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Making peace with nature is possible, if we start now

Making peace with nature is possible, if we start now

EMBARGOED UNTIL 18 February 2021 18:00 CET By Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme Even amid a pandemic, 2021 can go down as the year we made peace with nature and set the planet to healing. As COVID-19 upends our lives, a more persistent crisis demands urgent action on a global scale.

Share of children among trafficking victims increases, boys five times; COVID-19 seen worsening overall trend in human trafficking, says UNODC Report

UNDER EMBARGO until 12:00 noon Vienna time (CET) on 2 February 2021 Vienna 2 February 2021 – The share of children among detected trafficking victims has tripled while the share of boys has increased five times in the past 15 years. Girls are mainly trafficked for sexual exploitation, while boys are used for forced labour,

The United Nations in Lebanon supports women’s participation in Beirut’s Port Explosion response and recovery process

Beirut, Lebanon Wednesday, February 3, 2021 (United Nations) – The Beirut Port explosions on 4 August 2020 created significant immediate humanitarian needs and severe long-term consequences. A rapid gender assessment of the Beirut Port Explosion recommended, among other things, increasing the meaningful participation of women and marginalized groups in the decision-making for the design, implementation,

Countries of West Asia Come Together To Set Priorities for Environment Action for the Next four Year

Manama, 1 February 2021 – In preparation of the Fifth Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) taking place on the 22nd and 23rd of February, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for West Asia convened a high-level meeting of senior officials from environment authorities, permanent representatives to UNEP, League of Arab

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General – on the US re-engagement with WHO

The Secretary-General welcomes the United States’ stated re-engagement with the World Health Organization. Supporting the WHO is absolutely critical to the world’s efforts for a better coordinated response against COVID-19. Now is the time for unity and for the international community to work together in solidarity to stop this virus and its shattering consequences.  With

UN Secretary-General’s statement – on US steps to re-enter the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

 warmly welcome President Biden’s steps to re-enter the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and join the growing coalition of governments, cities, states, businesses and people taking ambitious action to confront the climate crisis.    Following last year’s Climate Ambition Summit, countries producing half of global carbon pollution had committed to carbon neutrality.  Today’s commitment by President Biden brings that figure to two-thirds. 

Growth of international migration slowed by 27%, or 2 million migrants, due to COVID-19, says UN

The number of international migrants worldwide reaches 281 million New York, 15 January– COVID-19 has disrupted all forms of human mobility through the closing of national borders and halting of travel worldwide. Preliminary estimates suggest that the pandemic may have slowed the growth in the stock of international migrants by around two million by mid-2020,

UN urges people to abide by preventive measures to contain COVID-19 spread amidst unprecedented health emergency

13 January 2021 – As Lebanon registers new records in the daily surge of COVID-19 infections and after the Lebanese government has declared a health emergency, UN Lebanon and partners call on individuals and all sectors to strictly abide by the lockdown and preventive measures. Despite continued efforts by many individuals, families, communities, public and

Nine out of ten Syrian refugee families in Lebanon are now living in extreme poverty, UN study says

(Beirut, LEBANON) 18 December 2020 – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today published the key findings of the 2020 Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (VASyR). The economic downturn, steep inflation, COVID-19 and finally the Beirut blast have pushed vulnerable

CARBON NEUTRALITY BY 2050: THE WORLD’S MOST URGENT MISSION Op-ed article by UN Secretary-General António Guterres

As the world marks the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, a promising movement for carbon neutrality is taking shape.  By next month, countries representing more than 65 per cent of harmful greenhouse gasses and more than 70 per cent of the world economy will have committed to