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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UN strengthens ties with Eurasia regional body to tackle terrorism and crime

Improving understanding of the nexus between terrorism, transnational organized crime and drug trafficking is essential, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday in his address to a high-level meeting involving the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a leading player in diplomacy in Eurasia.

Stronger regional partnerships can help UN promote global stability, Ban tells Security Council

Highlighting the complex challenges confronting global peace and security, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today emphasized the urgent need for a collective response by the international community that draws on regional and global partnerships.

UN and OSCE 'best tools' to prevent disorder, Security Council told

The United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) continue to give the international community the best tools to prevent disorder and shape a future of a “rules-based international order,” the Security Council today heard from the chairperson of the world's largest regional arrangement under the UN Charter.

On International Human Solidarity Day, Ban says unity key to reaching goals

Marking International Human Solidarity Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the benefits of inclusive cooperation, saying that strides made in reducing poverty and advancing democratic freedoms in recent years were proving that point.

Partnerships vital to meeting global challenges, European nations tell UN

Cooperation among nations is essential to tackling challenges ranging from development to climate change, top officials of European nations said today at the General Assembly’s annual high-level segment as it entered its second day.

UN envoy for most vulnerable nations stresses importance of communications

The international media’s coverage of poorer nations remains one-dimensional and the world’s marginalized need much greater access to the tools of communications, the United Nations envoy for the world’s most vulnerable countries has told a conference of journalism and development officials.

Annan hails Asia cooperation conference for advancing action on key challenges

The Conference on Interaction and Confidence-building in Asia (CICA), which brings together a diverse range of countries from across the region, has a key role to play in advancing responses to major global challenges, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in a message to leaders gathered in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Annan calls for greater development cooperation among poor countries

A global development partnership is needed to meet the ambitious anti-poverty goals set by the United Nations, but deeper cooperation among the world's poorer nations is crucial to this effort, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

UN official calls on G-77 to make great efforts to help world's poorest nations

A senior United Nations official today urged a caucus of developing States to take various steps to help their least advantaged neighbours, including by promoting trade and investment in the world's poorest nations.