News headlines in January 2022

  1. Tonga tsunami: ‘Kids were screaming as if a war was upon us’

    - UN News

    A Tongan family’s trip to visit relatives on Mango island earlier this month turned into a nightmare, when the country was devastated by the eruption of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai underwater volcano, and subsequent tsunami.

  2. Military solution for Syria remains 'an illusion': Pedersen

    - UN News

    With no shifts in the frontlines in almost two years, the UN Special Envoy for Syria warnedt he Security Council about “a strategic stalemate” in the nearly 11-year-old war. 

  3. WHO: New guidance on treating complications due to unsafe abortion

    - UN News

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    New insights into quality of care for girls and women facing medical complications due to unsafe abortion were published on Wednesday by the UN health agency and partners.

  4. COVID-19 cases in the Americas reach highest level yet

    - UN News

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    More than eight million new COVID-19 cases were reported in the Americas last week, the highest weekly caseload since the start of the pandemic, the head of the regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO) told journalists on Wednesday. 

  5. Heatwave and Drought Hit South Americas Crops and Economy

    - Inter Press Service

    BUENOS AIRES, Jan 26 (IPS) - Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, the three major agricultural producers in South America, are currently experiencing a prolonged period of drought and low water levels in their main rivers. This is severely impacting harvests, as well as river transport of important summer crops, with maize and soybeans the main casualties. 

  6. Bachelet: ‘We need to push back against hatred’

    - UN News

    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, warned on Wednesday that “racism and xenophobia are rising sharply”, highlighting violent attacks on Jewish sites and antisemitic incidents reported in many countries.

  7. ‘We cannot abandon the people of Afghanistan’ Guterres tells Security Council

    - UN News

    With Afghanistan “hanging by a thread” six months after the Taliban takeover, the world cannot abandon the country now – for the sake of its people and overall global security, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Wednesday. 

  8. Future of Coral Reefs in the Time of Climate Change

    - Inter Press Service

    NEW JERSEY, Jan 26 (IPS) - Coral reefs are one of the world’s most biologically diverse and productive ecosystems. They provide abundant ecological goods and services and are central to the socio-economic and cultural welfare of coastal and island communities – throughout tropical and subtropical ocean countries – by contributing billions of dollars to the local and global economies, when combined with tourism and recreation.

  9. UN mourns ‘true pioneer’: Brigadier General Constance Emefa Edjeani-Afenu

    - UN News

    For the United Nations’ Secretary General, Brigadier General Constance Emefa Edjeani-Afenu, who passed away this week in her home country, Ghana, was “a true pioneer.” 

  10. Battle for Palestine: & the Day When David Felled Goliath with a Stone

    - Inter Press Service

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 26 (IPS) - When Israeli Ambassador Gilat Erdan made an unusual presentation before the Security Council last week displaying a large rock, which he claimed, was hurled at Israeli vehicles in the Occupied Territories, a reporter at a UN press conference asked whether Palestinians will be given the right of reply--- by displaying in the Security Council chamber an Uzi sub- machine gun or a bulldozer deployed by Israeli armed forces against civilian demonstrations.

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