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UN Secretary-General's opening remarks at press conference

UN Secretary-General's opening remarks at #UNGA press conference, on 16 September 2020

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News in Brief 16 September 2020

  • Guterres speaks out in support of affordable COVID vaccine for all 
  • Ozone treaties ‘inspiring examples’ of political will: Guterres 
  • Venezuela abuses amounted to crimes against humanity: UN-appointed panel finds 
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Mixed report card for protecting natural biodiversity can be turned round, say experts 

The number of plants and animals on the planet that are at risk today would be far higher without globally agreed safeguards and action to protect them - but it still far from good enough - UN biodiversity experts said on Tuesday. 

In a call for far greater commitment from all nations to safeguard human wellbeing and the planet’s, the body that oversees this work – the Convention on Biodiversity urged all those gathering for a UN Summit at the end of the month to broaden their ambition. 

From the Convention, here’s Executive Secretary Elizabeth Mrema and Deputy Executive Secretary David Cooper, talking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson. 

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News in Brief 15 September 2020

  • Record northern heat, fuels concerns over US wildfire destruction 
  • Concerns for Rohingya sea rescue survivors as three die after seven-month ordeal at sea 
  • Action needed now to protect world’s biodiversity - UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook report  
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PODCAST: UN chief names COVID, a ceasefire, and climate as UN75 priorities

Although COVID-19 continues to dominate the headlines, a host of other global challenges have not gone away, such as conflict, famine and the existential threat posed by climate change.

In this edition of our Lid is On podcast, UN News’s May Yaacoub spoke to UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, to find out what his priorities are for the event.

 

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News in Brief 14 September 2020

  • Belarus concerns lead opening session of Human Rights Council
  • Global surge in attacks against journalists covering protests, says UNESCO
  • Support arrives for hundreds made homeless by Greek island refuge fires
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It’s time for a criminal probe into Yemen tragedy, say UN rights experts

All parties to the conflict in Yemen - and the humanitarian catastrophe that it has created – are responsible for terrible crimes which should be investigated by an international criminal probe.

That's the message from rights investigator Melissa Parke, member of a Human Rights Council panel, who recently spoke to UN News’s Daniel Johnson about the findings of its latest report. 

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News in Brief 11 September 2020

  • New fires at Greek island refugee camp ‘destroy all remaining accommodation’ 
  • Ebola: DR Congo outbreak could spread across border 
  • Fears of disease spread amid devastating flooding in Sudan 
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COVID-19: infections are worsening everywhere, warns UN agency for Palestine refugees 

Keeping COVID-19 infections at bay among Palestinian refugees has never been so important at the start of this new academic year, the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has said. 

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, agency spokesperson Tamara Alrifai explains how the agency has put changes in place to keep the 5.6 million people it helps safe in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank - including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. 

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News in Brief 10 September 2020

  • 'Halt deadly misinformation' in global vaccine race: UN chief
  • 58 countries pledge industrial transfats elimination: WHO
  • Southeast Asia commits to fight coronavirus 'as one'
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