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Act now to avert COVID-19 global food emergency: Guterres

Although the COVID-19 pandemic could push nearly 50 million more people into extreme poverty, this and other dire impacts of the crisis can be avoided if countries act immediately to shore up global food security, the UN Secretary-General said on Tuesday.

UN chief underlines need to protect refugees and migrants in COVID-19 pandemic

The UN Secretary-General has expressed hope that the COVID-19 crisis will lead to a rethinking of how the world supports refugees, migrants and internally displaced people.

UN chief calls for greater protection for children caught up in COVID-19 crisis

The looming global recession resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic could cause hundreds of thousands of additional child deaths this year, effectively reversing recent gains in reducing infant mortality, a new UN report issued on Thursday has revealed.

UN ready to support Pacific countries devastated by Tropical Cyclone Harold

The United Nations stands ready to support four Pacific island nations devastated by the passing of Tropical Cyclone Harold last week.

UN chief calls on religious leaders to unite in the fight against COVID-19

Religious leaders of all faiths are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to join forces and work for peace around the world and focus on the common battle to defeat COVID-19.

COVID-19 threatening global peace and security, UN chief warns

While the COVID-19 pandemic is first and foremost a health crisis, its implications are more far-reaching and could threaten global peace and security, the UN Secretary-General told members of the Security Council in a closed video-conference held on Thursday.

Put women and girls at centre of COVID-19 recovery: UN Secretary-General

Limited gains in gender equality and women’s rights made over the decades are in danger of being rolled back due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Secretary-General said on Thursday.

News in Brief 7 April 2020

  • Personal message from UN chief applauds health professionals putting lives on line
  • Nurses’ vulnerabilities made worse in fight against COVID-19
  • ‘Say no to hate speech and xenophobia’, urges UN chief marking 26 years since genocide in Rwanda
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Critical work of UN ‘largely uninterrupted’, despite unprecedented challenge of COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the United Nations to operate in new ways, its vital work worldwide continues largely uninterrupted, heads of UN principal organs assured Member States, during a joint briefing on Friday held online.

COVID-19: UN chief calls for global ceasefire to focus on ‘the true fight of our lives’

In an appeal issued on Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged warring parties across the world to lay down their weapons in support of the bigger battle against  COVID-19: the common enemy that is now threatening all of humankind.