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Invest in humanitarian relief now, to limit possible ‘catastrophic’ impact of coronavirus

OCHA/Gema CortesDoctors and nurses have been raising awareness about COVID-19 during a house-to-house campaign in the Cuaricao neighbourhood of Caracas, Venezuela.     The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) heard strong appeals on Tuesday for more funds to be steered into the UN’s COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan, as it opened its annual Humanitarian Affairs Segment – […]

Coronavirus: World Bank confirms deepest recession since World War Two

UNDP Eurasia/Karen CirilloThe coronavirus outbreak has had a severe impact on economies across the world.     The COVID-19 pandemic will shrink the global economy by 5.2 per cent this year, representing the deepest recession since World War Two, and triggering a dramatic rise in extreme poverty, the World Bank said Monday in its latest Global Economic Prospects report. In rich countries, economic […]

May confirmed as warmest on record, CO2 levels hit new high despite COVID economic slowdown

WMO/Tapio NiemiLate September sunrise as seen from Paalijärvi observation tower in Alajärvi, Finland. May 2020, was the warmest on record, UN weather agency WMO has confirmed.     Last month was the warmest May on record and carbon dioxide levels also hit a new high despite the economic slowdown from COVID-19, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said […]

UNICEF condemns in ‘strongest possible terms’ killing of children in DR Congo

UNICEF/MadjiangarInterethnic violence has ravaged the Ituri Province in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and forced significant numbers of people to flee for safety.    UNICEF denounced on Saturday, an attack that killed 16 people, including five girls under age 15, in north eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). “We condemn in […]