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This 2019 snapshot shows UNFPA’s progress to achieve 3 world-changing results by 2030: Zero unmet need for family planning, zero preventable maternal death, and zero gender-based violence.

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"In 2020, as the United Nations celebrates 75 years since the Charter’s signing, we have an opportunity to reflect on our shared progress, as well as our common future."

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COVID-19 has taken more than 900,000 lives and infected more than 27 million people. The updated UN Comprehensive Response to COVID-19 report provides an overview of the data, analysis, policy recommendations and concrete support that the UN has made available to cope with the health, socio-economic, humanitarian and human rights impacts of COVID-19. The report outlines the steps needed to save lives, protect societies and recover better. As the Secretary-General presented the report to the media he highlighted the importance of making a COVID-19 vaccine affordable and accessible for all.  

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The coronavirus crisis is pushing critical economic, social and environmental development targets beyond reach, warned UNCTAD through its 2020 SDG Pulse.

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The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World is the flagship report jointly prepared by FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO to inform on progress towards ending hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition. Projections show that the world is not on track to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 nor to meet global nutrition targets. The food security and nutritional status of the most vulnerable population groups is likely to deteriorate further due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The World Bank assigns the world’s economies to four income groups—low, lower-middle, upper-middle, and high-income countries. The classifications are updated each year on July 1 and are based on Gross National Income (GNI) per capita. In each country, factors such as economic growth, inflation, exchange rates, and population growth influence GNI per capita. To keep the income classification thresholds fixed in real terms, they are adjusted annually for inflation. 

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Seventy-three countries warned that they are at risk of stock-outs of antiretroviral (ARV) medicines as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Twenty-four countries reported having either a critically low stock of ARVs or disruptions in the supply of these life-saving medicines. This new WHO survey follows an exercise convened by WHO and UNAIDS which forecasted that a six-month disruption in access to ARVs could lead to a doubling in AIDS-related deaths in sub-Saharan Africa alone.

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An UNCTAD report shows the world’s tourism sector could lose at least $1.2 trillion, or 1.5% of the global gross domestic product, after four months of standstill due to the pandemic.

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Decades-long decline in hunger in the world has ended. Hunger and food insecurity continue to be challenges, in addition to obesity and malnutrition. These are some of the concerns reflected in The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020: Transforming food systems for affordable healthy diets, launching today in a virtual event at 10am EDT. This FAO flagship publication provides new estimates and projections of what the world may look like in 2030 if trends of the last decade continue, including some of the impacts of this global pandemic on food security and nutrition.

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The world is shifting from analog to digital faster than ever before, further exposing us to the vast promise and peril of new technologies. While the digital era has brought society many incredible benefits, we also face many challenges such as growing digital divides, cyber threats, and human rights violations online. This report lays out a roadmap in which all stakeholders play a role in advancing a safer, more equitable digital world, one which will lead to a brighter and more prosperous future for all.

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ICAO has developed a new publication aimed at helping countries to address the aviation safety risks arising due to the global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Gender Social Norms Index released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) measures how social beliefs obstruct gender equality in areas like politics, work, and education. 

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We’ve Got the Power, a new report by UNAIDS shows the stark inequalities and inequities between men and women are continuing to make women and girls more vulnerable to HIV. 

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UNESCO unveils a new fact sheet on girls’ education for International Women’s Day. Published as part of the #HerEducationOurFuture, the data focuses on the progress achieved over the past 25 years. It shows that girls’ enrolment rates in primary and secondary education almost doubling in low-income countries. But it also shows that the pace of change is not fast enough. At the present rate, getting every girl into primary school will only happen in 2050. 

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For more than 25 years, the annual State of the Global Climate Report, published by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), has informed us on significant weather and climate trends. It provides authoritative evidence of global temperature increase, including sea-level rise, shrinking sea ice, glacier mass loss and extreme climate events. This week, the WMO presents key findings for 2019, a year that concludes the warmest decade on record. 2019 not only had high-impact weather, it also averaged 1.1 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial period.