UN CHIEF URGES INT’L COMMUNITY TO STAND BY POOR

Sun 18 October 2020: Recent estimates show the pandemic could push up to 115 million people into poverty this year United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday called on the international community to stand in solidarity with people living in poverty. “On the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, let’s stand in solidarity with […]

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INT. COOPERATION ON VACCINE DEVELOPMENT IS KEY TO ECONOMIC RECOVERY, IMF CHIEF SAYS

Fri 16 October 2020: Equitable and affordable access to COVID-19 therapeutics and vaccines globally will be key to avoiding long-lasting scars on the world economy Strong international cooperation on coronavirus vaccines could speed up the world economic recovery and add $9 trillion to global income by 2025, said International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva. […]

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‘BLACK DAY’: RUSSIA AND CHINA JOIN UN’S HUMAN RIGHTS BODY AS SAUDI BID FAILS

Wed 14 October 2020: China, Russia and Cuba were elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, despite opposition from activist groups over their human rights records, but Saudi Arabia failed in its bid to win a seat. Pakistan received 169 votes, Uzbekistan 164, Nepal 150, China 139 and Saudi Arabia 90 votes […]

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G20 MAY ONLY OFFER POOREST COUNTRIES 6 MORE MONTHS OF DEBT RELIEF

Tue 13 October 2020: A new World Bank debt study published on Monday showed that among countries eligible for the G20 debt relief programme, external debt climbed 9.5 percent in 2019 to $744bn before the pandemic hit Some G20 creditor countries are reluctant to broaden and extend another year of coronavirus debt service relief to […]

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UN’S WORLD FOOD PROGRAM WINS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE 2020

Fri 09 October 2020: “The World Food Programme contributes daily to advancing the fraternity of nations mentioned in Alfred Nobel’s will”  This year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the World Food Programme for its “efforts to combat hunger” and its “contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas.” The Norwegian Nobel Committee, which presented the […]

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WORLD BANK CHIEF MALPASS REITERATES CALL TO FORGIVE POOR COUNTRIES’ DEBTS

Mon 05 October 2020: Malpass warned in August that the pandemic could push 100 million people into extreme poverty The coronavirus pandemic could trigger a debt crisis in some countries, so investors must be ready to grant some form of relief that could also include debt cancellation, World Bank President David Malpass was quoted as […]

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COVID-19 INCREASES HARDSHIPS FOR OLDER REFUGEES: UN REPORT

Sat 03 October 2020: “The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold fear and suffering for older people across the world,”UN Secretary-General António Guterres said back in May. “Beyond its immediate health impact, the pandemic is putting older people at greater risk of poverty, discrimination and isolation. It is likely to have a particularly devastating impact on older […]

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‘TIME IS RUNNING OUT’ FOR HUMANITY TO STOP DESTROYING THE PLANET: UN

Thu 01 October 2020: The world spends an estimated $80-$90bn on conservation each year, but studies show hundreds of billions of dollars may be needed to save ecosystems from collapse UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned humanity must stop “waging war on nature” at the United Nations’ first ever summit on the biodiversity crisis on […]

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‘STOP FOOD LOSS AND WASTE FOR THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PLANET’, FAO URGES

Wed 30 September 2020: “The monetary value of food losses is over $400 billion, almost equivalent to the GDP of Austria.” Marking the first International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste on Tuesday, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) called for both public and private support to reinforce efforts to stem mounting […]

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