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WHO’s Tedros backs Tokyo Olympic Games ‘power to inspire’

mer, 21/07/2021 - 22:04
The head of the UN World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has welcomed the start of the Olympic and Paralympic Games as a chance to spread “hope to the world”.  

Lifesaving help needed for Venezuela cancer patients hit by US sanctions

mer, 21/07/2021 - 21:02
Independent UN rights experts on Wednesday warned that hundreds of Venezuelan cancer patients could die because they have been caught up in the excessively strict application of United States sanctions aimed at Venezuela and the state-owned oil company, Petroleum of Venezuela.

Nelson Mandela: 'Synonymous with the fight for justice and equality'

mer, 21/07/2021 - 19:43
Celebrating what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 102nd birthday on Wednesday, the UN deputy chief hailed the man who led the struggle that ended the racist apartheid system in his native South Africa as exemplifying “courage, compassion and an unwavering commitment to social justice and equality”.   

Liverpool’s historic waterfront removed from World Heritage List

mer, 21/07/2021 - 16:06
Historic docklands and buildings in the UK city of Liverpool have been removed from the UN cultural body UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites, it announced on Wednesday.

Iraq: Bomb attack on eve of Eid al-Adha, ‘terrorism knows no bounds’ 

mar, 20/07/2021 - 15:40
Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned the “horrific bomb attack targeting civilians” at a busy market in the northeast of the Iraqi capital, just before the Eid al-Adha holiday.

FROM THE FIELD: A genocide timeline; Srebrenica massacre remembered

mar, 20/07/2021 - 04:05
Survivors of a massacre of mainly Muslims in the former Yugoslavia, and people associated with the perpetrators of what has become known as the Srebrenica genocide, have been telling their stories in a new exhibition by the United Nations, released 26 years after the events took place.

Chess calms nerves, improves mental health amidst COVID crisis

mar, 20/07/2021 - 03:25
Marking World Chess Day on Tuesday, the UN is celebrating the fact that while COVID-19 has forced most sports to scale down, this ancient game of intellect, not brute strength, has demonstrated remarkable resilience and adaptability throughout months of lockdown worldwide.

UN ready to promote ‘win-win solution’ for Blue Nile dam project

jeu, 08/07/2021 - 23:45
The United Nations stands ready to support Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan in efforts to resolve their decade-long disagreement over the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), senior officials told the Security Council on Thursday. 

Top UN Haiti envoy hails commitment to hold new elections

jeu, 08/07/2021 - 21:50
The UN Special Representative for Haiti on Thursday, acknowledged the legitimacy of Prime Minister Claude Joseph to lead the Caribbean nation, following the “cowardly” assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on Wednesday, and welcomed his government’s commitment to hold national elections later this year.

Time running out for countries on climate crisis front line

jeu, 08/07/2021 - 20:44
The world’s running out of time to limit global temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius, a matter of life or death for climate vulnerable countries on the front line of the crisis, the UN Secretary General reiterated on Thursday.

Child mental health crisis ‘magnified’ by COVID, warns UN chief

jeu, 08/07/2021 - 18:12
Half of the world’s children experience violence on and offline in some form every year, with “devastating and life-long consequences” for their mental health, the UN chief warned a symposium on the issue on Thursday.

Amid COVID job losses, ‘high food prices are hunger’s new best friend’, WFP warns

jeu, 08/07/2021 - 17:53
Job losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic combined with high food prices are making it hard for millions of families to get enough to eat, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Thursday. 

New UN report reveals impact of COVID on human trafficking

jeu, 08/07/2021 - 16:26
A new study released on Thursday by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) illustrates the devastating impact of COVID-19 on victims and survivors of human trafficking and highlights the increased targeting and exploitation of children during the course of the pandemic.

COVID death toll passes 4 million: Global Vaccine Plan essential, declares Guterres

jeu, 08/07/2021 - 04:06
The global death toll due to COVID-19 officially passed four million late on Wednesday, marking yet another “grim milestone” and underlining the urgent need for the world to put a Global Vaccine Plan in place to get the pandemic under control, said the UN chief in a statement.

DR Congo sees fresh government impetus to fight unrelenting violence in the east

mer, 07/07/2021 - 20:22
A new government action plan in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has the potential to reverse the urgent and tragic deterioration in the east of the country, where thousands of human rights abuses are being committed against civilians by armed militants, the senior UN official in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday. 

COVID variants ‘winning the race against vaccines’ warns WHO chief

mer, 07/07/2021 - 18:53
Variants like Delta are “currently winning the race against vaccines” said the World Health Organization (WHO) chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday, pinning the blame squarely on a lack of equitable vaccine production and distribution.

UN condemns ‘abhorrent’ assassination of Haiti President Jovenel Moïse

mer, 07/07/2021 - 18:37
Perpetrators behind the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse must be brought to justice, the United Nations said on Wednesday. 

UNICEF calls for action to reverse ‘spiraling protection crisis’ for children in West and Central Africa

mer, 07/07/2021 - 16:46
Action must be taken now to halt alarming attacks against children and abductions - including of students - in parts of West and Central Africa, the head of the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said in a statement on Wednesday. 

Myanmar: From political crisis, to ‘multi-dimensional human rights catastrophe’ – Bachelet

mar, 06/07/2021 - 23:19
What began as a coup by the Myanmar military has ‘rapidly morphed’ into an all-out attack against the civilian population that has become increasingly widespread and systematic, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights warned on Tuesday.

UN appeals for resupply of aid and fuel in Tigray region

mar, 06/07/2021 - 21:44
Humanitarian operations have been gradually resuming in the war-ravaged Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, but resupply of aid and fuel for civilians caught up in the fighting is urgently needed, the United Nations said on Tuesday, citing information from its emergency relief agency, OCHA.