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New health board aims to break ‘cycle of panic and neglect’ on pandemics

  A group of international experts has been tasked with helping the planet to better prepare for outbreaks, pandemics and other emergencies that have an impact on health. The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB) brings together political leaders, heads of United Nations agencies and health experts to strengthen global health security through stringent independent monitoring […]

Ebola outbreak puts DR Congo on an ‘epidemiological knife-edge’

  The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains on an “epidemiological knife-edge” regarding the spread of deadly Ebola disease, despite the quick response by authorities and international partners to the threat, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains on an “epidemiological knife-edge” regarding the spread […]

Tackling corruption ‘from the top down’ essential, declares UN chief, marking key global treaty

Corruption and complicity know no geographical boundaries, and it is society’s most vulnerable who get hurt the most, senior United Nations officials said on Wednesday, calling on Government leaders to fight the scourge, “from the top down”. “It all begins with setting an example. By tackling corruption, Governments can show they mean business,” said Secretary-General António Guterres, […]

UN chief urges governments to shield more civilians from violence in conflict

With more than 128 million people worldwide requiring immediate humanitarian aid, mostly due to war and violence, the United Nations Secretary-General has urged the international community to do more to protect civilians caught in conflict. António Guterres made the appeal during a Security Council meeting on Tuesday, where he presented a report outlining three ways governments can step […]

UN calls on Algeria to stop expelling thousands of sub-Saharan African migrants

The United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) has called on the Algerian Government to stop collectively expelling thousands of migrants, particularly from sub-Saharan Africa, saying it violates international human rights law. Earlier this month, an OHCHR team visited several towns in neighbouring Niger where they interviewed 25 expelled migrants and other witnesses, who described how […]

Rich variety of life on earth essential says UN chief Guterres, marking biological diversity day

The welfare and prosperity of people now and in the future, depends on a “rich variety of life on earth” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in his message for the International Day for Biological Diversity, marked on Tuesday. Since December 1993, when the Convention on Biological Diversity entered into force, its parties have acted to conserve the earth’s flora and […]