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Coronavirus update: WHO chief calls for private sector to step up, and, should you take that flight?

Fri, 06/03/2020 - 22:32
In his daily briefing to the press on Friday, World Health Organization (WHO) chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned that supplies of medicine are at risk of disruption due to the epidemic, given that China - the worst hit nation so far - is a major producer of pharmaceutical ingredients.

Rights office concerned over death sentences against 35 Yemeni MPs

Fri, 06/03/2020 - 22:28
The UN human rights office is calling on authorities in Yemen to revoke death sentences imposed against 35 parliamentarians allegedly for treason charges.

COVID-19: countries, businesses must safeguard human rights as virus spreads: Bachelet 

Fri, 06/03/2020 - 20:47
As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread globally, the UN’s top human rights official appealed on Friday to put rights “front and centre” when implementing preventative measures. 

International Women’s Day: Gender equality benefits everyone

Fri, 06/03/2020 - 20:43
The benefits of gender equality are not just for women and girls, but “for everyone whose lives will be changed by a fairer world”, the chief of UN Women said in her message for International Women’s Day (IWD) at UN Headquarters on Friday, being celebrated in New York, ahead of the official day.

DR Congo: Agencies appeal for funding for refugee support and Ebola response

Fri, 06/03/2020 - 18:14
Urgent resources are needed to support countries in southern Africa and the Great Lakes region which are hosting more than 900,000 refugees and asylum seekers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, and partners said in a $621 million appeal launched on Friday. 

Nuclear non-proliferation treaty an essential pillar for peace and security

Thu, 05/03/2020 - 23:05
Countries meeting in New York next month to review progress on nuclear non-proliferation are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to use the opportunity to strengthen global peace and security. 

International Women's Day: progress on gender equality remains slow

Thu, 05/03/2020 - 22:59
Women's Rights in Review, 25 years after Beijing takes stock of how the landmark gender equality plan, the Beijing Platform for Action, is being implemented and calls for greater parity and justice.

Coronavirus update: 290 million students now stuck at home

Thu, 05/03/2020 - 22:47
School closures in 13 countries linked to the COVID-19 virus epidemic have disrupted the education of more than 290 million students, a record number, the UN education agency UNESCO said on Thursday.

Guterres calls for ‘immediate and lasting’ end to Syria fighting as Turkey and Russia agree ceasefire

Thu, 05/03/2020 - 22:27
The UN Secretary-General said on Thursday that he hoped the latest ceasefire agreement between Russia and Turkey to end fighting across Syria’s stricken Idlib region, would finally lead to “an immediate and lasting cessation”, that would protect civilian lives.

‘Unanimous’ ICC gives go-ahead to probe Afghanistan alleged war crimes

Thu, 05/03/2020 - 19:25
Prosecutors have been given the green light to investigate alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan - and beyond its borders – linked to Afghan, Taliban and US troops, the International Criminal Court said on Thursday. 

Women and girls still vulnerable to HIV due to gender inequality: UNAIDS

Thu, 05/03/2020 - 18:57
Gender discrimination and violence, as well as “huge” gaps in education, are among the factors why women and girls remain vulnerable to HIV, according to the UN agency working to end the AIDS epidemic. 

Report reveals nearly 90 per cent of all people have ‘a deeply ingrained bias’ against women

Thu, 05/03/2020 - 18:07
Despite decades of progress in closing the gender equality gap, close to nine out of 10 men and women around the world, hold some sort of bias against women, according to new findings published on Thursday from the UN Development Programmme (UNDP).

Javier Pérez de Cuéllar praised as ‘accomplished statesman’ who had ‘profound impact’ on the world

Thu, 05/03/2020 - 07:34
Javier Pérez  de Cuéllar, the fifth United Nations Secretary-General, praised for his ability to foster dialogue and for leading the Organization through a turbulent decade, has passed away at the age of 100.  

Violent extremism prevention ‘only effective’ if human rights are enshrined

Wed, 04/03/2020 - 23:40
Many global programmes aimed at countering violent extremism have negative impacts on human rights and may even ‘foster radicalization’ rather than preventing it, an independent UN human rights expert warned on Wednesday.

Syria: UN food relief agency ‘doing everything we can’ to reach Idlib civilians

Wed, 04/03/2020 - 23:03
Difficult winter weather conditions, road congestion and military manoeuvres are restricting humanitarian aid delivery to desperate civilians in the Syrian province of Idlib, where a Government operation to weed out extremists has uprooted nearly one million people since December. 

Human rights defenders, too often left defenceless themselves – UN expert

Wed, 04/03/2020 - 22:04
Human rights defenders working in conflict and post-conflict situations need to be given greater recognition, protection and support, an independent UN expert said on Wednesday, in his latest report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. 

Coronavirus update: UN scales back major conference

Wed, 04/03/2020 - 20:51
The organizing committee of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), a major UN conference scheduled to take place in March, has decided to cut the event down to a one-day meeting, citing current concerns surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Deadlock broken, South Sudan on road to ‘sustainable peace’, but international support still key

Wed, 04/03/2020 - 19:57
Positive developments in South Sudan have “moved the country further along the road to sustainable peace”, the top UN official there told Security Council members on Wednesday.

Coronavirus COVID-19 wipes $50 billion off global exports in February alone, as IMF pledges support for vulnerable nations

Wed, 04/03/2020 - 18:47
The extent of the damage to the global economy caused by novel coronavirus COVID-19 moved further into focus on Wednesday as UN economists announced a likely $50 billion drop in worldwide manufacturing exports in February alone.

Yemen: UN Population Fund stresses women’s needs, amidst world’s worst humanitarian crisis 

Wed, 04/03/2020 - 17:25
Intense clashes in Yemen’s Al Hazam City, this month have caused massive displacement with an estimated 1,800 families forced to flee their homes, according to a flash update from UN humanitarian coordination office, OCHA.  

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