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  • 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
  • WHO countries agree 'equitable and timely access' to coronavirus vaccine, 'comprehensive evaluation' of response +

    WHO countries agree 'equitable and timely access' to coronavirus vaccine, 'comprehensive evaluation' of response The World Health Organization (WHO) concluded the annual World Health Assembly on Tuesday, adopting a resolution that calls for an independent review of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the agency’s own performance. The UN health agency's annual oversight Read More
  • UN chief renews call for COVID-19 solidarity as WHO warns ‘majority’ of world still at risk +

    UN chief renews call for COVID-19 solidarity as WHO warns ‘majority’ of world still at risk A “massive” and combined effort by all countries is needed to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday, as UN health agency head, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, insisted that “the majority of the world’s population remains susceptible to this virus”. A Read More
  • Unite against hate and violence targeting LGBTI people. +

    Unite against hate and violence targeting LGBTI people. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling for people everywhere to support the right to live free and equal, in line with his message for the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, observed on Sunday. The commemoration comes as the Read More
  • UN leads call to protect most vulnerable from mental health crisis during and after COVID +

    UN leads call to protect most vulnerable from mental health crisis during and after COVID Decades of neglect and underinvestment in addressing people’s mental health needs have been exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN said on Thursday, in a call for ambitious commitments from countries in the way they treat psychological illness, amid a Read More
  • Workers and COVID-19: Access to healthcare, now ‘a matter of life and death’ +

    Workers and COVID-19: Access to healthcare, now ‘a matter of life and death’ The spread of COVID-19 in developing countries has exposed gaps in social protection coverage which could compromise recovery plans, expose millions of people to poverty and affect global readiness to cope with similar crises, according to two policy briefs issued Thursday by Read More
  • Universal basic income the right prescription for Latin America & Caribbean – UN report +

    Universal basic income the right prescription for Latin America & Caribbean – UN report A new report by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) unveiled on Tuesday, proposes that governments ensure immediate temporary cash transfers to help millions of people struggling to meet basic needs, as the massive fallout from COVID-19 ripples Read More
  • 75 years on from the Nazi defeat, many still suffer impact of conflict: Guterres +

    75 years on from the Nazi defeat, many still suffer impact of conflict: Guterres 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 Read More
  • Secretary General Global appeal to address and counter Covid-19 related hate speech +

    Secretary General Global appeal to address and counter Covid-19 related hate speech “We must act now to strengthen the immunity of our societies against the virus of hate,” he says in his message, and he calls for solidarity to tackle the “tsunami of hate and xenophobia, scapegoating and scare-mongering” the pandemic continues Read More
  • Coronavirus and human rights: New UN report calls for disability-inclusive recovery +

    Coronavirus and human rights: New UN report calls for disability-inclusive recovery The COVID-19 pandemic is intensifying inequalities experienced by the world’s one billion people with disabilities, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in launching a report issued on Wednesday that calls for a disability-inclusive recovery and response to the crisis. Even under Read More
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