November 30, 2020 09:47 (IST)
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UN warns of catastrophe as second hurricane in two weeks hits Central America 

New York: The United Nations warned on Tuesday of catastrophic consequences from Hurricane Iota, the second major tropical cyclone to hit Central America this month.  

Bad situations ‘only get worse’ without disaster risk governance, UN chief says on International Day

New York: With nations facing multiple crises simultaneously and a dramatic rise in extreme weather events in recent decades, the UN Secretary-General has called for strengthening disaster risk governance, to build a safer, more resilient world.

UN chief urges ministers to provide ‘decisive leadership’ on climate action

New York: With nations striving to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating impacts, efforts must focus on decarbonizing the global economy and building a more inclusive and resilient future, the UN Secretary-General said on Monday.

UN chief urges greater investment in universal health coverage, starting now

New York:  The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of strong public health systems and emergency preparedness for communities and economies globally, the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday, calling for greater investments in universal health coverage. 

Countries face ‘critical moment’ in COVID response: UN health agency chief

New York: With strong leadership and comprehensive strategies it’s never too late for countries to change the trendlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, despite passing the tragic milestone of one million deaths this week amid regional surges in infections, said the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday.

Ahead of biodiversity summit, UN officials call for action to preserve the natural world

New York: Top UN officials working to preserve the natural world are urging “action now” ahead of a crucial biodiversity summit this week, where world leaders will reaffirm their commitment to the cause.

UN chief and UK premier announce December climate summit

New York: With the COVID-19 pandemic having disrupted plans to hold the annual international UN climate meeting - known as the COP - this year, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom have announced that they will instead co-host a “landmark global event” on 12 December, the fifth anniversary of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

Leaders pledge ‘quantum leap’ towards fully funding COVID-19 vaccines and treatments

New York: Global leaders, including more than 30 Heads of State and Ministers, have underlined their commitment towards fast-tracking the development and production of COVID-19 tests, medicines and vaccines, that will be available for anyone, anywhere, who needs them.

COVID-19: Lift sanctions ‘bringing suffering and death’, urge UN rights experts

New York: A group of UN independent human rights experts have called on countries to lift – or at the very least, ease – sanctions to allow affected nations and communities access to vital supplies to fight against the global coronavirus pandemic.

UN headquarters in New York starts phase one reopening

United Nation/Xinhua: The United Nations headquarters in New York on Monday started its phase one reopening after it had remained physically close over the past four months to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Pandemic putting immunization gains at risk, UN agencies warn

New York: Disruptions in the delivery of immunization services resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic threaten to unravel global gains in reaching more children and young people with a wider range of vaccines, two UN agencies warned on Wednesday.

UN tallies action so far to fight COVID-19, and roadmap out of the pandemic

New York: Amid the upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN has mobilized to save lives, control transmission of the virus and ease the economic fallout, Secretary-General António Guterres told journalists on Thursday, speaking at the virtual launch of his report on the Organization’s response to the crisis

World Health Organization says global coronavirus tally topped 7.2 mln

Moscow/Sputnik/UNI: The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated the overall number of coronavirus cases globally at 7,273,958, with over 413,000 having died from the disease.

May confirmed as warmest on record, CO2 levels hit new high despite COVID economic slowdown

New York: Last month was the warmest May on record and carbon dioxide levels also hit a new high despite the economic slowdown from COVID-19, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Friday, in an urgent appeal for Member States to renew their efforts to tackle climate threats.

Address 'appalling impact' of COVID-19 on minorities, UN rights chief urges

New York/IBNS: Urgent action is needed to address “the major disproportionate impact” of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minorities, including people of African descent, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Tuesday.