Month: January 2021

Tens of thousands in northwest Syria lose shelter after floods inundate camps

UNICEF/Khaled Akacha A woman tries to rescue her belongings after floods inundated her camp in north-west Syria in January 2021.    Heavy rains and floods in north-west Syria has worsened the plight of tens of thousands of internally displaced persons, destroying their tents, food and belongings in the midst of winter, the UN Office for Coordination […]

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Over 1.9 billion people in Asia-Pacific unable to afford a healthy diet: UN report

UNICEF/Siegfried Modola – A child is tested for malnutrition at a UNICEF-supported health clinic in Bangladesh. According a UN report, malnutrition among young children and infants remains a pervasive problem in South Asia.     The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and surging food prices are keeping almost two billion people in Asia and the Pacific […]


In our first edition of 2021, we list 17 major United Nations events to look out for this year. Please note that this is by no means an exhaustive list and a number of events were planned for 2020 and have been rescheduled to take place this year. To kick off the year, on 28 January, UN Secretary-General António Guterres […]

UN agencies supporting mammoth India COVID-19 vaccine rollout

UNICEF/Vinay Panjwani Health workers pose with a vial of COVID-19 vaccine after receiving their shots at a hospital in India.  India has begun what is the world’s biggest COVID vaccination campaign so far, deploying hundreds of thousands of health workers, with the training and support of the UN World Health Organization (WHO).  On 16 January, […]

WHO chief warns against ‘catastrophic moral failure’ in COVID-19 vaccine access

© UNICEF/Vinay Panjwani Doctors and health workers are the first to receive the COVID vaccination in India.     A “me-first approach” to COVID-19 vaccines on the part of some countries and manufacturers is putting equitable access to these lifesaving treatments at risk, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday.  Addressing the agency’s Executive […]

Child labour ‘robs children of their future’, scourge must end urges UN

IRIN/M. Deghati A woman watches children working at a stone quarry, Zambia. (file)     Although child labour has decreased significantly over the last decade, one-in-ten children are still caught up in harmful work, the UN’s labour agency said on Friday, kicking off a year-long bid to eradicate the practice.   “There is no place for child labour in society”, said Guy […]