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 10 August 2020
    by Matt Wells, UN News on August 10, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    UN will support Lebanon ‘in every possible way’ pledges UN chief UN rights chief warns new Somalia draft law ‘risks legitimizing child marriage’ Boosting migrant worker protections during COVID pandemic

  • News in Brief 7 August 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on August 7, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    'Immediate and huge' needs facing Beirut and Lebanon Mauritania shipwreck, another preventable tragedy Lift sanctions 'bringing suffering and death'

  • COVID-19: Humanitarian air service to fill ‘crucial gap’ in the Pacific
    by United Nations on August 6, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    A new humanitarian air service launched on Thursday will boost COVID-19 response in the Pacific, according to Governments and the World Food Programme (WFP). Julia Dean of the UN Country Team in Australia spoke to Jo Pilgrim, Director of WFP’s Pacific Multi-Country Office, who explained how the flights will fill a “crucial gap” during the pandemic.

  • Two years in the making, rights experts say what protesters can do - and can’t
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on August 6, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    It’s widely accepted that peaceful protests are a key tool in democratic societies that allow people to put issues on the public agenda. But what is legal – and what is illegal – when it comes to demonstrations around the world? Can you wear a mask, for example? That’s a question for Christof Heyns, who led discussions on the issue for the UN Human Rights Committee, with Member States and NGOs. He spoke to UN News’s Daniel Johnson, and explains what the UN panel’s advice is for protesters.

  • News in Brief 6 August 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on August 6, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    Lifesaving WHO aid arrives in Beirut Nuclear arms ban essential, 75 years post-Hiroshima Indigenous more at risk: UN chief

  • News in Brief 5 August 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on August 5, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    UN force aids Lebanese following blast Health agency sends COVID-19 'surge team' to South Africa UN rights experts concerned over Jammu and Kashmir

  • UN peacekeepers stand with Lebanese in aftermath of Beirut blast
    by United Nations on August 5, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    UN peacekeepers in Lebanon has been busy helping the authorities in the aftermath of the devastating explosion in Beirut on Tuesday that’s left dozens dead and thousands injured. Although UNIFIL - the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon – is based in the south of the country, a ship from its Maritime Task Force that was docked in the port was damaged, leaving some of the Mission’s sailors seriously injured.

  • News in Brief 4 August 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News, Geneva on August 4, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    COVID link to breastfeeding, negligible Child Labour Convention is ratified UN censures 'heinous attacks' in Lake Chad basin

  • News in Brief 3 August 2020
    by Liz Scaffidi, UN News on August 3, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    No coronavirus ‘silver bullet’ Crisis-resilient supply chains needed ‘Gunpoint censorship’ cannot go unpunished

  • PODCAST: Ukuleles help reforest Hawaii
    by Daniel Dickinson on August 2, 2020 at 4:05 am

    The manufacture of ukuleles by a company in Hawaii is helping to promote Hawaii’s culture of aloha, with the added benefit of reforesting the US Pacific Ocean island state. Daniel Dickinson reports from Hawaii, where climate action is mingling with an ancient Pacific culture.

  • News in Brief 30 July 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on July 30, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    UN chief appeals for resolution to Darfur violence Acute hunger likely hitting 6 in 10 Zimbabweans COVID increasing 'dehumanising' discrimination against Roma

  • Wisdom of indigenous peoples is being lost, warns UN Latin America chief
    by United Nations on July 29, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    In Latin America, indigenous people are being particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Alicia Bárcena, the head of ECLAC, the UN body for the region, is concerned by the health risks faced by indigenous people, as well as rising poverty.

  • News in Brief 29 July 2020
    by United Nations on July 29, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    African migrants, refugees, abused throughout journeys 300 million fewer tourists due to COVID: WTO Peaceful assembly defined by UN rights committee

  • Learning can counter COVID-19 crisis and give hope, says UN education partner
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on July 28, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    In an emergency, education isn’t perhaps the first priority that springs to mind, when it comes to helping people in crisis. In fact, it’s increasingly understood that keeping children in an organized learning environment, is among the best things that you can do, both for students themselves, and their families.

  • News in Brief 28 July 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on July 28, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Jailed DPRK women forced home, 'face grevious abuse' COVID likely not seasonal, WHO warns Desert Locust upsurge tamed in Kenya

  • Successes in hepatitis B transmission must be protected, says WHO
    by United Nations on July 27, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    It’s never been more important to invest in vaccines to protect against hepatitis – a preventable disease of the liver that kills 1.4 million people a year – the UN health agency has said. It has also warned that the COVID-19 crisis has distracted Governments from vital vaccination work, including preventing mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B. Infants are especially vulnerable, as about 90 per cent of those infected in their first year will have it for life, as WHO’s Dr Meg Doherty tells UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

  • News in Brief 27 July 2020
    by United Nations on July 27, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    'Hard choices' ahead on COVID warns WHO Rights to water and sanitation are key: UN experts Good news on hepatitis B

  • News in Brief 24 July 2020
    by United Nations on July 24, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    Arctic on fire, shows need for climate action US protests should be free of violence fears Push for peace in Mali: UN rights experts

  • News in Brief 23 July 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on July 23, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    COVID threats and opportunities for Arab region: Guterres Temporary Basic Income proposal: UNDP School funding boost for 900,000 youngsters

  • News in Brief 22 July 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on July 22, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    'Alarming levels' of food insecurity in Yemen 40 million pre-schoolers locked out by COVID Rights experts call for Tanzania to end crackdown

  • News in Brief 21 July 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on July 21, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    Yemen: COVID linked to more IDPs Deforestation slowing, but not enough: FAO Rights experts call for Ethiopia protest probe

  • News in Brief 20 July 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on July 20, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    Keynote Guterres speech slams inequality Alarm raised over AC units and carbon emissions Scale of COVID crisis in Sudan unknown

  • News in Brief 17 July 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on July 17, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    $10.3 billion UN appeal to stave off starvation Rights expert welcomes UK court decision on 'ISIL teenager' The WHO pledges no COVID distraction in latest DR Congo Ebola battle

  • News in Brief 16 July 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News, Geneva on July 16, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Yemen: 11 dead in second airstrike in three days Nuclear testing legacy is ‘cruellest’ environmental injustice, warns rights expert Alarm over rise in women prisoners; mental health effects of COVID measures

  • News in Brief 15 July 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on July 15, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Myanmar’s people deserve free and fair elections: UN independent expert Venezuela: amputation and extortion in booming gold mining racket Monsoon-affected river communities in Bangladesh get vital aid

  • News in Brief 14 July 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on July 14, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    Thousands of Ethiopian migrants stranded in Yemen: IOM Burundi needs more than a new President to break cycle of violence UN human rights office alarm at Bahrain death sentences

  • News in Brief 13 July 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on July 13, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    Women and girls deserve more protection in emergencies, UN rights council hears Alarming global food security outlook reveals even more going hungry Freedom of expression has worsened during pandemic, says independent rights expert

  • ‘Unaffordability of healthy diets’ must be overcome
    by Charlotta Lomas, FAO on July 13, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    The number of hungry people worldwide continues to rise, according to the latest UN report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World. The joint report by UN agencies gauges whether the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger remains achievable. Speaking on the need to improve not only the food production system, but also the efficiency of global resources to support it, the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Assistant Director General and Chief Economist Maximo Torero, said in an interview that more than three billion people still “can’t even afford the cheapest healthy diet”. Mr. Torero spoke to FAO’s Charlotta Lomas.

  • News in Brief 10 July 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on July 10, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    Wildlife crime affects us all by bringing animal pathogens closer to humans: UN report Floods across South Asia, more rainfall forecast, warn weather experts Waiting to declare famine ‘will be too late for Yemenis on brink of starvation’: WFP

  • News in Brief 9 July 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on July 9, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    Climate pledges ‘in jeopardy’ amid global temperature rise forecasts Refugees in Africa ‘more vulnerable than ever’ amid COVID supply chain and funding disruption Drone strikes ‘in self-defence’ risk destabilising world security: UN expert

  • Online learning boosts struggle for equal opportunities in Afghanistan
    by Julia Dean, UN Australia on July 9, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    When you are a girl, growing up surrounded by war and violence in a country like Afghanistan, it’s hard to study and finish your education, due to social barriers and sexual discrimination, one young Afghan has told UN News. But a new online learning app is helping break through some of those barriers, allowing girls to learn about topics that enable them to feel confident, and to create business models that are more inclusive.

