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Sustainable waste management initiatives have a critical role to play in post COVID-19 West Asia

Sustainable waste management initiatives have a critical role to play in post COVID-19 West Asia

Sami Dimassi Regional Director and Representative of the United Nations Environment Programme for West Asia (UNEP). If someone proposed that you could create new business opportunities worth US$10 billion per year and achieve the primary sustainable development goal targets of 100 per cent municipal solid waste collection, phasing out dumpsites and implementing the 3Rs‒ “reduce,”

UN in Lebanon scales up efforts to respond to key gender issues related to the COVID-19 outbreak

Beirut, Lebanon Friday, 29 May 2020 (United Nations) – In Lebanon, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the country at a time of instability. In this context, its secondary effects on domestic violence, the gender gap in employment and on unpaid work, risk disproportionately impacting women and girls, and rolling back hard-won gender equality gains. Women health

UNESCO and Education Cannot Wait launch online learning resources for teachers and students in Lebanon

The COVID-19 outbreak has translated into a major education crisis. In Lebanon, 1.2 million children are affected by school closure and have seen their learning routine disrupted. While Lebanon has switched to distance teaching and learning to mitigate the effects of such disruption, challenges related to preparedness, infrastructure and capacity, as well as the digital

Over 150 global corporations urge world leaders for net-zero recovery from COVID-19

NEW YORK, 18 May 2020 — 155 companies — with a combined market capitalization of over US$ 2.4 trillion and representing over 5 million employees — have signed a statement urging Governments around the world to align their COVID-19 economic aid and recovery efforts with the latest climate science. As debates on recovery packages around the world ramp up


(EMBARGOED, 12 noon, EST) NEW YORK, 21 MAY 2020—Today the United Nations is launching ‘Verified’, an initiative to combat the growing scourge of COVID-19 misinformation by increasing the volume and reach of trusted, accurate information. “We cannot cede our virtual spaces to those who traffic in lies, fear and hate,” said UN Secretary-General, António Guterres,

UNIDO launches the safety guidelines for the industrial sector in response to COVID-19

Beirut, May 20, 2020 – Under the patronage of H.E. the Prime Minister of Lebanon, represented by  H.E. Dr. Imad Hoballah, Minister of Industry, The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in partnership with the Ministry of Industry, launched a safety guidelines developed for the industrial sector entitled “Recommendations and Preventive Measures in Response to COVID-19”, at

United Nations SDG Media Compact hits 100-member mark

Growing alliance of news and entertainment companies brings focus on socio-economic impact of COVID-19 crisis to its two-billion-strong audience New York, 18 May 2020 – The SDG Media Compact, an alliance of news and entertainment companies convened by the United Nations to drive coverage and mobilize action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), welcomed its

Productive Sectors Development Essential for Achieving #TheLebanonWeWant

Beirut, Lebanon Friday, 15 May 2020 (United Nations) – The Lebanese economy is suffering from the consequences of longstanding development challenges and multiples crises. Starting from the Syrian crisis in 2011, to the ongoing financial and economic crisis exacerbated further by the COVID-19 health emergency, these shocks are coming at a very high economic and


COVID-19 does not care who we are, where we live, what we believe or about any other distinction.  We need every ounce of solidarity to tackle it together.  Yet the pandemic continues to unleash a tsunami of hate and xenophobia, scapegoating and scare-mongering. Anti-foreigner sentiment has surged online and in the streets. Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories