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Ozone treaties ‘inspiring examples’ of political will, UN chief says on International Day

Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic and its devastating socio-economic impacts, the Secretary-General urged efforts to build stronger and resilient societies

The United Nations commemorated the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, on Wednesday, recognizing the success of landmark global agreements in helping restore the protective layer around Earth.  In a message, UN Secretary-General António Guterres applauded the 1985 Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, its Montreal Protocol, and the…

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WHO warns against potential Ebola spread in DR Congo and beyond

The risk of the disease spreading as far as Kinshasa is also a very real concern for the UN agency

Ebola is spreading in a western province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), raising fears that the disease could reach neighbouring Republic of Congo and even the capital, Kinshasa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. The outbreak in Equateur Province emerged in early June and has…

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Coronavirus - Burkina Faso: Over 535,000 children under five ‘acutely’ malnourished

Among them, some 156,500 children are “severely” malnourished, leaving them nine times more likely to die than well-nourished children, according to UNICEF

New data from UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revealed worsening nutritional situation for children in Burkina Faso, with more than 535,000 children under the age of five suffering from acute malnutrition – an unprecedented level Among them, some 156,500 children are “severely” malnourished, leaving them nine times more likely to…

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Coronavirus - South Africa: Make COVID recovery ‘a true turning point’ for people and planet, Guterres urges, calling for concerted action by G20

The UN chief said that the world is confronting two urgent crises: COVID-19 and climate change

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on governments to incorporate “meaningful” climate action in all aspects of recovery from the global pandemic. Addressing ministers at a virtual meeting on sustainable recovery from COVID-19 on Thursday, the UN chief said that the world is confronting two urgent crises: COVID-19 and climate change.  “Let us tackle…

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Coronavirus - Sudan: UN agencies support flood response in Sudan but warn aid stocks ‘rapidly’ depleting

Across Sudan, some 37,000 homes were destroyed in the floods, forcing families to seek shelter with relatives and host communities

The UN and its partners are supporting the Sudanese Government as it responds to recent severe flooding, which has killed 90 people and affected 380,000 others, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, said on Tuesday. The flooding was triggered by heavy seasonal rains, mainly in neighbouring Ethiopia, which caused the…

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Coronavirus - Chad: Complex security, environmental crises worsen conditions for over 360,000 in western Chad

Many families are facing heavy rainfall without proper housing, with the added complexity of the COVID-19 pandemic

More than 360,000 internally displaced persons in Chad’s Lake province are facing a “double” crisis, exposed to security and environmental risks, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported, highlighting the need to strengthen resilience of affected communities. According to Paul Dillon, an IOM spokesperson, while the region has been a…

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Coronavirus - Mozambique: Protecting people from conflict, cyclones and COVID-19 in Mozambique

Together with Government and partners, UN is working in full coordination with local and national authorities on harmonizing providing life-saving and life-sustaining assistance

By the UN Resident Coordinator Myrta Kaulard, Laura Tomm-Bonde, IOM Chief of Mission and Samuel Chakwera, UNHCR Resident Representative, all based in Mozambique. In the town of Montepuez, Cabo Delgado, in northern Mozambique, Zaina, a mother of four, is hosting her elderly mother, sister, and ten nieces and nephews, all of…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Defeat COVID-19 and put an end to hate and discrimination - UN chief

Mr. Guterres noted that the pandemic has been accompanied by “a surge in stigma and racist discourse vilifying communities, spreading vile stereotypes and assigning blame”

In a message published on the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Violence Based on Religious Belief, which falls on 22 August, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned of a rise in racism since the spread of COVID-19 across the world. Mr. Guterres noted that the pandemic has been accompanied by “a…

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From the Field: Ugly veggies in Kenya destined for lunch not landfills

Each day, farms in Kenya reject up to 83 tons of perfectly nutritious vegetables simply because they are considered too ugly and off-putting for consumers

Hundreds of tons of fresh and edible vegetables which are typically dumped because they do not meet the aesthetic requirements for export are ending up on the plates of hungry Kenyan students thanks to the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP). Each day, farms in Kenya reject up to 83 tons…

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Coronavirus: As Burkina Faso grapples with COVID-19, new UN data reveals ‘alarming deterioration’ in food security

An estimated 3.3 million people in Burkina Faso are facing acute food insecurity, two United Nations agencies warned on Friday

Citing alarming new data, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), stressed that “urgent and sustained action” is needed to address the worsening food and nutrition situation throughout the country. Hunger trending upward Since the situation in Burkina Faso was last assessed in March, acute food…