Omicron: Don't panic but prepare for likely spread, says WHO

As scientists continue to investigate the Omicron COVID-19 variant, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday urged countries not to panic but to prepare for its likely spread.

News in Brief 26 November 2021

  • Ethiopia’s humanitarian crisis leaves 9.4 million in need
  • HIV self-testing needs vastly lacking in Asia, Latin America: Unitaid 
  • WHO urges caution over travel bans linked to new COVID-19 variant 
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Tough times for tourism, but UN travel organization predicts holiday traffic will return

Tourism may have been brought to a near-standstill by COVID-19, but the industry – which accounts for 10 per cent of global GDP – finds itself in a unique position to help put the global economy back on its feet, once the pandemic has passed. 

Cuba tourism expected to grow with thawing of US relations

Cuba has been out of bounds for American tourists for more than 50 years due to the US embargo on the Caribbean country, but the number of US visitors is set to grow according to International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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Secretary-General to depart next week for China and South-eastern Europe

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will depart next Monday for a 10-day trip that will take him to China and South-eastern Europe.

On final leg of Asia visit, Secretary-General Ban meets with Chinese leader

On the final leg of his Asia tour, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon arrived in Beijing today, meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao on a wide variety of topics of mutual interest.

Secretary-General to depart for Austria, Norway and Switzerland

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will depart on Thursday on a three-nation trip that will include the 30th anniversary celebrations of the United Nations headquarters in Austria, an official visit to Norway that will also take him to the Polar ice rim and a stop in Switzerland for a global climate conference.

Secretary-General travels to Denmark and Finland next week

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is set to visit Denmark next week, followed by his first official visit to Finland, a spokesperson for the United Nations announced today.

Visits to Bahrain and Switzerland on Ban's itinerary

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Manama, Bahrain and Geneva, Switzerland, starting 15 May, a United Nations spokesperson announced today.

Secretary-General to set off on week-long official trip

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will embark on a week-long trip this weekend that will take him to Trinidad and Tobago, Switzerland, Malta and Belgium.