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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.

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Climate emergency ‘a danger to peace’, UN Security Council hears

24 Jul 2020

The climate emergency generated by global warming, is exacerbating existing risks to international peace and security, while also creating new ones, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Friday, making the case for swift climate action on multiple fronts.

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Dramatic Arctic fires and sea ice melt, show need for urgent climate action

24 Jul 2020

“Exceptional and prolonged” temperatures in Siberia, have left parts of the Arctic warmer than sub-tropical Florida, and fuelled “devastating” wildfires for a second consecutive year, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Friday, while warning also of rapidly decreasing sea ice along the Russian polar coast.

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Amid fears of worst recession in decades, urgent calls for solidarity, a united economic front

22 Jul 2020

With multilateral cooperation under strain, senior UN officials, Nobel laureates and eminent academic experts, gathered virtually on Wednesday for the launch of a new report recommending “an adjusted approach” to economic development, and a policy dialogue exploring how countries can recover from COVID-19, in ways that lead to real structural transformation.

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‘COVID-19 is making a global childcare crisis even worse’: UNICEF chief

21 Jul 2020

Following the release of a UN study that shows at least 40 million children have missed out on early childhood education due to measures to combat COVID-19, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Henrietta Fore, warned that “the pandemic is making a global childcare crisis even worse.” 

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COVID-19 scapegoating triggers fresh displacement in Yemen, warns migration agency

21 Jul 2020

COVID-19 fears have prompted fresh displacement in war-torn Yemen, and forced many of those on the move to sell what little they have to survive, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday.

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Global cooperation key to eradicating deadly pig virus: UN agency

20 Jul 2020

A disease that may kill every pig it infects and for which there is no effective vaccine, can be eradicated if more countries continue to work together to limit its spread, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday.

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First-ever World Chess Day, helps calm nerves during COVID-19 pandemic

20 Jul 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic leading to a pause for most sport worldwide, the UN has been celebrating a highly-competitive game that you can play safely indoors or online – with the added bonus of helping reduce anxiety, and improving mental health: Monday marks the first ever World Chess Day.

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Dump fuel-hungry AC units to cut years of emissions and save trillions: UN report

17 Jul 2020

A wholesale switch to efficient, “climate-friendly” appliances could make a huge dent in environmentally harmful emissions, says a new UN report released on Friday.

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World’s poorest being pushed ‘closer to the abyss’ of famine, warns WFP chief

17 Jul 2020

Hunger threatens to soar to devastating levels in 25 countries in the coming months due to the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the World Food Programme (WFP) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are warning.