Broadcasts

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 24 November 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on November 24, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    End bloodshed now in Afghanistan, urges UN’s Guterres   Ethiopian military must be given ‘clear’ orders to protect civilians: Bachelet  Brazilian man’s killing at hands of security guards condemned 

  • News in Brief 23 November 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on November 23, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    CO2 levels hit new high despite COVID lockdowns  Yemen inches towards famine: UNICEF  Do more to protect Afghan civilians, Bachelet tells armed actors 

  • ‘Don’t let your kindness go to waste’, urges WFP
    by Julia Dean/UN Australia on November 22, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    Donating goods overseas after disasters can be unhelpful and even harmful, and with the Pacific Cyclone season now in full swing, the World Food Programme (WFP) has begun a campaign urging people to donate more responsibly.   Julia Dean from the UN Country Team in Australia spoke to Jo Pilgrim, Director of WFP’s Pacific Multi-Country office in Fiji, and started by asking her what the most donated items were.  

  • News in Brief 20 November 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on November 20, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    WHO advises against remdesivir use Humanitarian fallout continues in Ethiopia's Tigray Unlawful killings in Syria's Idlib

  • Interview exclusive: UN Libya envoy reports on significant achievements towards peace
    by May Yaacoub, UN News Arabic on November 19, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    Following a decade of political instability and conflict, Libyans are on the path to peace and the international community “needs to do its part”, which includes respecting an arms embargo, the top UN official there has said, in an exclusive interview with our UN News Arabic team. Stephanie Williams, Acting UN Special Representative, spoke to May Yaacoub about ongoing developments in Libya since the signing of a historic ceasefire agreed last month under the auspices of the UN mission in the country, UNSMIL, which she heads.

  • News in Brief 19 November 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on November 19, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Refugee resettlement numbers are lowest in two decades: UNHCR  Whole generation of children at risk from impact of COVID, says UNICEF   Probe call for ‘excessive’ violence used against Belarus demonstrators 

  • Antimicrobial resistance - the next pandemic?
    by Charlotta Lomas, FAO on November 18, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    All around the world, people, plants and animals are dying from infections that cannot be treated – even with the best medicines available.  That is because of the rise in antimicrobial resistance - the increasing failure of antibiotics and other life-saving drugs to treat diseases.  It is a global problem that threatens to be the cause of the next pandemic, as the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Chief Veterinary Officer Keith Sumption explains to FAO’s Charlotta Lomas.  

  • Space technology: Nations of Asia-Pacific combine forces in race for the stars
    by Vibhu Mishra, UN News on November 18, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    The Asia-Pacific region is home to some of the most advanced space-faring nations on the planet; but at the same time, many countries there are lagging behind when it comes to developing space technology.  UN News’ Vibhu Mishra spoke with Keran Wang, head of the Space Applications Section at ESCAP, for the latest on how space technology can help boost development.

  • News in Brief 18 November 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on November 18, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    Cold chain Ebola vaccine expertise will help Africa beat COVID: WHO  Ethiopians affected by Tigray crisis need access to clean water, food: UN  Iraq urged to halt new executions of terror suspects, compounding injustice: Bachelet

  • Preserving African burial grounds, protecting history 
    by Liz Scaffidi, UN News on November 17, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    The Black Lives Matter movement that is sweeping the world, has its origins in the transatlantic slave trade of the 16th century, and new impetus today, to honour and preserve the resting places of those who were enslaved, and their descendants.   Back in the 1990s, Peggy King Jorde was working as a designer in the New York City mayor’s office when she heard that a building slated for construction was due to be built on top of an African-American burial ground in lower Manhattan. 

  • News in Brief 17 November 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on November 17, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    ‘Potentially catastrophic’ impact in Central America from new hurricane: UN   ‘Full-scale crisis’ unfolding on Ethiopia’s border with Sudan: UNHCR  Civilians Continue to Flee Insecurity in Cabo Delgado Mozambique 

  • African girls access ‘avenue to achieve aspirations and rights’: UN deputy chief 
    by Joyce de Pina, Radio Mikado on November 16, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    Empowering girls in Africa can put them on the fast track to achieve their aspirations and basic rights to which they’re entitled, but too often denied.   That’s according to the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, who is on a two-week solidarity visit to West Africa and the Sahel to underscore the United Nations’ support for the region, during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.  

