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Syria receives first COVID-19 vaccines, for most vulnerable2021-04-22
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 urges2021-04-22
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 summit2021-04-22
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 activist2021-04-22
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 crisis2021-04-22
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 done2021-04-21
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 Day2021-04-21
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 future2021-04-21
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 Navalny2021-04-21
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 reveals2021-04-21
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.”