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‘We sink or we swim together’: 5 things you need to know about COVAX

COVAX has been trending in stories about the COVID-19 pandemic in recent days, particularly in relation to the shipment of vaccines to Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, the first to arrive in Africa. Here’s a UN News recap of what COVAX is, and why it is so important.

FROM THE FIELD: Adapting to survive and thrive in Ghana

In the West African country of Ghana, many people from farming backgrounds are forced to find new ways to survive, as droughts, floods and erratic weather patterns upend age-old agricultural practices.

First Person: Yemen ‘cannot even afford to worry about the coronavirus’

In Yemen, whose people are living through a long-running, brutal war, which has led to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, COVID-19 is far from being a top priority, says the top UN refugee agency (UNHCR) official in the Arabian Peninsula country.

FROM THE FIELD: Humanitarian crises of concern in 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated much of the world’s attention over the last 12 months, but many other crises will continue to require the urgent attention of the UN and the international community in 2021.

FROM THE FIELD: Millions of Yemenis facing ‘death sentence’

Yemen remains the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and the situation for the millions of affected people is deteriorating, says the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

FROM THE FIELD: Poor and vulnerable bear brunt of climate change

People living in low-income countries are at least four times more likely to be displaced by extreme weather compared to people in rich countries, despite being the least responsible for climate change, that’s according to the UN’s humanitarian office, OCHA.

FROM THE FIELD: Focusing a lens on courage, despair and hope

Human rights are not just a theory: they have an immediate impact on people’s lives. Photography 4 Humanity, a UN-backed competition, is inspiring photographers to capture striking images of grief, inequality and resilience.

FROM THE FIELD: The Indian women weaving a digital web

Hundreds of thousands of Indian women are learning to market themselves and sell products online, with the support of a digital literacy project managed by the World Bank.

Lifeline for vulnerable Cambodians as poverty doubles during COVID-19 pandemic

In Cambodia, the shrinking economy, hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, has affected all population groups, but particularly the most vulnerable. A first-of-its-kind government scheme, managed with digital tools supplied by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), is ensuring that the poorest receive a level of social protection.

UN NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Exceptional teacher inspires students and fights scourge of child marriage

Indian primary school teacher Ranjitsinh Disale, winner of the UN-backed 2020 Global Teacher Prize, says that he is driven by empowering students, particularly girls, so they can “unleash their potential” and have the confidence to achieve their aspirations.