  • News in Brief 16 November 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on November 16, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    Israel should reverse new West Bank settlement expansion plans: UN’s Mladenov  Defending people’s rights in Cambodia is not a crime, says UN Special Rapporteur  ‘World’s biggest trading bloc’ will create a manufacturing powerhouse: UN trade agency 

  • Sexual abuse a problem for the whole UN system: Victim’s Rights Advocate
    by Conor Lennon/ UN News on November 14, 2020 at 11:05 am

    As the UN’s first-ever Victims’ Rights Advocate, Jane Connors has to confront an uncomfortable reality: sexual abuse and exploitation – or SEA for short - carried out by UN personnel. UN News’s Conor Lennon, spoke to Ms. Connors who said that, since then, it has become more apparent that the on-going issue of sexual abuse and exploitation goes well beyond the peacekeeping sector.

  • News in Brief 13 November 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on November 13, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    Reported Ethiopia massacre: UN rights chief warns of spiralling situation  Aid response ramps up for hurricane Eta victims in Central America  Mozambique Cabo Delgado situation is ‘desperate’, warns Bachelet 

  • News in Brief 12 November 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on November 12, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    Neglected tropical diseases: Countries endorse new targets to eradicate 20 killers  Landmine toll still high amid concerns over COVID-19 impact  Philippines hit by sixth major storm in five weeks 

  • Trauma in the Philippines as third major storm barrels through 
    by Vibhu Mishra, UN News on November 12, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    The southeast Asian nation of the Philippines has been pummeled by the third major storm in three weeks, adding to the pain and suffering of thousands of families.  Typhoon Vamco (locally known as Ulysses) made landfall on Wednesday night and although it is much weaker than Super Typhoon Goni, it brought catastrophic flooding across the capital Manila, a sprawling and densely populated city.  

  • News in Brief 11 November 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on November 11, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Social media firms urged to help end trafficking amid pandemic  More support needed for stateless, powerless against COVID Brutal Mozambique killings must be investigated: Guterres Deputy UN chief visits displaced in wartorn NE Nigeria

  • News in Brief 10 November 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on November 10, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    UN rights chief Bachelet condemns Tanzania election violence   COVID will likely make millions more food insecure  UNHCR expands aid as Ivorian refugee numbers top 8,000 

  • New highland outposts reflect UN’s long-term commitment to Papua New Guinea
    by Julian Dean/UNIC Canberra on November 10, 2020 at 12:50 am

    The opening of two provincial offices for UN agencies operating in Papua New Guinea, reaffirms the Organization’s commitment to sustainable peace and development.   Gianluca Rampolla, the UN Resident Coordinator for the country, spoke to Julia Dean at the UN Information Centre in Australia about the new investment.  

  • News in Brief 9 November 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on November 9, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    Success of Libya talks dependent on compromise, says UN chief Guterres  Lifesaving $45 million appeal for Philippines communities hit by super typhoon  WHO’s Tedros says it is time for the world to heal after years of division 

  • News in Brief 6 November 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on November 6, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Aid agencies call for urgent action to prevent emergency in hunger hotspots  UN chief calls for peaceful elections in Myanmar  Top emergency relief official condemns killing of six humanitarian workers  

  • News in Brief 5 November 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on November 5, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    1 in 3 students being bullied at school: UNESCO UN aid coordinator slams school attacks in Cameroon Experts call for immediate release of Saudi women's rights defender on hunger strike

  • News in Brief 4 November 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on November 4, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    Libya’s warring parties meet to discuss practical measures for ceasefire  UN brings Cyprus leaders together, mull future talks on divided island  UN chief urges inclusive dialogue in Ethiopia amid ethnic attacks 

  • News in Brief 3 November 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on November 3, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    UN stands with Austria over deadly shootings "Super typhoon" Goni leaves towns cut off Côte d’Ivoire election violence sees thousands flee

  • News in Brief 2 November 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on November 2, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Aid agencies rush to help Philippines avoid catastrophic tropical storm  Guterres appeals for protection of media on day to end impunity for crimes against Journalists  Belarus rights record under spotlight at UN forum 

