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Concerned about reports of violence ahead of Uganda elections, Secretary-General calls on all national stakeholders to ensure polls are inclusive, peaceful

Any electoral disputes should be resolved through legal and peaceful means

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres: As Ugandans prepare to take part in the presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled to take place on 14 January, the Secretary General calls on all national stakeholders to ensure that the polls are conducted in an inclusive,…

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Women’s job market participation stagnating at less than 50% for the past 25 years, finds UN report

No country has achieved gender equality, and violence against women and girls remains rampant globally

– Less than 50% of working-age women are in the labour market, a figure that has barely changed over the last quarter of a century, according to a new UN report launched today. Unpaid domestic and care work falls disproportionately on women, restraining their economic potential as the COVID-19 pandemic additionally affects women’s…

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Coronavirus: Annual day to mark fight against poverty takes on new significance as COVID-19 pushes millions into destitution

As many as 100 million people could slip into poverty this year

Prospects for fully eradicating extreme poverty by 2030 now appear highly unlikely, even under the most optimistic scenarios, according to a new policy brief issued by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, as the world sets to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October.…

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Coronavirus: UN urges bold action for world to recover from COVID-19 and build a better future for all

First annual ‘SDG Moment’ kickstarts a Decade of Action for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030

Amidst a crisis unlike any other in our lifetimes, with COVID-19 destroying lives and livelihoods across the globe, the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly will open with a special high-level event underscoring anew the urgency of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a pathway to a healthier,…

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Coronavirus - Egypt: Government of Japan and UNDP commit to addressing Socio-Economic Impact of COVID-19 in Egypt through human security approach

The new project will focus on supporting national and sub-national capacities for planning, coordination and crisis management

Responding to the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 is a key priority. Together with the health response, it is integral to direct support that will keep households and businesses running. In this connection, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Japan are expanding their strategic partnership to support…

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Coronavirus - Republic of Djibouti: COVID-19 Situation Report

As of 23 July 2020, the Ministry of Health confirmed 5,031 cases of COVID-19 in Djibouti, with 58 fatalities reported since the beginning of the pandemic

HIGHLIGHTS Some 5,031 cases of COVID-19 and 58 fatalities have been confirmed by authorities in Djibouti to date. The positivity rate is significantly lower (2%) this past week. Fatality rate remains significantly lower than neighbouring countries: 1.1%. New health protocols to accompany the border reopening mechanism were issued by the…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Amidst COVID-19 pandemic, UN High-Level Forum aims to chart pathways toward a sustainable recovery

The virtual ten-day Forum convened by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) takes place as the global death toll from COVID-19 has passed 500,000

Facing the devastating impacts of COVID-19, which is threatening decades of progress in improving people’s lives, countries are meeting at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development from 7 to 16 July to chart the best paths forward to a healthier, more equitable world. The virtual ten-day…

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Coronavirus - Africa: World Cannot Return to ‘Previous Normal’, Deputy Secretary-General Tells Forum, Presenting New Global Framework for Nations amid COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 continues to spread at an alarming rate around the world

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohamed’s remarks to the Recover Better Together Action Forum, in New York today: It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Recover Better Together Action Forum. Today, we gather virtually, in full development emergency mode, to hear from many of you who are…

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Coronavirus - Botswana: UN celebrates innovative public service delivery as pandemic heightens importance of work of the public sector

Seven public institutions from Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Mexico, Portugal, Republic of Korea, and Spain receive prestigious UN Public Service Awards

The UN announced today that seven innovative projects will receive this year’s UN Public Service Award,  the highest global accolade for excellence in public service to institutions that contribute to a more effective and responsive public administration and that advance progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year’s seven winners have developed and delivered some…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Business giants worth $16 trillion commit to mobilising resources to build back better from COVID-19

The group promised to promote regulations that facilitate investment in sustainable development and create more resilient economies

In a meeting convened by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today, leaders of prominent financial institutions and businesses pledged to scale-up sustainable investments globally, especially in countries most in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Global Investors for Sustainable Development Alliance issued a statement (see below) vowing greater action…