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UN ‘stands ready to assist’ in Aegean Sea earthquake tragedy – Guterres

Secretary-General António Guterres is saddened by the loss of life and damage caused by the powerful earthquake in the Aegean Sea on Friday. 

Sustainable urbanization critical to COVID-19 recovery, better quality of life

Cities will be critical for the world to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and the worst recession for decades, according to the latest report published by UN-Habitat, the UN agency working on urban issues. 

FROM THE FIELD: Planning a route to green cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina  is showing how even highly polluted cities can be transformed into well-planned, climate-resilient urban hubs.

World court continues adjudicating throughout COVID health crisis

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the head of the United Nations world court said on Friday that its judiciary work in The Hague, Netherlands, continued unabated.

Long-term symptoms of COVID-19 ‘really concerning’, says WHO chief

With some COVID-19 patients reporting long-term symptoms, including damage to major organs, the World Health Organization (WHO) urged Governments to ensure they receive necessary care.

Côte d'Ivoire: Conduct election in ‘a peaceful manner’ – UN chief

On Friday, the eve of the presidential election in Côte d'Ivoire, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for all Ivorians to ensure that the polls are “conducted in a peaceful manner”.  

‘High time for accountability’, UN expert says as Israel approves highest rate of illegal settlements 

The international community must answer a “grave” breach of international law with “more than mere criticism”, an independent UN expert said on Friday after the Israeli Government announced its approval of nearly 5,000 new settlement homes in occupied Palestinian territory.

Standing up for vulnerable South Sudanese: UN woman police officer of the year

Chief Inspector Doreen Malambo, Gender Adviser at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), has won 2020 UN Woman Police Officer of the Year Award, in honour of her work supporting vulnerable groups, such as women, girls, children, and people with disabilities.

Kenya relief bid begins to avert ‘hunger crisis’ among poor workers hit by COVID 

In Kenya, a major UN-led cash and nutrition relief project is underway for informal workers facing a hunger crisis brought on by COVID-19, amidst warnings on Friday that the situation is likely even worse in many poorer countries. 

Women the ‘driving force’ for peacebuilding in Colombia: Deputy UN chief

The UN deputy chief has underscored the importance of the full and comprehensive implementation of Colombia's historic 2016 peace agreement, to enable sustainable and resilient communities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.