  • News in Brief 30 October 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on October 30, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Women the ‘driving force’ for peacebuilding in Colombia: Deputy UN chief  Israel: Accountability call as illegal settlement approvals reach highest rate  Kenya relief bid begins to avert hunger crisis among poor workers hit by COVID 

  • UN agriculture agency calls for global response to the food security crisis 
    by Charlotta Lomas, FAO on October 29, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    The COVID-19 pandemic could threaten food security across the entire world, if urgent action is not taken.   That’s prompted the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to launch a new COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme, which aims to mitigate the immediate impacts of the pandemic while also strengthening food systems and livelihoods in the long-term.   In this interview, FAO’s Charlotta Lomas speaks to the agency’s Deputy Director-General Beth Bechdol, who describes what the plan entails, and why a global response is badly needed. 

  • News in Brief 29 October 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on October 29, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    Tax unsustainable activities to reduce pandemic risks, experts urge  Typhoon strikes central Viet Nam, aid agencies rush in emergency relief  After nearly a decade away, La Niña weather system is back 

  • News in Brief 28 October 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on October 28, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    UN chief hails Republic of Korea’s vow to achieve carbon neutrality  Rights experts decry Poland’s anti-abortion reform  UN builds momentum for restoring forests in key decade for ecosystems 

  • News in Brief 27 October 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on October 27, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    Yemen’s children in desperate need: new food security assessment   Health centres hit amid ongoing fighting in southern Afghanistan  Open science up for all, urge UN agency chiefs, in call for common good 

  • News in Brief 26 October 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on October 26, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    Climate action: UN chief encouraged by Japan’s 2050 net zero pledge  Libya: inclusive political forum relaunches, amid growing ‘sense of hope’  UN shocked and outraged over horrific attack on school in Cameroon 

  • UN Secretary-General's press encounter on Libya - opening remarks
    by UN News on October 23, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    UN Secretary-General's press encounter on Libya, in New York, on 23 October 2020.

  • News in Brief 23 October 2020
    by Dianne Penn, UN News on October 23, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Historic Libya ceasefire agreement UN Day highlights need for COVID-19 ceasefire Secretary-General condemns election-related violence in Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire

  • News in Brief 22 October 2020
    by Matt Wells, UN News on October 22, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Pandemic highlights education as ‘public good and essential public service’  UN experts urge Thai government to allow peaceful protests  WHO and Wikimedia Foundation expand access to trusted COVID information 

  • News in Brief 21 October 2020
    by Matt Wells, UN News on October 21, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    UN chief calls for end to reported police brutality in Nigeria  UN urges people to #PledgetoPause before sharing online  Mediterranean facing irreversible damage, unless urgent action is taken 

  • UN chief António Guterres reiterates global ceasefire call in Security Council
    by UN News on October 20, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    The UN Secretary-General stressed the importance in the Security Council on Tuesday, of rallying the world as one to fight COVID-19, by silencing the guns in conflicts across the world. He used the example of Yemen and the urgent need to end the fighting there. A global ceasefire has never been more important he told ambassadors.

  • News in Brief 20 October 2020
    by Dianne Penn, UN News on October 20, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    UN rights chief urges India to safeguard rights of NGOs, activists Central Sahel humanitarian needs at 'breaking point': Guterres UNHCR and partners to hold donor conference for Rohingya refugees

  • News in Brief 19 October 2020
    by Liz Scaffidi, UN News on October 19, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    COVID-19 vaccine: UNICEF to stockpile more than half a billion syringes Maintain coronavirus vigilance Respect, ‘crucial’ says top UN official, following beheading in France

  • News in Brief 16 October 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on October 16, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    COVID-19: ‘little or no’ benefit from remdesivir: WHO  An ‘airlift of hope’ for Yemen, UN envoy tells Security Council  Bolivia: UN rights chief Bachelet renews call for free and fair elections  

  • COVID widening gender gap in Pakistan
    by Charlotta Lomas, FAO on October 16, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    In Pakistan, women are major contributors to agricultural production and food security for their families, but like many other nations, the COVID pandemic has exacerbated an already alarming gender gap there. Mina Dowlatchahi, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative to Pakistan, explains to Charlotta Lomas, how the UN agency is supporting women in the countryside, despite the corrosive impact of the pandemic. 

