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Biodiversity Day: UN chief calls to ‘build a shared future for all life’

Three-quarters of the land-based environment and about 66% of the marine environment have been significantly altered by human actions. On the International Day for Biological Diversity, the UN Secretary-General urged to end the ‘senseless and destructive war against nature’.

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Demonstrators voice their grievances against the Sri Lankan government at a protest in London, UK in May 2022.
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Demonstrators voice their grievances against the Sri Lankan government at a protest in London, UK in May 2022.

Human rights must be at heart of solution to Sri Lanka crisis : A UN Resident Coordinator blog

Economic DevelopmentThe severe economic crisis in Sri Lanka shows no signs of ending any time soon, with the country’s newly installed Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, warning of more difficult days ahead. Hanaa Singer-Hamdy, the most senior UN official in Sri Lanka, told UN News that, amid violent protests and the imposition of a state of emergency, any solution must involve a robust democracy and respect for human rights.

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A sweet solution to a mammoth problem

It’s true; elephants are surprisingly afraid of bees. It’s hard to believe that these goliaths are afraid of a small insect, but this fear may help save their lives. This vulnerability is now being used in the elephant’s favour, by enterprising and innovative groups like South Africa’s Elephants Alive.

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A Senegalese migrant after crossing Darien gap, Panama.
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Countries review progress on global migration compact

Migrants and Refugees Although many migrants worked on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, risking their own lives to save others, they were at times denied access to basic services and excluded from recovery plans, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in New York on Thursday. 

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Demand for lifesaving aid up 10 per cent this year: UN relief chief

Humanitarian Aid The number of people in need has risen by around 10 per cent this year so far, the UN’s humanitarian affairs chief said on Thursday.