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UNESCO Marks Semi-centennial Anniversary of Biosphere Preservation

The UN cultural agency commemorated on Monday the 50th anniversary of its Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), which created in 1971, has been promoting a long-lasting connection between people and nature

“This is really a programme for the people, because people are part of nature…so they are incorporated in nature protection but also in sustainable use of natural resources”, said Miguel Clusener Godt, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) MAB Programme Secretary. Where we stand Today 727 biosphere reserves integrate nature conservation and…

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Dr. Al Jasser Chairs 10th Meeting of IsDB Institute Board of Trustees

The IsDB Group has prioritized support to its Member Countries in rebuilding their economies

Islamic Development Bank President and Chairman of IsDB Group, H.E. Dr. Muhammad Al Jasser, chaired the 10th meeting of the IsDB Institute Board of Trustees (, held virtually on 14 December 2021. The board meeting was the first to be held since Dr. Al Jasser assumed office in August 2021.…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

UN torture prevention body announces visits for 2022

The Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) adopted the confidential report on its visit to Cabo Verde, which has been sent to the state authorities

The UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) will visit Argentina, Ecuador, Lebanon, Turkey and Tunisia in 2022. It will also hold high-level talks with the Brazilian authorities on the country's torture preventive mechanism. "We are very pleased to be able to recommence our visits in 2022 to help protect people deprived…

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Drowning just below the surface: New IFRC research reveals magnitude of socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic

The new research provides a global overview, with a special focus on ten countries: Afghanistan, Colombia, El Salvador, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Philippines, Spain, South Africa and Turkey

Women, people in urban areas and those on the move have been disproportionately and uniquely affected by the devastating socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. These are some of the findings of new research published today by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The COVID-19…

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World Food Programme (WFP) says 41 million people now at imminent risk of famine without urgent funding and immediate humanitarian access

Recent assessments show that tragically, 584,000 are already experiencing famine-like conditions (IPC phase 5/Catastrophe) in Ethiopia, Madagascar, South Sudan and Yemen

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that famine – already present in four countries – could become a reality for millions of people around the world, without urgent funding to stave off a catastrophe, and without access to families cut-off by conflict. “I am heartbroken at what…

Source: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) |

« LiBeirut » breathes new life into homes, residents, memories

With the majority of the 12 historic buildings being privately owned, the risk of gentrification was also high

UNESCO has managed to stabilize 12 historic buildings at risk of collapse, a project funded by Germany to the tune of 500,000 euros. "My house was everything to me, I would have preferred to die," says Hala Boustani, a resident who survived the double explosion. Hala Boustani has lived in…

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Qatar to host FIFA Arab Cup 2021™ draw on 27 April

The tournament will be contested by 23 Arab nations

Qatar will host the draw for the FIFA Arab Cup 2021™ ( at Katara Opera House on Tuesday, 27 April at 21:00 local time. The tournament will be contested by 23 Arab nations. The draw will be attended by a limited number of officials, in line with Qatar’s COVID-19 protocols.…

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Excitement mounts ahead of FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021™ draw

The FIFA Arab Cup™ is seen as an important opportunity to test operations and facilities ahead of Qatar 2022

Ahead of the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021™ ( draw on Tuesday, 27 April (21:00 local time), the qualifying matches for the tournament have been decided. Of the 23 nations involved, the 14 lowest-ranked teams according to the April edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Men's World Ranking ( will participate in single-leg play-offs…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

Coronavirus: COVID-19 inducing “widespread despair” among refugees, UNHCR appeals for urgent support for mental health

Consequences of the pandemic are also affecting the availability of assistance with the overwhelming majority of world’s refugees, 85 per cent, hosted in developing regions

The consequences of the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, deteriorating socio-economic conditions, protracted displacement and the critical shortfall in solutions to displacement are leading to widespread despair among refugees, warns UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency today. Joining the World Health Organization in observing World Mental Health Day today, UNHCR is urging the…

Source: WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean |

Coronavirus: Regional Director press briefing statement

COVID-19 has shown that the world was very much underprepared to respond

By Regional Director, WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean COVID-19 is now a part of our daily lives. It is affecting the way we work, learn, communicate and manage our relationships. While people are eager to return to their normal lives, the reality is that the situation is not getting any better.…