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Generation Equality: Alongside COVID lies an ‘equally horrific pandemic’ threatening women

29 June 2021

As the world grapples unevenly with the effects of COVID-19, “a parallel and equally horrific pandemic” has threatened half the world’s population, the UN chief said on Tuesday, in the lead up to the Generation Equality Forum in France.

Record-breaking ‘pressure-cooker’ heatwave hits Canada, US northwest

29 June 2021

A "pressure-cooker" heatwave that's broken temperature records twice in 48 hours in the US northwest and western Canada is being mirrored across large parts of the northern hemisphere, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Tuesday.

Hospitals barely functioning, famine still looming in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

29 June 2021

UN humanitarians expressed concern on Tuesday at the uncertain situation in Ethiopia's conflict-ravaged Tigray region despite a ceasefire call from the Government, highlighting the ongoing famine-like conditions there and the potential for disease

The trillion dollar climate finance challenge (and opportunity)

26 June 2021

It’s overwhelmingly accepted that climate change is a very significant threat to humanity and while there are countless solutions to tackling what has been described by the UN as the “existential threat” of our times, it is still not fully clear h

Tigray: UN condemns murder of 3 MSF humanitarians as ‘appalling violation’ of international law

26 June 2021

Three employees of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) agency have been killed by unknown attackers in the restive Tigray region of Ethiopia, drawing swift condemnation from UN Secretary-General António Guterres who said on Saturday he was “deeply

$1 billion fund for renewables among key energy commitments made during UN ministerial forums

26 June 2021

The IKEA Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation have announced plans to launch a $1 billion fund to boost access to renewable energy in developing countries – one of the key commitments made during a series of virtual UN ministerial forums this

On climate change frontline, indigenous provide pointers to save planet 

25 June 2021

Indigenous people living on the frontline of climate change could offer potentially ground-breaking insight into biodiversity protection and sustainability, but they urgently need help to withstand a growing number of threats to their way of life,

Water-related disasters throw up complex challenges, threaten lives and jobs

25 June 2021

The global climate crisis is “exacerbating and intensifying” water-related disasters, jeopardizing lives and livelihoods, the UN chief said on Friday at a major sustainable development symposium.

Syria’s last cross-border aid lifeline must stay open, insist UN humanitarians

25 June 2021

The imminent closure of the last cross-border aid lifeline to northwest Syria must be postponed beyond the 10 July deadline, UN humanitarians said on Friday, noting that no cross-line supplies had reached Idlib from Damascus, in 11 months.

UN pushes for lasting ceasefire, more humanitarian deliveries in Gaza

24 June 2021

The cessation of hostilities negotiated last month between Israel and Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, remains “very fragile”, the UN envoy there told the Security Council on Thursday. 
 

UN chief urges European Parliament to support COVID vaccines for all

24 June 2021

The European Union (EU) must use its leverage to ensure people everywhere have access to COVID-19 vaccines, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday. 

 

UN officials appeal for extension of lifesaving cross-border aid operations into Syria

23 June 2021

Humanitarian convoys from Turkey that bring lifesaving aid into northwest Syria must continue, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Wednesday. 

Madagascar’s hungry ‘holding on for dear life’, WFP chief warns

23 June 2021

Thousands of families in southern Madagascar are on the edge of starvation, and “holding on for dear life”, the UN food agency chief said on Wednesday - after bearing witness to the suffering firsthand - urging the world to step-up and take action

Great Barrier Reef in danger, UN World Heritage Committee draft report finds

22 June 2021

A United Nations body is recommending that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef be included on a list of world heritage in danger, according to a draft report issued on Monday, a move which has been heavily criticized by the Australian Government.  

Famine knocking at the door of 41 million worldwide, WFP warns

22 June 2021

Famine is already present in four countries but millions more people are at risk, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Tuesday, underscoring the need for urgent funding and humanitarian access to reach those in need. 

Slow progress, stubborn cycles of violence, as South Sudan turns 10

21 June 2021

South Sudan, the UN’s youngest Member State, is marking its tenth anniversary of independence amid languishing political progress and a range of humanitarian challenges, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative told Security Council members

Pandemic ‘rolled back’ sustainable development funding for weak economies: UNCTAD

21 June 2021

Financial assistance to the world’s 83 weakest economies fell by 15 per cent in 2020, to $35 billion as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, UN trade and development experts UNCTAD said on Monday.

FROM THE FIELD: Restoring Dutch ‘green deserts’

20 June 2021

The Western Peat Meadows of the Netherlands look like classic Dutch countryside (cows, windmills and green fields), but the views mask a significant loss of biodiversity, caused by intensive farming methods.

Sustainability solution or climate calamity? The dangers and promise of cryptocurrency technology

20 June 2021

The negative environmental impact of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin has been widely covered in the press in recent weeks and months, and their volatility has also been flagged as a cause for concern.

Famine risk spikes amid conflict, COVID-19 and funding gaps: WFP

18 June 2021

The impact of conflicts old and new, climate shocks and COVID-19, in addition to a lack of funding, have left millions more on the verge of famine than six months ago, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday.

UN chief urges debt relief extension for middle-income countries

17 June 2021

Innovative measures to address debt are required to help the world’s more than 100 middle-income countries expand their economies and exit the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the General Assembly on Thursday. 

INTERVIEW: Address conflict, climate change, disease, to reduce humanitarian need, urges outgoing ‘relief chief’

16 June 2021

When he accepted the offer to become UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, four years ago, Mark Lowcock had hoped the need for aid globally was on the decline.   

UN chief: Desertification and drought destabilizing well-being of 3.2 billion people 

16 June 2021

Land degradation from climate change and the expansion of agriculture, cities and infrastructure “undermines the well-being of 3.2 billion people”, the UN chief said on Wednesday in his message for World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. 

Yemen ‘a tale of missed and then lost opportunities’, outgoing envoy tells Security Council

15 June 2021

Yemen’s warring sides have been unable to overcome their differences, dashing hopes for peace, the UN Special Envoy for the country said on Tuesday in his final briefing to the Security Council in the role. 

‘Digital dumpsites’ study highlights growing threat to children: UN health agency  

15 June 2021

The health of children, adolescents and expectant mothers worldwide is at risk from the illegal processing of old electrical or electronic devices, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, in a landmark new report on the toxic threat. 

Domestic workers among hardest hit by COVID crisis, says UN labour agency

15 June 2021

Domestic workers globally have been among the hardest hit by the COVID crisis, losing more jobs and working hours than other sectors, the UN labour agency ILO said on Tuesday.

Restoring nature ‘the test of our generation’: UN General Assembly President

14 June 2021

Stepping up global efforts to combat land degradation is the only way to safeguard food and water security, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ward against future threats to health and the environment, the UN General Assembly President told ambas

More than a million Lebanese in need, top UN humanitarian official there warns

14 June 2021

As Lebanon endures one of its worst financial and economic crises ever, the UN estimates that over the next eight months around $300 million is needed to provide vital aid to around 1.5 million Lebanese and 400,000 migrant workers living there.

Turning to sustainable global business: 5 things to know about the circular economy

13 June 2021

Due to the ever-increasing demands of the global economy, the resources of the planet are being used up at an alarming rate and waste and pollution are growing fast.