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Link between education and well-being never clearer, UN pushes for ‘health-promoting’ schools2021-06-22
With school closures triggered by COVID-19 disrupting both education and access to nutritious meals, two UN agencies on Tuesday launched new measures to help improve the well-being of 1.9 billion school-aged children and adolescents around the world.
Time running out to prevent ‘worst case scenario’ arising in Afghanistan2021-06-22
With all the major indicators for Afghanistan’s security and development looking “negative or stagnant” as international troops withdraw, the threats that lie ahead cannot be overstated, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Tuesday.
Great Barrier Reef in danger, UN World Heritage Committee draft report finds2021-06-22
A United Nations body is recommending that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef be included on a list of world heritage in danger, according to a draft report issued on Monday, a move which has been heavily criticized by the Australian Government.
Famine knocking at the door of 41 million worldwide, WFP warns2021-06-22
Famine is already present in four countries but millions more people are at risk, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Tuesday, underscoring the need for urgent funding and humanitarian access to reach those in need.
‘Invisible’ stateless people could miss out on COVID-19 jabs, UNHCR warns2021-06-22
Millions of stateless people around the world could miss out on COVID-19 vaccinations because they lack identity papers and are essentially “invisible to the authorities”.
Slow progress, stubborn cycles of violence, as South Sudan turns 102021-06-21
South Sudan, the UN’s youngest Member State, is marking its tenth anniversary of independence amid languishing political progress and a range of humanitarian challenges, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative told Security Council members on Monday.
COVID-19: First mRNA vaccine tech transfer hub a ‘great step forward’2021-06-21
The World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting a South African consortium in establishing the first COVID-19 mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub, the UN agency announced on Monday.
‘His words set a standard and will long endure’: UN mourns passing of Edward Mortimer2021-06-21
Friends and former colleagues have been mourning the passing over the weekend of Edward Mortimer, the Chief Speechwriter for former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan.
Human Rights Council urged to support UN chief’s call for a ‘new social contract’ after COVID-192021-06-21
UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Monday urged UN Member States to promote a more inclusive post-pandemic recovery to help the world’s most vulnerable recover from the impact of COVID.
Pandemic ‘rolled back’ sustainable development funding for weak economies: UNCTAD2021-06-21
Financial assistance to the world’s 83 weakest economies fell by 15 per cent in 2020, to $35 billion as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, UN trade and development experts UNCTAD said on Monday.