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Coronavirus: UN analysis shows link between lack of vaccine equity and widening inequalities

The overall number of vaccines administered has risen dramatically, but so has the inequality of the distribution

Only a tiny proportion of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in developing countries, leading to a widening gap between rich and poor, says the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in a new study released this month. In September 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) set an ambitious global target. The UN health…

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    • Sima Bahous, Executive Director of UN Women, briefs a UN Security Council meeting on women and peace and security
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Investing in women’s empowerment yields major peace, prosperity dividend, Security Council hears

The UN Women chief explained that patterns of exclusion, discrimination and antiquated gender norms keep women away from employment

Investing in women’s economic empowerment yields enormous dividends for peace and prosperity, the head of UN Women told the Security Council on Tuesday, stressing that countries where women are economically marginalized and shut out of the workforce are much more likely to go to war. “We have an opportunity to do things differently in…

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UN in Geneva celebrates 6 decades supporting impartial TV news

The UN Office in Geneva is celebrating a 60-year collaboration with the European Broadcasting Union of public-service broadcasters, which has helped transparent, fair and impartial television news to be seen around the world

For years, the United Nations and its agencies in Geneva have relied on global news agencies and other media outlets based at the Palace of Nations to get the latest breaking stories out to the world daily.  But one special partnership with the Geneva-based European Broadcast Union (EBU), ensures that public service…

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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 6 January 2022

In Tigray, the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate, with tensions restricting the movement of humanitarian supplies along the only available route

Ethiopia: OCHA says that the situation in the northern part of the country remains unpredictable and volatile.   In Tigray, the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate, with tensions restricting the movement of humanitarian supplies along the only available route (Semera-Abala-Mekelle). No trucks carrying humanitarian supplies have been able to enter Tigray…

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Ahead of the Fifth Global Conference on the Least Developed Countries: A New Report Monitors the Challenges of Arab Countries

ESCWA Executive Secretary Rola Dashti reiterated her call for considering the humanitarian, development and peace nexus as a foundation for all interventions, especially in countries affected by chronic conflict

Arab least developed countries (LDCs) members of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA),  namely Mauritania, Somalia, the Sudan and Yemen, have been facing dire economic challenges, instability and bleak growth prospects. The situation was exacerbated in 2020 by the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Conflicts…

Source: Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen (OSESGY) |

The UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg Concludes Visit to Cairo

Discussions in Cairo also included recent military developments in Yemen, including in Hudaydah, and the worsening humanitarian situation

The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, concluded today a visit to Cairo where he met the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit. They discussed the importance of a stable Yemen for the region, and the…

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WFP Warns of Countdown to Catastrophe as Acute Hunger Reaches New Peak

WFP and its humanitarian partners are ramping up efforts to assist millions of people facing starvation

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that the number of people teetering on the edge of famine (IPC4/Emergency or worse) in 43 countries has risen to 45 million, as acute hunger spikes around the world. This number has risen from 42 million earlier in the year and…

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WFP and Khalsa Aid International strike partnership to support most vulnerable in two critical food crises

The World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a contribution of US$ 2.75 million from Khalsa Aid International as part of a three-year programme to support school children in Yemen and refugees from the Tigray Crisis

A partnership between WFP and Khalsa Aid International will deliver vitally needed support to Yemen and to refugees who have fled from Ethiopia’s Tigray region to Sudan. This collaboration will help WFP to maintain programmes that provide vulnerable children and women with the nutrition they need to survive and thrive.…

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Humanitarian Flight Safely Returns Ethiopian Migrants From Yemen

Migrants in Yemen face grave risks to their safety and dignity and are routinely impacted by smuggling and trafficking

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), with the authorities in Sana’a, Yemen, and the Government of Ethiopia, successfully transported 79 Ethiopian migrants, including 19 women and 14 children to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia today (03/08) in its first Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) flight from Sana’a since 2019. “IOM stands ready and…

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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…