Put women and girls at centre of COVID-19 recovery: UN Secretary-General

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Limited gains in gender equality and women’s rights made over the decades are in danger of being rolled back due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Secretary-General said on Thursday.

Coronavirus-driven debt crisis threatens poor countries already at risk, says UN report

Fight against desert locust swarms goes on in East Africa despite coronavirus crisis measures

Living apart, ‘we must stand together’ to battle coronavirus pandemic – UN rights chief

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5 reasons the world needs WHO, to fight the COVID-19 pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO), the UN’s health agency, has played a crucial role in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, ever since the first cases were identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December. At a press conference on Wednesday, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, outlined five ways the agency is leading the global response.

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No need to politicize COVID-19: UN health agency chief

The COVID-19 pandemic should not be politicized as unity is the “only option” to defeat the disease, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

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Over 10,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa; Zimbabwe and South Sudan among most vulnerable

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Wednesday that the number of COVID-19 cases in Africa has now risen to more than 10,000, claiming more than 500 lives. 


Syrian air force used deadly chemical weapons in 2017 attacks, global watchdog finds

The Syrian air force used deadly chemical weapons in three separate attacks in March 2017 on the central town of Ltamenah that affected a total of at least 106 people, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in a report on Wednesday.

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World Health Organization ‘absolutely critical’ to neutralizing coronavirus threat – UN chief

The World Health Organization (WHO) must be supported across the world, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday, describing the UN health agency, which has led the multilateral response since the beginning, as “absolutely critical” in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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