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$667 Million Funding Call To Help Afghans Through Economic Crisis

Friday, 22 October 2021, 7:28 pm | UN News

Afghanistan’s economy is imploding, with all but three per cent of households expected to fall below the poverty line in coming months, the UN said on Thursday. To help ordinary Afghans, the UN Development Programme ( UNDP ) has announced the ... More >>

Up To 180,000 Health Workers May Have Died From COVID-19

Friday, 22 October 2021, 7:27 pm | UN News

Between 80,000 and 180,000 health and care workers may have died from COVID-19 between January of 2020 and May of this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. That grim estimate features in a new WHO working paper based on the ... More >>

Women In Leadership ‘Must Be The Norm’, Security Council Hears

Friday, 22 October 2021, 7:25 pm | UN News

We can no longer exclude half of humanity from international peace and security matters, the UN chief told the Security Council on Thursday, emphasizing the need to fully address the challenges and gaps that continue to prevent women having an ... More >>

Rush For New Profits Posing Threat To Human Rights, UN Experts Warn

Thursday, 21 October 2021, 9:01 pm | UN News

The finance industry’s demand for new sources of capital worldwide to satisfy investors, is having a serious negative impact on the enjoyment of human rights, a group of UN-appointed independent rights experts have warned . Among the rights ... More >>

Humanitarian Assistance Stepped Up On Yemen's West Coast, Amid Clashes

Thursday, 21 October 2021, 8:58 pm | UN News

Humanitarian assistance has been ramped up on Yemen's west coast where ongoing violence has increased the needs of communities displaced by years of conflict, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Wednesday. The response has primarily been ... More >>

‘Overzealous’ Security Services Undermining South Sudan Peace: Rights Experts

Thursday, 21 October 2021, 8:56 pm | UN News

State security forces in South Sudan have been responsible for imposing new and potentially arbitrary restrictions against the country’s most prominent civil society leaders, issuing “credible” death threats that have undermined peace efforts, ... More >>

UN’s Top Envoy Warns Great Lakes Region Is ‘At A Crossroads’

Thursday, 21 October 2021, 5:20 pm | UN News

Speaking at a Security Council meeting on the situation in Africa’s Great Lakes region on Wednesday, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Huang Xia, told ambassadors that the countries concerned now stand “at a crossroads”. For Mr. Xia , the ... More >>

Four Children Killed On Their Way To School In Northwest Syria

Thursday, 21 October 2021, 8:09 am | UN News

Four children – three boys and a girl - were killed on Monday morning while travelling to school in northwest Syria, along with a teacher, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday. UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, ... More >>

In Highly Uneven Recovery, Global Investment Flows Rebound

Thursday, 21 October 2021, 8:07 am | UN News

After a big drop last year caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, global foreign direct investment (FDI) reached an estimated $852 billion in the first half of 2021, showing a stronger than expected rebound. That’s according to the latest Investment Trends ... More >>

Business Leaders Join UN Chief To Step Up Action For Sustainability

Thursday, 21 October 2021, 8:05 am | UN News

Business leaders joined UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday, to step up delivery of critical investment, for a ‘sustainable, net zero, resilient and equitable world’. The Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD) Alliance ... More >>

Over-compliance With US Sanctions Hurting Iran’s ‘Butterfly Kids’

Thursday, 21 October 2021, 8:03 am | UN News

Over-compliance with United States-imposed sanctions against Iran is harming the right to health, and people with a rare skin disease are among those affected, many of them children, experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council said on Tuesday. ... More >>

Build Consensus Or Face ‘Increasingly Desperate Reality’, Warns Middle East Envoy

Thursday, 21 October 2021, 8:01 am | UN News

Political stagnation is “fuelling tensions, instability and a deepening sense of hopelessness”, the top UN official working towards peace in the Middle East warned the Security Council on Tuesday.   “We should have no illusions ... More >>

Only ‘Real Equality’ Can End Vicious Cycle Of Poverty

Thursday, 21 October 2021, 7:49 am | UN News

Although poverty and privilege “continue to reproduce themselves in vicious cycles”, it is possible to break the chain and shift the paradigm, an independent UN human rights expert told the General Assembly on Wednesday. Presenting his report , The ... More >>

UNHCR Responding To Worst Flooding In Decades In South Sudan

Wednesday, 20 October 2021, 5:39 pm | UN News

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, is supporting the Government of South Sudan in assisting people hit hard by the worst flooding there in decades. Weeks of heavy rain have caused unrelenting floods, affecting more than 700,000 people across the country, ... More >>

UN-backed Show Highlights Lifesaving Benefit Of ‘edutainment’ In South Africa

Wednesday, 20 October 2021, 5:36 pm | UN News

Young people in South Africa changed their attitudes significantly and adopted safer sexual behaviour, after watching a TV show called Down South – which the UN initiative behind it describes as a tribute to the power of “edutainment”. A new report, ... More >>

UNHCR Chief Urges Better Support For 13 Million 'Exhausted' And Displaced Syrians

Tuesday, 19 October 2021, 7:19 am | UN News

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has urged greater international support for the more than 13 million Syrians who’ve been displaced in the past 10 years. Currently, around 6.7 million have been displaced inside the country and ... More >>

UN Chief Urges Lifesaving Transformation Of Food Systems

Sunday, 17 October 2021, 6:48 am | UN News

World Food Day is not only a reminder of the importance of what we eat to everyone on the planet, but also “a call to action to achieve food security around the world”, the UN chief said in his message marking the day on Friday. Commemorated annually ... More >>

Afghanistan: Reuniting Families On The Run Should Be Priority, Urges UNHCR

Sunday, 17 October 2021, 6:47 am | UN News

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, on Friday urged countries to step up reunification for Afghans whose families remain in the country or who are displaced across the region, as the humanitarian crisis in their homeland worsens. Spokesperson Shabia ... More >>

Portuguese Beaches Lead The Way During UN, EU Clean-up Campaign

Sunday, 17 October 2021, 6:46 am | UN News

In recent months, some 260 different clean-up operations have been undertaken across, aimed at protecting life under the sea, with the UN and European Union’s #EUBeachCleanUp campaign, managing to remove some 50 tons of trash from some of the EU’s finest ... More >>

Recent Kosovo-Serbia Tensions Could ‘Unravel Steady But Fragile Progress’

Sunday, 17 October 2021, 6:45 am | UN News

Tensions over vehicle licence plates and anti-smuggling operations, between authorities in Kosovo and Serbia, in recent weeks, may contribute to unravelling “steady but fragile progress made in rebuilding trust among communities” in Kosovo and Serbia. ... More >>