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UN-African Union Mission in Darfur in final shutdown phase

mar, 27/07/2021 - 22:10
Practically all peacekeepers and staff have now left the hybrid UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), in line with its drawdown plan, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Tuesday. 

Progress on tobacco fight, but new nicotine products pose increasing threat

mar, 27/07/2021 - 18:44
While many countries are making progress in the fight against tobacco use, a new World Health Organization (WHO) report shows some are failing to address the problem of emerging nicotine and tobacco products.

COVID-19: Education replaced by shuttered schools, violence, teenage pregnancy

mar, 27/07/2021 - 16:31
A culture of “safety, friends and food” at school has been replaced by “anxiety, violence, and teenage pregnancy”, with remote learning out of reach for millions, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Tuesday.

Myanmar: Rights expert calls for ‘COVID ceasefire’, urges UN action

mar, 27/07/2021 - 16:31
The UN independent expert on the human rights situation in Myanmar on Tuesday called for a “COVID ceasefire” for the country, as infections and deaths soar even as the military junta escalates attacks against healthcare workers. 

Child malnutrition expected to quadruple in Southern Madagascar  

lun, 26/07/2021 - 23:38
At least half a million children under five in drought-afflicted southern Madagascar are on the verge of acute malnourishment, two UN agencies warned on Monday. 

Outstanding sites added to UNESCO World Heritage List 

lun, 26/07/2021 - 23:20
An ancient temple in India and a “cultural landscape” in Spain have become two of the latest sites to be registered on the UN’s prestigious World Heritage List. 

Free, fair Palestinian elections, must include East Jerusalem: UN experts

lun, 26/07/2021 - 21:50
Landmark elections in the Occupied Palestinian territory must be rescheduled soon and include East Jerusalem, three UN independent human rights experts said in a statement on Monday. 

UN climate science talks open amid heatwaves, floods and drought

lun, 26/07/2021 - 19:17
Negotiations began on Monday to approve a UN science report which will anchor high level summits later this year, charged with boosting climate action worldwide.

Support mangrove conservation, UNESCO chief says

lun, 26/07/2021 - 19:04
The world is waking up to the importance of mangroves, a senior UN official said on Monday, underscoring the need for everyone to support restoration and protection of these crucial habitats. 

Together, we must tackle growing hunger, urges Guterres  

lun, 26/07/2021 - 17:19
Inefficient global food production is at the root of a huge rise in hunger as well as one-third of all emissions and 80 per cent of biodiversity loss, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned, in a call to all countries to transform food systems to speed up sustainable development. 

Afghanistan: Record number of women and children killed or wounded

lun, 26/07/2021 - 16:31
More women and children were killed and wounded in Afghanistan in the first half of 2021 than in the first six months of any year since records began in 2009, a United Nations report revealed on Monday.

No pathway to reach the Paris Agreement’s 1.5˚C goal without the G20: UN chief

dim, 25/07/2021 - 17:13
“The world urgently needs a clear and unambiguous commitment to the 1.5 degree goal of the Paris Agreement from all G20 nations”, António Guterres said on Sunday after the Group failed to agree on the wording of key climate change commitments during their recent Ministerial Meeting on Environment, Climate and Energy.

‘Lack of global solidarity’, slow vaccination rates put Indonesia in COVID glare

sam, 24/07/2021 - 18:30
A “lack of global solidarity” including the hoarding of vaccines by richer nations as well as slow vaccination rate has contributed to Indonesia becoming the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak in Asia, according to the UN’s top official in the country.

Farmers the ‘lifeblood of our food systems’, deputy UN chief highlights, ahead of key summit

sam, 24/07/2021 - 17:25
Farmers, especially women and indigenous people, work tirelessly to put food on our tables. UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed met on Saturday women producers at a farmers’ market in Circo Massimo, Rome, ahead of the Food Systems Pre-Summit taking place next week.

Security Council calls for ‘immediate reversal’ of Turkish and Turkish Cypriot decision on Varosha 

ven, 23/07/2021 - 22:49
The Security Council said in a statement released on Friday that settling any part of the abandoned Cypriot suburb of Varosha, “by people other than its inhabitants, is “inadmissible”. 

Increased jihadist attacks in Burkina Faso spark record-breaking displacement: UNHCR

ven, 23/07/2021 - 22:08
Rising violent attacks by jihadist groups in Burkina Faso are forcing record-breaking numbers of people to flee both inside the country and across international borders, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, reported on Friday. 

New ECOSOC President aims to maximize ‘reach, relevance and impact’

ven, 23/07/2021 - 19:05
The role of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in promoting development has become “even more critical” as a way of guiding and informing the COVID-19 pandemic response worldwide, Collen Vixen Kelapile said on Friday, speaking for the first time as the UN body’s president. 

Lebanon: Public water system on the verge of collapse, UNICEF warns

ven, 23/07/2021 - 17:32
The public water system in Lebanon is “on life support” and could collapse at any moment, putting 71 per cent of the population, or more than four million people, at immediate risk of losing access to safe supply, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, warned on Friday. 

Water-related hazards dominate list of 10 most destructive disasters

ven, 23/07/2021 - 02:10
Against the backdrop of a rapidly changing global climate, water-related hazards top the list of natural disasters with the highest human losses in the past 50 years, according to a new report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Tigray: As famine looms, first WFP humanitarian flight arrives 

jeu, 22/07/2021 - 22:40
Lifesaving assistance arrived for the beleaguered Tigray region of Ethiopia on Thursday as the first UN World Food Programme (WFP) plane carrying humanitarian workers touched down in the capital Mekelle. 

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