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Guterres urges world to ‘work together in solidarity’ as US moves to re-join WHO2021-01-21
The United Nations Secretary-General on Wednesday welcomed the announcement by President Joe Biden that the United States will re-engage with the World Health Organization (WHO) and continue to be a full participant in advancing global health and health security.
Secretary-General welcomes US return to Paris Agreement on Climate Change2021-01-20
Following the inauguration of United States President Joe Biden on Wednesday, the UN Secretary-General said he looks forward to an era of new leadership towards accelerating climate action, with the US back inside the landmark Paris Agreement.
UN welcomes Biden administration commitment to refugee protection2021-01-20
The UN Secretary-General on Wednesday welcomed the “positive steps” announced by the new US administration towards migrants and refugees, while the head of UN refugee agency (UNHCR) congratulated the new President and Vice President on taking office, pledging to work with them to strengthen global support for refugees.
Decade of conflict triggering ‘slow tsunami’ across Syria, Security Council hears2021-01-20
After a decade of conflict, economic collapse compounded by COVID-19, corruption and mismanagement, the UN Syrian envoy told the Security Council on Wednesday that “a slow tsunami” is now “crashing across Syria”.
UN calls for resumption of Mediterranean rescues, after 43 die in Libya shipwreck2021-01-20
Following another deadly shipwreck off the coast of Libya that claimed 43 lives on Monday, the UN migration and refugee agencies have called for countries to re-activate search and rescue operations.
‘Complex’ emergency unfolding in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado, warn UN agencies2021-01-20
UN agencies voiced deep concern on Wednesday over the worsening humanitarian crisis in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, where attacks by armed groups have forced more than 565,000 to flee their homes.
Over 1.9 billion people in Asia-Pacific unable to afford a healthy diet: UN report2021-01-20
The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and surging food prices are keeping almost two billion people in Asia and the Pacific from healthy diets, United Nations agencies said on Wednesday.
East African countries better prepared, but desert locust threat ‘not over’2021-01-19
Action to control unprecedented desert locust infestations in the Horn of Africa last year has protected crops and livelihoods, but funding is needed to sustain operations against new incursions, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday.
‘Swift action’ needed in Tigray to save thousands at risk, UNHCR warns2021-01-19
Two months after conflict forced humanitarian workers to withdraw from the Tigray region of Ethiopia, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), on Tuesday, stressed the need for “swift action” to restore safe access to “save thousands of lives at risk”.
Independent panel finds critical early failings in COVID-19 response2021-01-19
The global system for pandemic alert and response is “not fit for purpose”, highlighting the need for a new framework in the wake of COVID-19, experts appointed by the World Health Organization (WHO) said in an interim report presented on Tuesday.