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Still time to reverse damage to ‘ravaged’ ecosystems, declares UN chief, marking World Environment Day 

ven, 04/06/2021 - 17:34
Amidst the triple environmental threat of biodiversity loss, climate disruption and escalating pollution, Secretary-General António Guterres launched “an unprecedented effort to heal the Earth”, on the eve of World Environment Day. 

UN health agency urges nations to donate 250 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine

ven, 04/06/2021 - 16:27
Some two billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been distributed globally but only 0.5 per cent have reached low-income countries where frontline health workers and the elderly have yet to receive a shot, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

Yemen: Health, environment and economy remain under threat from stricken oil tanker 

jeu, 03/06/2021 - 23:45
There has been no further investigation into the state of the FSO Safer, a stricken tanker anchored just 4.8 nautical miles off the Yemen coast, meaning the risk of a massive oil leak continues to grow with each passing day, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Thursday.  

Accountability crucial to ‘truly relegate’ Syria chemical weapons to history

jeu, 03/06/2021 - 23:13
Until those responsible for any and all chemical weapons use in Syria are held responsible, the global community will continue sending a message of impunity, the senior UN disarmament official warned the Security Council on Thursday.

UNRWA chief calls for ‘clear and unequivocal guarantees’ on staff safety in Hamas-controlled Gaza

jeu, 03/06/2021 - 22:44
The head of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has called for “clear and unequivocal guarantees” over the safety and security of staff working to restore critical services in Gaza, following last month’s conflict between Israel and militant group Hamas, which controls the occupied enclave.

UN hails new anti-corruption network, as ‘important step’ to build trust, promote justice

jeu, 03/06/2021 - 18:00
With factors contributing to transnational corruption becoming increasingly complex, the UN launched an initiative on Thursday to “empower all countries” to find practical solutions and better tools to track, investigate and prosecute the scourge.   

Nicaragua must stop attacking and undermining human rights defenders  

jeu, 03/06/2021 - 17:24
An independent UN expert has deplored a recent spate of attacks against human rights defenders in Nicaragua and called on Thursday for the Government to immediately halt them. 

Risk of COVID-19 surge threatens Africa's health facilities

jeu, 03/06/2021 - 17:09
Critical health facilities across Africa risk being overwhelmed by surging COVID-19 infections, the UN health agency said on Thursday.

Restoration call for area ‘the size of China’ to protect falling biodiversity and food insecurity

jeu, 03/06/2021 - 16:27
An area of land roughly the size of China needs restoring if the planet’s biodiversity and the communities who rely on it are to be protected, UN agencies said on Thursday.

Freedom for all on two (or three) wheels

jeu, 03/06/2021 - 03:25
Elderly people often have to give up cycling, due to a fear of injury, but Cycling Without Age, a movement which began in Denmark, is allowing them to regain mobility, and the pleasures of cycling, in safety.

Invasive pest spread another fallout from climate change, UN-backed study finds

mer, 02/06/2021 - 21:56
Climate change is making pests which ravage important agricultural crops even more destructive, heightening threats to global food security and the environment, a UN-backed study published on Wednesday has found. 

Staggering health needs emerge in Gaza, following Israel-Hamas conflict 

mer, 02/06/2021 - 21:14
Senior UN health agency officials on Wednesday called for unhindered humanitarian access to the Gaza Strip, citing growing concerns about urgent health needs there. 

We won’t allow corruption to continue unchecked: UN Assembly president

mer, 02/06/2021 - 20:08
The effects of corruption are “detrimental to all of society”, the President of the UN General Assembly said on Wednesday during the first day of a special session convened to galvanize political will to fight the scourge.  

Mali: Military must ‘scrupulously’ respect human rights and free civilian leaders  

mer, 02/06/2021 - 17:35
A UN independent human rights expert said on Wednesday that Mali’s new military authorities should “scrupulously respect human rights” and release all leaders detained in last week’s coup. 

UN chief condemns deadly attacks targeting displaced people in DR Congo

mer, 02/06/2021 - 16:38
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to investigate recent deadly attacks by insurgents in the east and bring the perpetrators to account. 

COVID crisis to push global unemployment over 200 million mark in 2022

mer, 02/06/2021 - 16:20
The economic crisis caused by the COVID pandemic is expected to contribute to global unemployment of more than 200 million people next year, with women and youth workers worst-hit, UN labour experts said on Wednesday.

Amidst COVID surge, Asia-Pacific region needs ‘immediate and stronger support’ 

mar, 01/06/2021 - 22:25
With the coronavirus still raging in many parts of the world, the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, warned on Tuesday of vaccine shortages, especially in the Asia-Pacific region, and urged “immediate and stronger support” for the global COVAX initiative for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, “including for refugees and asylum-seekers”. 

WFP feeds more than one million in Tigray, but needs support to reach more

mar, 01/06/2021 - 22:17
More than one million people in two areas of the war-ravaged Tigray region in Ethiopia have received emergency food assistance since distributions began in March, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported on Tuesday. 

‘Simply no scenario’ where humanity can survive on an ocean-free planet

mar, 01/06/2021 - 19:45
The world must harness “clear, transformative and actionable solutions” to address the ocean crisis, the President of the UN General Assembly said on Tuesday, opening a meeting to generate momentum towards the 2022 UN Ocean Conference, when public health safety measures allow. 

Vaccine equity at heart of new $50 billion plan to end pandemic, drive recovery

mar, 01/06/2021 - 17:48
Governments are being urged to finance a new $50 billion roadmap to end the COVID-19 pandemic and drive a fast recovery, announced on Tuesday by the heads of the world’s predominant global financing, health and trade agencies.