Broadcasts

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

  • 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 

  • News in Brief 21 August 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News, Geneva on August 21, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    Yemen: 300,000 people lose homes, livelihoods in catastrophic flooding   One in two children show signs of trauma, stress after Beirut blast, says UN Children’s Fund  Russian dissident must get the care he needs after suspected poisoning: UN rights office 

  • News in Brief 20 August 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on August 20, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Guterres makes urgent call to enact post-COVID sustainable recovery   New sea tragedy underscores need to scale up rescue in the Mediterranean Libya’s COVID-19 cases see 15-fold spike in under two months 

  • PODCAST: Beirut and other disasters, ‘don’t take turns to strike us’
    by Conor Lennon/ UN News on August 19, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    The UN has an entire office dedicated to lowering the risks. For this latest Lid is On podcast, Conor Lennon’s been finding out how the Office for Disaster Risk Reduction works to persuade governments to put it at the heart of their decision-making.

  • News in Brief 19 August 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on August 19, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Libya: Rights chief Bachelet appoints independent investigators Bosnia and Herzegovina should recognise sex crime survivors’ rights Ordinary people are the real-life humanitarian heroes: Guterres

  • South Sudan’s humanitarian challenges intensified by COVID-19 
    by Charlotta Lomas, FAO on August 19, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    August 19th marks World Humanitarian Day, a day to commemorate humanitarian workers worldwide, who dedicate themselves to protecting and saving the lives of millions around the globe.   2020 has been a particularly challenging year, as a result of the restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.  In this interview, we hear from Meshak Malo, a humanitarian worker with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) who’s in South Sudan.   He spoke to FAO’s Charlotta Lomas about the challenges faced by the country, and what inspires him to go the work each day.  

  • DR Congo’s ‘huge humanitarian crisis’ must not be forgotten
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva on August 18, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    With around 15 million people in need of assistance, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is one of the biggest humanitarian crises in the world; it is also one of the most underfunded. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson for World Humanitarian Day on Wednesday, veteran UN aid coordinator Diego Zorrilla explains what’s most important for Congolese communities today.

  • News in Brief 18 August 2020
    by Daniel Johnson, UN News, Geneva on August 18, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Death Valley reading, likely record highest temperature since 1931  Sahel protection crisis sees one million displaced in Burkina Faso Halt all evictions until COVID-19 pandemic ends

  • News in Brief 17 August 2020
    by Liz Scaffidi, UN News on August 17, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Belarus: Children beaten in detention UN stands with Somalia after terrorist bombing Virtual Concert to fight COVID, unites Pacific

  • News in Brief 14 August 2020
    by Dianne Penn, UN News on August 14, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    UNDP to support economic recovery in Beirut UN chief welcomes UAE-Israel deal to end West Bank annexations WFP warns of food insecurity in DR Congo 

  • Solidarity through song: Tongan musician hails Pacific Unite Concert
    by Julia Dean, UN Australia on August 14, 2020 at 2:00 am

    Pacific communities are coming together through song and music in just a few hours’ time, to help beat back the coronavirus pandemic and assist vulnerable nations in the region build a better future. The Pacific Unite Concert, on Saturday, will be paying tribute to essential workers for their lifesaving effort, and supporting all islanders to play their part in preventing transmission. One of the musicians taking part is Mia Kami, from Tonga but based in Fiji, who’s also a climate change activist with the 350.org international grassroots movement.   

  • News in Brief 13 August 2020
    by Matt Wells, UN News on August 13, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    Access to handwashing facilities, key for safe return to schools UNESCO rallies international community to save historic Beirut culture Nearly 3,000 community health workers trained to aid Haiti COVID response

  • News in Brief 12 August 2020
    by Matt Wells, UN News on August 12, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    COVID creates ‘opportunities for peace’, despite challenges  UN chief urges ‘preservation of peace’ in protest-hit Bolivia WFP chief pledges emergency food support to Lebanon

  • News in Brief 11 August 2020
    by Liz Scaffidi, UN News on August 11, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Dozens of refugees killed in Beirut blast  Sudan: Violence in Western Darfur force 2,500 into Chad Polio campaigns ramp up in Afghanistan and Pakistan

  • Forest protection and tradition inspires young Indian to tackle climate crisis
    by Anshu Sharma/UN News - Hindi on August 11, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    In early July, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, announced the names of seven young climate leaders – between the ages of 18 and 28 years old – who will be advising him regularly on how best to accelerate global action and ambition to tackle the worsening climate crisis. Archana Soreng, from India, was among them, joining a prestigious circle of advocates and activists, as part of the UN’s Youth Strategy aiming to “show the world what bold leadership looks like”. 

  • 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