Illegal trade in fake or faulty COVID-19 products booming, new UN research reveals A surge in demand for medical products to combat COVID-19 has led to a jump in the trafficking of substandard and faulty merchandise, according to new UN research published on Wednesday.
World must do better to prevent children ‘dying needlessly’ from AIDS-related illnesses Despite progress in the global battle against HIV, the response on behalf of children has fallen behind, the UN agency leading the fight to stamp out the virus said on Tuesday.
Human rights through peacekeeping essential factor in beating coronavirus The UN human rights chief is calling for greater investment in the human rights components of peace operations - not least to monitor the impact of efforts to contain the global COVID-19 pandemic.
WHO to issue new brief on airborne transmission, following ‘active engagement’ with scientists The World Health Organization (WHO) is set to issue a brief on the modes of transmission of the new coronavirus, a senior official said on Tuesday.
‘New dynamic’ needed to overcome negative impacts of COVID-19 worldwide The dramatic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, have laid bare “weaknesses in our systems and societies”, a top official told the UN’s key international forum on sustainable development which began on Tuesday, warning that “a new dynamic” is needed to ...
Independent rights expert speaks of ‘anguish, stress and disempowerment’ of poverty More than 70 million people are expected to fall into extreme poverty because of COVID-19, the UN Human Rights Council heard on Tuesday, as a leading rights expert slammed “greatly exaggerated” claims of global poverty eradication between 1990 and 2015.
Fresh evidence of war crimes committed by all sides in Syrian conflict, probe finds Hospitals, schools and homes have all been targeted during Syria’s brutal and long-running conflict, said UN-appointed investigators, who on Tuesday condemned likely fresh war crimes committed by all parties.
Terrorist groups must not be allowed to exploit ‘fragilities’ caused by global health pandemic As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the world’s health systems, economies and local communities, the UN Secretary-General on Monday highlighted how the pandemic has laid bare vulnerabilities to “new and emerging forms of terrorism”, such as cyberattacks, bioterrorism and the misuse ...
Move away from outdated ‘mad or bad’ approach to mental illness, urges independent UN expert States, civil society, psychiatric organizations and the World Health Organization (WHO) itself must change the way they address mental health challenges, a UN independent rights expert said, calling for a shift towards understanding the context behind mental distress.
UNAIDS report: COVID-19 pandemic derails 2020 HIV targets HIV targets set for 2020 will not be reached, owing in part to deeply unequal access to antiretroviral therapy and service disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new UNAIDS report released on Monday.
A sustainable future for all depends on ‘resolve to act together in solidarity’ The United Nations vision for a sustainable future for all “will depend on our policy choices today, and our resolve to act together in solidarity”, a senior UN official told delegates on Monday at a meeting to discuss post-pandemic recovery.
Restoring dignity to victims of sexual abuse and exploitation by UN personnel Projects supported by a UN trust fund for victims of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel, are helping victims to regain their dignity, learn new skills, and improve their livelihoods.
New UN report outlines ways to curb growing spread of animal-to-human diseases As the battle against COVID-19 rages, the world can expect to see other diseases that pass from animals to humans emerge, according to a new UN report launched on Monday, which maintains that there is still time to head off ...
‘Stay the course together to emerge stronger’ from COVID-19 crisis: UN chief’s message to major sustainability forum As a major United Nations forum prepares to assess progress towards a fairer future for people and the planet, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned that each of the Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, is being impacted ...
New sanctions regime among push to boost protection for persecuted religious groups A year on from the Bishop of Truro’s independent review of Christian persecution, a series of new measures have been introduced to protect vulnerable faith and belief groups around the world.
More than 10,000 fish released into the Great Ouse Environment Agency fisheries officers have conducted their yearly restocking on the Great Ouse, releasing 10,100 barbel in a bid to replenish the river.
Rishi's Plan for Jobs will help Britain bounce back The Chancellor Rishi Sunak today set out a ‘Plan for Jobs’ that will spur the UK’s recovery from the Coronavirus outbreak.
Sir Philip Barton presents credentials as British High Commissioner to India Sir Philip Barton today presented his credentials to The Hon’ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind, in a virtual ceremony, who accepted him as the UK’s new High Commissioner to India.
Inspection report published: An inspection of the Handling of Complaints and MP’s Correspondence by the Home Office Borders, Immigration and... This inspection followed up on two earlier inspections of complaints handling by the Home Office’s Borders, Immigration and Citizenship System (BICS): ‘An inspection of the Handling of Complaints and MPs’ Correspondence’, pu…