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Coordination essential to beat coronavirus, keep development goals on track

19 May 2020
As the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis continues to wreak havoc across the world – with the most vulnerable suffering the most – the UN chief said on Tuesday that the task of eradicating poverty and achieving the development goals “has never been more challenging, more urgent and more necessary”.

COVID-19 shows crucial role of the UN, says next General Assembly President

15 May 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the ‘crucial role’ of the UN and its agencies, according to the veteran Turkish diplomat and parliamentarian who, as the only candidate for the top job, is slated to lead the historic 75th session of the General Assembly which begins in September.

UN General Assembly calls for swift global access to coronavirus vaccinations

6 May 2020
The United Nations General Assembly is asking the Secretary-General to look into ways to ensure that all those in need - particularly in the developing world – get free, fair and swift access to vaccines, and other medicines, to combat the COVID-19 virus.

UN committed to a ‘brighter future’ for Haiti, as independent rights experts call for more action on behalf of cholera victims

30 April 2020
A group of 13 independent UN human rights experts on Thursday called on the UN chief, António Guterres, to “urgently step up efforts” to fulfill a UN pledge to help victims of a nine-year-long cholera epidemic in Haiti that killed over 10,000 victims.

Cash help crucial for informal workers, says UN labour chief, stressing primacy of multilateralism

24 April 2020
Informal workers who live day to day urgently need cash support from their governments to survive the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the head of the UN labour agency said on Friday.

Bringing Nollywood star power to Nigeria’s fight against COVID-19: a UN Resident Coordinator blog

20 April 2020
All of the UN bodies in Nigeria are working closely together, to ensure that the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is effective, and saves as many lives as possible. By the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon.

Onset of COVID-19 pandemic boosts support for international cooperation

20 April 2020
Initial results of a UN initiative to help decide the future direction of the Organization have revealed overwhelming support for international cooperation, which has grown significantly since COVID-19 began spreading around the world.

Now is ‘not the time’ to reduce funding for the World Health Organization in COVID-19 fight, urges Guterres

14 April 2020
Now is a time for unity in the global battle to push the COVID-19 pandemic into reverse, not a time to cut the resources of the World Health Organization (WHO), which is spearheading and coordinating the global body’s efforts, said UN chief António Guterres, on Tuesday.

UN General Assembly: The world’s ‘town hall’ remains open during COVID-19 crisis

7 April 2020
Although it seems the whole world is on lockdown as countries follow health guidelines to curb the spread of COVID-19, the global “town hall” at UN Headquarters in New York remains open for business, albeit with a technical twist.

Critical work of UN ‘largely uninterrupted’, despite unprecedented challenge of COVID-19

27 March 2020
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the United Nations to operate in new ways, its vital work worldwide continues largely uninterrupted, heads of UN principal organs assured Member States, during a joint briefing on Friday held online.

COVID-19: UN ‘remains open for business’, determined to deliver for the people we serve, says UN chief

15 March 2020
In light of the continuing spread of the coronavirus, the UN has stepped up measures to safeguard staff and all those using its offices around the world, while at the same time ensuring that the critical work of the Organization continues to deliver on key mandates, and provide lifesaving support to those in need. 

UN mourns passing of former Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuéllar

5 March 2020
Javier Perez de Cuéllar, the fifth United Nations Secretary-General, praised for his ability to foster dialogue and for leading the Organization through a turbulent decade, has passed away at the age of 100.  

Declaring commitment to ‘peace and stability’ for Libya, top UN envoy steps down as stress takes its toll

2 March 2020
After serving more than two years as the UN’s Special Representative in charge of finding a way to a lasting peace in war-torn Libya, Ghassan Salamé - who also heads up the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) - handed in his resignation on Monday, citing failing health caused by the immense stress of the job.  

We need to give voice to ‘We the Peoples’, says UN chief

25 February 2020
For an Organization that is seen as all too ready to give advice, the United Nations welcomed a major role reversal on Tuesday: young people from all over the world were gathered in Switzerland to voice their concerns, outline their vision for a better future, and give Secretary-General António Guterres their advice on steering the world body through todays’ turbulent waters.  

UN must continue to be a forum for dialogue on decolonization: Guterres

21 February 2020
With 17 non-self-governing territories remaining worldwide, the United Nations must continue to be the place where their concerns can be heard, the Secretary-General said in New York on Friday. 

2020’s ‘wind of madness’ indicates growing instability: UN chief

4 February 2020
Rising instability and unpredictable geopolitical tensions have led to a “wind of madness” across the world, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday during his main annual press conference for journalists at UN Headquarters in New York.