The following are the United Nations “News in Brief” Broadcast Programs.  Please Click on the News in Brief Title to here the program.

  • News in Brief 3 June 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on June 3, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    People on the move need protection during pandemic: Guterres Khartoum massacre victims, await justice in Sudan Bachelet alarmed by free speech clampdown in Asia

  • News in Brief 2 June 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on June 2, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    Western Niger attack forces 1,100 people to flee, warns refugee agency Western European COVID infections see steady decline: WHO Address ‘appalling impact’ of COVID-19 on minorities, UN rights chief urges

  • News in Brief 1 June 2020
    by Matt Wells, UN News on June 1, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    Prevention and treatment of noncommunicable diseases ‘severely disrupted’ UN Women launches ‘shadow pandemic’ public awareness campaign New Bangladeshi Goodwill Ambassador for World Food Programme

  • News in Brief 29 May 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on May 29, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    UN’s rights chief condemns ‘caste’ killing in Nepal UN human rights office welcomes online action to remove misinformation Nine in 10 smokers start before they are 18 years old, warns WHO

  • News in Brief 28 May 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on May 28, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    COVID-19: African nations urged to remain vigilant as lockdown easing begins UN migration agency IOM lauches $206 million Syria appeal Rohingya refugees ‘stranded at sea’, warns IOM

  • News in Brief 27 May 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on May 27, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    ‘Lockdown generation’ of young workers will need extra help after COVID-19, urges UN labour chief COVID-19: temporary halt announced on use of key anti-viral hydroxychloroquine Rights experts appeal over abortion obstacles linked to COVID measures in US states

  • News in Brief 26 May 2020
    by Daniel Johnson/ UN News on May 26, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Yemen aid lifeline nears breaking point as UN food agency appeals for $870 million Governments must boost COVID-19 aid to vulnerable urban populations – UNHCR Indian heatwave highlights coronavirus risks to national health systems: WMO

  • Crisis-affected communities hold UN ‘in high regard’, says senior woman peacekeeper
    by Julia Dean, UN Australia on May 26, 2020 at 6:35 am

    Female Peacekeepers add an extra dynamic to teams in the field, breaking barriers that allow women civilians to describe what’s really going on inside their communities. That’s the view of Major Fiona Bruce, from the Australian Defence Force, who served in the UN’s Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) in both Lebanon and Syria. In an interview ahead of UN Peacekeeping Day marked on 29 May, Major Bruce highlights the fact that people going through crisis and conflict still ‘view the UN in high regard’. Julia Dean from our UN Australia Country Team, spoke to her online, and began by asking about her old daily routine, serving in Lebanon.

  • News in Brief 22 May 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on May 22, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    COVID-19 transmission ‘already happening widely in Yemen’ Bangladesh storm Amphan affects 10 million people, spares refugee ‘megacamp’ As world’s forests continue to shrink, UN echoes call for sustainable conservation

  • India and Bangladesh: Health and environmental risks grow, following deadly cyclone
    by Anshu Sharma, UN News - Hindi on May 22, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    UN humanitarians and partners are working hard to assist the people of Bangladesh and India suffering from the impact of Cyclone Amphan, which left dozens dead, causing widespread destruction. According to the UN Country Team in India, Cyclone Amphan, with more than 2.4 million people and 500,000 livestock evacuated to cyclone shelters., is now considered even more destructive than Cyclone Aila, which slammed the region in 2009. Due to flooding and the extensive damage caused, the risk of disease outbreaks is high, and further environmental risks remain, due to the large amounts of debris and waste. Ranjini Mukherjee, Disaster Risk Reduction Specialist, from UN India, described the situation to UN News’s Anshu Sharma, and told her that efforts continue to be implemented in shelter homes to minimize risk of infection and prevent COVID-19 from spreading.

  • News in Brief 21 May 2020
    by Matt Wells, UN News on May 21, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    UN launches new campaign to counter ‘lies, fear and hate’ UN calls on European States to rescue stranded refugees, migrants Malaysia urged to ‘stop crackdown on migrants, journalists and civil society’

  • Branding Hawaiian culture with tattoos
    by Daniel Dickinson/ UN News on May 20, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    The teaching of traditional tattooing  underlines the important role indigenous people can play in the modern world; according to Hawaiian tattooist Keone Nues. He  spoke to Kevin Cassidy, the Director of the ILO’s office for the US, and began by explaining what it means to be Hawaiian.

