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UN chief António Guterres reiterates global ceasefire call in Security Council

The UN Secretary-General stressed the importance in the Security Council on Tuesday, of rallying the world as one to fight COVID-19, by silencing the guns in conflicts across the world. He used the example of Yemen and the urgent need to end the fighting there.

A global ceasefire has never been more important he told ambassadors.

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News in Brief 20 October 2020

  • UN rights chief urges India to safeguard rights of NGOs, activists
  • Central Sahel humanitarian needs at 'breaking point': Guterres
  • UNHCR and partners to hold donor conference for Rohingya refugees
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News in Brief 19 October 2020

  • COVID-19 vaccine: UNICEF to stockpile more than half a billion syringes
  • Maintain coronavirus vigilance
  • Respect, ‘crucial’ says top UN official, following beheading in France
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News in Brief 16 October 2020

  • COVID-19: ‘little or no’ benefit from remdesivir: WHO 
  • An ‘airlift of hope’ for Yemen, UN envoy tells Security Council 
  • Bolivia: UN rights chief Bachelet renews call for free and fair elections  
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COVID widening gender gap in Pakistan

In Pakistan, women are major contributors to agricultural production and food security for their families, but like many other nations, the COVID pandemic has exacerbated an already alarming gender gap there.

Mina Dowlatchahi, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative to Pakistan, explains to Charlotta Lomas, how the UN agency is supporting women in the countryside, despite the corrosive impact of the pandemic. 

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News in Brief 15 October 2020

  • Rape is monstrous but death penalty not the answer: UN rights chief 
  • Billions can’t wash hands properly, one billion at immediate COVID risk 
  • Rights experts urge UAE to halt repatriation of Yemeni nationals 
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News in Brief 14 October 2020

  • Afghanistan: aid teams deployed to assess impact of fighting 
  • Progress in tackling tuberculosis at risk from COVID crisis 
  • Talks begin to resolve disputed Lebanon-Israel maritime border 
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News in Brief 13 October 2020

  • COVID impacting health, food and work
  • Digital economy shift 
  • Cash boost for refugees in Iran
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COVID-19: Forests offer solutions for recovery

Ensuring forests retain their rich biodiversity and continue contributing to the health and safety of communities everywhere, can help boost recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s the view Ewald Rametsteiner, Forestry Deputy Director at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) who in this interview with FAO’s Charlotta Lomas, explains why the forestry sector is important to building back from the ravages of the coronavirus.

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News in Brief 12 October 2020

  • Staggering rise in climate emergencies in last 20 years, disaster research shows 
  • Food summit will address hunger and climate emergency 
  • Despair widespread among refugees because of COVID pandemic: UNHCR 
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