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  • Guterres hails entry into force of treaty banning nuclear weapons +

    Guterres hails entry into force of treaty banning nuclear weapons The first multilateral nuclear disarmament treaty in more than two decades, came into force just after midnight on Friday, hailed by the UN Secretary-General as “an important step towards a world free of nuclear weapons” António Guterres said that the Treaty on the Prohibition Read More
  • Fauci announces US intention to resume major role in global health +

    Fauci announces US intention to resume major role in global health The United States’ top medical official said on Thursday that the US will now join the World Health Organization’s global initiative to help poorer nations overcome COVID-19, in addition to a raft of new measures in support of access to Read More
  • Guterres urges world to ‘work together in solidarity’ as US moves to re-join WHO +

    Guterres urges world to ‘work together in solidarity’ as US moves to re-join WHO The United Nations Secretary-General on Wednesday welcomed the announcement by President Joe Biden that the United States will re-engage with the World Health Organization (WHO) and play a full role in advancing global health and health security.  In a statement issued by his Read More
  • Secretary-General welcomes US return to Paris Agreement on Climate Change +

    Secretary-General welcomes US return to Paris Agreement on Climate Change Following the inauguration of United States President Joe Biden on Wednesday, the UN Secretary-General said he looks forward to an era of new leadership towards accelerating climate action, with the US back inside the landmark Paris Agreement.   President Biden Read More
  • As COVID deaths pass two million worldwide, Guterres warns against self-defeating ‘vaccinationalism +

    As COVID deaths pass two million worldwide, Guterres warns against self-defeating ‘vaccinationalism With more than two million lives now lost worldwide to COVID-19, the UN Secretary-General appealed on Friday for countries to work together and help each other to end the pandemic and save lives. In a video statement, Secretary-General António Guterres noted that the Read More
  • Pandemic curbs trend towards ever-increasing migration +

    Pandemic curbs trend towards ever-increasing migration Travel restrictions and other curbs to movement put in place in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, have put a significant dent in migration figures, but the overall trend shows 100 million more people living outside their countries of origin Read More
  • CARICOM IMPACS and UNOCT collaborate to detect and counter terrorists and serious criminals' travel using passenger data +

    CARICOM IMPACS and UNOCT collaborate to detect and counter terrorists and serious criminals' travel using passenger data January 13th, 2021 - The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) signed today a Memorandum of Agreement and a Memorandum of Understanding related to the United Nations Countering Terrorist Read More
  • Fewer protections, lower wages, and higher health risks: Homeworking in the COVID era +

    Fewer protections, lower wages, and higher health risks: Homeworking in the COVID era The UN’s labour agency (ILO) called on Wednesday for greater recognition and protection for the hundreds of millions of people who work from home, accounting for almost eight per cent of the global workforce even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Since Read More
  • Step up surveillance of emerging coronavirus variants, WHO urges +

    Step up surveillance of emerging coronavirus variants, WHO urges Efforts should be stepped up to quickly identify and study emerging variants of the COVID-19-causing SARS-CoV-2 virus, UN World Health Organization (WHO) scientists said on Tuesday.  Alongside monitoring, virus and serum samples should be shared via globally agreed mechanisms so that Read More
  • UN chief calls for ‘urgent transition’ from fossil fuels to renewable energy +

    UN chief calls for ‘urgent transition’ from fossil fuels to renewable energy Building a global coalition for carbon neutrality by mid-century will be the UN’s “central objective”, the world body’s top official told a conference on climate action on Monday.  “All countries need credible mid-term goals and plans that are aligned with Read More
  • COVID-19 recovery offers ‘chance to change course’, Guterres tells One Planet Summit +

    COVID-19 recovery offers ‘chance to change course’, Guterres tells One Planet Summit The process of recovery from the coronavirus pandemic offers the chance to change course, and put humanity on a path on which it is not in conflict with nature, the United Nations Secretary-General said on Monday, urging greater efforts by Read More
  • UN chief highlights need for climate action, pandemic response, in commemorating 75th anniversary of the General Assembly +

    UN chief highlights need for climate action, pandemic response, in commemorating 75th anniversary of the General Assembly In his first major speech of the year, the UN Secretary-General underlined the need for global cooperation to address today’s challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. António Guterres was speaking on Sunday during a virtual event to commemorate Read More
  • World Braille Day highlights importance of accessible information +

    World Braille Day highlights importance of accessible information The United Nations is commemorating World Braille Day on Monday, highlighting the importance of the universal touch-based communication system for the full realization of human rights for blind and partially sighted people.  People with vision impairment are more likely to experience higher rates Read More
  • ‘Growing momentum’ to make 2021 the global action year for sustainable energy +

    ‘Growing momentum’ to make 2021 the global action year for sustainable energy In a bid of optimism for the new year, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) expressed confidence that clean energy would grow in 2021.  Despite that the world is not on track to meet climate objectives and achieve Sustainable Development Goal Read More
  • Make 2021 ‘safer, healthier world for children’, UNICEF chief urges +

    Make 2021 ‘safer, healthier world for children’, UNICEF chief urges The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday that more than 371,500 children would be born on the first day of 2021.  “The children born today enter a world far different than even a year ago, and a New Year Read More
  • UN health agency clears COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use +

    UN health agency clears COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use To speed up access to COVID-19 vaccinations in the developing world, on the eve of the new year, the UN health agency approved Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine for emergency use.  Regulatory experts convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) from around the Read More
  • After year of ‘trials, tragedies and tears’, UN chief sends message of hope for 2021 +

    After year of ‘trials, tragedies and tears’, UN chief sends message of hope for 2021 As the world enters 2021, after a “year of trials, tragedies and tears”, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has delivered a message of hope for the new year.  Praising the kindness shown by people around the world, the tireless efforts of frontline workers, the scientists who have developed vaccines in record time, and the countries making new advances Read More
  • Human rights must be ‘front and centre’ of COVID-19 response: Secretary-General +

    Human rights must be ‘front and centre’ of COVID-19 response: Secretary-General UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for human rights to be put “front and centre” of COVID-19 response and recovery globally in order to achieve a better future for people everywhere.   The UN chief made the appeal in his Read More
  • Amid ‘unprecedented’ needs, UNICEF asks for $6.4 billion to help 190 million children +

    Amid ‘unprecedented’ needs, UNICEF asks for $6.4 billion to help 190 million children The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Thursday, launched a $6.4 billion emergency funding appeal to reach more than 190 million children affected by humanitarian crises amidst the coronavirus pandemic.  The appeal for 2021, which is a 35 per cent increase Read More
  • World must not accept slavery in 21st century: Guterres +

    World must not accept slavery in 21st century: Guterres Commemorating the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, the United Nations Secretary-General highlighted the impact of the contemporary forms of slavery, underscoring that such abhorrent practices have no space in the twenty-first century.  In a message, Secretary-General António Guterres said that global Read More
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