  • News in Brief 20 May 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on May 20, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    Guterres: health of Africa ‘hangs in the balance’ from COVID, $200 billion stimulus needed urgently Child food insecurity set to rise by 20 per cent because of COVID Bees, the unsung heroes of sustainable development

  • News in Brief 19 May 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on May 19, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Syria’s warring parties agree to resume talks in Geneva, says UN envoy Bachelet leads appeal for help for South Sudan survivors of sexual violence China urged to lift charges against Tibetan minority human rights defender

  • Women ‘pay price’ of increased strains caused by COVID-19 pandemic
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on May 18, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Somalia is a land facing problems on many fronts, from severe floods to desert locust swarms and terrorist attacks, but there’s an even darker threat, too: rising sexual violence amid the coronavirus crisis. After the horrific rape of a young girl last week in the capital Mogadishu, it’s something that the UN wants to help the Government put a stop to more than ever, as Anders Thomsen from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) tells UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

  • COVID-19: ‘Population density is a challenge’, in the Rohingya camps 
    by Anshu Sharma/UN News - Hindi on May 18, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    After the first Rohingya refugee had tested positive for the new coronavirus late last week, in an overcrowded refugee camp in Bangladesh, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) announced additional measures and appealed for funds to prevent further spread of the disease.  Sheltering around 860,000 mainly Muslim Rohingyas who’ve fled neighbouring Myanmar, the camps have a population density one and a half times higher than New York City, raising serious concerns about the potentially severe impact of the virus.  Communications Officer for UNHCR’s Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, Kasita Rochanakorn, described to UN News’s Anshu Sharma, what action the agency was taking. 

  • ‘Bold and daring’ action needed against COVID-19, WHO Goodwill Ambassador urges world leaders
    by Maoqi Li, UN News on May 18, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    Set piece speeches need to be set aside by world leaders attending the World Health Assembly this week, in favour of “bold and daring” action to end the coronavirus pandemic, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Health. In an interview with UN News, James Chau, told Maoqi Li, what he expected from the truncated annual meeting of the WHO in Geneva.

  • News in Brief 18 May 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on May 18, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    UN chief renews call for solidarity as WHO warns ‘majority’ of world still at risk Outrage over rape of four-year-old girl in Somalia Connecting us all, a beacon of hope, says UN’s Guterres

  • News in Brief 15 May 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on May 15, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Bangladesh: First case of COVID-19 infection confirmed in Rohingya camp UNICEF alert on vaccination and protection gaps in DR Congo linked to pandemic Libya refugees and migrants ‘desperate’ amid food price spike: UNHCR

  • News in Brief 14 May 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on May 14, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    UN leads call to protect most vulnerable, from COVID mental health crisis Presidents and Prime Ministers lead call for ‘people’s vaccine’ Chemical industry must step up, to prevent more Bhopal-like disasters: UN expert

  • Protecting kids’ mental health during COVID-19, as important as physical fitness
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on May 14, 2020 at 3:30 am

    It may seem obvious to an adult, but to a child it may not be so clear that they aren’t to blame if they get sick with COVID-19. That’s one of the key messages that the World Health Organization - WHO - wants to convey as part of the UN campaign to promote good mental health during this incredibly stressful pandemic, full of unknowns. Just ahead of the UN’s major update on mental health during the crisis, Daniel Johnson, spoke to Dr Fahmy Hanna, from the WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Use. 

  • News in Brief 13 May 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on May 13, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Global trade values fell by three per cent in the first quarter of 2020 People living longer, healthier lives but COVID-19 threatens progress: WHO Tuberculosis prevention gains must be protected against pandemic

  • News in Brief 12 May 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on May 12, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Tropics, northern hemisphere facing hotter temperatures COVID-19 pushes millions more in Middle East, North Africa into food crisis Nigeria violence forces 23,000 refugees into Niger in a month

  • Wildlife trade: Regulated markets involving local communities, ‘essential’ to balance humans and nature
    by Siwen Qian, UN News - Chinese on May 11, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Since COVID-19 emerged in central China in late December, health officials have raced to locate where and how the virus was first transmitted from its likely animal origins, to humans. As the main international regulator dealing with the wildlife trade - both legal and illegal - the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, CITES, is highlighting the crucial importance of developing a better balance in the relationship between people and the natural world. Calling for further regulation of a trade which millions around the world rely on, as a source of income and protein, Ivonne Higuero, Secretary-General of CITES, has been speaking to UN News’s Siwen Qian, about the risks and opportunities involved.

