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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. 

COVID-19: Africa ‘third wave’ not yet over, while vaccine inequity threatens all

jeu, 22/07/2021 - 21:47
Although new COVID-19 cases in Africa have slowed following an eight-week surge, this “small step forward” could be short-lived, the Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. 

FAO head urges G20 to invest in a healthy planet for healthy food

jeu, 22/07/2021 - 18:57
The head of the UN food relief agency called on the world’s richest nations on Thursday to invest more in sustainable living, to feed the world’s growing population.  

Revealed: Inequalities persist in HIV prevention, child treatment services

jeu, 22/07/2021 - 17:46
Nearly half of the 1.7 million children worldwide living with HIV were not on treatment last year, the UN programme leading the global fight against HIV and AIDS, UNAIDS, said in a report released together with partners. 

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.