Press Articles and Opinion Pieces

Climate Action For People and Planet: The Time is Now

In this pivotal year for humanity, now is the time for bold climate action.

The science is irrefutable and globally agreed: to stop the climate crisis from becoming a permanent catastrophe, we must limit global heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius.  

A crisis with a woman's face

As the world marks International Women’s Day in the midst of a global pandemic, one stark fact is clear: the COVID-19 crisis has a woman’s face.

Carbon Neutrality by 2050: theWorld’s Most Urgent Mission

As the world marks the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, a promising movement for carbon neutrality is taking shape. 

75th Anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Time to end the nuclear menace

This month marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, when humanity learned of the devastation a single nuclear bomb can unleash.  The lingering suffering caused to the survivors, the hibakusha, should give us daily motivation to eliminate all nuclear arms. They have shared their stories so the horror experienced by Hiroshima and Nagasaki will never be forgotten.  Yet the nuclear threat is growing once more.

Global Wake-Up Call

From COVID-19 to climate disruption, from racial injustice to rising inequalities, we are a world in turmoil.

At the same time, we are an international community with an enduring vision – embodied in the United Nations Charter, which marks its 75th anniversary this year. That vision of a better future —  based on the values of equality, mutual respect and international cooperation —  has helped us to avoid a Third World War that would have had catastrophic consequences for life on our planet.

COVID-19 is unlikely to leave Africa unscathed

The African continent’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has provided valuable lessons for the rest of the world in meeting this challenge.  Most African countries have moved rapidly to deepen regional coordination, deploy health workers and enforce quarantines, lockdowns and border closures.

We Need to Take Action to Address the Mental Health Crisis in This Pandemic

The COVID-19 virus is not only attacking our physical health; it is also increasing psychological suffering. Mental health is at the core of our humanity. It enables us to lead rich and fulfilling lives and to participate fully in our communities.

via: Time

The pandemic is exposing and exploiting inequalities of all kinds, including gender inequality

In an opinion piece published in various newspapers around the world, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warns that the COVID-19 pandemic is not only challenging global health systems, but it also challenges our commitment to equality and human dignity.  In this piece, the UN Chief emphasizes that women’s interests and rights should be front and centre to benefit everyone.