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02.03.2021

‘We sink or we swim together’: 5 things you need to know about COVAX

‘We sink or we swim together’: 5 things you need to know about COVAX

COVAX has been trending in stories about the COVID-19 pandemic in recent days, particularly in relation to the shipment of vaccines to Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, the first to arrive in Africa. Here’s a UN News recap of what COVAX is, and why it is so important. 1) What… »

12.02.2021

COVID fuelling risk of recruitment and use of children in conflict, UN and EU warn on International Day

COVID fuelling risk of recruitment and use of children in conflict, UN and EU warn on International Day

More children could be pushed into the joining armed forces and armed groups due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, senior United Nations and European Union (EU) officials said on International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, observed on Thursday. In a joint statement EU… »

01.02.2021

Arrests, military control ‘a serious blow’ to democratic reforms in Myanmar: UN chief

Arrests, military control ‘a serious blow’ to democratic reforms in Myanmar: UN chief

The United Nations Secretary-General has strongly condemned the detention of Myanmar’s top political leaders and government officials, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, by the country’s military. In a statement issued by his spokesperson on Sunday,… »

26.01.2021

Guterres hails entry into force of treaty banning nuclear weapons

Guterres hails entry into force of treaty banning nuclear weapons

The first multilateral nuclear disarmament treaty in more than two decades, came into force just after midnight on Friday, hailed by the UN Secretary-General as “an important step towards a world free of nuclear weapons”. António Guterres said that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)… »

06.01.2021

FROM THE FIELD: Port explosion which ‘burnt hearts’ of Beirut residents

FROM THE FIELD: Port explosion which ‘burnt hearts’ of Beirut residents

Five months on from the devastating port explosion that killed over 200 people, and injured thousands more, the UN has invited Beirut residents to share their hopes and fears for the future of the city, and for Lebanon, which remains in crisis. “This explosion burnt our hearts”, says 40-year-old Farah. »

25.12.2020

The virus that shut down the world: The yawning gulf between rich and poor

The virus that shut down the world: The yawning gulf between rich and poor

Inequality between the rich and poor worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic and poverty increased, for the first time in decades. In part two of our series on how the virus has changed the world, we look at the ways the pandemic has pushed back efforts to create more equitable societies. »

20.12.2020

UN chief commends ‘swift action’ by Nigerian authorities as more than 300 boys are reunited with their families

UN chief commends ‘swift action’ by Nigerian authorities as more than 300 boys are reunited with their families

The UN chief on Friday welcomed the release of more than 300 schoolboys forcibly taken from their school in northwest Nigeria a week ago, although others reportedly remain missing. After the release of the boys kidnapped by armed men from Government Science Secondary School in Kankara,… »

12.12.2020

Independent UN expert calls for Julian Assange’s release, cites prison’s COVID outbreak

Independent UN expert calls for Julian Assange’s release, cites prison’s COVID outbreak

Amid a COVID-19 outbreak at London’s Belmarsh prison, an independent UN expert appealed to British authorities on Tuesday to release Julian Assange or to place him under guarded house arrest during extradition proceedings to the United States. “Mr. Assange is not a criminal convict and poses no threat to anyone,… »

06.12.2020

Belarus: End ongoing human rights violations, UN rights chief urges

Belarus: End ongoing human rights violations, UN rights chief urges

The human rights situation in Belarus continues to deteriorate, particularly with respect to peaceful assembly, the UN rights chief said on Friday, urging the government to put an end to ongoing violations and “take steps towards a genuine, respectful and inclusive national dialogue”. Speaking at a meeting of the … »

29.11.2020

Renew commitment to Palestinian people, UN chief urges, marking International Day

Renew commitment to Palestinian people, UN chief urges, marking International Day

Commemorating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to explore every opening to “restore hope” for a two-State solution. In a message, the UN chief cautioned that prospects for a viable two-State solution are becoming “more… »

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