UN Resident Coordinator

‘Biocups’, electric motorcycle taxis and recycling 500 billion bottles for a sustainable Thailand: a UN Resident Coordinator blog

The private sector in Thailand has a key role to play in helping the south-east Asian country to reach poverty reduction and sustainable development goals agreed by the international community. In this blog, Gita Sabharwal, the UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand and the Chairperson of the UN Global Compact Network Thailand, Suphachai Chearavanont, explain how, despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, progress is being made towards the goals.

Belarus: ‘There is no sustainable development without human rights’ - a UN Resident Coordinator blog

Belarus has been rocked by mass demonstrations, and violent state crackdowns, since the disputed August presidential election that saw Alexander Lukashenko returned to power. In this blog, Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki, the UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus, explains what the unrest means for the Organization.

Climate catastrophes and now coronavirus, Pacific islands in the crosshairs

While the COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc around the globe, the remoteness of the Pacific Islands has left people living there vulnerable in many different ways. 

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Strawberries and child support; a Thai partnership

Mother of three, Mhee Saesong, a strawberry farmer from Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand, has always struggled alongside her husband to provide for her family. She describes how, in the past, when her two older children became sick, she was unable to afford to take them to hospital.

Building up resilience of Yemeni families in “dire need”: UNDP

Yemenis continue to show “incredible resilience” despite the crippling war which has left around 20 million in need of aid.

That’s according to Auke Lootsma, Country Director in Yemen for the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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UN Gender Focus: first woman to be appointed UN Under Secretary-General and empowerment” of women in Zimbabwe

Conflicts and "disillusionment" hampering the UN, says distinguished former official

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System needed to remove children from Colombian armed groups

A system to release children from armed groups in Colombia needs to be set up as soon as possible, according to the UN’s most senior envoy in the country.

It follows a commitment made by FARC, Colombia’s largest rebel group, to stop the recruitment of children under the age of 18.

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Myanmar floods: Devastation and "unprecendented" solidarity

Humanitarian relief efforts continue in Myanmar, where floods and landslides brought on by monsoon rains have caused the deaths of more than 100 people and displaced hundreds of thousands.

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