  • News in Brief 11 May 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on May 11, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Three UN peacekeepers killed in improvised explosive attack in Mali Myanmar extends agreement with UN on access to Rohingya’s embattled home state Gains made against desert locusts in East Africa and Yemen but food security crisis remains

  • Face-to-face with evil: Interrogating Adolf Eichmann
    by Elena Vapnitchnaia on May 9, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    As the world marks 75 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany, an Israeli director has been talking to UN News, about latest film, which takes us inside the prosecution of the notorious Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann. The chief of UN News's Russian service, Elena Vapnitchnaia, talked to Yoav Halevy back in January, when the film was shown in Vienna.

  • News in Brief 8 May 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on May 8, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    Syria is a ticking time-bomb that must not be ignored, says UN human rights chief Conflict and floods force tens of thousands to flee in Somalia, amid COVID-19 threat Virus hunters continue search for animal link to COVID-19 infections in people

  • News in Brief 7 May 2020
    by Matt Wells, UN News on May 7, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Poverty likely to rise by nearly 60% for workers in informal economy UN launches $6.7 billion humanitarian appeal to stem COVID World tourism likely to plummet by up to 80 per cent, warns UN agency

  • News in Brief 6 May 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on May 6, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Thousands stranded in Andaman Sea blocked from port, agencies warn Coronavirus measures expose human trafficking victims to more abuse Action needed to halt ‘drive-through’ child abuse spawned by COVID-19 restrictions

  • News in Brief 5 May 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on May 5, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    Alert over rapid spread of COVID-19 in Latin American prisons: OHCHR Eight in 10 Afghans could be infected by new coronavirus, officials warn Food insecurity in West Africa could leave 43 million at risk as COVID hits: WFP

  • News in Brief 4 May 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on May 4, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    None of us is safe until we all are, says UN chief at EU push to end COVID Air bridge operation gets underway for ‘most fragile’ countries Welcome for Sudan’s decision to ban female genital mutilation

  • Spike in cybercrime linked to COVID lockdown measures exposes legal gaps
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on May 2, 2020 at 9:05 am

    If you’re among those working from home, you may well have noticed an increase in the number of online scams when you open your inbox or shop on the internet? The disturbing trend is linked to the COVID-19 lockdown, says the UN agency for trade and development, UNCTAD. It wants to see more countries adopt tougher measures to protect people using the internet, particularly in least developed countries, as Shamika Sirimanne, director of technology and logistics at UNCTAD, tells UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

  • Cultural sector may be last to regain ‘normalcy’ after pandemic: UNESCO
    by Li Zhang, UN News - Chinese on May 1, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    With cancelled concerts, postponed festivals, and closed cinemas and theatres, artists across the world are struggling to make ends meet due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit the cultural and creative industries worldwide.

  • News in Brief 1 May 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on May 1, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Vaccine bottlenecks from COVID lockdown leave children’s lives at stake Refugee agency helpline overwhelmed as COVID-19 impacts hit IOM helps migrants caught up in truck tragedy, return home

  • News in Brief 30 April 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on April 30, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    Disabilities are no reason to deny people their rights during COVID: Bachelet Cuba sanctions is obstructing aid response to coronavirus, say rights experts Greta Thunberg adds voice to child rights driven coronavirus campaign

  • UN health agency leads collaborative bid to get 135 countries ready for COVID-19
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on April 30, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    If you’re an avid follower of COVID-19 developments, you may have wondered what the phrase, “PCR equipment” means. It stands for polymerase chain reaction, which is the process that labs use to check whether someone with COVID-19 symptoms has the new coronavirus, after taking a medical swab, usually from both nostrils.  In line with World Health Organization advice to countries to test as many cases of suspected infection as possible, the race is on to find enough PCR machines for everybody. And that’s where Paul Molinaro comes in; he’s the cool, calm and collected head of logistics at the WHO, which with other UN partners is part of a major new initiative to help kit out 135 countries trying to see off the pandemic. He’s been talking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

  • News in Brief 29 April 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on April 29, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    Myanmar: possible war crimes and crimes against humanity Cybercrime and online fraud, heighten privacy and data threats amid pandemic Rights experts appeal for Lao victims of dam disaster who lost everything

  • PODCAST: Coronavirus vaccine race must not overshadow ‘routine immunizations’
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on April 29, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Countries must not forget routine lifesaving immunizations for diseases like measles, while racing to find a vaccine that will save millions of lives and end the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s the message from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) vaccination programme director, Professor Kate O'Brien, who’s been talking in-depth to UN News for this latest Lid is On podcast, stressing also the importance of getting the facts, as misinformation rages online. Music credit: Ketsa, ‘Live With No Fear’