  • News in Brief 15 October 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on October 15, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    Rape is monstrous but death penalty not the answer: UN rights chief  Billions can’t wash hands properly, one billion at immediate COVID risk  Rights experts urge UAE to halt repatriation of Yemeni nationals 

  • News in Brief 14 October 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on October 14, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Afghanistan: aid teams deployed to assess impact of fighting  Progress in tackling tuberculosis at risk from COVID crisis  Talks begin to resolve disputed Lebanon-Israel maritime border 

  • News in Brief 13 October 2020
    by Liz Scaffidi, UN News on October 13, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    COVID impacting health, food and work Digital economy shift  Cash boost for refugees in Iran

  • COVID-19: Forests offer solutions for recovery
    by United Nations on October 12, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Ensuring forests retain their rich biodiversity and continue contributing to the health and safety of communities everywhere, can help boost recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s the view Ewald Rametsteiner, Forestry Deputy Director at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) who in this interview with FAO’s Charlotta Lomas, explains why the forestry sector is important to building back from the ravages of the coronavirus.

  • News in Brief 12 October 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on October 12, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    Staggering rise in climate emergencies in last 20 years, disaster research shows  Food summit will address hunger and climate emergency  Despair widespread among refugees because of COVID pandemic: UNHCR 

  • News in Brief 9 October 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on October 9, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    UN’s WFP wins Nobel Peace Prize  Nagorno-Karabakh: UN rights chief calls for urgent ceasefire   Pandemic has changed online shopping forever: UN-backed survey 

  • Nobel Peace Prize recognition is an ‘amazing day’, says UN food agency 
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on October 9, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    The announcement that the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize is being described as an “amazing day” for its workers in the field, who put their lives on the line to help at-risk communities.  That’s the message from Matthew Hollingdale, head of the agency’s South Sudan operation.  In this interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, he’s been explaining how the 1,200-strong humanitarian team there, has been helping communities hit by the worst flooding in decades and ongoing violence.

  • News in Brief 8 October 2020
    by Dianne Penn, UN News on October 8, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    Pandemic could worsen 'devastating tragedy' of stillbirth: UN report Mediterranean rescuers should be applauded, not criminalized: Rights expert Food price index hits 'multi-months high': FAO

  • Sudan floods: UN calls for urgent funding, as food insecurity mounts 
    by Charlotta Lomas, FAO on October 8, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    Sudan has been hit by devastating floods, the worst seen in decades, impacting more than 600,000 households across 17 of the country’s 18 states.   According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), urgent funding is needed to support a country already facing alarmingly high rates of hunger and food insecurity.   Dominique Burgeon, FAO’s Director of emergency resilience, has just returned from a mission to Sudan.  He told Charlotta Lomas how dire the situation really is for people there. 

  • News in Brief 7 October 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on October 7, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    UN chief urges greater investments in universal health coverage  Guinea elections hate speech must be curbed and condemned  Rights experts welcome return to Canada of five-year-old orphaned in Syria 

  • How the COVID-19 shock could bring us cleaner, safer, more sustainable cities
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on October 6, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    Once the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us, all indications are, that cities are going to be “greener, cleaner, quieter, safer and more secure”.   That’s the strong belief of iconic international architect Norman Foster, who’s been sharing this sustainable view with mayors from dozens of cities at a UN Economic Commission for Europe event in Geneva.  In a wide-ranging interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Lord Foster begins by discussing how cities have emerged stronger from disaster in the past, and how they will likely look in the future.  

  • News in Brief 6 October 2020
    by Matt Wells, UN News on October 6, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Starvation being used as a method of warfare in South Sudan: UN panel  Yemen: IOM warns disaster looms in Marib, as humanitarian needs grow  Countries across Europe reporting rising levels of ‘COVID-19 fatigue’ 

  • News in Brief 5 October 2020
    by Liz Scaffidi, UN News on October 5, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    Put peace in Libya first, UN chief urges summit on war-shattered nation Save lives, protect refugees   Yemen: Aid chiefs welcome agreement for outside medical care  

  • News in Brief 2 October 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on October 2, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Sudan alert: flooding and inflation deepen humanitarian needs   Iraq urged to investigate attacks on women human rights defenders – UN Special Procedures  Central Mediterranean migrant ‘horrors’ must be addressed by States: OHCHR 

