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Secretary-General’s Video Message on COVID-19 and Corruption Key Messages

Secretary-General’s Video Message on COVID-19 and Corruption Key Messages

15 October 2020 Corruption is criminal, immoral and the ultimate betrayal of public trust.  It is even more damaging in times of crisis – as the world is experiencing now with the COVID-19 pandemic As we fight COVID-19, we must work together to stop corruption, thievery and exploitation by clamping down on illicit financial flows

UN75: The Future We Want, The UN We Need Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN’s worldwide consultation reveals a strong call for action on inequalities and climate change, as well as more solidarity

In January 2020, the United Nations launched the global consultation to mark its 75th anniversary. Through surveys and dialogues, it asked people about their hopes and fears for the future – representing the UN’s most ambitious effort to date to understand expectations of international cooperation and of the UN in particular. It is also the

Decisive Action and Change Needed to Reform and Rebuild a Better Lebanon

Beirut Explosion Caused Up to US$4.6 Billion in Damages to Infrastructure and Physical Assets, according to New Assessment WASHINGTON, August 30, 2020—A new damage and needs assessment following the August 4 explosion that rocked the city of Beirut calls for building back a better Lebanon based on the principles of transparency, inclusion and accountability to

Media Advisory sent on behalf of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa (OHCHR)

Beirut, 05 August 2020 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa (OHCHR) wishes to inform all media outlets and concerned authorities that an individual named Haytham Abou Said who claims to be “Representative of the Office of the Middle East Commissioner of the International Commission for Human Rights

75th Anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Time to end the nuclear menace By UN Secretary-General António Guterres

This month marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, when humanity learned of the devastation a single nuclear bomb can unleash.  The lingering suffering caused to the survivors, the hibakusha, should give us daily motivation to eliminate all nuclear arms. They have shared their stories so the horror experienced by

Secretary-General’s Policy Brief on Education during COVID-19 and Beyond

Key Messages 4 August 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has created the largest disruption of education systems in history, affecting nearly 1.6 billion learners in all countries and all continents. The pandemic has exacerbated education disparities. Learning losses due to prolonged school closures threaten to erase progress made in recent decades, not least for girls and

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