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New social contract needed to combat ‘inequality pandemic’: Guterres

New York: As the coronavirus outbreak continues to rage around the world, the UN chief urged everyone on Monday to take up a new social contract to combat the “inequality pandemic”, at a UN event marking the weekend’s observance of Nelson Mandela Day.

‘Turn the tide’ across a turbulent world, UN chief urges key development forum

“Concrete, bold and implementable solutions” are needed to turn the tide on the many challenges the world is facing, including the COVID-19 pandemic, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, on the biggest day so far for the UN’s key international forum on sustainable development. 

Broad mask-wearing key to US economic recovery from pandemic: Fed official

Washington/Xinhua: Broad mask-wearing will be key to ensuring a faster U.S. economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior US Federal Reserve official said Friday.

Food is best vaccine against chaos, insists UN World Food Programme head

New York/IBNS: Tens of millions more people are likely to go hungry this year because of the COVID-19 crisis, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Monday, as it announced plans for a massive boost to its global aid operation so it can reach them.

Security Council: Paralysis and ‘political infighting’ must end, to boost COVID-19 fight: EU foreign affairs chief

New York/IBNS:  The global coronavirus pandemic is testing the multilateral system like never before and the Security Council must stop the “infighting”, and step up to the challenge, the European Union’s foreign policy chief told the 15-member body on Thursday.

Post-pandemic ‘green shift’ in transport could create up to 15 million jobs

New York/IBNS: Transforming the transport sector to be more environmentally-friendly in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, could create up to 15 million new jobs worldwide and help countries move to greener, healthier economies, according to a UN-backed report published on Tuesday.

Coronavirus and human rights: New UN report calls for disability-inclusive recovery

New York/IBNS: The COVID-19 pandemic is intensifying inequalities experienced by the world’s one billion people with disabilities, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in launching a report issued on Wednesday that calls for a disability-inclusive recovery and response to the crisis.

UN agencies pledge scaled-up efforts to protect uprooted children as pandemic upends lives

New York/IBNS: Two UN agency chiefs are pledging to accelerate work to expand refugee children’s access to protection, education, clean water and sanitation, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the globe.

Australia "exposed" to global medical supply shortage: Minister

Canberra/Xinhua/UNI:  Australia's Finance Minister has warned that the nation's medical stockpile has been "somewhat exposed" to international shortages amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

UN chief urges unity in mobilizing ‘every ounce of energy’ to defeat coronavirus pandemic

New York/IBNS: There should be only one fight in our world today, the United Nations Secretary-General said on Friday, issuing a loud clarion call to join “our shared battle against COVID-19”.

Political prisoners should be among first released in pandemic response, says UN rights chief

New York/IBNS: The decision by many Governments to release prisoners to slow the transmission of new coronavirus, was welcomed on Friday by the UN’s top rights official, Michelle Bachelet.

UN helps Pacific prepare for COVID-19 pandemic, warns that children are ‘hidden victims’

New York/IBNS: United Nations agencies are working together to provide vital support to Pacific Island countries as they rally to combat COVID-19 outbreaks across the region.

Human rights must be maintained in beating back the COVID-19 pandemic, ‘without exception’ – UN experts

New York/IBNS: Dozens of independent UN human rights experts stressed on Thursday that in addition to public health and emergency measures, battling the COVID-19 pandemic, must respect the fundamental human rights of every individual.

Enable Iran to fight pandemic, end sanctions: China to US

Beijing/UNI: Chinese envoy to the United Nations Zhang Jun on Tuesday urged US to end sanctions it has imposed on Iran so as to enable them to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

UN aid teams work round the clock amid COVID-19 pandemic to ensure humanitarian support to millions

New York/IBNS: As the global humanitarian response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues at breakneck speed, UN assistance remains critical for some 100 hundred million people living in emergency situations, and life-saving food aid is essential for 87 million people across the world.