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2020 UN & Australia Sustainable Partnerships Forum Update

At this stage, we are continuing with our planning for the 2020 UN & Australia Sustainable Partnerships Forum but we are reviewing this on a daily basis. If a ban on gatherings prevents the event going ahead, we will notify everyone as soon as we possibly can.

UN programme to help spare millions from child marriage, extended to 2023

©UNFPA-UNICEF Nepal/KPanday Millions of girls have been able to avoid “an unwanted marriage and an unwelcome end to their childhood”, since the launch four years ago, of a joint UN agency programme, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday. The UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage, a multi-country initiative to help […]

Coronavirus: Pandemic alert should be trigger for countries to do more against COVID-19

Unsplash/Aalok Atreya Countries must “double-down” on their efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, the UN health agency said on Wednesday, after announcing that the global emergency can now be described as a pandemic. UN Secretary-General António Guterres described the declaration as “a call to action – for everyone, everywhere.” Speaking in Geneva, World […]

Nicaragua: After two years of crisis, more than 100,000 have fled the country

Over the past two years, more than 100,000 people in Nicaragua have sought asylum abroad, reportedly fleeing persecution and human rights abuses, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday. “Serious political and social crises in the country have prompted Nicaraguan students, human rights defenders, journalists and farmers to flee their country at an average […]

FROM THE FIELD: Going the extra mile with vaccines

Flagship UN study shows accelerating climate change on land, sea and in the atmosphere WMO Video screen shot An unusually early and exceptionally intense heatwave has set new temperature records in Europe, posing a major threat to people’s health, agriculture and the environment. A wide-ranging UN climate report, released on Tuesday, shows that climate change is […]