  • News in Brief 1 October 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on October 1, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    Nearly $1 billion pledged towards ending COVID-19  Stranded migrants need safe and dignified return, says UN independent rights panel  Colombian child rights defender wins UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award 

  • News in Brief 30 September 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on September 30, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Earth’s web of life must be protected, UN chief Guterres tells biodiversity summit  Older persons still ‘invisible’ despite pandemic spotlight, says rights expert  UN Migration Agency to probe sexual abuse allegations 

  • News in Brief 29 September 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on September 29, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Millionth COVID death is an ‘agonizing milestone’ says UN’s Guterres  Flooding leaves South Sudan facing threat of ‘catastrophic’ levels of hunger 

  • PODCAST: Waste not, want not
    by Conor Lennon/ UN News on September 29, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    Hunger is often associated with developing countries, but food insecurity is also present in higher income countries, including the richest country in the world, the United States. Conor Lennon from UN News visited a community kitchen in Brooklyn, New York, to find out how reducing food loss and waste can make a big difference to some of society’s most vulnerable. Music credit: Within the Earth, Ketsa

  • News in Brief 28 September 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on September 28, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    Delhi track dwellers must not be evicted, warn rights experts Rapporteurs' investigations hit by UN cash crunch Largest prisoner release agreed in Yemen talks Nigeria urged to overturn death penalty for 'blasphemous' singer

  • News in Brief 25 September 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on September 25, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    Give influenza vaccine to elderly and health workers first: WHO Rights chief Bachelet warns over threat to protesters in Venezuela  UN chief and UK premier announce December climate summit 

  • ‘Don’t forget’ to let activists know their work counts, urges youth climate adviser 
    by Julia Dean, UN Australia on September 25, 2020 at 11:44 am

    With high level meetings on-going to address the climate and biodiversity crisis centre stage at UN Headquarters, one of the Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group members is urging world leaders to make sure their decisions get back to the people that help shape policy on the ground.  Ernest Gibson is co-coordinator for 350 Fiji, a regional youth-led climate change network in the Pacific, driven by young climate leaders, and he told Julia Dean of our UN Country Team in Australia, it was important to let groups like his, know that they’ve made a difference. 

  • News in Brief 24 September 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on September 24, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    UN chief’s concern for mariners’ ‘humanitarian and safety’ crisis   Flooding adds new danger to communities fleeing Sahel violence  Colombia’s indigenous peoples ‘on threshold of genocide’ 

  • UN Secretary-General's remarks to High-level Roundtable on Climate Ambition
    by UN News on September 24, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres makes the opening remarks at the key climate action event of the UN General Assembly, UNGA75, on 24 September 2020.

  • News in Brief 23 September 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on September 23, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Impact on workers of COVID-19 is ‘catastrophic’: ILO  Mali: independent rights expert calls for ‘immediate release’ of former officials detained during coup   South Sudan’s ‘epic’ corruption is preventing country’s peaceful future

  • News in Brief 22 September 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on September 22, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Mozambique insurgency fuels fears of humanitarian crisis  UN health agency insists that any vaccine it backs will be ‘absolutely safe’  WMO warns over lowest sea ice extent since record low in 2012 

  • UN Secretary-General's address to the Opening of the General Debate of UNGA75
    by UN News on September 22, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    UN Secretary-General's address to the Opening of the General Debate of the 75th Session of the General Assembly, on Tuesday, 22 September 2020.

  • News in Brief 21 September 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on September 21, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    UN’s Yemen negotiator calls for ‘courage’ to end fighting  Spain ‘did not ensure that Down’s child’s school needs were met’, says UN panel   UN’s ‘Global Conversation’ shows that people want the basics to tackle COVID 

  • PODCAST SPECIAL: Nations United, hosted by Julia Roberts
    by UN/Project Everyone/72 films on September 21, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    In the midst of COVID-19, we have an historic opportunity to look at the world as it is, based on the facts, and then focus on collective solutions, according to a special project undertaken by the United Nations this year to mark its 75th anniversary. Tune in to this special edition of our Lid is On podcast -Nations United: Urgent Solutions for Urgent Times, hosted by Hollywood great, Julia Roberts.

