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Our news page provides you with a round up of UN news related to economic development, humanitarian aid, climate change, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). You will find the summary of news articles together with a link to the news source.

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Real Life Heroes: heading into disaster, in the service of others

12 Aug 2020

Growing up in Indonesia in the shadow of an active volcano, Agus Haryono has witnessed the deadly risks of living in a disaster-prone region. This prompted him to join the country’s Search and Rescue Agency, in the hope of saving lives, when disaster strikes.

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Pandemic ‘inflicting multiple shocks’ on the young, threatens entire generation

11 Aug 2020

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, more than 70 per cent of students have been shut out of schools, universities and training centres, according to a new report issued on Tuesday by the UN’s labour agency.

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Refugees also affected by Beirut blast as UN relief efforts continue

11 Aug 2020

Dozens of refugees were among the victims of the deadly explosions at Beirut’s port a week ago that destroyed large areas of the Lebanese capital, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR reported on Tuesday.

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Polio vaccination campaigns restart in Afghanistan and Pakistan after COVID-19 hiatus

11 Aug 2020

Polio vaccinations campaigns have resumed in Afghanistan and Pakistan, months after having been severely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday. 

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Violence in Sudan’s Western Darfur forces 2,500 into Chad: UN refugee agency

11 Aug 2020

Recent clashes in Sudan’s Western Darfur region has driven more than 2,500 people across the border into neighbouring Chad, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has reported.

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‘You are not alone, we are in this together’, declare UN staffers in Lebanon

10 Aug 2020

Last Saturday was another scorching August day in Lebanon’s shattered capital of Beirut, but UN staff members who had gathered outside UN House – itself damaged during the deadly port explosion - were determined to get straight to work, and stand in solidarity with the country they call home.

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Guterres pledges continued UN support for Lebanon ‘in every possible way’

10 Aug 2020

The United Nations and humanitarian partners are working around the clock to support and mobilize emergency assistance in the aftermath of a deadly explosion in Beirut Port last Tuesday. 

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UN deputy chief says ‘large-scale activity, considerable funding’ will be needed to help Lebanon recover after Beirut blast

09 Aug 2020

To help Lebanon overcome the tragedy and recover better, “we will need all hands on deck”, deputy UN chief Amina Mohammed told virtual donors conference on Sunday, convened to rally international assistance and support in the wake of last week’s massive explosion at the Beirut port, which killed some 150 people, wounded thousands and caused destruction throughout much of the city.

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Building a green economy, brick by brick

08 Aug 2020

In Uruguay, thousands of families earn a precarious livelihood making bricks, using traditional methods that are often inefficient and harmful to the environment. A UN project, in collaboration with the Uruguayan government, aims to make the industry less polluting, whilst preserving jobs for the many artisans who depend on it. 

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Beirut blast: Here’s how you can help the UN aid Lebanon's recovery

07 Aug 2020

After a devasting blast ripped through Beirut Port in Lebanon on Tuesday, wounding thousands and rendering hundreds of thousands homeless, the UN moved rapidly to step up its relief effort. 

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As Beirut rescuers search for survivors, UN warns of ‘huge’ needs

07 Aug 2020

Across Lebanon, “the needs are immediate, and they are huge” in the aftermath of the explosion that destroyed Beirut city port, UN agencies said on Friday.

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‘Immediate humanitarian assistance’ mobilized in force, to support Beirut after deadly blast

06 Aug 2020

The response to Tuesday’s explosion in Beirut requires global support in order to “surmount the devastating impact” of the crisis facing the Lebanese people, the UN Deputy Special Coordinator for the country said on Thursday.  

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New humanitarian air service boosts COVID-19 response in the Pacific

06 Aug 2020

A flight carrying protective masks, ventilators and other essential medical supplies for COVID-19 response, landed in Papua New Guinea on Thursday, marking the start of a humanitarian air service for the Pacific region, Governments and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) have announced.

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Thailand’s COVID-19 response an example of resilience and solidarity: a UN Resident Coordinator’s Blog

04 Aug 2020

In January, Thailand became the second country to confirm a COVID-19 case but, since then, the country has shown remarkable resilience and, as of late July, there had not been any recorded cases of domestic transmission for nearly two months. Gita Sabharwal, the UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand, explains that this success is thanks to a combination of government action, social responsibility and community solidarity. 

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Philippines: UN and partners launch major COVID-19 response plan to aid 5.4 million

04 Aug 2020

Prioritizing the safety and well-being of women and girls, the UN and partners launched on Tuesday a COVID-19 humanitarian response plan to assist some 5.4 million of the poorest and most marginalized people in the Philippines. 

