Joint virtual briefing for Member States on the COVID-19 pandemic (27 March 2020)

Due to the unprecedented challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to the work of the United Nations, the Presidents of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and the Secretary-General will convene a joint virtual briefing for Member States. The briefing will focus on outreach to Member States and other stakeholders, including the … Read more Joint virtual briefing for Member States on the COVID-19 pandemic (27 March 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: fears of potential outbreaks in Syrian refugee camps

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on March 23 called for a global ceasefire so the world can focus on fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The World Health Organization warned that the virus is heading toward the war-ravaged province of Idlib like a ‘slow moving tsunami’. Armen Georgian, FRANCE 24’s foreign affairs editor, tells us more. Subscribe … Read more Coronavirus pandemic: fears of potential outbreaks in Syrian refugee camps

Could the coronavirus pandemic provide an opportunity for relief in Yemen? | Inside Story

Much of the world’s focus is on the growing coronavirus pandemic. And as the war on the disease is stepped up, the United Nations is calling for a ceasefire in other wars – such as in Syria and Yemen – saying people should be fighting the outbreak, not each other. The warring sides in Yemen … Read more Could the coronavirus pandemic provide an opportunity for relief in Yemen? | Inside Story

UN urges immediate truce in five-year conflict in Yemen

Yemen’s warring parties have welcomed United Nations calls for an immediate truce, as the conflict enters its sixth year. The UN secretary-general has urged an end to hostilities, to focus on fighting the coronavirus pandemic. There has been a recent escalation in violence in Yemen, which is already facing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Al … Read more UN urges immediate truce in five-year conflict in Yemen

Coronavirus outbreak: United Nations warn about the risk of COVID-19 in the developing world

Coronavirus outbreak: United Nations warn about the risk of COVID-19 in the developing world. UN’s under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs Martin Lowcock joins FRANCE24’s Nadiah Massih for more. Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7 http://f24.my/YTliveEN Visit our website: http://www.france24.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://f24.my/youtubeEN Like … Read more Coronavirus outbreak: United Nations warn about the risk of COVID-19 in the developing world

Istanbul prosecutor indicts Saudi suspects for Khashoggi killing

Prosecutors in Turkey have charged 20 Saudis over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. They are all accused of involvement in the death “with monstrous intent”. The United Nations investigator who led an international investigation into the killing has welcomed the indictment. Agnes Callamard again urged the United States to release their findings on the … Read more Istanbul prosecutor indicts Saudi suspects for Khashoggi killing

UN launches virus aid plan, says ‘all of humanity’ at risk

The United Nations is appealing for $2bn to support humanitarian efforts worldwide to fight the pandemic. In an exclusive interview with our Diplomatic Editor, James Bays, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says it is in everyone’s interest to help the world’s poorest nations, especially in areas of conflict. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us … Read more UN launches virus aid plan, says ‘all of humanity’ at risk

Launch of the COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan

On 25 March, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will launch a COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan. The Secretary-General will be joined by the UN’s Under- Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock, WHO Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. We anticipate making embargoed copies of the COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan … Read more Launch of the COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan

Can developing nations handle the COVID-19 pandemic? I Inside Story

Coronavirus infections have now been reported in nearly every country in the world. And the number of people getting sick in Europe and the United States is rising rapidly. However, scientists warn the next big spike could occur in developing regions with already weak health systems. The United Nations is asking for two billion dollars … Read more Can developing nations handle the COVID-19 pandemic? I Inside Story

US school teachers turn to digital world as COVID-19 bites

Eighty percent of the world’s school-age children are out of class because of the coronavirus, according to the United Nations. In the United States, nearly every state has closed all or some of their schools. Some will not reopen until the autumn semester. Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey has more from the country’s largest school district, … Read more US school teachers turn to digital world as COVID-19 bites