Health

UN chief calls for ‘solidarity, unity and hope’ in battling COVID-19 pandemic

Amidst the destruction of the of COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations chief expressed concern over a lack of “sufficient solidarity” with the world’s developing countries, that need support in responding to the worst economic and social crisis in generations. 

COVID-19 can’t stop the music on International Jazz Day

As people worldwide remain in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are being encouraged to invite some of the world’s top musicians into their homes this Thursday, International Jazz Day.

Greta Thunberg launches campaign to support UNICEF protection efforts against COVID-19

Climate activist Greta Thunberg along with Danish NGO Human Act, on Thursday launched a child rights-driven campaign to support the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in protecting young lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Syria: As coronavirus threat intensifies, ceasefire more urgent than ever

Syria desperately needs a nationwide ceasefire to enable its war-weary citizens to access the equipment and resources necessary to combat COVID-19, the UN’s top envoy for the country told the Security Council on Wednesday.  

Sudan: Coronavirus could be tipping point for ‘untold suffering’, Bachelet urges sanctions relief

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government and people of Sudan could experience “untold suffering” unless donors act fast to shore up a country still in transition, the top UN human rights official warned on Tuesday.

COVID-19: New women-led UN initiative aims to save lives and protect livelihoods 

Against the backdrop of the unprecedented global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the deputy UN chief briefed journalists on Monday about a new women-led initiative that mobilizes support to save lives and protect livelihoods.  

Tap youth talent to tackle COVID-19 crisis and beyond, UN chief tells Security Council

Even amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries must do more to harness the talents of young people to address the crisis and its aftermath, the UN Secretary-General told the Security Council on Monday during a videoconference meeting to review the five years since its adoption of a landmark resolution on youth, peace and security.

Millions more children at risk with immunization services disrupted amid COVID-19 pandemic 

Last year, over 13 million children received no vaccines at all, and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is calling on governments to step up, warning disrupting immunization services amid the COVID-19 pandemic could leave even more of the world’s most marginalized children without access to life-saving vaccines. 

‘Landmark collaboration’ to make COVID-19 testing and treatment available to all

World leaders, scientists, humanitarians and private sector partners united on Friday in “a landmark collaboration” that will make new tools and medicines to diagnose and treat COVID-19, accessible to people everywhere.

Human rights ‘uplift everyone’; must guide COVID-19 recovery response, says UN chief 

The coronavirus pandemic is not only a critical public health danger, it is also a human, economic and social emergency that is “fast becoming a human rights crisis”, the UN chief said on Thursday, releasing a new policy brief on shaping an effective, inclusive response to the COVID-19 pandemic.