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FROM THE FIELD: Supporting Nepal’s migrants, as overseas work dries up

ILO/Marcel CrozetTwo workers on a construction site in Pokhara, Nepal.     Nepal is one most remittance-dependent countries in the world, with many Nepalese sending home around $8.79 billion from abroad. However, since the economic slowdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, work for many of them has dried up. The UN is supporting efforts to manage the […]

75TH ANNIVERSARY OF UN CHARTER

On 26 June 1945, world leaders gathered in San Francisco to sign the Charter of the United Nations, bringing into operation a new system of international collaboration and governance. 75 years later, the UN will commemorate the Charter’s anniversary in the context of the global COVID-19 Pandemic. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has taken the occasion […]

Extreme weather ‘record’ likely in Arctic Circle, says UN weather agency WMO

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Aerial view of melting glaciers on King George Island, Antarctica. This latest report of an Arctic temperature more typical of the Tropics comes a few months after the Argentine research base, Esperanza, on the northern tip of the Antarctic peninsula, set a new record temperature.    Reports that temperatures in a Russian town in […]

COVID-19 upends ‘entire generation’ of 600 million South Asian children

© UNICEF/Parvez Ahmad Twelve-year-old boy in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, sorts through hazardous plastic waste without any protection, working to support his family amidst the lockdown.    Without urgent action, COVID-19 will continue to unravel decades of progress across South Asia, destroying the “hopes and futures of an entire generation”, warns a new report released on Tuesday by […]

The digital divide: lessons COVID-19 taught us about the digital exclusion of students from low socio-economic backgrounds

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, educators across the globe have been required to establish learning from home for school students, resulting in the rapid roll out of remote online learning. In light of this phenomenon, this article discusses the impact of remote online learning on Australia’s advancement of UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 […]