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25.06.2020

Extreme weather ‘record’ likely in Arctic Circle, says UN weather agency WMO

Extreme weather ‘record’ likely in Arctic Circle, says UN weather agency WMO

Reports that temperatures in a Russian town in the Arctic Circle likely reached a record 38C (100.4F), last weekend, have been approved by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) pending final verification, it said on Tuesday. “The WMO is seeking to verify reports of a new temperature record north of the… »

15.06.2020

Citing ‘weight of history’, senior UN officials of African descent issue call to ‘go beyond and do more’ to end racism

Citing ‘weight of history’, senior UN officials of African descent issue call to ‘go beyond and do more’ to end racism

A group of more than twenty senior leaders in the UN, who report directly to Secretary-General António Guterres, and who are African or of African descent, have put their names to a personal and hard-hitting statement published on Friday, expressing their outrage at pervasive and systemic racism, highlighting the need… »

10.06.2020

New UN report highlights link between gender, climate and security

New UN report highlights link between gender, climate and security

Even as countries buckle under the devastating social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, they must consider the links between gender inequality and crisis, particularly in communities affected by climate change and conflict. That’s the premise of a new UN report which argues that understanding these connections can help… »

06.06.2020

Independent rights experts urge US to address systemic racism and racial bias

Independent rights experts urge US to address systemic racism and racial bias

Nearly 30 independent experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council are calling for the United States to reform its criminal justice system in the wake of a recent spate of killings of African Americans, including at the hands of the police. In a statement issued on Friday, they urged the… »

29.05.2020

International community rallies to support open research and science to fight COVID-19

International community rallies to support open research and science to fight COVID-19

WHO and Costa Rica launch landmark COVID-19 Technology Access Pool Thirty countries and multiple international partners and institutions have signed up to support the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP) an initiative aimed at making vaccines, tests, treatments and other health technologies to fight COVID-19 accessible to all. The Pool was… »

25.05.2020

UN welcomes three-day ceasefire announcement by Afghan government and Taliban during Eid al-Fitr

UN welcomes three-day ceasefire announcement by Afghan government and Taliban during Eid al-Fitr

The UN Secretary-General has welcomed the announcement by the Afghan Government and the Taliban of a ceasefire to mark the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims around the world. Hours before the three-day festival of Eid al-Fitr was due to begin, Taliban militants made… »

18.05.2020

Unite against hate and violence targeting LGBTI people: UN officials

Unite against hate and violence targeting LGBTI people: UN officials

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling for people everywhere to support the right to live free and equal, in line with his message for the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, observed on Sunday. The commemoration comes as the world continues to battle the… »

13.05.2020

Universal basic income the right prescription for Latin America & Caribbean – UN report

Universal basic income the right prescription for Latin America & Caribbean – UN report

A new report by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) unveiled on Tuesday, proposes that governments ensure immediate temporary cash transfers to help millions of people struggling to meet basic needs, as the massive fallout from COVID-19 ripples across the… »

07.05.2020

FROM THE FIELD: Protecting the displaced in the time of COVID-19

FROM THE FIELD: Protecting the displaced in the time of COVID-19

Refugees and displaced people living in camps are amongst the most vulnerable communities across the world and more likely to catch COVID-19 than others, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). In Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, an isolation centre has been built to provide health care to Rohingya… »

07.05.2020

Top UN Official Calls for Universal Basic Income to Tackle Growing Inequality

Top UN Official Calls for Universal Basic Income to Tackle Growing Inequality

The COVID-19 pandemic is not only a health crisis, but it is also proving to be an economic disaster for huge numbers of people worldwide. A senior UN official with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is calling for countries to provide citizens with a universal basic income, to help the… »

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