International Day of Multilateralism

Cash help crucial for informal workers, says UN labour chief, stressing primacy of multilateralism

Informal workers who live day to day urgently need cash support from their governments to survive the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the head of the UN labour agency said on Friday.

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Diplomacy for Peace Day, #VaccinesWork, the cost of war on Afghans, tech and well-being

Top news for Wednesday includes: the first-ever International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, the launch of World Immunization Week, civilians continuing to bear the brunt of ongoing violence in Afghanistan, the need for more regulation in the tech industry, a call for more exercise and less screen time for children, and a plea by the UN refugees High Commissioner not to let extremism divide us. 

100 years on, how the League of Nations made the UN what it is today

The world has seen huge changes since the League of Nations was born 100 years ago, but its twin aims of promoting peace and wellbeing live on today in the work of the United Nations. That’s the strong belief of Blandine Blukacz-Louisfert, Chief of the Institutional Memory Section at the UN Library in Geneva, who explained to Daniel Johnson of UN News,  how the League was also ahead of its time in raising the alarm about climate threats, such as pollution.

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Multilateralism’s ‘proven record of service’ is focus of first-ever International Day  

The International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace “underscores the value of international cooperation for the common good”, according to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres marking its first-ever observance on Wednesday.