Environmental issues and sustainable development

Environmental issues and sustainable development

20 April 2021

The World Food Programme (WFP) reached an agreement with Venezuela to begin operations to serve nutritious meals to the most vulnerable children, particularly in pre-primary and special education schools, reaching up to 185,000 children by year-end.  WFP aims to provide daily meals to 1.5 million students by the end of the 2022-2023 school year.

19 April 2021
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Following is a transcript of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ press conference to launch the “State of the Global Climate 2020” report, with World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Secretary-General Petteri Taalas, held in New York today:

19 April 2021
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Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for International Mother Earth Day, observed on 22 April:

16 April 2021
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Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ opening remarks to his meeting with leading mayors supported by C40 Cities:  “Advancing a Carbon-Neutral, Resilient Recovery for Cities and Nations”, in New York today:

16 April 2021

United Nations humanitarian staff in Nigeria continue to receive alarming reports of clashes between insurgent groups and the armed forces in the town of Damasak in Borno State.  Recently, they say, non-State armed groups have been searching house to house, reportedly looking for civilians identified as aid workers.

15 April 2021
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Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the World Circular Economy Forum + Climate event today:

9 April 2021

After La Soufriere volcano erupted today in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the United Nations Emergency Technical Team for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Countries met to discuss the pre-positioning of relief items.  The World Food Programme and the United Nations Children’s Fund are also readying supplies.

9 April 2021
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Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohamed’s video message for the Initiative for Revival and Sustainable Development 2021:  Youth Empowerment Initiative Webinar, today:

8 April 2021

The World Food Programme (WFP) said today that, due to significant funding gaps, it is cutting food rations for refugees and internally displaced people in South Sudan.  The cuts will affect nearly 700,000 of them and they will now receive 50 per cent of a full ration, down from 70 per cent.

6 April 2021
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Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the Leaders’ Dialogue on the Africa COVID-Climate Emergency, today:

6 April 2021

At least 11,000 people have fled their homes following an attack by insurgents on the town of Palma, Mozambique, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).  Officials are working around the clock to provide assistance, including blankets and sleeping mats, but warn that hunger is rising.

31 March 2021
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Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the Climate and Development Ministerial Meeting, today:

31 March 2021

A report released today by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan says that community-based militias in the country were responsible for 78 per cent of the 2,421 civilians killed in 2020, more than double than in 2019, as well as for abductions, which tripled in 2020, and conflict-related sexual violence.

30 March 2021
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Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message for Earth Hour 2021, observed 27 March:

26 March 2021

The World Health Organization (WHO) in Myanmar strongly condemns attacks on health-care providers and sites since the military takeover on 1 February.  WHO says 32 attacks on health-care facilities and staff resulted in two deaths and six injuries between 1 February and 24 March.

25 March 2021

The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, today released $14 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to provide shelter and emergency services to over 45,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh displaced by a devastating fire which destroyed critical infrastructure in Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar.

24 March 2021

The World Food Programme said today it has begun providing emergency food aid to vulnerable people in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and urgently needs $170 million to meet critical food and nutrition needs over the next six months.  The agency noted that the outbreak of conflict there coincided with the peak harvest period.

24 March 2021
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Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s video message at the virtual event “Investing in Climate Action”, held today:

23 March 2021
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Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video remarks for the 2021 Ministerial on Climate Action convened by China, the European Union and Canada, in New York and online today:

23 March 2021
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Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks, as prepared for delivery, at a virtual meeting with the African Group today: