pandemic

News in Brief 8 July 2020

  • Africa sees COVID-19 cases pass 500,000: WHO
  • ‘Conversion therapy’ alert at UN Human Rights Council
  • UN expert calls for end to gender-based violence against women journalists
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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 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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COVID-19 upends ‘entire generation’ of 600 million South Asian children

Without urgent action, COVID-19 will continue to unravel decades of progress across South Asia, destroying the “hopes and futures of an entire generation”, warns a new report released on Tuesday by the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF.

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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World Refugee Day

António Guterres (UN Secretary-General) on World Refugee Day 2020 

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News in Brief 18 June 2020

  • UN refugee chief laments nearly 80 million forcibly displaced
  • DR Congo insecurity has worsened considerably, warns UN rights chief
  • UN health agency calls for global agreement on first COVID-19 vaccine recipient
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