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UN heads warn of coronavirus risk in weakest countries

The heads of all the UN’s major agencies have issued a graphic warning of the risk of coronavirus to the world’s most vulnerable countries after disclosing that international donors had pledged around a quarter of the $2bn the UN requested for its emergency Covid-19 response in March. In an open letter shared before publication with the Guardian, […]

COVID-19: impact could see 195 million job losses, says ILO chief

The rapidly intensifying economic effects of COVID-19 on the world of work are proving to be far worse than the 2008-9 financial crisis, with cutbacks equivalent to nearly 200 million full-time workers expected in the next three months alone, the UN labour agency said. The warning comes almost three weeks after the International Labour Organization (ILO) […]

The Pandemic Forces UN Women to Shelve the Feminist Forums Until 2021

April 3, 2020 by Barbara Crossette UN Women is postponing two long-planned international meetings designed to give civil society groups a leading role in advancing gender rights 25 years after a landmark 1995 Beijing conference on women. The two sessions of the Global Equality Forum that had been planned for Mexico City in May and Paris in July will […]

IPA, WHO and UNICEF launch Read the World on International Children’s Book Day to support children and young people in isolation

UNICEF/UN0319172 NEW YORK/GENEVA, 2 April 2020 – Much-loved children’s authors are joining an initiative to read extracts of their books to millions of children and young people currently living in isolation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the World is a collaboration between the International Publishers Association (IPA), the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. It kicks off today, […]