laureates and eminent academic experts, gathered virtually on Wednesday for the launch of a new report recommending “an adjusted approach” to economic development, and a policy

‘COVID-19 is making a global childcare crisis even worse’: UNICEF chief

21 July 2020

Following the release of a UN study that shows at least 40 million children have missed out on early childhood education due to measures to combat COVID-19, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Henrietta Fore, warned that “the pandemic is

Deforestation has slowed down but still remains a concern, new UN report reveals

21 July 2020

Although some 178 million hectares of forest has been lost worldwide over the past three decades, the rate of loss has declined substantially during this period, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday.

COVID-19 scapegoating triggers fresh displacement in Yemen, warns migration agency

21 July 2020

COVID-19 fears have prompted fresh displacement in war-torn Yemen, and forced many of those on the move to sell what little they have to survive, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday.

Global cooperation key to eradicating deadly pig virus: UN agency

20 July 2020

A disease that may kill every pig it infects and for which there is no effective vaccine, can be eradicated if more countries continue to work together to limit its spread, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday.

First-ever World Chess Day, helps calm nerves during COVID-19 pandemic

20 July 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic leading to a pause for most sport worldwide, the UN has been celebrating a highly-competitive game that you can play safely indoors or online – with the added bonus of helping reduce anxiety, and improving mental health:

Young innovators vying for top UN environmental prize

20 July 2020

Thirty-five young people with innovative ideas for tackling challenges such as protecting indigenous Amazonian land through adventure travel, converting harmful emissions into valuable commodities in the United States, and generating electricity f

FROM THE FIELD: Frontline resilience in Somalia

18 July 2020

 One hundred thousand households in Somaliland in northwest Somalia have better access to water, protecting them not just from the ravages of climate change but also against the spread of COVID-19, thanks to a project supported by the UN Developme

Dump fuel-hungry AC units to cut years of emissions and save trillions: UN report

17 July 2020

A wholesale switch to efficient, “climate-friendly” appliances could make a huge dent in environmentally harmful emissions, says a new UN report released on Friday.

World’s poorest being pushed ‘closer to the abyss’ of famine, warns WFP chief

17 July 2020

Hunger threatens to soar to devastating levels in 25 countries in the coming months due to the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the World Food Programme (WFP) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are warning.

COVID-19 highlights need for renewed, inclusive multilateralism: UN chief

17 July 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic putting development gains at risk, exposing vulnerabilities and inequalities both within and among nations, the UN Secretary-General is urging governments to reexamine how they work together to solve global challenges.

COVID-19: UN relief chief urges G20 to step up to avert ‘cascading crises’ in fragile countries

16 July 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting recession are set to trigger the first increase in global poverty in three decades, pushing 265 million people to the point of starvation by the end of the year, the UN’s top humanitarian official warned on Frid

World off track in meeting 2030 Agenda, UN deputy chief warns, calls for solidarity in COVID-19 recovery

16 July 2020

The world was off track in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, even before the COVID-19 crisis erupted, but can get back on course by increasing investment in public services, showing solidarity on financing, and “reshaping

Yemen oil tanker wreck: Time running out to avert ‘looming environmental, economic and humanitarian catastrophe’

15 July 2020

Time is fast running out for getting a UN team of experts aboard the Yemeni oil storage vessel Safer, before it spills its cargo of 1.148 million barrels of light crude oil into the Red Sea, triggering what would likely be a massive environmental

‘Country-driven’ approach needed to limit COVID-19 damage to food security 

14 July 2020

A ‘business as usual' approach is no longer an option, the head of the UN agriculture agency said on Tuesday, launching a new plan to move past the coronavirus pandemic.

‘Turn the tide’ across a turbulent world, UN chief urges key development forum 

14 July 2020

“Concrete, bold and implementable solutions” are needed to turn the tide on the many challenges the world is facing, including the COVID-19 pandemic, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, on the biggest day so far for the UN’s key in

In Yemen, thousands of Ethiopian migrants stranded, COVID-19 likely widespread

14 July 2020

Tens of thousands of Ethiopian migrants have been stranded in war-ravaged Yemen where they continue to be subjected to arbitrary detention and exposure to COVID-19 infection, forcible relocation and abuse, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday.

Cities and local government must focus on well-being of people in developing countries

13 July 2020

While the scale and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic is being felt in developing and developed countries alike, the President of the UN General Assembly maintained on Monday that the response must focus on “the two-thirds of the world’s populatio

UN report sends ‘sobering message’ of deeply entrenched hunger globally

13 July 2020

In much of the world, “hunger remains deeply entrenched and is rising”, the UN chief said on Monday, launching this year’s major UN food security update, highlighting that over the past five years, tens of millions of people have joined the ranks

Women and girls deserve more protection in emergencies, UN rights council hears

13 July 2020

The collective impact of climate change, COVID-19 and conflict mean that well over 200 million people will likely need humanitarian assistance by 2022, the UN’s deputy rights chief said on Monday.

A taxing problem: how to ensure the poor and vulnerable don’t shoulder the cost of the COVID-19 crisis

12 July 2020

In the wake of the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, tax systems should be reformed, and tax avoidance and evasion reduced, to ensure an economic recovery in which everyone pays their share, says the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Syria: Authorization to continue lifesaving cross-border aid remains in limbo

10 July 2020

With the deadline just hours away, the Security Council has failed on its third attempt this week to extend its authorization for lifesaving food, medicine and shelter to cross into northwest Syria from Turkey.

Lebanon ‘fast spiralling out of control’ leaving many destitute and facing starvation, warns Bachelet 

10 July 2020

Sounding the alarm over the crippling impact of “growing economic shocks, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic” in Lebanon, the UN human rights chief called on Friday for a unified response by politicians and the people to overcome the worsening soc

Finding hope in calamity: how UN humanitarians cope on the frontline

10 July 2020

What does it take to help the world’s most vulnerable people, often in dangerous and unstable situations, and at considerable personal risk?

Waiting to declare famine ‘will be too late for Yemenis on brink of starvation’

10 July 2020

In Yemen, fears of famine have resurfaced as UN humanitarians also warned on Friday that 360,000 severely malnourished children could die unless they continue to get treatment and aid is stepped up.

Global Acceleration Framework to speed up water and sanitation access for all

9 July 2020

A new mechanism launched on Thursday aims to speed up action so that people everywhere will have access to water and sanitation by the end of the decade, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Latin America and the Caribbean: ‘Hotspot of the pandemic’

9 July 2020

As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the world, Latin America and the Caribbean have become a “hotspot of the pandemic”, the UN chief said on Thursday, releasing a new policy initiative on how best to recover in a region already embroiled in