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Life and death for Yemen’s women and girls, as funding evaporates

Sun, 31/05/2020 - 04:00
In mid-May, just as the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Yemen, funding for UNFPA’s life-saving reproductive health services dried up. The agency has been forced to suspend the provision of reproductive healthcare in 140 out of the 180 health facilities, it supports, meaning only 40 now remain.  

Yemen: Amid spike in COVID-19 cases, UNICEF airlifts in badly needed health supplies

Sat, 30/05/2020 - 17:04
A plane chartered by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) landed at Sana’a airport on Saturday with lifesaving supplies to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in conflict-torn Yemen.  

From fighting with guns to fighting the pandemic

Sat, 30/05/2020 - 06:10
In countries suffering from conflict, readjusting to life in a peaceful society is a challenge, both for former fighters and the wider community. Since the spread of the COVID-19 crisis, the UN is having to refocus many of its programmes, aimed at reducing violence in communities, and rehabilitating combatants.

Peacekeepers exemplify ‘service, sacrifice and selflessness’, in face of pandemic

Fri, 29/05/2020 - 22:29
To honour the more than 3,900 women and men who have lost their lives under the UN flag since 1948, Secretary-General António Guterres laid a wreath at the Peacekeepers’ memorial on Friday, International Day of UN Peacekeepers.

COVID-19: Countries support ‘one-stop shop’ to share science and research

Fri, 29/05/2020 - 22:17
Thirty countries and numerous international partners have underlined the need to make tests, treatments and other technologies to fight COVID-19, available to people everywhere.

UN human rights office welcomes moves to curtail spread of hatred and violence online

Fri, 29/05/2020 - 20:05
The UN human rights office (OHCHR) has welcomed steps taken by social media companies to prevent their platforms from being used to promote hatred, violence and misinformation, Spokesperson Rupert Colville said on Friday.

More ‘can and must be done’ to eradicate caste-based discrimination in Nepal

Fri, 29/05/2020 - 18:20
Shocked over the killing last weekend of five men in Nepal, who had planned to escort home one of their girlfriends from a higher caste, the UN human rights chief on Friday stressed that ending caste-based discrimination is “fundamental” to the overall sustainable development vision of leaving no one behind.

Nine in 10 smokers start before they are 18 years old, warns WHO

Fri, 29/05/2020 - 15:08
Tobacco products continue to kill eight million people a year who get hooked via a $9 billion a year marketing strategy. That’s the warning from the UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday, which has said that even during a global pandemic, the tobacco and nicotine industry has continued to promote products that limit people’s ability to fight new coronavirus and recover from the disease.

US must take ‘serious action’ to halt police killings of unarmed African Americans

Thu, 28/05/2020 - 23:41
The UN human rights chief on Thursday condemned the killing of 46-year-old George Floyd while in police custody in the city of Minneapolis, calling it the latest in “a long line of killings of unarmed African Americans by US police officers and members of the public”.

Latin America and Caribbean: Millions more could miss meals due to COVID-19 pandemic

Thu, 28/05/2020 - 21:51
Some 14 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean could experience severe food insecurity this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to projections released on Thursday by the World Food Programme (WFP).

Security Council: Paralysis and ‘political infighting’ must end, to boost COVID-19 fight: EU foreign affairs chief

Thu, 28/05/2020 - 21:25
 The global coronavirus pandemic is testing the multilateral system like never before and the Security Council must stop the “infighting”, and step up to the challenge, the European Union’s foreign policy chief told the 15-member body on Thursday.

COVID-19: Act now or risk ‘unimaginable devastation’ globally, warns UN chief

Thu, 28/05/2020 - 19:46
Unless countries across the world act together now, the COVID-19 pandemic will cause “unimaginable devastation and suffering around the world”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday at a virtual high-level meeting on financing for development.

Yemen: Humanitarians seeking $2.41 billion to keep aid flowing amid COVID-19 pandemic

Thu, 28/05/2020 - 18:55
UN agencies and their global partners are seeking $2.41 billion to fight COVID-19 spread in Yemen while continuing to support millions affected by the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Countries need to do more to stop harmful marketing of breast-milk substitutes, says UN

Thu, 28/05/2020 - 00:16
Despite efforts to stop the harmful promotion of breast-milk substitutes, countries are still falling short in protecting parents from misleading information, according to a new UN report released Wednesday. 

On Peacekeepers Day, UN to spotlight vital role of women peace operations

Wed, 27/05/2020 - 22:34
In observance of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, on Friday, Secretary-General António Guterres will lay a wreath to pay tribute to all the UN blue helmets who have lost their lives since 1948.

WHO Foundation to broaden funding base for global health investment

Wed, 27/05/2020 - 22:29
A new foundation launched on Wednesday will generate funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners by tapping non-traditional sources, including the public.

COVID-19: A ‘new and deadly threat’ for civilians caught up in violence

Wed, 27/05/2020 - 19:19
Innocent civilians trapped in violence now face “a new and deadly threat” from COVID-19, the UN chief told the Security Council on Wednesday, warning that the pandemic is “amplifying and exploiting the fragilities of our world”.

UN agencies welcome donor pledges for Venezuelan refugees and migrants

Wed, 27/05/2020 - 18:33
The UN refugee and migration agencies have welcomed $2.79 billion pledged by donors at a solidarity conference aimed at supporting Venezuelans who fled the protracted crisis in their country for host communities across the region. 

‘Lockdown generation’ of young workers will need extra help after COVID-19, urges UN labour chief

Wed, 27/05/2020 - 17:53
Further evidence of the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on the global job market has emerged in a new study by the UN labour agency, which on Wednesday said that more than one in six young people have stopped working since the onset of the pandemic.

US states ‘manipulating’ COVID-19 pandemic to restrict abortion access, rights experts charge

Wed, 27/05/2020 - 17:41
Independent UN human rights experts fear that some authorities in the United States are using the COVID-19 pandemic to restrict access to abortion, with at least eight states suspending procedures deemed medically unnecessary.