  • News in Brief 8 July 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on July 8, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    Africa sees COVID-19 cases pass 500,000: WHO ‘Conversion therapy’ alert at UN Human Rights Council UN expert calls for end to gender-based violence against women journalists

  • News in Brief 7 July 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on July 7, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    New evidence of likely war crimes in Syria DR Congo villagers flee violence to Uganda Expert concerned over 'greatly exaggerated' poverty eradication figures

  • News in Brief 6 July 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on July 6, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Pope Francis echoes UN Security Council call for ceasefire 4.5 million doses of COVID-beating drug secured for poorer nations Countries should reject ‘mad or bad’ approach to mental health, says expert

  • News in Brief 3 July 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on July 3, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    Guterres calls for calm in Ethiopia after musician’s killing sparks deadly protests UN rights office expresses alarm at Hong Kong arrests under new security law Price spike alert in West and Central Africa as WFP warns of massive food insecurity

  • COVID-19 linked to expected glut of stolen art for sale online, warns UN cultural agency
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on July 3, 2020 at 10:41 am

    If you were offered the chance to buy a stunning African artefact, apparently with the blessing of the UN, what would you do? For many people, it’s not obvious that the Organization never endorses or validates in any way, the sale of cultural treasures from any country. In a warning to art lovers, the UN agency responsible for protecting endangered cultural heritage, UNESCO, has also said that increased pillaging of endangered World Heritage Sites during COVID-19 lockdowns, will likely result in a glut of stolen artefacts appearing online. The development follows news of a new and sophisticated fraud ring that has been conning victims by using fake UNESCO permits. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Ernesto Ottone Ramírez, Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO, explains how to avoid being taken in by this lucrative scam. 

  • News in Brief 2 July 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on July 2, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Protect ordinary Afghans ahead of peace talks, urges UN Mission chief ‘Transfats’ from processed foods may increase risk of developing ovarian cancer: UN scientists UN’s top rights official urges Nicaragua to release political prisoners

  • News in Brief 1 July 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on July 1, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    Activist, 14, tells UN Human Rights Council to protect environment  Human rights haven’t improved in Eritrea, says independent expert UNESCO urges caution over fraudulent African artefacts sold in its name

  • News in Brief 30 June 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on June 30, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    Hard times forecast for global job recovery in 2020, warns UN labour agency chief UN’s Bachelet urges Philippines’ President not to sign new anti-terror law End harmful practices against women and girls, says UN Population Fund

  • ‘God forbid’ COVID-19 reaches Syria’s camps, warns WHO medic
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News on June 29, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Syria are in the low hundreds, but it is only a matter of time before the disease reaches those sheltering in camps in the war-torn country. That’s according to Dr Akjemal Magtymova, the World Health Organization’srepresentative in Syria, who has just visited a camp in the northeast that is hosting tens of thousands of youngsters caught up in the more than nine-year conflict.

  • News in Brief 29 June 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on June 29, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Bachelet urges Israel to halt West Bank annexation plans, warns of ‘shockwaves’ Syrians need international solidarity, warn COVID crisis Food insecurity affecting previously safe communities, insists WFP chief

  • News in Brief 26 June 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on June 26, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    Syrians face ‘unprecedented’ hunger amid impending COVID crisis 580 civilians killed so far this year in central Mali – OHCHR After ‘megaflash’ lightning strikes, dust plumes hit historic proportions

  • PODCAST: Rural girls bear brunt of COVID-19 pandemic
    by The communications team from UNFPA, and guest host, Rose Reid. on June 26, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    As the coronavirus continues to spread worldwide, in developing countries it’s rural girls who are proving to be the most vulnerable to abuse during economic collapse and lockdown. That’s the view of a young woman activist from Uganda, Zahara, who in this special edition of our Lid is On podcast, hosted by the UN sexual and reproductive health agency, UNFPA, joins the agency’s chief Natalia Kanem, plus leading child rights NGO, Plan International’s AB Albrectsen, in conversation to talk about the challenges facing women and girls during this unprecedented health crisis. Music credit: Heart Chakra, by Ketsa

  • News in Brief 25 June 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on June 25, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    DR Congo celebrates end of deadly Ebola outbreak in east Guterres urges Israel to reconsider annexation of West Bank Digital tools being used to track people as never before, warns UN rights chief

  • COVID-19: Excluding people with disabilities leaves them without information that could save their lives
    by Julia Dean, UN Australia on June 24, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    The importance of being informed about the coronavirus – from how to recognize the symptoms, to what to do to manage day-to-day life – is essential for all, and not to include people with disabilities is to leave them “without information that could save their lives”. That’s according to Rosemary Kayess, vice-chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, who has spoken candidly to UN News from home in Australia, about her own fears and the intense challenges that people with disabilities are living with, during the pandemic. 

