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From Landmines To Pandemics, UN Chief Says Milestones Reached By ‘Working Together’

Sunday, 5 April 2020, 4:59 pm | UN News

UNMAS/Gwenn Dubourthoumieu | A deminer undergoing training in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Decades ago, millions of landmines were buried in countries around the globe, and today the world is in the throes of a deadly COVID-19 pandemic, the ... More >>

UN Chief Urges Unity In Mobilizing ‘every Ounce Of Energy’ To Defeat Coronavirus Pandemic

Saturday, 4 April 2020, 8:59 am | UN News

There should be only one fight in our world today, the United Nations Secretary-General said on Friday, issuing a loud clarion call to join “our shared battle against COVID-19”. Ten days ago, António Guterres called for an immediate global ceasefire ... More >>

'Everyone At Risk’ As Coronavirus Cases Tick Up Among Migrants And Refugees Sheltering In Greece

Friday, 3 April 2020, 10:43 am | UN News

With 23 migrants at an open accommodation site in central Greece testing positive for COVID-19, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) sounded the alarm on Thursday over conditions in crowded reception centres on five Greek islands where ... More >>

Burkina Faso Crisis And COVID-19 Concerns Highlight Pressure On Sahel Food Security

Friday, 3 April 2020, 8:50 am | UN News

In Burkina Faso, the number of people facing a critical lack of food has increased. UNOCHA/Giles Clarke Food insecurity levels in the Sahel region are “spiralling out of control”, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday, as it expressed ... More >>

WHO Concerned Over Rapid Escalation In COVID-19 Spread As Caseload Approaches One Million

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 10:51 am | UN News

Deaths from COVID-19 have more than doubled in the past week and will soon reach 50,000 worldwide, while the global caseload is heading towards one million, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told journalists on Wednesday. WHO Director-General ... More >>

Low-skilled Workers, Developing Countries At Risk Of Steep Economic Decline As Coronavirus Advances

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 9:31 am | UN News

The global economy could shrink by up to one per cent in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and may contract even further if restrictions on economic activities are extended without adequate fiscal responses, according to analysis released today ... More >>

Coronavirus Pandemic Threatens To Plunge Millions In Arab Region Into Poverty And Food Insecurity

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 9:26 am | UN News

COVID-19 will be responsible for pushing a further 8.3 million people in the Arab region into poverty, according to a new policy brief issued on Wednesday by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). And the pandemic ... More >>

First Person: Humankind’s ‘modern Mentality To Tame’ The Environment: A Volcanologist’s View

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 10:16 am | UN News

The 17 goals agreed by the global community to reduce poverty and create a sustainable planet are the responsibility of all people, wherever they are in the world, according to the United Nations. The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs represent a boundary-pushing ... More >>

UN Launches COVID-19 Plan That Could ‘defeat The Virus And Build A Better World’

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 9:41 am | UN News

The UN chief launched on Tuesday a new plan to counter the potentially devasting socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, calling on everyone to “act together to lessen the blow to people”. “The new coronavirus disease is attacking societies ... More >>

Iraq: Top UN Official Calls On Political Leaders To Confront COVID-19 Pandemic And Unite

Friday, 27 March 2020, 9:32 am | UN News

While the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded the political, security, social and economic crises roiling Iraq, the top UN official in the country hopes it will spur leaders to put aside their differences and unite for the common good. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, ... More >>

UN Chief Calls For Ceasefire As Yemen Braces For Possible COVID-19 Outbreak

Thursday, 26 March 2020, 1:20 pm | UN News

Echoing his 23 March appeal to warring parties across the globe for an immediate ceasefire, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on those fighting in Yemen to end hostilities and ramp up efforts to counter a potential outbreak of the ... More >>

Debt Relief Milestone In Somalia As World Bank, IMF Call For Global Suspension In Light Of COVID-19

Thursday, 26 March 2020, 10:59 am | UN News

The top United Nations official in Somalia congratulated the Horn of Africa nation on Wednesday for achieving the benchmark set by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), confirming its eligibility for debt relief. James Swan , Head ... More >>

UN Rights Chief Urges Quick Action To Prevent Devastating Impact Of COVID-19 In Places Of Detention

Thursday, 26 March 2020, 9:37 am | UN News

COVID-19 has begun to strike in prisons, jails and immigration detention centres, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet warned on Wednesday, as she urged Governments “not to forget hose behind bars” and to protect those working ... More >>

Ease Sanctions Against Countries Fighting COVID-19: UN Human Rights Chief

Wednesday, 25 March 2020, 10:44 am | UN News

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday called for an easing of sanctions against countries such as Iran to allow their medical systems to fight the disease and limit its global spread. Michelle ... More >>

WHO And World Football Launch ‘kick Out Coronavirus’ As Millions Sign Up To WhatsApp Helpline

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 9:04 am | UN News

A new awareness-raising campaign, led by the world’s top football stars, called ‘Pass the message to kick out coronavirus’, was launched on Monday by the UN health agency, WHO, and international football’s governing body, FIFA. The campaign ... More >>

World Water Day: Often Overlooked, Water Resources Are Essential Part Of Solution To Climate Change

Monday, 23 March 2020, 8:12 am | UN News

On World Water Day , the United Nations launched a flagship report which says that reducing both the impacts and drivers of climate change will require major shifts in the way we use and reuse the Earth’s limited water resources. The new global ... More >>

Swift Policy Action, Strong Leadership Can Save Millions Of Jobs, ‘avert The Worst’ Amid Pandemic

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 2:55 pm | UN News

As dire forecasts about the global economy add to the anxiety surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN’s labour agency (ILO) on Thursday offered a range of urgent measures, which, if governments act quickly, can help to protect workers in the workplace, ... More >>

Women Plough The Way To Peace In South Sudan Resettlement Project

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 10:44 am | UN News

Women who had been displaced by fighting in South Sudan are sowing seeds of peace, with support from the UN mission in the country, UNMISS . They have been given ox ploughs to work the land, as part of a campaign to resettle returnees in the Rumbek ... More >>

COVID-19: Mental Health In The Age Of Coronavirus

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 10:07 am | UN News

Since January when the World Health Organization (WHO) determined the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, to be a “public health emergency of international concern”, stress levels everywhere have continued to mount. As WHO and health authorities ... More >>

Educate Children In Their Mother Tongue, Urges UN Rights Expert

Thursday, 12 March 2020, 9:43 am | UN News

Children from linguistic minorities should be taught in their own mother tongue, said the UN independent expert on minority issues, presenting his latest report on Wednesday to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. According to Fernand de Varennes, ... More >>



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