INTERVIEW: Address conflict, climate change, disease, to reduce humanitarian need, urges outgoing ‘relief chief’

Humanitarian Aid
UNMISS/Eric Kanalstein

When he accepted the offer to become UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, four years ago, Mark Lowcock had hoped the need for aid globally was on the decline.   

UN chief: Desertification and drought destabilizing well-being of 3.2 billion people 

‘Digital dumpsites’ study highlights growing threat to children: UN health agency  

UN Women/Piyavit Thongsa-Ard

Domestic workers among hardest hit by COVID crisis, says UN labour agency

Domestic workers globally have been among the hardest hit by the COVID crisis, losing more jobs and working hours than other sectors, the UN labour agency ILO said on Tuesday.

UNDP/Vladimir Valishvili

Violence against elderly has risen during COVID, UN expert warns 

With “entrenched ageist attitudes” already undermining the autonomy of elder persons in making their own choices and decisions, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus further violence, abuse and neglect against them, a UN independent expert said on Monday, marking World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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Restoring nature ‘the test of our generation’: UN General Assembly President

Stepping up global efforts to combat land degradation is the only way to safeguard food and water security, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ward against future threats to health and the environment, the UN General Assembly President told ambassadors meeting in New York on Monday. 

MINUSMA/Harandane Dicko

‘Critical juncture’ for Mali warns UN mission chief, with democratic future at risk

Immediate action is required now to initiate critical reforms and lay the groundwork for credible elections in Mali, where the security situation is as worrying as ever, the Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) told the Security Council on Monday.

UNICEF/Raphael Pouget

COVID-19 cases drop for seventh week, but deaths fall less slowly: WHO

The number of new COVID-19 cases reported to the UN health agency has declined for seven weeks in a row, in what the top official there called on Monday “the longest sequence of weekly declines during the pandemic so far”.

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