General News

Penny Abeywardena, New York City’s Commissioner for International Affairs

“New York City has always been proud to host the United Nations”, Penny Abeywardena, New York City’s Commissioner for International Affairs told UN News.

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Avoid coronavirus panic and misinformation, urges WHO

Although the COVID-19 virus outbreak has been designated a pandemic, containment is still possible, and there is no need to panic. This is the official advice from the World Health Organization (WHO). 

The UN health agency’s spokesperson Tarik Jašarević spoke to Daniel Johnson in Geneva about the need for everyone to be prepared and follow WHO guidelines. 

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Nature and wildlife, critical to our existence

It’s time that humankind realizes “that nature doesn’t exist for us”, the Head of the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) office in New York has said, just ahead of World Wildlife Day.

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News in Brief 18 February 2020

  • UN rights chief appalled at civilian toll in war-torn Syria’s northeast
  • Cameroon killings: Bachelet urges independent investigation
  • Libya talks resume at UN Geneva as negotiator seeks to overcome sticking points
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News in Brief 13 February 2020

  • Celebrating the diversity of radio, the most used medium
  • Mounting Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria
  • DPR Korea: Missing hijacked plane 
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News in Brief 24 January 2020

 

  • 258 million out of school 'unacceptable': UN General Assembly President
  • UN assisting hundreds affected by intercommunal attack in Abyei
  • UN refugee agency calls landmark climate asylum ruling a 'wake-up' call
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News in Brief 20 January 2020

  • WHO-backed study outlines benefits of quitting smoking prior to surgery
  • UNESCO laments impunity for journalist killings
  • Top humanitarian officials urges continued support for occupied Palestinian territory
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News in Brief 8 January 2020

  • UN chief continues engagement to avert Gulf war
  • International community supports aid delivery to West Darfur displaced
  • Livelivehood project in Pakistan to benefit Afghan refugees, host communities 
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“Invest in eliminating hepatitis”, UN health agency urges ahead of World Hepatitis Day

Recent reductions in the costs of diagnosing and treating viral hepatitis should be an incentive for countries to scale up investments in disease elimination. That’s the view of the World Health Organization which is calling on all countries to take advantage of the lower costs and match investments to eliminate the disease.

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AIDS is ‘far from over’

The sense that winning the battle against AIDS is a done-deal, has been slowing progress on reducing new HIV infections, and in reality, it’s “far from over”, according to the chief of the UN agency dedicated to tackling the virus.

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