  • News in Brief 28 April 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on April 28, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Sudan at ‘tipping point’ amid sanctions as pandemic approaches  WFP plea to keep borders open as Horn of Africa faces doubling in food insecurity UN’s new COVID-19-busting taskforce gears up to boost frontline supplies

  • South Sudan: COVID-19 pandemic challenges add to existing crises
    by Anaïs Hotin/Andre Vornic, FAO on April 27, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    The COVID-19 pandemic is adversely affecting everyone, everywhere, with lockdown restrictions hitting the development and humanitarian relief sectors especially hard. Malo Meshack is UN Representative for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in South Sudan. In this interview, he tells FAO’s Andre Vornic, how his team has adjusted to this new reality.

  • News in Brief 27 April 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on April 27, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    ‘Toxic lockdown culture’ of repressive measures affects most vulnerable Yemen needs cooperation between parties more than ever, says UN negotiator Immunization week focuses on 20 million children who lack lifesaving vaccines

  • ‘Canoe plants’ can feed the modern world
    by Daniel Dickinson/ UN News on April 25, 2020 at 4:30 am

    The Breadfruit Institute in Hawaii is promoting the local foodstuff as a response to “critical global food security issues,” especially for developing island states. Daniel Dickinson met research technician and farmer Noel Dickinson at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens on the island of Kauai and began by asking her to describe what the plant looks like. 

  • News in Brief 24 April 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on April 24, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    Cash help needed now to help world’s informal workers Challenges for multilateralism - and optimism - revealed in UN-led global debate Refugee healthworkers step up for coronavirus response in Latin America

  • News in Brief 23 April 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on April 23, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    Libya: Heavy shelling, COVID-19 pandemic creates ‘perfect storm’ Developing countries crippled by debt need urgent relief Message of solidarity from UN chief as millions of Muslims begin ‘very different’ Ramadan

  • News in Brief 22 April 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on April 22, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    COVID-19 will only give brief respite to climate crisis Planet hotter than ever: UN weather agency on Earth Day Top rights official condemns Iran child offender executions

  • News in Brief 21 April 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on April 21, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    COVID-19 could cause acute food insecurity for 250 million people, say UN agencies Massive floods in DRC’s South Kivu impact 80,000 people, kill dozens Iron deficiency guidelines unveiled for pregnant women and infants

  • News in Brief 20 April 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on April 20, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    COVID-19 response could stutter to a halt, warn aid chiefs in appeal for $350 million Displaced, stateless women and girls face must get essential help, says UNCHR WHO launches safe Ramadan guidelines during COVID-19

  • ‘All countries want to tackle the rising cost of medical expenditures’: WHO’s up and coming economics guru
    by Mehboob Khan, UN News - Hindi on April 18, 2020 at 6:50 am

    Young, creative and bold minds, who are helping redefine their own areas of expertise, are highlighted every year by the US business publication, Forbes. This year, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) youthful health economist Swathi Bhargav Iyengar, made the “30 under 30” list, for developing the WHO’s MedMon mobile application. In an interview with Mehboob Khan from the UN News Hindi service, the young economist explains how she started developing the tool and the impact it’s had on lives so far.

  • Penny Abeywardena, New York City’s Commissioner for International Affairs
    by UN News on April 17, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    “New York City has always been proud to host the United Nations”, Penny Abeywardena, New York City’s Commissioner for International Affairs told UN News.

  • News in Brief 17 April 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on April 17, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    Ceasefire needed to protect 250 million children: UNICEF chief Recession will likely cause hundreds of thousands of child deaths World has enough food to withstand COVID crisis, says UN agency

  • PODCAST: ‘Entrepreneurs of intolerance’ compound COVID-19 racist backlash
    by Siwen Qian and Matt Wells, UN News on April 17, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    In this special edition of our Lid Is On podcast, from UN News, we hear from independent UN human rights expert, Tendayi Achiume, who warns that apart from the coronavirus that’s destroying so many lives and transforming societies around the world, a virulent xenophobia and tide of racial hatred has also been unleashed, aided by what she calls “entrepreneurs of intolerance”. Music credit: Ketsa: “Within the Earth”, and “Awaiting Her Return”

  • Behind the scenes at the humanitarian air hub dispatching COVID-19 aid to African nations
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on April 16, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Facemasks – a million of them - are just some of the precious cargo being dispatched to all corners of Africa by the UN, as the continent braces for the spread of COVID-19. Managing this huge task is Amer Daoudi, Senior Director of Operations for the World Food Programme. In an online interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Jordanian national, Mr. Daoudi, takes us behind the scenes at the agency’s humanitarian hub in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, where a UN-wide supply chain operation is now in full swing.