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Across Sudan, heavy rains and flash floods destroy houses, wash away crops – UN relief wing

04 Aug 2020

Hundreds of houses have been destroyed and vital infrastructure damaged due to riverine and flashfloods after heavy rains across large parts of Sudan, the United Nations relief wing has reported. 

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Storms, coronavirus pose ‘double threat’ for children in Central America and Caribbean – UNICEF

03 Aug 2020

Across Central America and the Caribbean, the more than 70 million children impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic could soon face another threat – catastrophic hurricane storms, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Monday. 

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First Person: Turning ‘apathetic people into climate activists’; a young person’s view

03 Aug 2020

An 18-year-old environmental campaigner from the United States has told UN News how she wants to “turn apathetic people into climate activists”. Sophia Kianni, whose family originally comes from Iran, is one of seven young people from across the world who have been selected to participate in the UN Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change. The group which was launched at the end of the July aims to engage young people in “an open and transparent dialogue” about climate issues.

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Breastfeeding ‘for a healthier planet’

01 Aug 2020

World Breastfeeding Week got underway on Saturday, with the UN urging communities everywhere to “support breastfeeding for a healthier planet”. Health agency (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) issued a joint call for governments to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counselling - a critical component of breastfeeding support.

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Health must come before the economy, insists top UN official for Latin America and the Caribbean

31 Jul 2020

In Latin America, where much of the region has dealt with years of sluggish growth, the economic crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing millions more into poverty, says Alicia Bárcena, the head of the UN regional body for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

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COVID-19: UN chief outlines path to sustainable, inclusive recovery in Southeast Asia

30 Jul 2020

Tackling inequality, bridging the digital divide, greening the economy, and upholding human rights and good governance will be critical for Southeast Asia to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Secretary-General said on Thursday.

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Five things you should know about disposable masks and plastic pollution

30 Jul 2020

The fight against plastic pollution is being hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the use of disposable masks, gloves and other protective equipment soars, but UN agencies and partners insist that, if effective measures are put into place, the amount of plastics discarded every year can be significantly cut, or even eliminated.

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Security Council: Poverty deepens, along with need, across Syria

29 Jul 2020

Humanitarian operations across war-shattered Syria are reaching 6.8 million people a month, but a worsening economic crisis is deepening poverty and pushing more and more Syrians into humanitarian need, the Security Council heard Wednesday.

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Thousands suffer extreme rights abuses journeying to Africa’s Mediterranean coast, say humanitarians

29 Jul 2020

Thousands of refugees and migrants in eastern and western Africa, are dying while others face harrowing abuse in their attempts to reach the continent’s Mediterranean coast in search of a better life, a joint UN/Danish Refugee Council report said on Wednesday.

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Asia-Pacific: ‘Call to action’ highlights role of family farmers amidst COVID-19 pandemic

29 Jul 2020

Although hundreds of millions of smallholder family farmers in Asia-Pacific produce a majority of the world’s food, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on their livelihoods, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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COVID-19 is not just seasonal, cautions WHO, as ‘first wave’ continues

28 Jul 2020

The COVID-19 virus is likely not impacted by the changing seasons like other respiratory diseases, the UN health agency said on Tuesday, before urging much greater respect for physical distancing measures to stop it spreading.

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Trade pact could boost Africa’s income by as much as $450 billion: World Bank

27 Jul 2020

The African Continental Free Trade Area represents a major opportunity for countries to boost growth, reduce poverty, broaden economic inclusion and help “expand opportunities for all Africans”, hailed a World Bank official on Monday, which if fully implemented, could boost regional income by around $450 billion.

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Spread of hepatitis B in children under five, lowest in decades: WHO

27 Jul 2020

The global prevalence of potentially-deadly hepatitis B in children under age five, dropped to under one per cent in 2019 – down from 5 per cent in the pre-vaccine decades between the 1980s and early 2000s, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Monday.

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COVID-19 means development setbacks for Mongolia: a UN Resident Coordinator’s blog

25 Jul 2020

Mongolia has recorded very few cases of COVID-19, less than 300 as on date, despite its more than 4,000 kilometre porous border with China. However, the country faces a major economic impact from the pandemic, says Tapan Mishra, the UN Resident Coordinator in Mongolia.

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Zimbabwe: COVID-19 must not be used to stifle freedoms, says UN rights office

24 Jul 2020

The coronavirus pandemic should not be used as an excuse to clamp down on fundamental freedoms, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) reminded authorities in Zimbabwe on Friday.