Sustainable urbanization critical to COVID-19 recovery, better quality of life
on October 31, 2020 at 10:00 am
Cities will be critical for the world to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and the worst recession for decades, according to the latest report published by UN-Habitat, the UN agency working on urban issues.
FROM THE FIELD: Planning a route to green cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina
on October 31, 2020 at 4:30 am
Bosnia and Herzegovina is showing how even highly polluted cities can be transformed into well-planned, climate-resilient urban hubs.
World court continues adjudicating throughout COVID health crisis
on October 30, 2020 at 10:25 pm
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the head of the United Nations world court said on Friday that its judiciary work in The Hague, Netherlands, continued unabated.
Long-term symptoms of COVID-19 ‘really concerning’, says WHO chief
on October 30, 2020 at 8:52 pm
With some COVID-19 patients reporting long-term symptoms, including damage to major organs, the World Health Organization (WHO) urged Governments to ensure they receive necessary care.
Côte d'Ivoire: Conduct election in ‘a peaceful manner’ – UN chief
on October 30, 2020 at 8:10 pm
On Friday, the eve of the presidential election in Côte d'Ivoire, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for all Ivorians to ensure that the polls are “conducted in a peaceful manner”.
‘High time for accountability’, UN expert says as Israel approves highest rate of illegal settlements
on October 30, 2020 at 4:56 pm
The international community must answer a “grave” breach of international law with “more than mere criticism”, an independent UN expert said on Friday after the Israeli Government announced its approval of nearly 5,000 new settlement homes in occupied Palestinian territory.
Standing up for vulnerable South Sudanese: UN woman police officer of the year
on October 30, 2020 at 2:59 pm
Chief Inspector Doreen Malambo, Gender Adviser at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), has won 2020 UN Woman Police Officer of the Year Award, in honour of her work supporting vulnerable groups, such as women, girls, children, and people with disabilities.
Kenya relief bid begins to avert ‘hunger crisis’ among poor workers hit by COVID
on October 30, 2020 at 2:20 pm
In Kenya, a major UN-led cash and nutrition relief project is underway for informal workers facing a hunger crisis brought on by COVID-19, amidst warnings on Friday that the situation is likely even worse in many poorer countries.
Women the ‘driving force’ for peacebuilding in Colombia: Deputy UN chief
on October 30, 2020 at 8:05 am
The UN deputy chief has underscored the importance of the full and comprehensive implementation of Colombia's historic 2016 peace agreement, to enable sustainable and resilient communities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
2020’s deadliest shipwreck so far, sees 140 migrants perish off Senegalese coast
on October 29, 2020 at 8:58 pm
In the deadliest shipwreck recorded so far this year, at least 140 people have drowned after a vessel carrying around 200 migrants sank off the Senegalese coast, the UN migration agency confirmed on Thursday.
Caribbean vital to tackling COVID-19, climate change, UN chief tells regional leaders
on October 29, 2020 at 8:37 pm
The twin crises of COVID-19 and climate change present a once in a generation opportunity for the Caribbean and its development partners to form a new alliance for inclusive, sustainable and resilient recovery, the UN Secretary-General told regional Heads of Government on Thursday.
Guterres to Security Council: Women leaders ‘essential to peace and progress for all’
on October 29, 2020 at 5:54 pm
Women continue to be under-represented in key decision-making over the battle against COVID-19, the chief of the UN gender empowerment agency said on Thursday, addressing the Security Council, adding that the situation is even “worse for women in conflict areas”.
UN strongly condemns knife attack inside Nice church which left three dead
on October 29, 2020 at 4:54 pm
The UN Secretary-General on Thursday strongly condemned a knife attack inside a French church in the southern French city of Nice, which reportedly left three worshippers dead.
After nearly a decade away, La Niña weather system is back…
on October 29, 2020 at 4:04 pm
Many will be familiar with El Niño – the ocean-warming phenomenon that affects global weather patterns – but how about La Niña, which is linked to cooler sea temperatures?
COVID-19 robs children in poor countries of nearly four months of school
on October 29, 2020 at 3:41 pm
The COVID-19 pandemic has robbed children in the poorest countries of nearly four months of schooling, compared to six weeks of lost education for their counterparts in high income countries, according to a report published on Thursday by the UN educational and cultural organization, UNESCO; the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank.
