Month: May 2020

Guterres commends India and Bangladesh for life-saving work in face of deadly cyclone

© UNICEF/West Bengal IAGCyclone Amphan hits West Bengal, India.       The UN chief António Guterres commended the governments and people of India and Bangladesh on Saturday, for their life-saving efforts ahead of devastating Cyclone Amphan, and for the effective relief effort, wishing those survivors injured and affected by the disaster, a speedy recovery. In a statement, the Secretary-General […]

Post-pandemic ‘green shift’ in transport could create up to 15 million jobs

UN Photo/Evan SchneiderA bus driver in New York City wears a mask to protect himself against the Coronavirus.    Transforming the transport sector to be more environmentally-friendly in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, could create up to 15 million new jobs worldwide and help countries move to greener, healthier economies, according to a UN-backed report […]

Support stepped up for Rohingya camps as first COVID-19 infections are confirmed

© UNHCRRohingya refugees use a handwashing station, installed to help combat the spread of COVID-19 at a settlement in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.    After confirmation that the first cases of COVID-19 infection have been identified in a vast and overcrowded refugee camp in Bangladesh, UN humanitarians on Friday announced additional measures and appealed for funds to […]

Millions of migrants across Russia, Central Asia, ‘teetering on the brink’, as UN launches urgent appeal

OCHA/Eurasia Foundation of Central AsiaChildren play at the multi-ethnic Krupskaya School in the town of Nookat, Osh oblast, Kyrgyzstan. (November 2010)    The International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched an urgent $7 million appeal on Thursday, to ease the impact of COVID-19 on migrant communities in five Central Asian countries and the Russian Federation, where the pandemic is […]

COVID-19 could help turn the tide on ocean health in Asia-Pacific

The COVID-19 pandemic could help turn the tide on the well-being of oceans in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a UN report published on Wednesday. It suggests that the temporary shutdown of activities due to the crisis, as well as reduced traffic on the seas and demand for marine resources, could give oceans the “much-needed […]

Hong Kong urged to drop prosecutions of leading activists, not to silence peaceful protest

UN NewsThe skyline of Hong Kong harbour, seen at night.     Independent UN human rights experts urged Hong Kong authorities on Wednesday to immediately drop the criminal prosecution of 15 pro-democracy activists who participated in peaceful protests across the Special Administrative Region of China last year. “Nobody should be subjected to administrative or criminal sanctions for taking […]