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WHO To Issue New Brief On Airborne Transmission, Following ‘active Engagement’ With Scientists

Wednesday, 8 July 2020, 8:12 am | UN News

The World Health Organization (WHO) is set to issue a brief on the modes of transmission of the new coronavirus, a senior official said on Tuesday. Epidemiologist Dr. Maria van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead on COVID-19 , was responding to a journalist’s ... More >>

UNAIDS Report: COVID-19 Pandemic Derails 2020 HIV Targets

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 8:17 am | UN News

HIV targets set for 2020 will not be reached, owing in part to deeply unequal access to antiretroviral therapy and service disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new UNAIDS report released on Monday. The report – Seizing the Moment ... More >>

UN Rights Office Expresses Alarm At Hong Kong Arrests Under New Security Law

Saturday, 4 July 2020, 5:06 pm | UN News

Unsplash/Man Chung | The skyline of Hong Kong harbour The UN human rights office, OHCHR , has expressed alarm at the arrest of demonstrators in Hong Kong, following China’s adoption of a national security law for the Special Administrative Region ... More >>

Food Is Best Vaccine Against Chaos, Insists UN World Food Programme Head

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 7:22 am | UN News

Tens of millions more people are likely to go hungry this year because of the COVID-19 crisis, the UN World Food Programme ( WFP ) said on Monday, as it announced plans for a massive boost to its global aid operation so it can reach them. In an alert, ... More >>

Syrians ‘face Unprecedented Hunger Amid Impending COVID Crisis’

Saturday, 27 June 2020, 4:55 pm | UN News

© UNICEF/Delil Souleiman | A young boy photographed at Al-Hol refugee camp in the northeastern desert of Syria. (July 2019) Syrian communities devastated by years of civil war now face an “unprecedented” hunger crisis, just as urgent action ... More >>

‘Historic’ Caribbean Dust Storm Shows Value Of Forecast Services: UN Weather Agency

Saturday, 27 June 2020, 4:52 pm | UN News

WMO | A dust storm which originated in the Sahara in Africa has arrived in the Caribbean. A massive dust storm currently blanketing many parts of the Caribbean, posing a significant threat to regional health, has revealed the importance of having effective warning ... More >>

UN Marks 75-year Milestone Anniversary Of Founding Charter

Saturday, 27 June 2020, 4:46 pm | UN News

UN Photo/Yould | The UN Charter being signed by a delegation at a ceremony held at the Veterans’ War Memorial Building on 26 June 1945. The UN Charter “brought rules and hope to a world in ruins”, Secretary-General António Guterres told a ... More >>

UN Probes ‘abhorrent’ Video Showing ‘likely’ Field Staffers Engaging In Alleged Sexual Misconduct

Saturday, 27 June 2020, 4:38 pm | UN News

UN Photo/John Isaac | UNTSO Headquarters in Jerusalem The UN has launched an investigation into a video which surfaced on social media this week showing a clearly marked UN vehicle on a busy city street, while a woman straddles a man on the back seat engaging ... More >>

Coronavirus: 10 Million Infections Milestone Looms – WHO's Tedros

Thursday, 25 June 2020, 7:56 am | UN News

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 ... More >>

Extreme Weather ‘record’ Likely In Arctic Circle, Says UN Weather Agency WMO

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 7:34 am | UN News

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. “The WMO is ... More >>

WHO Reports Largest Single Day Increase In COVID-19 Cases

Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 8:08 am | UN News

The World Health Organization ( WHO ) reported the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases over the course of Sunday, registering more than 183,000 new infections in 24 hours, bringing the total to some 8.8 million cases worldwide, with more than ... More >>

Ending Violence Against Women - ‘Men And Boys — I Am Talking To You’, Says UN Deputy Chief

Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 7:27 am | UN News

The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed (centre), interacts with a young girl during a visit to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa in October 2019. Photo: United Nations Men and boys who “turn a blind eye” to violence against women, must accept ... More >>

FROM THE FIELD: The Plight Of Refugees Persecuted For Their Sexual Orientation

Sunday, 21 June 2020, 5:14 pm | UN News

Unsplash/ Tristan Billet | A Pride parade takes place in Marseille, France in 2018. Millions of people around the world are at risk because of their sexual orientation or sex characteristics. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has underlined the fact that, ... More >>

Without Funds, ‘No Choice’ But To Suspend Most Aid Flights, Warns WFP

Saturday, 20 June 2020, 7:33 am | UN News

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. WFP has been operating such flights ... More >>

UN Refugee Chief Laments Nearly 80 Million People Forcibly Displaced

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 5:49 pm | UN News

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. ... More >>

Welcoming Results On Use Of Dexamethasone In Sickest COVID-19 Patients, WHO Warns It’s ‘No Cure-All’

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 4:02 pm | UN News

The UN World Health Organization ( WHO ) on Wednesday hailed news from the United Kingdom that a common steroid, dexamethasone, can potentially help save the lives of patients with severe cases of COVID-19, but it warned that it is by no means a ... More >>

‘I Am My Brother’s Keeper’, Philonise Floyd Tells UN Body, In Impassioned Plea For Racial Justice

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 9:07 am | UN News

The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday heard powerful testimony from the brother of George Floyd, whose death, captured on video, while a police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes in Minneapolis, has sparked worldwide protest. ... More >>

‘New Contract’ Needed With Nature To Keep Drought And Deserts At Bay

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 8:28 am | UN News

A young girl cooks in a rural village in Ethiopia, where the land has been affected by recurrent droughts. © UNICEF/Tanya Bindra The UN Secretary-General has called for “a new contract for nature” to address ongoing global challenges connected ... More >>

Rights Experts Call For Global Opposition To Israel’s Annexation Plans

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 4:10 am | UN News

Nearly 50 independent human rights experts are calling for the international community to oppose Israel’s plan to annex significant parts of the occupied Palestinian West Bank beginning as early as next month UN News/Reem Abaza Bethlehem: part of ... More >>

FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19 Restrictions Leave Migrant Workers Stranded

Saturday, 13 June 2020, 5:18 pm | UN News

In countries across the world, tens of thousands of migrant workers are finding themselves stranded through travel restrictions, in the hope of curbing the spread of COVID-19. IOM I OM assisted over 1,300 Nigeriens stranded in Burkina Faso after ... More >>