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‘Build forward fairer’ report, urges new social contract for Asia and the Pacific

The Asia and Pacific region’s economic recovery from COVID and other global shocks, must be anchored in an inclusive “new social contract”, to protect the vulnerable in the years ahead, according to a new Economic and Social Survey of the region, published on Tuesday by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

Sport must show leadership amidst climate crisis: UN deputy chief

Athletes are among the most influential people on the planet and together with their managers, fans and others involved in organized sport, must contribute to global efforts to combat climate change. 

Scale-up action to combat child malnutrition in Africa’s Sahel

An estimated 6.3 million children under five, in six countries in Africa’s Sahel region, will suffer from wasting this year, UN agencies and their partners warned in a publication issued on Wednesday. 

Climate and sport: Paralympic champion Tatyana McFadden explains the link

Ahead of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, we spoke with the best female wheelchair racer of all time. Raising her voice for climate action, she explained why global warming threatens everyone, but especially persons with disabilities, and how sport can contribute to protecting our planet.

UN chief calls for greater inclusion, marking World Autism Awareness Day

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has highlighted the need for greater support for people with autism, particularly at the community-level. 

Moving away from coal ‘will not be easy’ but it is essential for our common future, UN deputy chief says

The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General on Monday called on countries in Asia and the Pacific to speed up the shift from fossil fuels to new, low-carbon development models, in a just and inclusive way.

UN weather agency to spearhead 5 year early warning plan, boosting climate action

The UN set an ambitious five year deadline on Wednesday for countries to ensure that citizens worldwide are protected by early warning systems against extreme weather and climate change, the UN chief announced, marking World Meteorological Day.

New UN report looks underfoot, to solve global water crises 

While groundwater accounts for 99 per cent of all running freshwater on Earth, it is often undervalued, mismanaged, and overexploited, according to a report published on Monday by the UN scientific organization, UNESCO. 

UN prioritizing least developed countries in plans, investments and actions

The vulnerabilities of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) may be different today than they were 50 years ago – when the UN created the category – but left unaddressed, the results are the same, the UN chief told a dedicated meeting on Thursday.

Ukraine: World must unite in face of Russia’s ‘violation of international law’

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine compels Member States of the United Nations to unite in “cooperation and solidarity” to support all those impacted “and to overcome this violation of international law” said Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday, addressing the General Assembly in New York.