  • News in Brief 16 April 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News, Geneva on April 16, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    UN chief expresses solidarity for Africa as continent ‘braces’ for pandemic Europeans remain in midst of storm, warns region’s UN health chief ‘No evidence’ polio vaccine prevents COVID-19

  • News in Brief 15 April 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News, Geneva on April 15, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Relaxing lockdowns without boosting care could lead to new COVID spike: WHO New coronavirus infections have yet to peak Protection appeal for children facing online threats during stay-at-home confinement

  • Climate catastrophes and now coronavirus, Pacific islands in the crosshairs
    by Julia Dean, United Nations on April 15, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    While the COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc around the globe, the remoteness of the Pacific Islands has left people living there vulnerable in many different ways.  UN Resident Coordinator Sanaka Samarasinha said in an interview with UN News, that with borders and airports shut down, protection gear, specialist personnel, and life-saving medical supplies have been unable to reach many areas in need.

  • Spreading the word, stopping the virus
    by Conor Lennon/ UN News on April 14, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    Making sure that information about COVID-19 is accurate, and how to stay protected, is crucial to getting the pandemic under control. Conor Lennon from UN News spoke to Moez Chackchouk, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO, and started by asked him how to describe the scale of the so-called “disinfodemic”  

  • COVID-19 in Gaza: even in refugee camps, people asked to stay ‘home’
    by Hazem Balousha, UN News - Arabic on April 14, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    Even in the overcrowded places like refugee camps, the UN is working towards potentially life-saving behavior change, asking people to stay ‘home’, because social distancing will mean at least some “family protection”. Referring to the low number of cases in Gaza so far as “good news”, Matthias Schmale, director of the UN relief agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) has warned in an interview with UN News, that local hospitals would not have the capacity to deal with coronavirus and there are not enough tests to go round. Mr. Schmale, spoke to UN News Arabic’s Hazem Balousha, who’s based in the Israeli-controlled enclave.

  • News in Brief 14 April 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News, Geneva on April 14, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    COVID-19: major relief airlift reaches ‘most vulnerable’ African nations New Ebola virus infections dash hopes of an end to DR Congo epidemic Lifesaving aid funding released to help cyclone survivors in Vanuatu

  • Lebanon: UN mission helps local communities in ‘common fight’ against COVID-19
    by May Yaacoub - UN News (Arabic) on April 13, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    While performing their mandated duties “24/7” on land, in the air, and at sea, UN peacekeepers in Lebanon are also supporting local communities in preventing the spread of COVID-19, according to their Force Commander. Major General Stefano Del Col spoke to May Yaacoub about activities during what he has described as “a challenging period”, and the measures UNIFIL took after one peacekeeper was found to have the disease. 

  • News in Brief 13 April 2020
    by Matt Wells, UN News on April 13, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    Detained children at ‘grave risk’ of contracting coronavirus – UNICEF chief Middle East envoy warns COVID-19 could jeopardize Palestinian Authority UN offers support to Pacific island nations hit by Tropical Cyclone Harold

  • News in Brief 9 April 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on April 9, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    COVID-19: Yemen ceasefire announced in bid to contain coronavirus UN Deputy chief launches blueprint to protect poorer countries from coronavirus The fight against desert locust swarms goes on in East Africa despite COVID-19 measures

  • UNDP in China supporting procurement of urgent medical supplies for developing countries
    by Siwen Qian, UN News - Chinese on April 8, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    Supplies of personal protection equipment (PPE), masks and other medical items made in China are being sent to developing countries to support health workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in the country has said.  Beate Trankmann spoke to Siwen Qian about the complications of securing supplies, how UNDP is ensuring the quality of the items being procured, and the pandemic’s impact on China’s economic development and its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • Lean season and COVID-19 transmission fears keep Sahel aid chief up at night 
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News, Geneva on April 8, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    In Africa’s central Sahel region, millions of people do not have enough to eat – and between the lean season and the encroaching COVID-19 pandemic, there are real fears that the situation is spiralling out of control.  In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Chris Nikoi, the World Food Programme (WFP) Regional Director for West Africa, says that he can’t sleep at night for worrying about the potential impact COVID-19 restrictions will have on humanitarian operations. 