Reduce risk to avert ‘era of pandemics’, experts warn in new report
on October 29, 2020 at 2:11 pm
Unless there is a “seismic shift” in how countries collectively deal with infectious diseases, future pandemics will emerge more often, spread more rapidly, cause greater damage to the global economy and kill more people than COVID-19, international experts warned in a UN-backed report published on Thursday.
Millions affected as devastating typhoon strikes Viet Nam
on October 29, 2020 at 10:26 am
A major typhoon has struck central Viet Nam, affecting millions of people – including about 2.5 million children – in a region already reeling from the effects of severe floods, according to UN agencies in the country.
World Cities Day: Value communities, today and for the future
on October 29, 2020 at 8:20 am
Top UN officials have highlighted the “extraordinary” contributions of grassroots communities in towns and cities across the world in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, and urged that their unique efforts be built on, during recovery.
UN builds momentum for restoring forests as world enters key decade for ecosystems
on October 28, 2020 at 7:15 pm
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is leading a push for the world to scale up efforts to restore landscapes and forests over the next decade, with eyes on a target to salvage 350 million hectares of degraded and deforested lands, an area bigger than India in total.
Rights expert urges greater protection for mass graves: proof of ‘heinous events’
on October 28, 2020 at 5:04 pm
More action must be taken to protect mass graves, which provide proof of “heinous events” that must never be forgotten, an independent UN human rights expert has said, in an appeal to the international community.
UN chief hails Republic of Korea’s vow to achieve carbon neutrality
on October 28, 2020 at 2:53 pm
The Republic of Korea’s pledge towards achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 has been hailed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres as “a very positive step in the right direction”.
Poland ‘slammed the door shut’ on legal and safe abortions: Human rights experts
on October 28, 2020 at 8:15 am
A group of UN independent human rights experts have denounced a court ruling in Poland that bans abortions on the grounds of fatal or severe foetal impairment, effectively “slamming the door shut” on safe and legal pregnancy terminations.
UN Syria envoy places hope in new talks, works towards lasting ceasefire
on October 27, 2020 at 9:48 pm
The UN’s special envoy for war-torn Syria is hoping that a fourth round of talks on a new constitution will take place in November in Geneva, after Government and opposition negotiators failed to agree on the agenda.
2020 Climate Action Award winners shine ray of hope
on October 27, 2020 at 8:27 pm
In a year that has cast darkness upon many, the 2020 UN Global Climate Action Awards, announced on Tuesday, shone a light on the positive action that many across the globe are taking, to combat climate change.
UN agency chiefs appeal for ‘open science’ beyond COVID-19, citing dangers of secrecy and denial
on October 27, 2020 at 6:52 pm
The heads of three UN agencies joined forces on Tuesday to appeal for a global push towards “open science”, citing the value of cooperation in the response to COVID-19 and the dangers of treating evidence-based knowledge as an exclusive asset, or simple matter of opinion.
Pakistan: Schools ‘must never be targeted’, UNICEF says after deadly blast
on October 27, 2020 at 4:22 pm
A deadly bombing that killed at least seven people at a religious school in Pakistan on Tuesday, has been strongly condemned by the Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Yemeni children suffer record rates of acute malnutrition, putting ‘entire generation’ at risk
on October 27, 2020 at 2:52 pm
Yemeni children are suffering acute malnutrition at unprecedented rates as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis grinds on and funding falls far short of what is needed to offset the effects of conflict and economic collapse, UN agencies said in a statement on Tuesday.
‘Serious concerns’ over rights situation in Myanmar ahead of next month’s elections
on October 27, 2020 at 1:30 pm
The UN human rights office (OHCHR) voiced “serious concerns” on Tuesday over the situation in Myanmar – including rights violations and proliferation of hateful speech against minority communities – as the country prepares for general elections next month.
Tanzania: UN chief calls for safe, peaceful voting process
on October 27, 2020 at 11:27 am
The UN Secretary-General has called on everyone involve inTanzania's political process to ensure that Wednesday’s general elections are held in a safe, inclusive and peaceful manner, amid reports of intimidation and harassment of political opponents, journalists and activists.
Equality, sustainability should guide COVID-19 recovery, say governments at regional forum
on October 27, 2020 at 7:11 am
Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean region have called for COVID-19 recovery to be guided by the principles of inclusive development, equality and sustainability.