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UN combats spread of fake news at local and national levels

UN combats spread of fake news at local and national levels

Beirut, Lebanon Friday, 22 May 2020 (United Nations) – Reaffirming its commitment to combat fake news, the UN is engaged with different partners in Lebanon to counter the surge in the production and dissemination of disinformation, propaganda and other misleading content. Part of the solution to the massive amounts of disinformation is to improve the

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

UNITED NATIONS LAUNCHES GLOBAL INITIATIVE TO COMBAT MISINFORMATION

(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

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL — GLOBAL APPEAL TO ADDRESS AND COUNTER COVID-19-RELATED HATE SPEECH

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

MESSAGE MARKING THE TIME OF REMEMBRANCE AND RECONCILIATION FOR THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

New York, 8-9 May 2020 THE SECRETARY-GENERAL At this time of remembrance and reconciliation, we pay tribute to the millions of people who lost their lives in the Second World War, and remember their sacrifices. We must never forget the Holocaust and the other grave and horrendous crimes committed by the Nazis. The victory over

REMARKS AT LAUNCH OF POLICY BRIEF ON PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND COVID-19 New York, 5 May 2020 (recorded 4 May)

The COVID-19 crisis is affecting every aspect of our societies, revealing the extent of exclusion that the most marginalized members of society experience. Today, I would like to highlight how the pandemic is affecting the world’s 1 billion people with disabilities. Even under normal circumstances, persons with disabilities are less likely to access education, healthcare

UN Peacekeepers Must Stay the Course

by Atul Khare and Jean-Pierre Lacroix United Nations peace operations promote stability and security in some of the world’s most dangerous and fragile places. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, overstretched UN peacekeepers—civilian, military,  and police—were a thin blue line helping to protect civilians, support peace agreements and contain conflicts in hot spots and war zones across the globe. If—or more likely when—the COVID-19 virus further

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