  • News in Brief 24 June 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on June 24, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Time to ‘grow back better’ from e-car revolution World risks being ‘blown off course’ by COVID-19, warns UNAIDS chief Stranded migrant workers need protection, say UN labour experts (ILO)

  • News in Brief 23 June 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on June 23, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Extreme weather ‘record’ likely in Arctic Circle: WMO 600 million South Asian children at risk from COVID-19, says UNICEF UN migration agency appeals for funding to help 460,000 people in central Sahel

  • ‘Earth’s last Defence’ against asteroids
    by Dan Dickinson/ UN News on June 22, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    An asteroid tracking programme in Hawaii has been dubbed the “Earth’s Last Defence” against potentially catastrophic impacts, the UN has heard ahead of International Asteroid Day marked annually on 30 June.   The Director of the ILO’s Office for the United States, Kevin Cassidy, sat down with astronomer Ari Heinz to find out more about his job with the programme.

  • Astronomy reaches for stars in climate change debate
    by Dan Dickinson/ UN News on June 22, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    The study of astronomy can “shed light” on the challenges the planet faces from climate change; according to a professor at the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy. Professor John Tonry says astronomers are in a good position to correct widely held misconceptions about how the Earth’s atmosphere is changing. Daniel Dickinson began by asked Professor Tonry what astronomy can tell us about climate change.

  • News in Brief 22 June 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on June 22, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    Yemen escalation is misguided as people continue to suffer, says UN negotiator Countries urged to act over potential HIV drug shortages in two months COVID-19 has hit small and medium-sized enterprises worst, says UN trade agency

  • News in Brief 19 June 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on June 19, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    'No choice' but to suspend aid flights, warns WFP Heed ceasefire call in Ukraine, UN rights official urges Appeal for safe passage across frontlines for Syrian students

  • News in Brief 18 June 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on June 18, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    UN refugee chief laments nearly 80 million forcibly displaced DR Congo insecurity has worsened considerably, warns UN rights chief UN health agency calls for global agreement on first COVID-19 vaccine recipient

  • Growing sustainability on a Hawaiian coffee farm
    by Daniel Dickinson/ UN News on June 17, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    The sustainable production of coffee, and indeed other crops, is more of a cultural rather than environmental commitment according to the manager of the largest coffee farm in the United States. Fred Cowell, met Kevin Cassidy, the Director of the ILO’s office for the United States, at sunrise at the farm he manages on Kauai. Mr Cassidy began by asking him if the techniques used at the farm were replicable in other parts of the world.

  • News in Brief 17 June 2020
    by Matt Wells, UN News on June 17, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    I am my brother’s keeper, George Floyd’s brother tells UN rights body Only one in 10 countries have effective measures against child poverty US Supreme Court ruling on sexual orientation and gender identity ‘extremely positive’ – UN expert

  • News in Brief 16 June 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on June 16, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    Trade in many developing countries projected to ‘nosedive’, warns UNCTAD Syrian refugees resort to ever more desperate measures to resist pandemic impact Action needed now to avoid ‘hunger pandemic’ from COVID-19 in Latin America

  • News in Brief 15 June 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on June 15, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    UN appalled by attack on civilians and humanitarians in Nigeria Atomic agency launches initiative to prevent future pandemics Human Rights Council picks up again after COVID suspension, to hold racism debate

  • Fact-checking becoming ‘as important as handwashing’
    by Li Zhang, UN News - Chinese on June 14, 2020 at 8:10 am

    Whilst COVID-19 has posed a serious threat to food security overall, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) believes agricultural commodity markets are proving to be more resilient to the pandemic, than many other sectors. But the real test in terms of food security will come now, “with lockdowns ending, and people having to go back to their jobs to support themselves”. That’s according to Sridhar Dharmapuri, a Senior FAO Food Safety and Nutrition Officer from the Asia Pacific region. While stressing the importance of maintaining good food safety practices at home, Mr. Dharmapuri told UN News’s Li Zhang, that cutting through the tide of misinformation was also key to battling the coronavirus.

