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Coronavirus: 10 million infections milestone looms – WHO's Tedros

24 June 2020

The world is on track to reach 10 million coronavirus cases within the next week, the World Health Organization (WHO) chief executive said on Wednesday, a “sober reminder” that as research continues into therapeutics and vaccines, utmost efforts a

Universal, inclusive education ‘non-negotiable’

23 June 2020

Inclusive education should be a “non-negotiable” right for all children, the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said in a new report launched on Tuesday.

Extreme weather ‘record’ likely in Arctic Circle, says UN weather agency WMO

23 June 2020

Reports that temperatures in a Russian town in the Arctic Circle likely reached a record 38C (100.4F), last weekend, have been approved by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) pending final verification, it said on Tuesday.

COVID-19 upends ‘entire generation’ of 600 million South Asian children

23 June 2020

Without urgent action, COVID-19 will continue to unravel decades of progress across South Asia, destroying the “hopes and futures of an entire generation”, warns a new report released on Tuesday by the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF.

Countries urged to act over potential HIV drug shortages in two months

22 June 2020

Stocks of medication for HIV patients could run out in the next two months, because of higher costs linked to lockdowns and COVID-19 border closures, UNAIDS said on Monday.

Without funds, ‘no choice’ but to suspend most aid flights, warns WFP

19 June 2020

A critical warning was issued by the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday, declaring that it may soon have “no choice” but to suspend “most” of its critical aid flights, because of a lack of funding.

New UN report offers blueprint for greener, more resilient world of work

19 June 2020

Jobs, livelihoods and the well-being of workers, families and businesses across the globe, continue to take a hit from the COVID-19 pandemic; with micro, small and medium enterprises in particular, suffering the dire economic consequences, accordi

FROM THE FIELD: Adapting to Lesotho’s changing climate

18 June 2020

Living in the African mountain kingdom of Lesotho comes with its fair share of challenges, including land degradation and climate change, which are upending traditional farming practices. 

UN refugee chief laments nearly 80 million people forcibly displaced

18 June 2020

Global displacement reached a staggering 79.5 million people last year - almost double the number of people in crisis registered a decade ago – owing to war, violence, persecution and other emergencies, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Thursd

‘New contract’ needed with nature to keep drought and deserts at bay

17 June 2020

The UN Secretary-General has called for “a new contract for nature” to address ongoing global challenges connected to land degradation, such as forced migration, hunger and climate change.

COVID-19: UN agencies warn against rising hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean

16 June 2020

The number of people in Latin America and the Caribbean living in extreme poverty could surpass 83 million this year due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to a significant rise in hunger, according to a UN report released on Tuesday

Trade in many developing countries projected to ‘nosedive’, warns UNCTAD

16 June 2020

Trade in many developing countries is expected to take a “nosedive” in the second quarter of 2020, owing to the unprecedented effects of the coronavirus pandemic, UN economists said on Tuesday.

Syrian refugees resort to ever more desperate measures to resist pandemic impact

16 June 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has caused a dramatic spike in the number of Syrian refugees in need of emergency assistance in the last three months, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday, in an appeal for funding to confront new challenges posed by the health em

Syrian refugees resort to ever more desperate measures to resist pandemic impact

16 June 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has caused a dramatic spike in the number of Syrian refugees in need of emergency assistance in the last three months, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday, in an appeal for funding to confront new challenges posed by the health em

UN chief in ‘support migrants’ plea, as remittances drop by 20 per cent predicted

14 June 2020

Marking International Day of Family Remittances, The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has released a message appealing for “people everywhere” to support migrants, at a time when remittances – the money migrants send home to support their f

Amid COVID-19 and climate change, UNHCR appeals for $186 million for Sahel refugee and displacement crisis

12 June 2020

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has issued an urgent appeal for $186 million to provide lifesaving protection and assistance in the Sahel amidst fears that the conflict in the vast African region – exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic – will spread.

Funding shortfall affecting critical water, sanitation services in Yemen

12 June 2020

Children in the heart of the world’s worst humanitarian disaster need help more than ever, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday, in an appeal for more support to provide basic services in Yemen.

What does ‘build back better’ really mean? One of the world’s top CEOs give us his take

11 June 2020

UN chief António Guterres, has warned of an “unparalleled economic shock”, as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19 highlights ‘life and death’ stakes for greater digital cooperation

11 June 2020

Managing the digital divide better, has become “a matter of life and death” for people unable to access essential healthcare information during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief has told a virtual high-level meeting on rapid technological change

Throughout COVID-19 recovery, 'plummeting’ clean energy costs can help climate action

10 June 2020

As COVID-19 hits the fossil fuel industry, a new UN report published on Wednesday shows that renewable energy is more cost-effective than ever – providing an opportunity to prioritize clean energy in national economic recovery packages and bring t

COVID-19: ‘Unparalleled economic shock’ threatens development hopes and gains

10 June 2020

As the diverse and severe impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt across the world, an “unparalleled economic shock” is putting development gains at risk, the UN chief told a meeting of high-powered business leaders on Wednesday.

Invest in humanitarian relief now, to limit possible ‘catastrophic’ impact of coronavirus

9 June 2020

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) heard strong appeals on Tuesday for more funds to be steered into the UN’s COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan, as it opened its annual Humanitarian Affairs Segment – the first to be held via video-t

Conflict-hit Nigerian families living under COVID-19 lockdowns, on ‘life-support’

9 June 2020

Help and funding are needed urgently for millions of people in Nigeria who have been hit severely by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, including conflict-hit communities “on life-support” in the north-east, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday.

FROM THE FIELD: The UN’s mission to transform agriculture, for people and planet

9 June 2020

How can agriculture become better able to resist major international shocks such as climate change, and health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic?

Solidarity is the world’s ‘best line of defence’: UN General Assembly president

8 June 2020

Back in September, the world committed to a landmark political declaration on universal health coverage.

Coronavirus: World Bank confirms deepest recession since World War Two

8 June 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic will shrink the global economy by 5.2 per cent this year, representing the deepest recession since World War Two, and triggering a dramatic rise in extreme poverty, the World Bank said Monday in its latest Global Economic Pro

World Oceans Day: Don’t be colour blind, help blue oceans keep the planet green

8 June 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is a “sharp reminder” of how we are all intimately connected to each other and to nature, the UN chief said on Monday, World Oceans Day.

As consumption rises, here’s why sustainable fisheries management matters

8 June 2020

Global consumption of fish hit a record high in 2018 and is set to rise in the decade ahead, highlighting the need to ensure sustainable fisheries management, according to the latest report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

FROM THE FIELD: Pacific islanders confront twin threats of climate change and coronavirus

8 June 2020

People living on an isolated island community in the Pacific Ocean are finding ways to reduce their dependence on expensive imported food while promoting climate resilient farming techniques, thanks to a programme supported by the UN Development P

Bringing the coral reefs back to life

7 June 2020

Coral reefs are being killed by the climate crisis, which is leading to rising sea temperatures. “Cryopreservation”, a pioneering scientific technique”, could be one way to save them.