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Cyclone Amphan’s trail of destruction in Bangladesh/India

Friday, 22 May 2020, 9:24 am | United Nations

UN humanitarians and partners are working hard to assist the people of Bangladesh and India suffering from the impact of Cyclone Amphan, which made landfall on Wednesday, wreaking havoc, causing high tidal surges, flooding and embankments to collapse. More >>

Coronavirus ‘grim Reality’: World Economy To Shrink By 3.2 Per Cent, New UN Report Projects

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 10:17 am | United Nations

World Bank/Peter Kapuscinski Economic Development Against the backdrop of the raging COVID-19 pandemic, the world economy in 2020 is projected to shrink by 3.2 per cent, racking up some $8.5 trillion in overall losses – wiping out nearly four years ... More >>

75 Years On From The Nazi Defeat, Many Still Suffer Impact Of Conflict: Guterres

Saturday, 9 May 2020, 10:15 am | United Nations

On 8 and 9 May, the UN commemorates the millions who lost their lives during the Second World War, the tragic conflict that led to the birth of the United Nations. In a video message released late on Friday, UN chief António Guterres warned that ... More >>

Global Health Experts Advise WHO To Identify Animal Source Of COVID-19 Virus

Saturday, 2 May 2020, 11:10 am | United Nations

International experts have advised the World Health Organization ( WHO ) to work to identify the animal origins of the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic and its transmission to humans, the UN agency said on Friday. The recommendation was among ... More >>

Millions Of Missing Airmiles: How The UN Civil Aviation Agency Is Helping Airlines Take Off Again

Saturday, 2 May 2020, 11:08 am | United Nations

In normal times, the world’s airlines would be carrying nearly 2 billion international passengers this year. That’s 5.7 million a day. But with the COVID-19 pandemic gripping the planet, these are not normal times. In its latest analysis of the economic ... More >>

Sudan: Coronavirus Could Be Tipping Point For ‘untold Suffering’, Bachelet Urges Sanctions Relief

Wednesday, 29 April 2020, 8:39 am | United Nations

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government and people of Sudan could experience “untold suffering” unless donors act fast to shore up a country still in transition, the top UN human rights official warned on Tuesday. One year after ... More >>

Launch Of UN Policy Brief: The Impact Of COVID-19 On Children

Friday, 17 April 2020, 7:03 am | United Nations

Key Messages - Policy Brief: Impact of COVID-19 on Children 188 countries have imposed countrywide school closures, affecting more than 1.5 billion children and youth. Nearly 369 million children across 143 countries who normally rely on school meals ... More >>

UN Secretary-General's Spokesman On Humanitarian Assistance

Saturday, 4 April 2020, 1:36 pm | United Nations

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on humanitarian assistance and access during the fight against COVID-19 The Secretary-General remains deeply concerned that the coronavirus continues to spread at an alarming rate, including ... More >>

Economic Sanctions Should Be Lifted To Prevent Hunger Crises In Countries Hit By COVID-19

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 11:09 am | United Nations

As the world exhibits new bonds of solidarity in response to the coronavirus pandemic, it is a matter of “humanitarian and practical urgency to lift unilateral economic sanctions immediately,” to prevent hunger crises in pandemic-hit countries, a UN ... More >>

COVID-19: Economic Sanctions Should Be Lifted To Prevent Hunger Crises – UN Expert

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 9:32 am | United Nations

GENEVA (31 March 2020) – A UN human rights expert called for the immediate lifting of international sanctions to prevent hunger crises in countries hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The continued imposition of crippling economic sanctions on Syria, Venezuela, ... More >>

COVID-19: Measures Needed To Protect People Deprived Of Liberty, UN Torture Prevention Body Says

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 11:53 am | United Nations

GENEVA (30 March 2020) - The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) has issued detailed advices on a range of actions governments and independent monitoring bodies should take to protect people deprived of their liberty during ... More >>

Critical Work Of UN ‘largely Uninterrupted’, Despite Unprecedented Challenge Of COVID-19

Saturday, 28 March 2020, 12:27 pm | United Nations

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the United Nations to operate in new ways, its vital work worldwide continues largely uninterrupted, heads of UN principal organs assured Member States, during a joint briefing on Friday held online. In his welcoming ... More >>

No Exceptions With COVID-19: “Everyone Has The Right To Life-saving Interventions” – UN Experts Say

Friday, 27 March 2020, 9:32 am | United Nations

GENEVA (26 March 2020) – The COVID-19 crisis cannot be solved with public health and emergency measures only; all other human rights must be addressed too, UN human rights experts* said today. “Everyone, without exception, has the right to life-saving ... More >>

UN official applauds move to prevent child recruitment

Friday, 20 March 2020, 10:15 am | United Nations

A senior United Nations official has welcomed the move by lawmakers in the Central African Republic (CAR) to criminalize child recruitment. More >>

COVID-19: Who Is Protecting The People With Disabilities? – UN Rights Expert

Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 11:15 am | United Nations

GENEVA (17 March 2020) – Little has been done to provide people with disabilities with the guidance and support needed to protect them during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, even though many of them are part of the high-risk group, today warned ... More >>

Millions Still Need Life-saving UN Support, Reminds Humanitarian Official

Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 10:36 am | United Nations

A senior UN humanitarian official issued a reminder on Tuesday, that millions of vulnerable people are still relying on the Organization’s life-saving assistance to survive. Speaking to UN News in Geneva, Jens Laerke, Deputy Spokesperson at the ... More >>

As Syrian Conflict Enters 10th Year, ‘brutal Truth’ Is, There Is Little Protection For Families

Saturday, 14 March 2020, 1:41 pm | United Nations

Although a fragile ceasefire agreed in northwest Syria is still holding, UN humanitarians on Friday warned of dire conditions for hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced by conflict, now in its tenth year. Speaking to journalists in Geneva, Jens Laerke ... More >>

Coronavirus Update: COVID-19 Likely To Cost Economy $1 Trillion During 2020, Says UN Trade Agency

Tuesday, 10 March 2020, 10:43 am | United Nations

Apart from the tragic human consequences of the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic, the economic uncertainty it has sparked will likely cost the global economy $1 trillion in 2020, the UN’s trade and development agency, UNCTAD, said on Monday. “We envisage ... More >>

COVID-19: ‘Sombre Moment’ As Cases Top 100,000 Worldwide

Sunday, 8 March 2020, 1:13 pm | United Nations

The global number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus disease, COVID-19, has surpassed 100,000, the World Health Organization ( WHO ) reported on Saturday. “As we mark this sombre moment, the World Health Organization reminds all countries and ... More >>

Rights Office Concerned Over Death Sentences Against 35 Yemeni MPs

Saturday, 7 March 2020, 1:15 pm | United Nations

The pro-government MPs were sentenced in absentia earlier this week by the Houthi-controlled Specialized Criminal Court in the capital, Sana’a. “We are extremely concerned by the overall conduct of the trial and that it is politically motivated, as well ... More >>