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

24 Jun 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 are needed now to suppress transmission and save lives.

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Universal, inclusive education ‘non-negotiable’

23 Jun 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.

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

23 Jun 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.

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

22 Jun 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.

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COVID-19 intensifies ‘brutal crime’ of sexual violence in conflict 

19 Jun 2020

Conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) is “a brutal crime” that is being exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief underscored on Friday, the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.

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

19 Jun 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.

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

19 Jun 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, according to a new policy brief released by the UN on Friday.

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FROM THE FIELD: Adapting to Lesotho’s changing climate

18 Jun 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. 

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UN refugee chief laments nearly 80 million people forcibly displaced

18 Jun 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 Thursday.

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

17 Jun 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.

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

16 Jun 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.

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

16 Jun 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.

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

16 Jun 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 emergency.

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

14 Jun 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 families – have fallen by more than $100 billion, causing hunger, lost schooling and deteriorating health, for tens of millions of families.

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Health experts concerned about indirect effects of COVID-19 on women and youth

12 Jun 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to escalate, the World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned about its impact on women, children and young people.

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

12 Jun 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.

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Funding shortfall affecting critical water, sanitation services in Yemen

12 Jun 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.

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

11 Jun 2020

UN chief António Guterres, has warned of an “unparalleled economic shock”, as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. So, going forward, can the private sector “build back better” to reorder the post-pandemic world, or, might the UN’s vision of a sustainable future be relegated to a low-priority aspiration? We put these questions to the CEO of one of the world’s largest conglomerates, who is working with the Organization, towards a better future.

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

11 Jun 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.

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

09 Jun 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-teleconference.

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New UN report highlights link between gender, climate and security

09 Jun 2020

Even as countries buckle under the devastating social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, they must consider the links between gender inequality and crisis, particularly in communities affected by climate change and conflict.

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

09 Jun 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.

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

09 Jun 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?

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

08 Jun 2020

Back in September, the world committed to a landmark political declaration on universal health coverage. Now, in the throes of the COVID-19 crisis, the President of the UN General Assembly has reiterated the importance of investing in health as “an investment in human capital, social and economic development and the empowerment of all people”.

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Coronavirus: World Bank confirms deepest recession since World War Two

08 Jun 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 Prospects report.

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

08 Jun 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 Programme (UNDP).

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Bringing the coral reefs back to life

07 Jun 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.

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First Person: Collecting the ‘Book of Life’ for coral reefs

06 Jun 2020

With the climate crisis threatening coral reefs around the world, a researcher in Hawaii is part of a team pioneering new techniques to preserve living coral sperm and larvae, and ultimately save the biodiversity and genetic diversity of coral reefs not just in Hawaii but across the world.

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World Environment Day: COVID-19 crisis demands fundamental rethink

05 Jun 2020

The COVID-19 health crisis should be seen as a clarion call to “fundamentally rethink our relationship” with natural ecosystems and shrinking biodiversity, the UN cultural agency chief said on Friday, World Environment Day.

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Protect the environment, prevent pandemics, ‘nature is sending us a clear message’

04 Jun 2020

On this year’s World Environment Day, celebrated on June 5, the UN is drawing links between the health of the planet, and human health, and highlighting the importance of protecting biodiversity, the system that supports life.