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Stopping the march towards famine a UN Resident Coordinator blog

Fri, 10/01/2021 - 9:40pm
Seven years into a brutal conflict, Yemen is heavily dependent on humanitarian assistance, but the UN is intent on avoiding a repeat of the worst periods of famine and malnutrition its citizens have suffered. On a recent visit to UN headquarters in New York, David Gressly, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, told UN News that, although emergency funds have been received, the humanitarian response remain severely underfunded.

Non-Violence Day offers prospect for ‘new era of peace, trust and tolerance’

Fri, 10/01/2021 - 6:05pm
In his message for the International Day of Non-Violence, on Saturday, the UN chief noted that the day provides an opportunity to usher in a “new era of peace, trust and tolerance”.

Ethiopia: Decision to expel UN staff could put aid operations at risk

Fri, 10/01/2021 - 2:05pm
The decision to expel United Nations staff from Ethiopia could affect aid distribution in the war-torn north of the country, where needs and displacement are rising, UN humanitarians said on Friday.

UN World Data Forum meets at ‘critical time’ with COVID battle ongoing

Fri, 10/01/2021 - 1:34pm
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that quality data saves lives, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) said on Friday, ahead of the UN World Data Forum, due to start on Sunday

$383 million humanitarian plan to address ‘living nightmare’ in Lebanon

Fri, 10/01/2021 - 11:31am
The UN and humanitarian partners on Friday announced a $383 million Emergency Response Plan (ERP) for Lebanon to provide critical life-saving assistance and protection to some 1.1 million citizens and migrants over the next 12 months. 

Multilateralism still ‘only way’ to address common challenges: Shahid

Fri, 10/01/2021 - 9:32am
Multilateralism remains “the only way to address common challenges”, UN General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid told journalists on Friday, in his first press conference since the conclusion of the annual High-Level Week.

Startups, awards and new research: youth-led World Food Forum kicks off

Fri, 10/01/2021 - 8:37am
The first World Food Forum, a youth-led event aimed at harnessing the energy and creativity of young people, and featuring speeches from Heads of State and senior UN officials, opened  on Friday.  

UN rights chief calls for investigation into ‘heartbreaking’ killing of veteran Rohingya activist

Fri, 10/01/2021 - 7:41am
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday called for a prompt, thorough, and effective investigation into the killing of a veteran Rohingya activist at a refugee camp in Bangladesh.   

Flash Appeal launched as 2.5 million face ‘dire situation’ in Kenya 

Fri, 10/01/2021 - 6:10am
Immediate action is needed to respond to the severe drought that is ravaging communities in Kenya’s dry regions – categorized as Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) - the UN’s humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) said on Friday. 

The UN at Dubai Expo: 5 things you should know

Thu, 09/30/2021 - 7:20pm
The delayed 2020 Dubai Expo, the first to be held in the Middle East, officially opened today. The United Nations will hold events and exhibits at a dedicated “UN Hub”, explaining the Organization’s central role in addressing the world’s problems. Here are some things to look out for during this six-month-long “mega-event”.

Young or old, UN calls for ‘digital equality’ for all

Thu, 09/30/2021 - 6:30pm
Marking the International Day of Older Persons this Friday, the United Nations is driving home the message that “digital equality” online, needs to be inclusive of everybody, regardless of age.  

Education a ‘powerful tool’ to counter hate speech, UN chief tells online forum

Thu, 09/30/2021 - 1:34pm
Growing polarization and intolerance are fuelling a rise in hate speech worldwide, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday, in remarks to the opening of an online forum to counter this “global firestorm” through the power of education. 

Ethiopia: 7 UN officials told to leave country within 72 hours

Thu, 09/30/2021 - 12:53pm
Secretary-General António Guterres voiced his shock on Thursday after the Ethiopian Government declared seven UN staff persona non grata, ordering them to leave the country within 72 hours.  

UN Chief commends ‘remarkable achievements’ in Sudan

Thu, 09/30/2021 - 11:51am
The UN Secretary-General on Thursday recognized the “remarkable achievements and resilience of the Sudanese people, and its transitional government” since the overthrow of Omar Al-Bashir in 2019, as they “chart a new future together.” 

Iraq: ‘Moral obligation’ to ensure justice for Yazidi and other survivors of ISIL crimes 

Thu, 09/30/2021 - 11:42am
A new Iraqi law to support Yazidi women survivors of crimes committed by ISIL terrorists, represents “a watershed moment” in addressing the wrongs committed against them and other minority groups, the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict told an event on Thursday, highlighting the need for effective reparations.

‘Urgent’ international response needed in Myanmar: UN chief 

Thu, 09/30/2021 - 9:54am
An “urgent” international response is needed to prevent the crisis in Myanmar from becoming a “catastrophe” in the heart of Southeast Asia and beyond, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned. In a report sent to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, the UN chief also said he feared that the military’s grip on power would become increasingly difficult to counter. 

Climate action: ‘Time is running out’, UN chief tells ministers

Thu, 09/30/2021 - 9:01am
With just one month left until the COP26 climate change conference, countries must do more to reduce emissions, finance climate action and support mitigation, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the final official ministerial meeting in Milan, Italy, on Thursday. 

Comprehensive support needed for Haitians facing expulsion in Americas

Thu, 09/30/2021 - 8:35am
Vulnerable Haitian men, women and children on the move in the Americas, should not be expelled from countries where they have found shelter, UN agencies said in a protection appeal on Thursday.

UN recognizes work of 2 million seafarers in ‘extraordinarily challenging times’

Thu, 09/30/2021 - 8:06am
The United Nations celebrates World Maritime Day on Thursday, highlighting the role of the men and women who work at sea. Seafarers: at the core of shipping’s future, is the theme for 2021.  

Keep raising your voices, UN chief tells young climate leaders

Thu, 09/30/2021 - 2:40am
With the climate crisis already devastating lives and incomes, young people will be critical to driving global action forward, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told participants attending the Pre-COP Youth Event in Milan, Italy, on Thursday.

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