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Protecting migrant workers in Kuwait: a Resident Coordinator’s blog

The increase in xenophobic language directed towards migrants – who make up more than 70 per cent of the population of Kuwait – prompted a group of jurists, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and the Office of the Resident Coordinator, to launch a media campaign designed to help the…

COVID-19 fast becoming protection crisis, Guterres warns Security Council

“The health pandemic has fast become a protection crisis”, António Guterres warned.  With more than one billion children out of school, 135 million people facing starvation by year-end, and healthcare workers routinely being targeted by violence, "these wide-ranging risks require an urgent and united response.” The high-level debate, convened by Germany as president for July,…

‘Transfats’ from processed foods may increase ovarian cancer risk

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issued the announcement at the end of a study of nearly 1,500 patients suffering from the disease, which is the eighth most common cause of cancer death in women. Previous, smaller studies have suggested a link between these industrially manufactured fatty foods and ovarian cancer, but the…

‘Long, hard road ahead’ for countries taking piecemeal approach to COVID

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the regular coronavirus press briefing at WHO headquarters in Geneva, that “flare-ups are to be expected as countries start to lift restrictions.” But he noted that countries with “systems in place to apply a comprehensive approach, should be able to contain these flare-ups locally, and avoid reintroducing widespread restrictions.” ‘It’s never too late’…

Stalled Security Council resolution adopted, backing UN’s global humanitarian ceasefire call

Unanimously adopting resolution 2532 (2020) on Wednesday, the 15-member peace and security body demanded “a general and immediate cessation of hostilities in all situations, on its agenda.” I welcome the Security Council resolution on #COVID19 demanding a cessation of hostilities in situations on its agenda & recognizing the Secretary-General's global ceasefire appeal. Let's now truly press conflict…

Hard times forecast for global job recovery in 2020, warns UN...

Under three possible scenarios for recovery in the next six months, “none” sees the global job situation in better shape than it was before lockdown measures began, the International Labour Organization (ILO) insisted. “This is why we talk of an uncertain but incomplete recovery even in the best of scenarios for the second half of…

Pause before sharing, to help stop viral spread of COVID-19 misinformation

That’s the latest message from the United Nations’ Verified initiative, which wants people around the world to pause before sharing emotionally charged content on social media.      “One of the ways it [misinformation] is spreading is the way people are sharing”, Melissa Fleming, who oversees the UN’s global communications effort, said on the eve…

COVID-19 pandemic ‘not even close to being over’, WHO chief warns

Speaking on the eve of the grim milestone, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for renewed global commitment to save lives as cases surpass 10 million worldwide, with 500,000 deaths, as the virus continues to spread. "This is a moment for all of us to reflect on the progress we have made and the lessons we have…

FROM THE FIELD: ‘Major breakthrough’ in fight against diseases spread by...

Robotics may soon be a critical ally in the fight against disease-spreading bugs, a United Nations agency said Thursday after a successful test that eleased sterile mosquitos from aerial drones aiming to suppress the insect that spreads Zika and other diseases.  

Global partners require $31 billion to speed up COVID-19 medicines for...

Ahead of a major pledging summit, they updated journalists on a recently announced initiative to speed up production of these treatments, known as the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator. “It’s clear that to bring COVID-19 under control, and to save lives, we need effective vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics – in unprecedented quantities and at…

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