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UN chief calls for more pandemic debt relief for poorer nations

UNITED NATIONS – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for greater debt relief and new creative financing to help poorer nations deal with the pandemic and prevent their economic recoveries from falling behind. A “new debt mechanism” to provide more options — including debt swaps, buy-backs and cancellations – is needed, ...

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Climate change spurs doubling of disasters since 2000: UN

GENEVE: Climate change is largely to blame for a near doubling of natural disasters in the past 20 years, the United Nations said. The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction said 7,348 major disaster events had occurred between 2000 and 2019, claiming 1.23 lives, affecting 4.2 billion people and costing ...

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United Nations food agency wins 2020 Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO: The United Nations food agency, the World Food Programme (WFP), won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its efforts to combat hunger and improve conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas. The Rome-based organisation says it helps some 97 million people in about 88 countries each year and that ...

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Latin American leaders push at UN for free Covid vaccine

UN: Latin American leaders have appealed at the United Nations for free access to a future Covid-19 vaccine, urging major powers to share their know-how for the sake of global well-being. Latin America has taken a heavy blow from Covid-19 with nearly nine million cases and more than 330,000 deaths, ...

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US defies world to say Iran UN sanctions back in force

LONDON: The United States unilaterally proclaimed that United Nations sanctions against Iran were back in force and promised to punish those who violate them, in a move other major countries – including its allies – said lacked legal basis. The so-called snapback -announced last month – also drew a sharp ...

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40 million children worldwide miss out on basic education due to coronavirus

The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has said that the closing of educational facilities due to the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in at least 40 million preschool students worldwide missing out on learning and development. “Education disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are preventing children from getting their education off ...

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World entering new military ‘drone age’: UN

GENEVA: The world is entering a military “second drone age” with uncontrolled proliferation and no standards governing their use, a United Nations expert told the UN Human Rights Council. Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said the global community needed to take stock of ...

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Women at risk of secondary abuse when arrested for drugs

JOHANNESBURG: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in South Africa said women suffered sexual abuse at the hands of law enforcement officials when they were processed for drug abuse. With the world marking International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on Friday, its emerged 30% more people were abusing ...

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