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  • UN chief outlines ‘bold steps’ for education in the face of COVID-19 disruption +

    UN chief outlines ‘bold steps’ for education in the face of COVID-19 disruption The COVID-19 pandemic has created the largest disruption to education in history and prolonged school closures could further entrench inequalities in access to learning, the UN Secretary-General said on Tuesday, underlining the need for “bold steps” to address the crisis. Read More
  • ‘No silver bullet’ to combat COVID-19, says UN health agency head +

    ‘No silver bullet’ to combat COVID-19, says UN health agency head There is “no silver bullet” to combat COVID-19, the head of the UN health agency told journalists on Monday, adding, “and there might never be”. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Emergency Committee on COVID-19 met Friday to review the current coronavirus pandemic at what Read More
  • Health must come before the economy, insists top UN official for Latin America and the Caribbean +

    Health must come before the economy, insists top UN official for Latin America and the Caribbean 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 Read More
  • COVID-19 fast becoming protection crisis, Guterres warns Security Council +

    COVID-19 fast becoming protection crisis, Guterres warns Security Council The COVID-19 pandemic is “profoundly affecting” peace and security across the globe, the Secretary-General told the Security Council on Thursday, pressing the 15-member body to use its collective influence to protect the millions of people either trapped in, or fleeing conflict, and already facing Read More
  • WhyFarm: the quest for food freedom to #End Hunger +

    WhyFarm: the quest for food freedom to #End Hunger Imagine there was a global crisis. Your country’s borders had been closed and no food could be imported. Where would you source your food? Could you be assured of an uninterrupted supply of wholesome, nutritious food that was easily accessed Read More
  • UN refugee chief laments nearly 80 million people forcibly displaced +

    UN refugee chief laments nearly 80 million people forcibly displaced 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. Highlighting that Read More
  • The Volunteer Centre of Trinidad and Tobago: Connecting people to causes that support the Sustainable Development Goals +

    The Volunteer Centre of Trinidad and Tobago: Connecting people to causes that support the Sustainable Development Goals “Volunteering is about building the type of society we know is possible,” says Giselle Mendez of the Volunteer Centre of Trinidad and Tobago (VCTT), by “touching lives and shifting minds.” But how does a ‘people-centred’ organisation, whose model revolves around Read More
  • Act now to avert COVID-19 global food emergency: Guterres +

    Act now to avert COVID-19 global food emergency: Guterres Although the COVID-19 pandemic could push nearly 50 million more people into extreme poverty, this and other dire impacts of the crisis can be avoided if countries act immediately to shore up global food security, the UN Secretary-General said on Read More
  • World Oceans Day: Don’t be colour blind, help blue oceans keep the planet green +

    World Oceans Day: Don’t be colour blind, help blue oceans keep the planet green The COVID-19 pandemic is a “sharp reminder” of how we are all intimately connected to each other and to nature, the UN chief said on Monday, World Oceans Day. “As we work to end the pandemic and build back better, we Read More
  • Protect the environment, prevent pandemics, ‘nature is sending us a clear message’ +

    Protect the environment, prevent pandemics, ‘nature is sending us a clear message’ On this year’s World Environment Day, celebrated on June 5, the UN is drawing links between the health of the planet, and human health, and highlighting the importance of protecting biodiversity, the system that supports life. “At least 70 per cent Read More
  • WHO chief updates journalists on Ebola outbreak, COVID-19 treatment study +

    WHO chief updates journalists on Ebola outbreak, COVID-19 treatment study Nearly 50 staff from the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners arrived in Mbandaka in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Wednesday, location of the country’s latest Ebola outbreak. The responders carried 3,500 doses of Ebola vaccine Read More
  • On Peacekeepers Day, UN to spotlight vital role of women peace operations +

    On Peacekeepers Day, UN to spotlight vital role of women peace operations In observance of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, on Friday, Secretary-General António Guterres will lay a wreath to pay tribute to all the UN blue helmets who have lost their lives since 1948. “[We] honour more than one million Read More
  • ‘Business as unusual’: How COVID-19 could change the future of work +

    ‘Business as unusual’: How COVID-19 could change the future of work Millions of people around the world have been working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic and now experts are asking whether this “business as unusual” could be the future of work, at least for those people whose job doesn’t require Read More
  • Heed ceasefire call, UN chief urges, marking Africa Day +

    Heed ceasefire call, UN chief urges, marking Africa Day African countries have “demonstrated commendable leadership” battling the COVID-19 pandemic, but more nations across the continent where conflict prevails, should heed the UN call for a global ceasefire to push back the deadly virus, said the Secretary-General on Monday. Marking Africa Day, António Read More
  • Shrinking forests need bold action to safeguard their biodiversity +

    Shrinking forests need bold action to safeguard their biodiversity Amidst alarming rates of deforestation and land degradation, urgent action is needed to safeguard the biodiversity of the world's forests, according to a new United Nations report, released on Friday. Published on the International Day for Biological Diversity, The State of the Read More
  • Build back better and preserve biodiversity after COVID-19 pandemic: UN chief +

    Build back better and preserve biodiversity after COVID-19 pandemic: UN chief Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic must also lead to countries uniting to preserve the natural world, in line with global commitments to achieve a better future for all people and the planet, top officials with the United Nations said on Read More
  • UN launches new initiative to fight COVID-19 misinformation through ‘digital first responders’ +

    UN launches new initiative to fight COVID-19 misinformation through ‘digital first responders’ A new UN initiative aims to push back against the tide of lies and hate that has risen in tandem with the COVID-19 pandemic, by empowering people worldwide to share accurate information to help save lives and promote global solidarity. Read More
  • Tedros hails WHO ‘landmark resolution’ to accelerate COVID-19 response +

    Tedros hails WHO ‘landmark resolution’ to accelerate COVID-19 response With  “unprecedented solidarity”, the World Health Assembly adopted a “landmark resolution” on Tuesday, which sets out a “clear roadmap” of the actions needed to sustain and accelerate the COVID-19 response at both national and international levels, the UN health agency Read More
  • Stand in solidarity to preserve Africa’s hard-won progress, urges UN chief +

    Stand in solidarity to preserve Africa’s hard-won progress, urges UN chief The coronavirus pandemic threatens the hard-earned gains Africans have made throughout the continent, the UN chief said on Wednesday, urging the world to stand in solidarity with the people, “now, and for recovering better”. At the virtual launch of a Read More
  • Just hoping coronavirus will bypass Africa, would be a deadly mistake: Bachelet +

    Just hoping coronavirus will bypass Africa, would be a deadly mistake: Bachelet Tens of millions of people in Africa could become destitute as a result of COVID-19 and its catastrophic impact on fragile economies and health systems across the continent, human rights chiefs from the United Nations and the African Commission warned Read More
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