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COVID-19 hits trade in Asia-Pacific, but impact ‘less bad’ than elsewhere

22 December 2020

Despite a sharp fall in global trade in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and lingering trade tensions, Asia and the Pacific is expected to perform relatively “less bad” than the rest of the world, the United Nations development arm in the regi

Tigray: Hundreds of civilians reported killed in artillery strikes, warns UN rights chief  

22 December 2020

Reports of artillery strikes on civilians and mass killings of non-combatants in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, must be investigated and full access granted to independent investigators, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday. 

World could lose coral reefs within this century, UN environment report warns

22 December 2020

Every one of the world’s coral reefs could bleach by the end of the century, unless there are drastic reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has warned. 

Fruits and vegetables crucial for healthy lives, sustainable world: Guterres

21 December 2020

The United Nations is marking 2021 as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables, spotlighting their vital role in human nutrition and food security, as well as urging efforts to improve sustainable production and reduce waste. 

Conflict, floods and COVID-19 push South Sudanese into extreme hunger 

18 December 2020

Driven by insecurity, the effects of COVID-19, an on-going economic crisis, and the impact of flooding on livelihoods, three UN agencies called on Friday for immediate humanitarian access to eastern South Sudan’s Pibor county, where people are fac

Fighting displaces over 500,000 in northern Mozambique, reports UN refuge agency

18 December 2020

Attacks by armed groups in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado, Nampula, Zambezia and Niassa provinces have displaced more than 530,000 people, many of whom have been forced to move multiple times, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday. 

Global challenges require global solutions: UN chief

18 December 2020

UN Secretary-General António Guterres addressed the Bundestag, the German parliament, on Friday, where he warned of a deficit of international cooperation and underscored that global challenges require global solutions. 

UN releases emergency funding for civilians in Ethiopia’s Tigray, as Africa’s battle against COVID-19 intensifies

17 December 2020

The UN has released $36.6 million for civilians caught up in the conflict that has roiled Ethiopia’s Tigray region since early last month, in order to secure water, sanitation and lifesaving medical supplies.

Funding needed to halt ‘life threatening crisis’ facing refugees in Kenya 

17 December 2020

Amidst a “critical shortage” of resources, hundreds of thousands of refugees in Kenya will lack food unless new funds are swiftly received, the UN’s food relief agency warned on Thursday. 

UNICEF supporting emergency food aid for UK children over holidays

17 December 2020

Thousands of families in the United Kingdom impacted by COVID-19 are to receive “one-off…emergency” food assistance from UN Children’s Fund UNICEF over the upcoming holiday period and beyond, it has announced.

Vaccines for all, an ‘acid test’ in COVID-19 battle

16 December 2020

Equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines will represent an “acid test” for the international community, the President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) told journalists on Wednesday, highlighting the importance of global cooperatio

Peace dividend for Libya economy, as oil flows and Central Bank unifies exchange rate after years of deadlock

16 December 2020

The ceasefire that halted Libya’s civil war in October has begun to pay economic dividends that should improve living standards for ordinary Libyans, with a first central bank board meeting in five years and a full resumption of oil production hel

Syria: Millions displaced, impoverished and traumatized, Security Council hears

16 December 2020

As the end of another year of war looms, “families in Syria remain without respite after almost a decade of conflict”, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council on Wednesday.

Desert Locust ‘re-invasion’ threatens millions in Horn of Africa

16 December 2020

New Desert Locust swarms are forming in the Horn of Africa, threatening agricultural livelihoods and food security of millions of people, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned. 

Tigray crisis: Humanitarian aid for children must be a priority, UNICEF says

15 December 2020

Providing aid to millions of children uprooted by the ongoing crisis in the Tigray region of Ethiopia must be a priority, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday. 

Young Champions of the Earth: Indian’s burning desire for energy

15 December 2020

An Indian engineer has been recognized by the United Nations for developing innovative technology which not only produces energy, but which helps to keep the air cleaner and reduce climate change.

People, planet on ‘collision course’, warns UN Development Programme

15 December 2020

Countries must redesign their development pathways to reduce pressures exerted on the environment and the natural world, or risk stalling humanity’s progress, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has cautioned. 

People, planet on ‘collision course’, warns UN Development Programme

15 December 2020

Countries must redesign their development pathways to reduce pressures exerted on the environment and the natural world, or risk stalling humanity’s progress, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has cautioned. 

First glimmer of hope in decades for Black Sea and Mediterranean fish stocks

14 December 2020

The number of fish stocks subject to overexploitation in the Mediterranean and Black Sea has fallen for the first time in decades, offering some hope that a dangerous decline can be turned around, according to a report published on Monday by the U

LIVE: Climate Ambition Summit

12 December 2020

Live coverage of the Climate Ambition Summit 2020, an important step forward in the battle against the climate crisis, with several major economies announcing new commitments to cut their carbon footprints and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Ethiopia: UN refugee agency calls for ‘unfettered access’ to Tigray

11 December 2020

Amidst “disturbing reports” from Ethiopians fleeing to Sudan, the UN refugee agency called on Friday for “unfettered access to Tigray in order to reach people in need”. 

Hunger rising in mountain regions due to biodiversity loss, climate change

11 December 2020

Although many of the world’s most important crops and livestock species originate in mountain regions, hunger is rising in these areas due to biodiversity loss and climate change, according to a joint study published on Friday by the UN Food and A

Yemen: food insecurity a ‘ticking timebomb’, warn aid agencies

11 December 2020

UN humanitarians issued a fresh alert on Friday for war-torn Yemen, warning that time is running out to avoid famine in the country.

Rich countries’ support for children ‘totally inadequate’: UN report

10 December 2020

The UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, slams the levels of financial support for children allocated by high-income countries during the pandemic as totally inadequate, in a child poverty report issued on Friday.

Rich countries’ support for children ‘totally inadequate’: UN report

10 December 2020

The UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, slams the levels of financial support for children allocated by high-income countries during the pandemic as totally inadequate, in a child poverty report issued on Friday.

WFP chief uses Nobel speech as call for action to avert ‘hunger pandemic’

10 December 2020

With 270 million people – more than the entire population of Western Europe – “marching toward starvation”, the head of the World Food Programme (WFP) called for greater action to avert a “hunger pandemic”, in accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on be

UN makes progress on 'greening the blue'

10 December 2020

In 2019, the UN system continued to make steady progress towards reducing its environmental footprint, recording decreases in emissions and implementing advanced environment management systems. 

‘Green recovery’ from COVID-19 can slow climate change: UN environment report

9 December 2020

Despite a brief dip in global carbon dioxide emissions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the planet is still heading for a global temperature rise in excess of 3 degrees Celsius this century, a new United Nations report has revealed. 

UN emergency relief fund, ‘an investment in humanity’ declares Guterres

8 December 2020

The UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) which responds to crises around the world, consistently delivers “principled, coordinated, fast and agile” humanitarian action, the UN chief said on Monday, appealing for hundreds of millions of doll

Developing countries raise climate ambitions to plot path out of pandemic

8 December 2020

Developing countries are building more ambitious plans to tackle climate change, with COVID-19 stimulus packages often serving as a springboard towards a greener recovery, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said on Tuesday.