UNHCR appeals to Ethiopia to let it reach Eritrean refugees who have run out of food. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, appealed to Ethiopia on Tuesday to let humanitarian aid reach thousands of refugees whose supplies have been cut by a month-long conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.
Syrians gather in Geneva for fresh round of talks aimed at writing new constitution for war-torn country. A fourth round of intra-Syrian talks hosted by the United Nations in Geneva could present an opportunity to “focus more heavily” on securing a peaceful political solution to almost a decade of fighting, UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen said on Sunday.
UN appeals for $35 billion to help record world’s ‘most vulnerable and fragile’ in 2021. A record 235 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection next year, a near- 40 per cent increase on 2020 which is “almost entirely from COVID-19”, the UN’s emergency relief chief said on Tuesday.
First of four UN humanitarian airlifts for Ethiopia refugees lands in Khartoum
“A good day for Afghanistan” as donors pledge support, anticipating peace. International donors pledged financial and political backing for Afghanistan’s peace process at the 2020 Afghanistan Conference in Geneva on Tuesday, anticipating a sustainable ceasefire that will help the country rebuild and heal after decades of conflict.
UNOG Bi-weekly press briefing Ethiopia Update - OCHA UNHCR OHCHR WFP 24NOV2020
Carbon dioxide levels hit a new high despite COVID lockdowns - WMO. Levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere hit a new record of 410.5 parts per million in 2019 and are expected to keep rising this year despite a slight reduction in emissions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in its annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin on Monday.
Afghanistan pledging conference eyes development goals for coming four years
Alessandra Vellucci, Director of the United Nations Information Service (UNIS), chaired the hybrid briefing, attended by spokespersons and representatives of the World Food Programme, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations Refugee Agency, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Afghanistan, the Afghanistan Government, and Finland’s Special Envoy for the 2020 Afghanistan Conference.
COVID-19: UN health agency issues conditional advice against using remdesivir. Patients with COVID-19 should not be given the antiviral drug remdesivir “regardless of disease severity”, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
Second hurricane in two weeks hits Central America
Reported Ethiopia massacre: UN rights chief warns of spiralling situation, urges an end to fighting. Disturbing reports of an alleged massacre have surfaced in Ethiopia’s Tigray region amid fighting between national and regional forces that threatens to spiral “totally out of control”, the UN warned on Friday.
Landmine toll still high amid concerns over COVID-19 impact on clearance efforts. Thousands of people continue to be killed and injured every year by landmines and explosive weapons in conflicts around the world, while the COVID-19 pandemic has forced mine-clearance efforts to be scaled back, a UN-backed civil society report on the issue said on Thursday.
COVID-19 pandemic is worsening the plight of millions of migrants, finds UN study. The global COVID-19 pandemic is making life much harder for millions of migrants and is expected to increase their number, two United Nations agencies said in a report published jointly on Tuesday.
Typhoon’s impact on Philippines hugely reduced by pre-emptive measures, UN says
Aid agencies call for urgent action to prevent hunger crisis in famine hotspots
Côte d'Ivoire: UN reports 3,000 flee abroad amid electoral violence. Several thousand people have fled from Côte d'Ivoire into neighbouring countries after a presidential election that sparked violent clashes, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday.
Belarus human rights situation under review at UN forum. Belarus’s rights record received support from some Member States and urgent calls for reform from others at a regular review at the United Nations in Geneva on Monday.
Yemeni children suffer record rates of acute malnutrition as funding runs low
Libya’s warring sides agree permanent ceasefire at Geneva talks. Peace talks aimed at ending almost a decade of chaos in Libya reached agreement on a permanent ceasefire on Friday. Five senior officers from the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli and five from the opposition Libyan National Army (LNA) signed the deal after talks mediated by Stephanie Williams, the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).
Arrival of the delegations of the 5+5 Libyan Joint Military (JMC) Commission at the United Nations in Geneva, on the fourth day of the fourth round of talks, 22 October 2020.
Geneva: Agreement reached by Libyan military delegations. Libyan military delegations from the opposing sides in the conflict have agreed on several measures that will have will have “a direct and material positive impact on the lives of the Libyan people”, according to the top United Nations official in the country, Stephanie Williams.
Rohingya refugees require urgent support and solution, UNHCR says.
Footage of the arrival of the delegations on the second day to the fourth round of the 5+5 Libyan Joint Military (JMC) Commission in Geneva.
Meeting of the 5+5 Libyan Joint Military (JMC) Commission in Geneva
Humanitarian crisis in the Sahel Region (Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger) reaches a breaking point. The Sahel Region currently faces an unprecedented crisis as escalating violence, rising levels of food insecurity, continued displacement, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic all converge to create one of the worst humanitarian emergencies in the world right now, UN Humanitarian agencies warned today.
A fragile humanitarian ceasefire, brokered by Russia, went into effect on Saturday but was almost immediately broken, with both Armenian and Azerbaijan accusing each other of fresh attacks.
Weather and climate hazards less deadly – but much more frequent and costly
UN World Food Programme wins 2020 Nobel Peace Prize
Mayors and cities blaze the trail for a sustainable Covid-19 recovery. In the first major global meeting of local official since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, mayors gathered both physically and virtually at the UN in Geneva today to discuss current challenges, lessons learned and best practices.
The ozone hole over the Antarctic has reached its maximum annual size and is one of the largest and deepest in recent years, WMO warned.
Catastrophic floods and surging inflation drive up number of Sudanese people in need
Prioritise elderly and health workers for influenza vaccine, says UN health agency
Mozambique insurgency fuels fears of humanitarian crisis and regional insecurity