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  1. 130 Countries Promise to Protect and Invest in Health Care Workers

    - Inter Press Service

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 23 (IPS) - The countries signed a statement in support of the 2021 International Year of Health and Care Workers. The statement was launched at an informal meeting of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. One hundred and thirty countries have signed a statement recognising the efforts of health care workers, first responders and essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic – "one of the greatest global challenges in the history of the United Nations".

  2. Small businesses unprepared for pandemic-sized climate shock ‘every decade’

    - UN News

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      Small businesses which make up more than half of the global workforce were 2.5 times more likely to go under than larger firms in the first months of COVID-19, the International Trade Centre (ITC) said on Wednesday, warning that the impact of climate change could cause pandemic-scale disruption “every decade”.

  3. Maldives General Assembly Presidency Renews Hope for Small Island Developing States

    - Inter Press Service

    JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Jun 23 (IPS) - Earlier this month, Abdulla Shahid, the Maldives’ foreign minister, was elected President of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), which commences in September.

  4. Digital Media on the Frontline: Supporting the Ones who Support the Rest

    - Inter Press Service

    NEW YORK, Jun 22 (IPS) - For Dr Farzana Khan, a frontline worker and a second-generation immigrant from Pakistan living in California, social media helped her connect and realign herself during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  5. Link between education and well-being never clearer, UN pushes for ‘health-promoting’ schools

    - UN News

    With school closures triggered by COVID-19 disrupting both education and access to nutritious meals, two UN agencies on Tuesday launched new measures to help improve the well-being of 1.9 billion school-aged children and adolescents around the world. 

  6. Time running out to prevent ‘worst case scenario’ arising in Afghanistan

    - UN News

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    With all the major indicators for Afghanistan’s security and development looking “negative or stagnant” as international troops withdraw, the threats that lie ahead cannot be overstated, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Tuesday. 

  7. Great Barrier Reef in danger, UN World Heritage Committee draft report finds

    - UN News

    A United Nations body is recommending that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef be included on a list of world heritage in danger, according to a draft report issued on Monday, a move which has been heavily criticized by the Australian Government.  

  8. Famine knocking at the door of 41 million worldwide, WFP warns

    - UN News

    Famine is already present in four countries but millions more people are at risk, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Tuesday, underscoring the need for urgent funding and humanitarian access to reach those in need. 

  9. ‘Invisible’ stateless people could miss out on COVID-19 jabs, UNHCR warns

    - UN News

    Millions of stateless people around the world could miss out on COVID-19 vaccinations because they lack identity papers and are essentially “invisible to the authorities”.

  10. The Importance of Being Listed: Why Politics Threaten the Protection of Children in Armed Conflict

    - Inter Press Service

    WASHINGTON DC, Jun 22 (IPS) - Frontline workers who document and respond to violations against children have faced a particularly challenging last year, from the impact of Covid-19 on operations and child protection to the record levels of displacement worldwide to the ever-worsening threats from militaries and non-state armed groups.

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