  • News in Brief 12 June 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on June 12, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    UNICEF: funding shortfall affecting critical water, sanitation services in Yemen Child labour gains since 2000 ‘could be wiped out by COVID’, UN warns UNAIDS chief adds voice to call for COVID-19 vaccine to be a ‘global public good’

  • 20 years of gains in combating child labour at risk from COVID-19, warns ILO
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on June 12, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    If you had to guess at how many children are involved in forced labour round the world, does 152 million sound about right? And what if we told you that this is actually an improvement on the number of youngsters working illegally 20 years ago? Today, these gains are at risk, as the devastating economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis affects millions of families already on the poverty line, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has warned. For many, it is increasingly difficult not to consider sending their youngsters out to work, as ILO’s Michaelle De Kock tells UN News’ Daniel Johnson, marking the World Day Against Child Labour.  

  • News in Brief 11 June 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on June 11, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Alarm over reported ‘pushbacks’ from Greece at EU border with Turkey 108 million children forced to work in agriculture and rising, warns UN agency Iconic Lake Geneva fountain returns to live-streaming after COVID-19 stoppage

  • PODCAST: Radio renaissance aids teachers in South Sudan during COVID-19
    by Conor Lennon/ UN News on June 11, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    While many in the developed world are home schooling via Zoom and other online tools these days, in South Sudan, it’s old-fashioned radio that’s proving the best way to keep children on track with schoolwork. For this episode of our flagship UN News podcast, the Lid Is On, Conor Lennon reports on the radio renaissance underway, in the world’s youngest country.

  • News in Brief 10 June 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on June 10, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    World facing food emergency, says UN chief in call for States to protect vulnerable COVID-19 spotlights need for States to combat unfulfilled rights for all people, says UN-appointed expert Zimbabwe: rights experts demand end to abductions and torture

  • News in Brief 9 June 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on June 9, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    UN food agency ramps up aid to lockdown-hit Nigerians DR Congo’s displaced face deadly consequences of chronic underfunding: UNHCR DPR Korea: humanitarian concerns growing, says UN expert

  • News in Brief 8 June 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on June 8, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Emergency funding announced for DR Congo amid new Ebola outbreak ‘Once-in-a-generation’ chance to reset our link to world’s oceans: UN chief Record levels of fish consumption show need for sustainable management: FAO

  • With a sick ocean, science is essential to create ‘motivation for action’
    by Ana Carmo, UN News on June 8, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    The Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, continues through to 2030, providing an opportunity for nations to work together to generate the scientific expertise needed to keep ocean life safe, and the seas sustainable. Reminding us that currently the ocean is ailing, and needs better science and data to be successfully managed, the Executive Secretary of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, Vladimir Ryabinin, spoke to UN News about the scientists’ dream of managing the ocean in a way that will help us all live longer and healthier lives. Mr. Ryabinin sat down with UN News’s Ana Carmo at UN Headquarters in New York, shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

  • Taking oceans for granted must stop, urges world’s fastest yachtswoman
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on June 6, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    Our oceans are unexplored, misunderstood and under threat; that’s the message for World Oceans Day – on Monday 8 June – from the world’s fastest yachtswoman, Dona Bertarelli. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Ms. Bertarelli explains how she hopes to draw on her close bond with the high seas – and her new appointment as Special Adviser for the Blue Economy for the United Nations trade and development body, UNCTAD – to help protect marine life for the good of everyone on this planet.

  • News in Brief 5 June 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on June 5, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    Demonstrators in streets should protect themselves and others from COVID-19 May confirmed as warmest on record, CO2 levels hit new high despite COVID economic slowdown Taking oceans for granted must stop for all our sakes: world’s fastest yachtswoman

  • News in Brief 4 June 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on June 4, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    Philippines drug campaign directive seen as ‘permission to kill’: UN rights office Transformative actions urgently required to protect environment and human rights FAO Food Price Index falls to 17-month low

  • 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.