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