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Meet our Student Digital Leaders

Durham’s Student Digital Leaders team is a new scheme being set up this year. We are a group of students from all different subjects and colleges who are here to help new and returning students, to navigate Durham’s digital services and help you get set up on MyDigitalDurham. We are available every day for the…

With climate crisis top public concern, UN’s ActNow campaign steps up...

Press release New York, 23 September 2020 – In light of worsening climate impacts around the world and strong public concern about the climate crisis, the United Nations is stepping up engagement of its global audiences, calling on everyone everywhere to turn the recovery from COVID-19 into an opportunity to do things right for the…

United Nations releases special 2020 broadcast calling for collective action

A new short film released tomorrow – “Nations United – Urgent Solutions for Urgent Times” – sets out the action needed to build a better world, as COVID-19 threatens decade of global progress   Watch the broadcast live on the United Nations YouTube channel here Saturday 19 September 9am ET Watch the trailer of ‘Nations…

COVID pushes millions more children deeper into poverty, finds new study

Globally, the number of children living in poverty soared to nearly 1.2 billion – a 15 per cent increase since the pandemic hit earlier this year, according to a technical note on impact of COVID-19 on child poverty, issued on Thursday by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the NGO Save the Children.  Although the…

UN chief: COVID-19 vaccine must be affordable and available to all  

“The outbreak remains out of control”, Secretary-General António Guterres declared in his press conference ahead of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) High Level Week, noting that soon one million lives will be “lost to the virus”.    Recognizing that many pin their hopes on a vaccine, he said, “let’s be clear: there is no panacea in a pandemic”.    “A vaccine alone cannot solve this crisis, certainly not in the near term”, stressed the world’s top diplomat. “We need…

Ozone treaties ‘inspiring examples’ of political will, UN chief says on...

In a message, UN Secretary-General António Guterres applauded the 1985 Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, its Montreal Protocol, and the Protocol’s Kigali Amendment.  “The ozone treaties stand out as inspiring examples that show that, where political will prevails, there is little limit to what we can achieve in common cause,” he…

Leaders pledge ‘quantum leap’ towards fully funding COVID-19 vaccines and treatments

Following a virtual meeting on Thursday, they pledged to advocate for the $35 billion still required for the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, to realize the goal of producing two billion vaccine doses, 245 million treatments and 500 million tests.   “We acknowledge the urgency of catalysing a step-change in political support and financing for the…

Science, solidarity and solutions needed against climate change: Guterres 

United in Science 2020, released on Wednesday, highlights the increasing and irreversible impacts of climate change on glaciers, oceans, nature, economies and it’s cost on people across the globe; manifest more and more often through disasters such as record heatwaves, wildfires, droughts and floods. Speaking at the launch of the report, UN Secretary-General António Guterres…

Children’s lives at stake, COVID threatens to undo 30 years of...

The number of global under-five deaths dropped to its lowest point on record in 2019 – down to 5.2 million, from 12.5 million in 1990. However, there are fears the numbers could rise on back of COVID-induced disruptions to child and maternal health services, new estimates released on Wednesday, indicate.  Services experiencing disruptions include health…

‘No hope’ of reaching climate, development goals, without youth optimism and...

Addressing leaders from Government, business and multilateral agencies during a high-level event on Generation Unlimited - a global partnership to help 10 to 24 year-olds access education, training and job opportunities – the UN chief said COVID-19 has exposed inequalities that have been allowed to persist for far too long. ‘Crisis within a crisis’ “The situation of children and…

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