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News in Brief 31 March 2020

  • Aid agencies push for workarounds in Libya as COVID-19 hampers distributions
  • Syria’s vulnerable not forgotten as UN food relief agency adjusts to pandemic precautions
  • DR Congo healthcare weaknesses exposed as never before by coronavirusUNICEF 
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Bulk of developing world faces hardship, as virus exacerbates economic frailty 

Six billion people – that’s the bulk of the developing world – look set to suffer from the economic impact of the new coronavirus pandemic, the UN trade and development organization, UNCTAD, says. 

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson by Skype, UNCTAD economist Richard Kozul-Wright outlines how a radical plan worth a staggering $2.5 trillion, could help avoid some of the worst financial consequences of COVID-19.

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News in Brief 30 March 2020

  • Release prisoners and detainees in Yemen, urge UN rights experts
  • Assistance ramped up to Pacific islands facing COVID-19
  • 2.5 trillion dollar rescue package needed for emerging economies: UNCTAD
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Indians taking coronavirus lockdown seriously: senior UN official

The COVID-19 pandemic is not being taken lightly in India as people comply with a complete lockdown to prevent further spread of the disease.

That’s the opinion of Argentina Matavel Piccin, Representative for the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in India.

Anshu Sharma from UN News asked Ms. Piccin what the 21-day lockdown means for India and the world.

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News in Brief 27 March 2020

  • Abandoning elderly at risk from coronavirus is ‘criminal’: OHCHR
  • Asylum-seekers’ concern over #COVID-19 restrictions – UNHCR
  • ‘Social bomb’ could explode as those on society’s margins struggle under COVID-19
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The answer to overcoming COVID-19 is in our hands - not a vaccine – top WHO official

Amid rising numbers of COVID-19 infections and deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) stressed on Friday that the solution to beating the pandemic lies in having clean hands, more than hopes for a speedy vaccine.

That’s not so easy in countries with poor access to clean water, as WHO’s Dr. Margaret Harris tells UN News’s Daniel Johnson, before providing an update on the human drug and crucial vaccine trials, now under way. 

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The COVID-busting blueprint that protects workers in all sectors

Early indications from the economic fallout of COVID-19 are that it could cost up to 25 million job losses globally, that’s more than during the global financial crisis in 2008-9.

Speaking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Sher Verick from the International Labour Organization (ILO), explains how governments can help soften the impact for vulnerable workers.

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COVID-19: women will be more affected, but play central role in the fight

Pandemics tend to affect men and women differently, and specialists in gender issues are warning that the COVID-19 coronavirus may hit women in negative ways that have a more profound impact on families.

Women make up the majority of caregivers, at home and in our communities. Existing trends show they have less access to sexual and reproductive health and domestic violence rises during crises.

But women have also the power to be ‘change makers in the response agenda’ playing a central role in communicating with their families, and with their communities.

UN News’s Anshu Sharma spoke to UN Women’s Deputy Country Representative in India, Nishtha Satyam.

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Dozens of migrants die in shipping container on lorry in Mozambique

In Mozambique on Tuesday, 14 “deeply traumatized” male migrants were rescued from a sealed shipping container on a lorry bound for South Africa. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 64 other men on the truck, died from asphyxiation.

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, IOM’s Sandra Black explains where the migrants came from and what the agency is doing to raise awareness about the dangers of such journeys.

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News in Brief 26 March 2020

  • Philippines ceasefire welcomed after Guterres COVID-19 appeal
  • ‘Double-digit’ percentage of global GDP is needed to avert COVID-19 catastrophe: UN chief 
  • Latest Kabul attack comes amid growing insecurity in Afghanistan 
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