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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 […]

Central and South America now ‘intense zones’ for COVID-19 transmission

© FAO/Max ValenciaThe Lo Valledor main wholesale market in Chile continues to provide the public during the COVID-19 pandemic with all the protective measures for them and the community.    Greater solidarity must be shown to Central and South American countries which have become “the intense zones” for COVID-19 transmission, a top official with the World […]

More ‘can and must be done’ to eradicate caste-based discrimination in Nepal

World Bank/Peter KapuscinskiPeople walk down a street of shops in Kathmandu, Nepal. (file)   Shocked over the killing last weekend of five men in Nepal, who had planned to escort home one of their girlfriends from a higher caste, the UN human rights chief on Friday stressed that ending caste-based discrimination is “fundamental” to the overall […]