FROM THE FIELD: Humanitarian crises of concern in 2021

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The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated much of the world’s attention over the last 12 months, but many other crises will continue to require the urgent attention of the UN and the international community in 2021.

Myanmar Ambassador to UN denounces military coup, as envoy warns democratic processes have been ‘pushed aside'

UN Security Council demands COVID-19 vaccine ceasefires; WHO pushes for more action to speed up inoculations

Condemnation over new attack on Nigeria school, ‘more than 300’ girls missing 

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

UN chief returns to the Bronx for second coronavirus shot

UN Secretary-General António Guterres  received his second COVID-19 vaccine shot at the Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies in the Bronx,  New York, on Friday. 

UNRWA/Khalil Adwan

Palestinian elections raise hopes for two-State solution, Middle East Coordinator tells Security Council

The holding of free and fair elections in the Occupied Palestinian Territory will help “clear the path” for restoring a legitimate political horizon to realize a long sought two-State solution, the leading UN diplomat for the region told the Security Council on Friday.

WFP/Matteo Cosorich

UN climate report a ‘red alert’ for the planet: Guterres

Nations are “nowhere close” to the level of action needed to fight global warming, a UN climate action report said on Friday, urging countries to adopt stronger and more ambitious plans to reach the Paris Agreement goals, and limit the temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, by the end of the century. 

© UNICEF/Milequem Diarassouba

Côte d'Ivoire takes delivery of latest COVAX vaccine shipment, in further boost for Africa

Côte d'Ivoire received 504,000 doses of lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine on Friday making it the second African nation in a week to benefit from the first shipments of shots from the UN-backed global COVAX initiative, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reported.

UN OCHA/Giles Clarke

In Yemen’s man-made catastrophe, women and girls pay the price

Midwife Lena Al-Shurmani, remembers meeting Abia at Al Mawa Camp in Yemen’s Ibb Governorate. Abia was 15 years old and eight months pregnant. “I was very worried,” Ms. Al-Shurmani recalled. “She had a prolapsed uterus, and she was severely malnourished.” 

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