  • News in Brief 18 September 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on September 18, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    Belarus debate in spotlight at Human Rights Council  Syria: potential war crimes in Turkish-affiliated armed group areas   Eastern Ukraine: UN humanitarian office sees signs of hope in ‘relative calm’ 

  • News in Brief 17 September 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on September 17, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Hurricane Sally: ‘Historic, catastrophic flooding’ in southern US states Rights violations continue in Burundi under new Government: UN report Historic UN Summit brings leaders together in first virtual General Assembly

  • The global fight to keep schools open, and safe from COVID
    by Conor Lennon/ UN News on September 16, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Many countries still have COVID-19 related restrictions on social gatherings, but the UN system is fighting to ensure that as many schools as possible can stay open, citing the critical, diverse services they provide children.

  • UN Secretary-General's opening remarks at press conference
    by UN News on September 16, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    UN Secretary-General's opening remarks at #UNGA press conference, on 16 September 2020

  • News in Brief 16 September 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on September 16, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Guterres speaks out in support of affordable COVID vaccine for all  Ozone treaties ‘inspiring examples’ of political will: Guterres  Venezuela abuses amounted to crimes against humanity: UN-appointed panel finds 

  • Mixed report card for protecting natural biodiversity can be turned round, say experts 
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on September 15, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    The number of plants and animals on the planet that are at risk today would be far higher without globally agreed safeguards and action to protect them - but it still far from good enough - UN biodiversity experts said on Tuesday.  In a call for far greater commitment from all nations to safeguard human wellbeing and the planet’s, the body that oversees this work – the Convention on Biodiversity urged all those gathering for a UN Summit at the end of the month to broaden their ambition.  From the Convention, here’s Executive Secretary Elizabeth Mrema and Deputy Executive Secretary David Cooper, talking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson. 

  • News in Brief 15 September 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on September 15, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    Record northern heat, fuels concerns over US wildfire destruction  Concerns for Rohingya sea rescue survivors as three die after seven-month ordeal at sea  Action needed now to protect world’s biodiversity - UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook report  

  • PODCAST: UN chief names COVID, a ceasefire, and climate as UN75 priorities
    by May Yaccoub/ UN News on September 15, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Although COVID-19 continues to dominate the headlines, a host of other global challenges have not gone away, such as conflict, famine and the existential threat posed by climate change. In this edition of our Lid is On podcast, UN News’s May Yaacoub spoke to UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, to find out what his priorities are for the event.  

  • News in Brief 14 September 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on September 14, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Belarus concerns lead opening session of Human Rights Council Global surge in attacks against journalists covering protests, says UNESCO Support arrives for hundreds made homeless by Greek island refuge fires

  • It’s time for a criminal probe into Yemen tragedy, say UN rights experts
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News on September 11, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    All parties to the conflict in Yemen - and the humanitarian catastrophe that it has created – are responsible for terrible crimes which should be investigated by an international criminal probe. That's the message from rights investigator Melissa Parke, member of a Human Rights Council panel, who recently spoke to UN News’s Daniel Johnson about the findings of its latest report. 

  • News in Brief 11 September 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on September 11, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    New fires at Greek island refugee camp ‘destroy all remaining accommodation’  Ebola: DR Congo outbreak could spread across border  Fears of disease spread amid devastating flooding in Sudan 

  • COVID-19: infections are worsening everywhere, warns UN agency for Palestine refugees 
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on September 11, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    Keeping COVID-19 infections at bay among Palestinian refugees has never been so important at the start of this new academic year, the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has said.  In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, agency spokesperson Tamara Alrifai explains how the agency has put changes in place to keep the 5.6 million people it helps safe in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank - including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. 

  • News in Brief 10 September 2020
    by Matt Wells, UN News on September 10, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    'Halt deadly misinformation' in global vaccine race: UN chief 58 countries pledge industrial transfats elimination: WHO Southeast Asia commits to fight coronavirus 'as one'

  • News in Brief 9 September 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on September 9, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    Yemen war crimes fears highlighted WFP welcomes $50 million Yemen boost Mali must end slavery: UN rights experts

  • News in Brief 8 September 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News on September 8, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Alexei Navalny poisoning must get independent probe Burkina Faso: 535,000 children under five ‘acutely’ malnourished 83 migrants rescued in Sahara Desert bound for Libya

  • News in Brief 7 September 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on September 7, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    Alert over migrants stranded following Mediterranean rescue Andaman Sea ordeal claims 30 Rohingya refugee lives Call for world action over clean air and blue skies

  • News in Brief 4 September 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on September 4, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    More support needed to aid Beirut children's return to class Violence could spark new DR Congo mass displacement UNRWA appeal to help Palestine refugees keep COVID at bay

  • World hunger problem can be overcome: UN envoy
    by United Nations on September 4, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    In an interview with Conor Lennon from UN News, Agnes Kalibata, responsible for running the first-ever UN Food Systems Summit., outlined the ways that food systems are negatively impacting the world. She began by explaining why it is so important to tackle the issue.

