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Reducing methane emissions vital for climate action, but not ‘get out of jail free card’

A new reporting hub to reduce methane emissions – a powerful greenhouse gas responsible for at least a quarter of global warming – was launched on Sunday by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), as the UN Climate Conference (COP26) kicked off in Glasgow.

Traffickers abusing online technology, UN crime prevention agency warns  

Human traffickers who trick people with fake job offers and promises and then exploit them for profit, are taking advantage of online technologies for every step of their criminal activities.  

‘Serious risk’ COP26 may not deliver, warns Guterres, urging more climate action

There is a “serious risk” that the UN climate conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, “will not deliver”, the UN chief told journalists on Friday in Rome, just ahead of the G20 Summit of leading industrialized nations.

Greater global solidarity needed to achieve peace and security for Africa

The deputy UN chief on Thursday emphasized the “vital importance” of peace and security in Africa, thanking ambassadors in the Security Council for helping the UN shine a spotlight on the issue, and how all Member States can work with the African Union and other regional and sub-regional groups, to make lives more secure across the continent.

World Heritage forests releasing more carbon than they absorb: UNESCO 

Forests in at least 10 World Heritage sites have become net sources of carbon, due to pressure from human activity and climate change, according to a new report released on Thursday, by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 

No Denying It episode 10: The Try Guys Introduce Chibeze Ezekiel

In the tenth and final episode of the UN climate action podcast No Denying It, YouTube stars The Try Guys introduce Chibeze Ezekiel, a Ghanaian community organizer who began a community campaign to resist, when a new local coal project was announced. Following the campaign,Ghana went on to commit to renewable energy for all future projects.

Afghanistan on ‘countdown to catastrophe’ without urgent humanitarian relief  

The combined shocks of drought, conflict, COVID-19 and an economic crisis in Afghanistan, have left more than half the population facing a record level of acute hunger, according to a new UN assessment published on Monday. 

‘No time to lose’ curbing greenhouse gases: WMO

Last year, heat-trapping greenhouse gases reached a new record, surging above the planet's 2011-2020 average, and has continued in 2021, according to a new report published on Monday by the UN weather agency.

Multilateralism ‘struggling’ to solve world challenges

While multilateralism remains “committed to solving global challenges”, the deputy UN chief said on Sunday, United Nations Day, it is “struggling to find the path to effective implementation”.

Ethiopia: UN forced to abort humanitarian aid flight into Tigray

A UN humanitarian aid flight destined for the capital of the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia, was forced to return to Addis Ababa due to airstrikes on Friday, raising “serious concerns” for the safety of staff working on the ground, said the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator, in a statement.