  • News in Brief 8 April 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on April 8, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    COVID-19: impact could see 195 million job losses, warns UN labour agency chief More than 10,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Africa Rights experts warn over South Sudan COVID-19 spread

  • News in Brief 7 April 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on April 7, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    Personal message from UN chief applauds health professionals putting lives on line Nurses’ vulnerabilities made worse in fight against COVID-19 ‘Say no to hate speech and xenophobia’, urges UN chief marking 26 years since genocide in Rwanda

  • Staying fit indoors: a paralympian’s perspective
    by Conor Lennon/ UN News on April 6, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    How are elite athletes coping with being stuck indoors?  Conor Lennon spoke to Brad Snyder, a multiple medal-winner with the US Paralympic team, about the importance of sport and exercise for everyone currently stuck inside for most of the day.

  • News in Brief 6 April 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on April 6, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    ‘Horrifying’ surge in domestic violence must be addressed – UN chief Arab region’s women and girls need protection too, say UN economic, social experts COVID-19 risks are greater for people of African descent – rights experts

  • Solidarity ‘vital’ to support developing countries through COVID-19 pandemic
    by Julia Dean, UN Australia on April 3, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    Echoing the UN Secretary-General, the head of the UN office in Papua New Guinea, Gianluca Rampolla, has appealed to the world's developed countries to support the most vulnerable nations. Mr. Rampolla warned of the devastating impacts that outbreaks could have on countries such as Papua New Guinea, noting that the landscape could shift rapidly, and dangerously, from a health emergency to a humanitarian disaster. The  UN is supporting the southwest Pacific nation by providing technical assistance and vital equipment in preparation of a possible COVID-19 outbreak.  Julia Dean from our office in Canberra spoke to Mr. Rampolla via Skype, and began by asked about the current situation there.

  • News in Brief 3 April 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on April 3, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    Political prisoners should be among first released, says UN rights chief Relief supplies boost for Sudan, to COVID-proof vulnerable populations UN General Assembly adopts first resolution since COVID-19 emerged

  • News in Brief 2 April 2020
    by Matt Wells, UN News on April 2, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    Key COP26 climate summit postponed to ‘safeguard lives' Spike in hunger across Africa’s central Sahel as COVID-19 looms Address challenges facing migrant workers in India: UN rights chief

  • DR Congo may soon see off Ebola, but COVID-19 exposes old problems
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on April 2, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    Imagine you’re an aid official in a massive developing country where COVID-19 is just the latest in a long list of life-threatening challenges to millions of people. The question is: what do you do first? In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson by Skype, UNICEF’s representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Edouard Beigbeder, explains what his priorities are and what kind of threat the new coronavirus poses so far.

  • News in Brief 1 April 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on April 1, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Now COVID-19 disruption casts cloud over weather alerts  Migrants stranded by COVID-19 lockdown in Niger   Displaced people affected by coronavirus have rights too, says rights expert  

  • COVID-19 in the Pacific: Children are the ‘hidden victims’
    by Julia Dean, UN Australia on April 1, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    Lockdowns and school closures around the world due to COVID-19, are affecting children’s learning, mental health, and access to basic health services. In the Pacific Islands, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are working with governments and partners to stop transmission and keep children and their families safe. In an interview for UN News, UNICEF Pacific Representative, Sheldon Yett, painted a grim picture of parents and caregivers losing their jobs, compounding the problem of shuttered classrooms. Speaking to Julia Dean from the UN’s Australia office, Mr. Yett highlighted the importance of focussing on how the pandemic is impacting children, and vulnerable families who rely on social services.

  • News in Brief 31 March 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 31, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    Aid agencies push for workarounds in Libya as COVID-19 hampers distributions Syria’s vulnerable not forgotten as UN food relief agency adjusts to pandemic precautions DR Congo healthcare weaknesses exposed as never before by coronavirus – UNICEF 

  • Bulk of developing world faces hardship, as virus exacerbates economic frailty 
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 30, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    Six billion people – that’s the bulk of the developing world – look set to suffer from the economic impact of the new coronavirus pandemic, the UN trade and development organization, UNCTAD, says.  In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson by Skype, UNCTAD economist Richard Kozul-Wright outlines how a radical plan worth a staggering $2.5 trillion, could help avoid some of the worst financial consequences of COVID-19.

