Faced with the fast accelerating impacts of climate change and the urgent need to cut carbon emissions from the energy sector while ensuring that all people have access to electricity and clean energy, the UN is convening a meeting on September 24 to mobilize commitments and measures. The UN Secretary-GeneralContinue Reading

The COVID-19 pandemic has halted progress toward global tuberculosis (TB) targets made before the start of 2020, according to a UN assessment. WHO/Europe has been assisting Member States in adopting a multisectoral approach at the national and regional levels in order to galvanize political commitments to end the TB epidemic.Continue Reading

WHO is monitoring infection safety standards in Ukrainian hospitals and providing new equipment and educational materials, as well as training hospital staff. During the pandemic, infection control was prioritized at all stages of equipment reprocessing, which includes disinfection, cleaning, remanufacturing, testing, packaging, labeling, and sterilizing of reusable medical devices. WithContinue Reading

On Friday, the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) hosted a high-level virtual panel discussion on strengthening solidarity “in support of a more inclusive, resilient, and sustainable future.” “As the world seeks to ramp up COVID-19 response and recovery and fight the existential threat of climate change, South-South andContinue Reading

The UN Secretary-General warned on Friday that the world is “moving in the wrong direction” and urged countries to act quickly to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. At a news conference, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres remarked, “COVID-19 is a wake-up call, and we are oversleeping”. Guterres noted that vaccine-producingContinue Reading

Last year’s 75th anniversary of the United Nations sparked a huge internal debate over the organization’s future, as well as a shift away from the post-World War Two consensus of its early days. These considerations culminated in the UN Secretary-groundbreaking General’s new report, Our Common Agenda, which lays out hisContinue Reading

The World Health Organization (WHO) held a Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development, which urged for global governance and recommended the creation of a Global Health Board “under the auspices of the G20.” The Commission made the comments at a press conference held on Friday at the WHO RegionalContinue Reading

The UN chief urged a virtual gathering on Thursday celebrating the International Day to Protect Education from Attack to speak with one voice that “attacks on schools must stop.” He praised education for not only imparting knowledge and skills but also for altering lives and promoting growth for people, communities,Continue Reading

On Wednesday, the UN Secretary-General praised Latin American and Caribbean countries for their climate leadership.  Secretary-General António Guterres said he was counting on these countries to send a strong message to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) that a resilient net-zero future is attainable.  He was addressing at the Government of Argentina’sContinue Reading

Around 90% of people breathe dirty air on a daily basis, according to the United Nations, which has been called the most pressing health issue of our day. On the occasion of the first International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies, which falls on September 7, UN News outlinesContinue Reading