ceasefire

170 signatories endorse UN ceasefire appeal during COVID crisis

UN Member States, Observers and others, sent a strong political message this week, with the announcement that 170 signatories have now endorsed the UN’s call to silence the guns, and stand united against the global threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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. 

News in Brief 17 April 2020

  • Ceasefire needed to protect 250 million children: UNICEF chief
  • Recession will likely cause hundreds of thousands of child deaths
  • World has enough food to withstand COVID crisis, says UN agency
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News in Brief 9 April 2020

  • COVID-19: Yemen ceasefire announced in bid to contain coronavirus
  • UN Deputy chief launches blueprint to protect poorer countries from coronavirus
  • The fight against desert locust swarms goes on in East Africa despite COVID-19 measures
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COVID-19 in Yemen: Saudi coalition ceasefire declared in bid to contain coronavirus

A ceasefire declaration by Saudi Arabia in war-shattered Yemen that was due to come into effect on Thursday has been welcomed by United Nations chief António Guterres as a way to promote peace and slow the advance of COVID-19.

UN chief urges unity in mobilizing ‘every ounce of energy’ to defeat coronavirus pandemic

There should be only one fight in our world today, the United Nations Secretary-General said on Friday, issuing a loud clarion call to join “our shared battle against COVID-19”.

News in Brief 26 March 2020

  • Philippines ceasefire welcomed after Guterres COVID-19 appeal
  • ‘Double-digit’ percentage of global GDP is needed to avert COVID-19 catastrophe: UN chief 
  • Latest Kabul attack comes amid growing insecurity in Afghanistan 
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News in Brief 25 March 2020

  • Massive humanitarian response plan mobilized to aid ‘ultra-vulnerable’ in COVID-19 fight
  • Protect health and safety of prisoners, urges UN rights chief
  • Immediate ceasefire needed in Yemen, urges UN chief
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News in Brief 24 March 2020

  • UN Syria envoy appeals for nationwide ceasefire to halt COVID-19  
  • Countries must keep cross-border transport of food, medicines going, during pandemic 
  • UN Geneva Director-General urges greater international cooperation in face of coronavirus  
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News in Brief 23 March 2020

  • UN chief calls for global ceasefire to take on common enemy - COVID-19 
  • Rights expert raises alarm over migrant ‘pushbacks’ at Turkey-Greece border  
  • Measuring water ‘more essential than ever to tackle climate, boost development’ 
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