  • News in Brief 30 March 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 30, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Release prisoners and detainees in Yemen, urge UN rights experts Assistance ramped up to Pacific islands facing COVID-19 2.5 trillion dollar rescue package needed for emerging economies: UNCTAD

  • Indians taking coronavirus lockdown seriously: senior UN official
    by Anshu Sharma/ UN News on March 28, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    The COVID-19 pandemic is not being taken lightly in India as people comply with a complete lockdown to prevent further spread of the disease. That’s the opinion of Argentina Matavel Piccin, Representative for the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in India. Anshu Sharma from UN News asked Ms. Piccin what the 21-day lockdown means for India and the world.

  • News in Brief 27 March 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 27, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    Abandoning elderly at risk from coronavirus is ‘criminal’: OHCHR Asylum-seekers’ concern over #COVID-19 restrictions – UNHCR ‘Social bomb’ could explode as those on society’s margins struggle under COVID-19

  • The answer to overcoming COVID-19 is in our hands - not a vaccine – top WHO official
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 27, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Amid rising numbers of COVID-19 infections and deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) stressed on Friday that the solution to beating the pandemic lies in having clean hands, more than hopes for a speedy vaccine. That’s not so easy in countries with poor access to clean water, as WHO’s Dr. Margaret Harris tells UN News’s Daniel Johnson, before providing an update on the human drug and crucial vaccine trials, now under way. 

  • The COVID-busting blueprint that protects workers in all sectors
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 26, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    Early indications from the economic fallout of COVID-19 are that it could cost up to 25 million job losses globally, that’s more than during the global financial crisis in 2008-9. Speaking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Sher Verick from the International Labour Organization (ILO), explains how governments can help soften the impact for vulnerable workers.

  • COVID-19: women will be more affected, but play central role in the fight
    by Anshu Sharma, UN News (Hindi) on March 26, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Pandemics tend to affect men and women differently, and specialists in gender issues are warning that the COVID-19 coronavirus may hit women in negative ways that have a more profound impact on families. Women make up the majority of caregivers, at home and in our communities. Existing trends show they have less access to sexual and reproductive health and domestic violence rises during crises. But women have also the power to be ‘change makers in the response agenda’ playing a central role in communicating with their families, and with their communities. UN News’s Anshu Sharma spoke to UN Women’s Deputy Country Representative in India, Nishtha Satyam.

  • Dozens of migrants die in shipping container on lorry in Mozambique
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 26, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    In Mozambique on Tuesday, 14 “deeply traumatized” male migrants were rescued from a sealed shipping container on a lorry bound for South Africa. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 64 other men on the truck, died from asphyxiation. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, IOM’s Sandra Black explains where the migrants came from and what the agency is doing to raise awareness about the dangers of such journeys.

  • News in Brief 26 March 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 26, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Philippines ceasefire welcomed after Guterres COVID-19 appeal ‘Double-digit’ percentage of global GDP is needed to avert COVID-19 catastrophe: UN chief  Latest Kabul attack comes amid growing insecurity in Afghanistan 

  • COVID-19: The ‘common enemy’ that can bring the world together
    by Michele Zacchaeo, UN News - Geneva on March 26, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    The COVID-19 pandemic shows that global challenges can only be solved through global solutions, according to the head of the UN Office in Geneva. Director-General Tatiana Valovaya spoke to Michele Zaccheo about the critical need for solidarity as countries battle what she described as a “common enemy”.

  • Going nuclear to beat COVID-19: UN scientists join quest for lifesaving vaccine
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 25, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    Here’s a job you don’t see advertised every day: irradiating the COVID-19 virus. It’s just one of the extraordinary tasks on the to-do list right now of Gerrit Verjoen  from the International Atomic Energy Agency, who is doing whatever he can, to help countries overcome the deadly pathogen. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, he shares his assessment of the new coronavirus and explains how nuclear-derived techniques could save hospitals precious time, when treating sick patients.

  • Coronavirus could see global unemployment rise by 25 million: ILO in India
    by Anshu Sharma, UN News - Hindi on March 25, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    A new assessment by the International Labour Organization (ILO) shows the COVID-19 pandemic could increase global unemployment by around 25 million. ILO is calling for an internationally coordinated policy response, which would be of particular benefit to South Asian countries like India, since a large part of its work force lacks social security and employment benefits. UN News’s Anshu Sharma spoke to the Director of ILO’s Decent Work Team for South Asia based in the UN’s India office, Dagmar Walter.

