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Coronavirus 29-09-2020

Global coronavirus deaths pass ‘agonising milestone’ of 1 million

The global death toll from COVID-19 rose past 1 million on Tuesday (29 September), according to a Reuters tally, a bleak milestone in a pandemic that has devastated the global economy, overloaded health systems and changed the way people live.
Azerbaijan 28-09-2020

Dozens dead as world leaders urge halt to Azerbaijan-Armenia clashes

At least 24 people have died after deadly clashes between arch foes Armenia and Azerbaijan, as the latest violence in the decades-long territorial dispute sparked international calls Sunday (27 September) to halt the fighting.
Global Europe 25-09-2020

Cyprus says committed to reunification talks, but not at gunpoint

Cyprus is committed to reunification talks with estranged Turkish Cypriots but not at gunpoint, its president said on Thursday (24 September) on a dispute which has deepened Greece-Turkey tensions and stymied European Union policy-making on Belarus.
Central Asia 24-09-2020

Kazakh leader calls for bioweapons agency to address ‘global dysfunction’

"Reaching a COVID-19 vaccine trade and investment agreement" should be a top priority for global leaders, and could help take "politics out of the vaccine," Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev told the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday (23 September).
Global Europe 24-09-2020

New bid but little hope to reform UN Security Council

A flurry of world leaders have appealed again to the United Nations to reform the Security Council, reviving a bid launched 15 years ago.
Global Europe 21-09-2020

US to slap sanctions on over two dozen targets tied to Iran arms

The United States will sanction more than two dozen people and entities involved in Iran’s nuclear, missile and conventional arms programs, putting teeth behind UN sanctions on Tehran that Washington argues have resumed despite the opposition of allies and adversaries.
Europe's East 16-09-2020

EU calls for UN monitoring of Belarus rights abuses

The European Union is calling for close monitoring of the human rights situation in Belarus by the UN human rights chief, adding to pressure on Minsk following what it calls a "fraudulent election", a draft document showed.
Development Policy 15-09-2020

UN chief to push pandemic ceasefire at world leaders meeting, but fears opportunities lost

UN Secretary-General António Guterres will use his annual address to world leaders next week to push for a global ceasefire until the end of 2020 so countries can fight the coronavirus pandemic
Global Europe 16-08-2020

Trump says he probably would not participate in Putin Iran summit

US President Donald Trump on Saturday (15 August) all but dismissed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s call for a summit of world leaders to discuss Iran, saying he probably would not participate.
EU-Africa 06-08-2020

DR Congo armed groups killed 1,300 in first half of 2020: UN

More than 1,300 people were killed in the first half of 2020 by armed groups in DR Congo, three times more than in the same period in 2019, according to a report published on Wednesday (5 August) by the United Nations.
Global Europe 23-07-2020

World leaders to send videos instead of traveling to UN for September assembly

World leaders will send videos instead of physically gathering at the United Nations in September due to the coronavirus pandemic, the General Assembly decided on Wednesday (22 July), a move that paves the way for people wary of traveling to...
Global Europe 01-07-2020

International donors pledge $7.7 billion in aid to Syria

International donors pledged $7.7 billion in aid to face the ongoing humanitarian crisis at a Syrian aid summit co-hosted by the EU and the United Nations on Tuesday (30 June).
Global Europe 23-06-2020

Palestinians rally against Trump Mideast plan

Thousands of Palestinians on Monday (22 June) demonstrated against US President Donald Trump's plan for the Middle East that includes Israel's annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank.
Global Europe 18-06-2020

U2 frontman Bono helps Ireland win seat in UN Security Council

Mexico, India, Ireland and Norway were elected to the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday (17 June), but the 193 UN member states must return on Thursday to continue voting to fill one more vacant seat after there was no clear winner.
Development Policy 29-05-2020

Some 50 world leaders call for post-pandemic development cooperation

World leaders on Thursday (29 May) called for resilience and cooperation after the pandemic recedes, during a UN videoconference in which the United States, China and Russia did not participate.
Coronavirus 19-05-2020

EU backs WHO as its members agree to independent probe of COVID-19 outbreak

World Health Organisation member states agreed on Tuesday (19 May) to an independent probe into the UN agency's handling of the coronavirus crisis. The agreement came with an EU-brokered resolution that called for multilateralism and was in stark contrast to US criticism of the body's actions during the pandemic.
Global Europe 05-05-2020

Vaccine telethon raises billions as Europe eases virus lockdown

Hopes rose in the fight against the coronavirus on Monday (4 May) as world leaders pledged billions of euros for a vaccine in a special telethon and European countries edged out of lockdown.
Global Europe 24-04-2020

COVID-19, the knockout punch for multilateralism?

The coronavirus pandemic blindsided international organisations, prompted individual states to unilaterally strike out alone and heralded a new chapter in the 21st century's chief geopolitical rivalry between the United States and China.
Global Europe 23-04-2020

UN chief warns against repressive measures amid coronavirus crisis

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday (23 April) the coronavirus could give some countries an excuse to adopt repressive measures for reasons unrelated to the pandemic as he warned that the outbreak risks becoming a human rights crisis.
Development Policy 22-04-2020

Pandemic threatens ‘biblical famines’, warns UN food programme

The COVID-19 pandemic could lead to 'biblical famines' and almost double the number of people suffering acute hunger, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Tuesday (21 April) as it released a new report on food crises around the world.
Global Europe 09-04-2020

UN searching for new Libya envoy after US blockage

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has begun searching for a new envoy to Libya, diplomatic sources said Wednesday (8 April), after the United States refused to endorse the previous candidate.
Global Europe 03-04-2020

COVID-19: Worst is yet to come in conflict zones, UN chief warns

In countries stricken by conflict, where health systems have already collapsed, "the worst is yet to come" as the coronavirus continues to spread, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Friday (3 April), reiterating his call for a global ceasefire to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health 01-04-2020

Lille football club commits to reaching carbon neutrality

Lille's football club, Losc, has committed to reaching the commitments of the UN-sponsored "Climate Neutral Now" initiative and is the first French club to do so. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 26-03-2020

Three billion people under lockdown as UN warns virus threatens humanity

More than three billion people are living under lockdown measures as soaring death tolls in Europe and the US on Wednesday (25 March) underlined a United Nations warning that the coronavirus pandemic threatens all of humanity.
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