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New UN General Assembly President to focus on gender equality, youth empowerment

The President of the 76th session of UN General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, says he will focus on gender equality, youth empowerment, climate change and equitable access to vaccines in his one year presidency. President of the 76th session of UN General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid The 76th session of General Assembly opened on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 with the inauguration of ...

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UN launches portal to evaluate SDGs progress in Africa

Ahunna Eziakonwa

Measuring and evaluating progress on the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa became much easier as a group of regional UN entities launched the first online data portal that brings together statistical data harvested across all countries on the continent. Ahunna Eziakonwa, Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa at the UN Development Programme Some 17 regional UN entities, under the ...

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Kenya, UN, WFP ink deal to boost climate action

Ukur Yatani

Kenya, World Food Programme (WFP) and UN food-assistance branch, on Thursday, September 9, 2021 signed a partnership agreement to jointly implement the government-financing locally-led climate action programme. Ukur Yatani, Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury and Planning The programme seeks to strengthen local resilience to the impact of climate change by building capacity to plan, budget, implement, monitor, and report ...

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Clean Air Day: UN releases Air Quality and Climate Bulletin

Petteri Taalas

The COVID-19 lockdown and travel restrictions led to a dramatic short-lived fall in emissions of key air pollutants in 2020, especially in urban areas. Many city dwellers saw blue skies instead of the pollution cloud. But the reduction was not uniformly spread across all regions or all types of pollutants. And many parts of the world still fell short of ...

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Tears, trauma as families, colleagues remember victims of 2011 UN House bombing

UN House attack

Amid tears, wreath-laying, and tales of trauma, survivors, families, and colleagues of the 23 victims of the 2011 UN House bombing, on Thursday, August 26, 2021 held a ceremony to celebrate their “fallen heroes”. The UN House in Abuja after the attack in 2011 At an event held at the UN House in Abuja at the instance of the United ...

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Earthquake: UN, partners launch $187m support for Haiti


The UN and partners on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 launched a $187.3 million appeal to support half a million people affected by the deadly earthquake in southwestern Haiti. A view of a collapsed building following an earthquake, in Les Cayes, Haiti on August 14, 2021. Photo credit: REUTERS TV via REUTERS The 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Aug. 14 killed more ...

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UN announces delay of biodiversity summit


Following the first draft of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), officials announced on Tuesday, August 18, 2021 new dates for the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15). Kunming, China, will host the biodiversity summit in person in May 2022 The biodiversity summit, where 196 countries will agree on an action plan for ending the nature ...

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UN says 1.6m people die yearly from cooking stove fumes globally

Clean cook stoves

The United Nations (UN) says at least 1.6 million people around the world die yearly of smoke related illnesses due to inefficient cooking stoves. Energy efficient cook stoves on display The UN Development Programme, Global Environment Facility Integrated Approach Programme on Food Security (UNDP-GEF-IAP-FS), made the disclosure on Monday, August 16, 2021 in Abuja. Ms Rhoda Dia, Project Manager, Resilient ...

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UN weather agency seeks to confirm 48.8°C ‘record’ heat spike in Sicily

Petteri Taalas

UN weather experts said on Thursday, August 12, 2021 that they were actively looking into a possible record temperature for Continental Europe of 48.8 Celsius (119.8 Fahrenheit) near the town of Syracuse in Sicily, amid devastating wildfires in Mediterranean countries and Russia. WMO Secretary-General, Petteri Taalas The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said that it could not yet confirm or deny ...

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UK calls for greater global ambition as UN finds world warming faster than previously estimated

Boris Johnson

The UK is calling for urgent global action in response to a UN report published on Monday, August 9, 2021, on the science of climate change, that says the planet has warmed more than previously estimated. Britain’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Photo credit: AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali This latest report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been ...

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