The number of new COVID-19 cases reported to the WHO has declined for seven weeks in a row, which is "the longest sequence of weekly declines during the pandemic so far".
The Secretary-General welcomed the election of Abdulla Shahid, Foreign Minister of the Maldives, as President-elect of the 76th session of the General Assembly.
The Security Council has formally selected Secretary-General António Guterres as its nominee to serve a second five-year term in the UN’s top job.
“One peacekeeper lost continues to be one too many”, USG for Peace operations said to the Security Council.
Announcements and Events
The World Social Report 2021, a flagship publication of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs on major social development issues offers new strategies to ensure that the 3.4 billion people who live in rural areas are not left behind as global efforts focus on boosting socio-economic growth and tackling climate change in the middle of the COVID-19 recovery.
The 2021 Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC 2021) highlights the remarkably high severity and numbers of people in Crisis or worse (IPC/CH Phase 3 or above) or equivalent in 55 countries/territories, driven by persistent conflict, pre-existing and COVID-19-related economic shocks, and weather extremes.
The UNCTAD Technology and Innovation Report 2021 examines the likelihood of frontier technologies widening existing inequalities and creating new ones. It also addresses the national and international policies, instruments and institutional reforms that are needed to create a more equal world of opportunity for all, leaving no one behind.
In the Spotlight
In a rapidly urbanizing and globalized world, cities have been the epicentres of COVID-19. The virus has spread to virtually all parts of the world; first, among globally connected cities, then through community transmission and from the city to the countryside. This report shows that the intrinsic value of sustainable urbanization can and should be harnessed for the wellbeing of all. It provides evidence and policy analysis of the value of urbanization from an economic, social and environmental perspective.
The challenge of integrating the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into national policy frameworks is leading to renewed interest in national development planning. There are indications that there has been a recent rise in the number of countries with some form of national development strategy or plan, aimed at implementing sustainable development across its economic, social and environmental dimensions. Read more
2020 UN Card
The 2020 edition of The UN Card brings you an update to 11 actions of the UN, that show in quantifiable terms how the daily work of UN colleagues affects the lives of people around the globe.
The OHCHR Guidance on Casualty Recording is the first UN publication on casualty recording methodology. It provides a ‘how to’ guide for actors that are doing or considering establishing a casualty recording system, or that want to better understand what casualty recording is and its purpose. The Guidance aims at generating more casualty data and reporting, including for the purposes of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG indicator 16.1.2. on conflict-related deaths.