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United Nations Secretary-General on COVID-19 and the Arab region: recovery is an opportunity to build back better

United Nations Secretary-General on COVID-19 and the Arab region: recovery is an opportunity to build back better

Beirut, 23 July 2020–The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on an Arab region struggling with decades-long development challenges, including occupation and conflict but also a dire economic situation, which have limited States’ capacity to mitigate the impact of the virus. However, the Arab region can leverage recovery plans as a means to build back better,


This para for publication in South Africa only: Nelson Mandela spent his whole life fighting against inequality and injustice. “As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world,” he said, “none of us can truly rest.” I was honoured to deliver this year’s Nelson Mandela lecture on the occasion of Madiba’s birthday,

UN and partners launch updated Lebanon Emergency Appeal requesting for US$482 million to respond to the immediate impact of COVID-19

Beirut, 17 July 2020 – the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim, along with UN and NGO partners, are launching today the updated Lebanon Emergency Appeal (LEA), following the global launch of the updated Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP) on 16 July. The updated appeal for US$482 million is to continue to address until the

COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan

UN issues $10.3 billion coronavirus appeal and warns of the price of inaction The UN’s Humanitarian Chief, Mark Lowcock, has called on G20 nations to act now or face a series of human tragedies more brutal and destructive than the direct health impacts of the virus as he released an updated US$10.3 billion appeal to

Brussels IV Syria Conference Joint Op-Ed Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Put women at the centre of Syria crisis response

As the Syria crisis enters its 10th year, the situation is especially dire for women and girls, with the effects of COVID-19 compounding the risks and hardships for millions of people inside the country and for refugees around the region. Today nearly 12 million people in Syria require urgent humanitarian assistance and around 4 million

UNODC World Drug Report 2020: Global drug use rising; while COVID-19 has far reaching impact on global drug markets

VIENNA, 25 June 2020 – Around 269 million people used drugs worldwide in 2018, which is 30 per cent more than in 2009, while over 35 million people suffer from drug use disorders, according to the latest World Drug Report, released today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Report also analyses

UN Secretary-General appoints Ms. Najat Rochdi of Morocco as Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Najat Rochdi of Morocco as his Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, in the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL) and Resident Coordinator.  Ms. Rochdi will also serve as Humanitarian Coordinator.  Ms. Rochdi succeeds Philippe Lazzarini of Switzerland, who completed his assignment on 31 March. 

Mental Health as a Priority for UN in Lebanon during COVID-19

Beirut, Lebanon Friday, 19 June 2020 (United Nations) – The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Lebanon at a time of instability, not only affecting physical health, but also increasing stress and anxiety. Those population with vulnerability during this pandemic today are frontline healthcare workers, older people, adolescents and young people, those with pre-existing mental health conditions

UNDP: Governments must lead fight against coronavirus misinformation & disinformation

Proliferation of dangerous disinformation and misinformation threaten national pandemic responses, putting even more lives and livelihoods at risk New York, June 4, 2020 – Governments must step up to lead the fight against a growing tide of false, inflammatory and misleading information that threatens to worsen the already severe impacts of the virus, according to