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Release inmates in Yemen to avert nationwide COVID-19 outbreak, experts urge An international panel of human rights experts called today for the immediate release of political prisoners and detainees in war-ravaged Yemen to help avert a nationwide outbreak of COVID-19.
UN helps Pacific prepare for COVID-19 pandemic, warns that children are ‘hidden victims’ United Nations agencies are working together to provide vital support to Pacific Island countries as they rally to combat COVID-19 outbreaks across the region. 
$2.5 trillion COVID-19 rescue package needed for world’s emerging economies The economic fallout from COVID-19 is likely to get “much worse” before it gets better for some six billion people living in developing economies, the UN said on Monday, in an appeal for a $2.5 trillion rescue package to boost ...
COVID-19 stoking xenophobia, hate and exclusion, minority rights expert warns Combatting the COVID-19 pandemic must also include stamping out what one independent human rights expert has called the “darker sides” of the disease: verbal and physical attacks against Chinese and other minority communities, and excluding them from access to healthcare.
First Person: Hawaii’s ‘silver tsunami’: the challenge of caring for kupuna elders The 17 goals agreed by the global community to reduce poverty and create a sustainable planet are the responsibility of all people, wherever they are in the world, according to the United Nations. The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs represent ...
First Person: False promises in Mauritania Women and girls face particular challenges as migrants, whatever their reason for leaving their country of origin. UN agencies are learning more about these difficulties, and how to address them.
COVID-19: UN donates 250,000 face masks to NYC health workers On behalf of the city, the Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, was on hand to receive 250,000 face masks donated by the UN on Saturday, destined for health workers in the metropolis that is home to the Organization’s ...
COVID-19: UN envoy hails strong Israel-Palestine cooperation Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, has praised the coordination between the Israeli and Palestine authorities in reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic.
First Person: Heartbreak and hope – one doctor’s story from China’s coronavirus ground zero Xiang Lu is one of the thousands of Chinese doctors who was dispatched to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in the hardest-hit province of Hubei, as it reached its peak. When UN News spoke to him on 23 March, he said ...
Peacekeeping radio stations provide COVID-19 information to vulnerable communities in conflict-affected countries UN Peacekeeping radio stations have in recent decades helped build support for peace process in a dozen countries around the world including Cambodia, Croatia, Namibia and Timor-Leste.  
Critical work of UN ‘largely uninterrupted’, despite unprecedented challenge of COVID-19 Although the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the United Nations to operate in new ways, its vital work worldwide continues largely uninterrupted, heads of UN principal organs assured Member States, during a joint briefing on Friday held online.
UNFPA advocates for women, girls suffering unseen impacts of COVID-19 pandemic The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is pledging support for those suffering from invisible impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including women and girls whose access to life-saving sexual and reproductive health care may be disrupted. 
Protect ‘healthcare heroes’ from COVID-19, urges UN rights expert States and business leaders must step up efforts to ensure that the selfless doctors, nurses, first-responders and other medical professionals working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic receive adequate protective equipment, a UN rights expert said on Friday.
Migrants in Hawaii care for the elderly, the aloha way Migrants are playing an increasingly important role in the provision of health care around the world. The number of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who move from developing countries to take up posts in developed countries is expected to ...
New grant scheme launches to support victims of terrorism More support offered to victims of terrorism through new grant of up to £500,000.
Protecting Syrians amidst the COVID-19 outbreak Statement by Ambassador James Roscoe at the Security Council briefing on the humanitarian situation in Syria
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First meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee Readout from the first meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee.
New service allows DBS to respond quicker to recruitment requests during COVID-19 Temporary arrangements have been put in place, to provide DBS checks and fast-track emergency checks of the Adults’ and Children’s Barred Lists free-of-charge.
Corona virus (COVID-19) - Updates and changes to services Our response to FOIs, EIRs and SARs may take longer for us to complete at the moment because of COVID-19 implications.

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