  • News in Brief 3 September 2020
    by United Nations on September 3, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Refugee students shut out of school due to COVID ICC speaks out against US sanctions of senior officials WHO backs steroids for COVID patients, but only severely ill

  • News in Brief 2 September 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on September 2, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Refugee students shut out of school due to COVID ICC speaks out against US sanctions of senior officials WHO backs steroids for COVID patients, but only severely ill

  • Beirut blast: Helping children cope with catastrophe
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on September 2, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    For many children, their safest place is at home. In Beirut, last month’s huge explosion that devasted the port and surrounding neighbourhoods, changed that forever. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, child protection officer Roula Abi Saad, describes what UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is doing to address their fears, in safe spaces dotted around Lebanon’s capital city.

  • Mobile Film Festival tackles universal goal of women’s empowerment
    by Cristina Silveiro, UN News on September 2, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    Documenting women’s empowerment globally is the theme of this year’s Mobile Film Festival, co-organized by UN Women, the UN agency that promotes gender equality. Cristina Silveiro spoke to founder Bruno Smadja who explained why the focus is on a “very important revolution” that ultimately will benefit all humanity.   

  • News in Brief 1 September 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on September 1, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    Arctic and Alps hit by scorching heat: WMO Millions of children locked out of school due to COVID-19 Journalists play "lifesaving" role in pandemic pushback

  • News in Brief 31 August 2020
    by Matt Wells, UN News on August 31, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    Generations of progress for women and girls at risk due to COVID Sudan peace agreement hailed by UN Darfur mission chief Senior UN official condemns burning of Koran in Sweden

  • News in Brief 28 August 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News on August 28, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    UN Human Rights chief appeals for DR Congo "hero" Dr. Denis Mukwege amid surge in death threats New shootings violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin shows need for better gun control, the UN Human Rights office, OHCHR, urges Hurricane Laura just a taste of things to come, warns WMO Spokesperson

  • Amid Afghanistan’s ‘vast’ COVID-19 crisis, people want security, jobs: UN 
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on August 27, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Although Afghanistan’s COVID-19 crisis is “vast”, what people really want are jobs and security, according to a senior UN relief official.  In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, the UN Development Programme’s representative there, Abdallah Dardari, explains how the agency is already helping the Government to confront the pandemic, and supporting the rising number of families falling into poverty. 

  • News in Brief 27 August 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on August 27, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    UN rights office highlights concern at targeted killings during Iraqi protests  One in three children missed out on remote learning when COVID-19 shuttered schools  Togo becomes first African nation to be declared free of sleeping sickness 

  • News in Brief 26 August 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on August 26, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    Rohingya suffering must be acted on urgently, says UN’s Guterres Polio eradication a cause for global celebration, UN health agency Afghanistan’s warring parties should do whatever it takes to avoid COVID-induced poverty

  • ‘Data is the new gold’: UN development chief
    by Conor Lennon/ UN News on August 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Digital finance is transformational, and promises huge benefits to the world’s most vulnerable citizens, says Achim Steiner, who heads up the UN Development Programme, UNDP. Mr. Steiner spoke to Conor Lennon from UN News ahead of the launch of a new report from a special UN task force, which spells out how digital finance can empower citizens.

  • News in Brief 25 August 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on August 25, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    COVID-19 reinfection seems not to be a ‘regular event’, says UN health agency  US on standby from hurricane Laura - WMO   Don’t forget the Rohingya amid monsoon flooding: WFP 

  • News in Brief 24 August 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on August 24, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    As schools prepare to open in Europe, WHO advises on facemask use by children  Bolivia: UN human rights chief urges structural changes to prevent crises   Imprisoned activists in Egypt at grave risk of COVID-19: human rights experts