A strong, sustainable and inclusive recovery from the COVID pandemic is needed to keep the promise of the 2030 Agenda.
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UN chief says race to reach SDGs ‘can and must’ be turned around 

The COVID pandemic has taken four million lives, devastated the global economy, pushed a further 124 million people into extreme poverty and continues to inflict profound suffering – dramatically impacting progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN chief said on Tuesday at a key international forum. 

More than 355,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines shipped by COVAX arrive in Niamey, the capital of Niger.
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Vaccine equity the ‘challenge of our time’, WHO chief declares, as governments call for solidarity, sharing

With the number of new COVID-19 cases nearly doubling over the past two months, approaching the highest infection rate the world has seen during the pandemic, the unequal distribution of vaccines is not only a moral outrage, but economically and epidemiologically self-defeating, the head of the UN health agency told a special ministerial meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on Friday.

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Progress made on LGBT issues, but still more to be done in coming year

Progress has been made on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, but more work remains to be done in the coming year.

So says Charles Radcliffe of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Veronica Reeves spoke to Mr Radcliffe and asked him about his expectations for the year ahead with regard to LGBT issues.

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