health

News in Brief 6 July 2020

  • Pope Francis echoes UN Security Council call for ceasefire
  • 4.5 million doses of COVID-beating drug secured for poorer nations
  • Countries should reject ‘mad or bad’ approach to mental health, says expert
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News in Brief 2 July 2020

  • Protect ordinary Afghans ahead of peace talks, urges UN Mission chief
  • ‘Transfats’ from processed foods may increase risk of developing ovarian cancer: UN scientists
  • UN’s top rights official urges Nicaragua to release political prisoners
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News in Brief 30 June 2020

  • Hard times forecast for global job recovery in 2020, warns UN labour agency chief
  • UN’s Bachelet urges Philippines’ President not to sign new anti-terror law
  • End harmful practices against women and girls, says UN Population Fund
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News in Brief 29 June 2020

  • Bachelet urges Israel to halt West Bank annexation plans, warns of ‘shockwaves’
  • Syrians need international solidarity, warn COVID crisis
  • Food insecurity affecting previously safe communities, insists WFP chief
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News in Brief 26 June 2020

  • Syrians face ‘unprecedented’ hunger amid impending COVID crisis
  • 580 civilians killed so far this year in central Mali – OHCHR
  • After ‘megaflash’ lightning strikes, dust plumes hit historic proportions
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News in Brief 25 June 2020

  • DR Congo celebrates end of deadly Ebola outbreak in east
  • Guterres urges Israel to reconsider annexation of West Bank
  • Digital tools being used to track people as never before, warns UN rights chief
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COVID-19: Excluding people with disabilities leaves them without information that could save their lives

The importance of being informed about the coronavirus – from how to recognize the symptoms, to what to do to manage day-to-day life – is essential for all, and not to include people with disabilities is to leave them “without information that could save their lives”. That’s according to Rosemary Kayess, vice-chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, who has spoken candidly to UN News from home in Australia, about her own fears and the intense challenges that people with disabilities are living with, during the pandemic. 

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News in Brief 24 June 2020

  • Time to ‘grow back better’ from e-car revolution
  • World risks being ‘blown off course’ by COVID-19, warns UNAIDS chief
  • Stranded migrant workers need protection, say UN labour experts (ILO)
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News in Brief 23 June 2020

  • Extreme weather ‘record’ likely in Arctic Circle: WMO
  • 600 million South Asian children at risk from COVID-19, says UNICEF
  • UN migration agency appeals for funding to help 460,000 people in central Sahel
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News in Brief 22 June 2020

  • Yemen escalation is misguided as people continue to suffer, says UN negotiator
  • Countries urged to act over potential HIV drug shortages in two months
  • COVID-19 has hit small and medium-sized enterprises worst, says UN trade agency
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