COVID-19 could reverse decades of progress toward eliminating preventable child deaths, agencies warn

With the number of under-five deaths at an all-time recorded low of 5.2 million in 2019, disruptions in child and maternal health services due to the COVID-19 pandemic are putting millions of additional lives at stake. 

Shaping data-based realities

Less than one year into the pandemic, COVID-19 is radically reshaping our globe. To respond to these rapid changes in a timely fashion, the world needs reliable information that captures the full extent of the pandemic’s impact. Up to date data and statistics will allow us to make better-informed decisions on how to respond to the crisis and to build back better.

‘Wisdom’ of Guatemala’s indigenous people needed for sustainable development: A UN Resident Coordinator blog

The wisdom and knowledge of indigenous people in Guatemala is central to the realization of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, targets agreed by countries around the world to end poverty, maintain peace and preserve the health of the planet. 

Geospatial information helps us connect vital data with a geographic location

To achieve the ambitious targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, bold and urgent action is needed. As the world is facing the grim impacts from the COVID-19 crisis, it has further underscored the challenges that prevent countries from taking the extraordinary steps needed to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A collective and coordinated solution for older persons in Africa

As the saying goes according to a Congolese proverb, “a single bracelet does not jingle”. To orchestrate the conversation on older persons and COVID-19, and to arrange efforts for their rights and protection, experts convened virtually on 20 August to create an effective plan of action to support older persons communities in Africa.

Young people enrich institutions and politics at every level

“Young people are usually the first responders and have always been in the frontlines, not just during this pandemic but also in times of disasters and in building social cohesion,” said Lynrose Jane Genon, member of Young Women Leaders for Peace in the Philippines, summing up the discussion on youth engagement for global action in the latest International Youth Day podcast produced by UN DESA with and for young people

“Indigenous peoples are crucial partners in the fight against COVID-19”

When COVID-19 infected the lungs of the world, the Guajajara people in the Amazon rainforest responded to the disease as indigenous peoples have done for centuries: sealing off their territories and protecting their elders.

UN praises resilience and vision of younger generation, marking International Youth Day

Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, which has upended young peoples’ lives and aspirations and heightened their vulnerabilities, UN Secretary-General António Guterres praised the younger generation’s resilience, resourcefulness and engagement.

Young people take action for global change

The UN has been engaging with young people to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges since 1999. Yet 2020 might be the year their contribution is needed most, as the world is reeling from the disruption caused by COVID-19. Under the banner “Youth Engagement for Global Action”, this year’s International Youth Day will celebrate the positive action young people offer.

Indigenous Day 2020

On International Day, UN chief spotlights indigenous peoples’ resilience in face of COVID-19 pandemic

Marking the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Mr. Guterres drew attention to the “devastating” impact of the pandemic on indigenous peoples around the world.

“No one is safe, until everyone is”

Amid a global health crisis and widely varying government responses, the UN High-level Advisory Board (HLAB) on Economic and Social Affairs – a group of 16 former heads of states, ministers, eminent economists, and social scientists – offers a set of new solutions for governments to build back better, greener and fairer after COVID-19. The Board members launched a new volume of essays, “Recover Better: Economic and Social Challenges and Opportunities,” during an online dialogue on 22 July 2020.

COVID-19: World leaders to stay at home, in first ‘virtual’ UN General Assembly

The General Debate of the General Assembly, traditionally the most high-profile UN event of the year, will be a slimmed-down affair this September, with world leaders staying away from New York, and contributing set-piece speeches via video link, a UN spokesperson confirmed on Thursday.