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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 […]

Fewer protections, lower wages, and higher health risks: Homeworking in the COVID era

World Bank/Henitsoa Rafalia A father takes care of his young child while working from home in Madagascar.   The UN’s labour agency (ILO) called on Wednesday for greater recognition and protection for the hundreds of millions of people who work from home, accounting for almost eight per cent of the global workforce even before the COVID-19 […]

Humanitarians seek $1.3 billion to help millions in war-weary Afghanistan

OCHA Afghanistan/Fariba Housaini A woman walks in front of tents at an internally displaced persons (IDP) site in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan.    The UN and humanitarian partners in Afghanistan are seeking $1.3 billion to assist almost 16 million people in need of life-saving assistance as a result of decades of conflict, recurrent natural disasters, and the […]

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Guterres to seek second five-year term as UN Secretary-General

UN Photo/Mark Garten The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, attends a virtual meeting marking the 75th anniversary of the first United Nations General Assembly which took place in London in January 1946.  António Guterres confirmed on Monday that he will be seeking a second five-year term as UN Secretary-General, which would begin in January 2022. Briefing correspondents […]