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The COVID-19 pandemic motivates millions of tobacco users to quit, but they need support

lun, 31/05/2021 - 20:54
“Quitters are the real winners in the case of tobacco”, says the World Health Organization as part of a campaign to help smokers that have decided to quit during the COVID-19 pandemic, but lack the support to do so. A new chatbot and even an AI assistant are ready to aid them in their quitting journey.  

Haiti: funding gap threatens the lives of nearly 86,000 children

lun, 31/05/2021 - 19:10
In Haiti, the number of severely malnourished under-fives could more than double this year, UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Monday. Some could die if they do not receive timely treatment.

COVID danger has not passed, States must support pandemic treaty: Tedros

lun, 31/05/2021 - 18:06
UN health agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged all countries on Monday to support a pandemic preparedness treaty, warning that it would be a “monumental error” to think the danger of COVID-19 has passed.

First Person: Learning a recipe for freedom in Nigeria

lun, 31/05/2021 - 14:00
When Nigerian Blessing Ojukwu became pregnant after she was raped, her family disowned her. She was forced to live with her abuser, who continued to attack her. Now, a UN-backed initiative is giving her, and others in similar situations, a chance to become financially independent, and start new lives. 

FROM THE FIELD: Ghost in the seashell

lun, 31/05/2021 - 06:40
“Ghost fishing” occurs when abandoned fishing gear dumped in the ocean traps and kills fish or other underwater life, and it is causing devastation to marine environments, warns the UN food agency, FAO.

Colombia: UN rights chief calls for an end to all forms of violence in Cali

dim, 30/05/2021 - 15:27
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet voiced her “deep concern” at recent events in the Colombian city of Cali that include reports of several deaths and violence.

Drones deliver blood to prevent maternal death in Botswana

dim, 30/05/2021 - 14:00
Drones are providing life-saving care to women in remote parts of the southern African country, Botswana, who otherwise may die in childbirth, thanks to support from the United Nations.   

Elections could pave way to Palestinian unity, advance peace: UN envoy

jeu, 22/04/2021 - 22:49
Expectations are high for the first Palestinian elections in 15 years, UN Middle East envoy Tor Wennesland told a virtual meeting of the Security Council on Thursday, urging international support for the process. 

Climate change link to displacement of most vulnerable is clear: UNHCR

jeu, 22/04/2021 - 22:05
Weather-related crises have triggered more than twice as much displacement as conflict and violence in the last decade, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Thursday.

Syria receives first COVID-19 vaccines, for most vulnerable

jeu, 22/04/2021 - 18:39
More than 250,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Syria on Thursday from the UN-backed COVAX initiative, to inoculate the country’s frontline health workers.   

‘Careers have no gender’, connect girls to tech, for a brighter future UN urges 

jeu, 22/04/2021 - 18:24
Despite information and communication technology playing such a key role throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief said that half the world remains offline, in his message marking International Girls in ICT Day, on Thursday – most of whom are women and girls in developing countries. 

The planet’s on ‘red alert’ UN chief warns leaders at President Biden’s climate summit

jeu, 22/04/2021 - 18:22
World leaders must act now and put the planet on a green path because “we are at the verge of the abyss”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday in his address to the virtual climate summit convened by United States President Joseph Biden. 

First Person: ‘Youth won’t stay silent’ says Madagascar climate activist

jeu, 22/04/2021 - 15:32
Young people around the world “won’t stay silent” about the global climate crisis according to a youth activist from Madagascar. 

Food aid operation begins to reach two million affected by Myanmar crisis

jeu, 22/04/2021 - 11:02
Two million people facing growing food insecurity linked to the ongoing political crisis in Myanmar are to receive nutrition assistance, amid rising “hunger and desperation”, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday. 

New Iraqi law ‘major step’ in assisting ISIL’s female victims but more must be done

mer, 21/04/2021 - 22:47
A new law in Iraq provides a measure of comfort for women and girls who have survived atrocities of ISIL terrorist fighters, but more must be done, an independent UN human rights expert said on Wednesday. 

Commit to restoring the planet, UN chief says in message for International Mother Earth Day

mer, 21/04/2021 - 22:39
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for commitment to restoring the planet, and to making peace with nature, in his message to mark International Mother Earth Day, celebrated annually on 22 April. 

ILO kicks off Green Week to ‘jump-start’ a sustainable future 

mer, 21/04/2021 - 21:19
As the world grapples with the devastating economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 crisis, the UN’s labour agency launched ILO Green Week to explore what a green future of work could look like, and how we can get there. 

Russia: Rights experts call for immediate medical evacuation of Alexei Navalny

mer, 21/04/2021 - 20:22
Experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council called on Wednesday for the urgent medical evacuation of detained Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, fearing he is in “serious danger” due to deteriorating health and harsh prison conditions. 

Ocean benefits increasingly undermined by human activity, UN assessment reveals

mer, 21/04/2021 - 17:43
Greater understanding of the ocean is essential if the world is to recover better from the COVID-19 pandemic and achieve agreed targets on sustainable development and climate action, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday in launching a major study on what he called “the life support system of our planet.” 

UN rights chief welcomes verdict in George Floyd murder case 

mer, 21/04/2021 - 16:20
The guilty verdict against Derek Chauvin in the George Floyd murder trial has been welcomed by the UN human rights chief, who said on Wednesday that “any other result would have been a travesty of justice”.