  • News in Brief 25 March 2020
    by Matt Wells, UN News on March 25, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Massive humanitarian response plan mobilized to aid ‘ultra-vulnerable’ in COVID-19 fight Protect health and safety of prisoners, urges UN rights chief Immediate ceasefire needed in Yemen, urges UN chief

  • Online border observatory launches in bid to keep key medical and food supplies moving
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 24, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    As countries all over the world restrict the flow of goods to halt the spread of the COVID-19 virus, one UN agency has come up with a plan to keep vital food and medical supplies on the move.  That agency is the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and it has just launched an online Observatory on Border Crossings all over the world.  The tool can be used by transport companies to keep goods flowing as smoothly as possible as UNECE’s Jean Rodriguez tells Daniel Johnson. 

  • News in Brief 24 March 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 24, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    UN Syria envoy appeals for nationwide ceasefire to halt COVID-19   Countries must keep cross-border transport of food, medicines going, during pandemic  UN Geneva Director-General urges greater international cooperation in face of coronavirus  

  • News in Brief 23 March 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 23, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    UN chief calls for global ceasefire to take on common enemy - COVID-19  Rights expert raises alarm over migrant ‘pushbacks’ at Turkey-Greece border   Measuring water ‘more essential than ever to tackle climate, boost development’ 

  • COVID-19 in Gaza: UN putting supplies in place, working with Israel 
    by May Yaacoub - UN News (Arabic) on March 23, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    The UN in the Palestinian enclave of Gaza is doing all it can to put supplies in place, including testing kits, in preparation for the expected rise in COVID-19 Coronavirus cases over the coming days.  Jamie McGoldrick, UN Development and Humanitarian Coordinator covering Palestine, said in an interview with UN News that his office and the Palestine refugee relief agency, UNRWA, were working closely with Israeli authorities which control access to Gaza, in what’s been a “very positive collaboration” so far, along with Palestinian authorities. 

  • In the face of COVID-19, refugees ‘must be involved in prevention’
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 20, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, UN agencies have raced to ensure that millions of vulnerable people continue to receive the emergency support that they need. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Cécile Pouilly from the UN refugee agency UNHCR outlines some of the many challenges created by the virus – and why it’s crucial that refugees are involved in fighting the virus too.

  • News in Brief 20 March 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 20, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    UN aid teams work round the clock to ensure humanitarian support to millions   UN aid teams race to assess emergency needs, ensure supplies continue   Airlift flies relief to Sudanese refugees in Chad  

  • News in Brief 19 March 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 19, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    UN health agency does not recommend against using ibuprofen for COVID-19  Israel has ‘legal duty’ to ensure that Palestinians in OPT receive essential health services  ‘No justification’ for information restrictions by Governments during coronavirus outbreak 

  • ‘Societies are healthier if everybody's healthier’: IOM spokesperson
    by Conor Lennon/ UN News on March 18, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    The UN migration agency, IOM, is highly concerned about the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on migrants. In an interview with UN News, spokesperson Joel Millman insisting that the stigmatization of migrants must be avoided.

  • News in Brief 18 March 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 18, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    Africa should wake up to COVID-19 epidemic, the says UN health agency chief  Pandemic could mean 25 million jobs threatened – ILO  Blueprint launched to manage Earth’s fragile peatland carbon sinks 

  • Still ‘early days’ to assess COVID-19 impact on children: UNICEF 
    by Maoqi Li, UN News - Chinese on March 18, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Shortly after the outbreak of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19), UNICEF was among the first United Nations agencies to step up and deliver much-needed medical supplies including masks to China.   UN News spoke to Ms. Luwei Pearson, Acting Director of UNICEF’s Health Programme Division, about the agency’s quick response to the outbreak, and other issues including the possible physical and mental impact on millions of children faced with school closures.   UN News’s Maoqi Li spoke to Ms. Luwei Pearson, via skype.  

  • News in Brief 17 March 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 17, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    Millions of people in crises will need UN humanitarian aid in midst of COVID-19 pandemic  New locust swarms add to South Sudan food hardship  UN chief condemns attacks on peacekeepers in Central African Republic, urges probe 

  • China has demonstrated COVID-19 course can be altered - WHO
    by Siwen Qian, UN News on March 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    A decline in COVID-19 cases in China demonstrates that containment efforts can help alter the course of the pandemic, f according to Dr. Gauden Galea, the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in the country.   spoke to UN News’s Siwen Qian about cooperation between China and the UN, the value of strong public health systems, and why people everywhere should not panic and simply follow practical advice to limit spread of the virus.

  • News in Brief 16 March 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on March 16, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Tedros renews call to countries to ‘test, test, test’ all cases of suspected infection  COVID-19: WFP sends lifesaving medical equipment to worst-hit Chinese province  Rights experts urge countries to respect people’s rights when tackling virus