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First Person: Raising a glass to ‘Mama Cheers’

Julian Omalla, who is widely known as “Mama Cheers” after the popular juice brand “Cheers” that her company Delight Uganda produces, is now planning...

‘Digital rights’ key to inclusive post-pandemic recovery: UN experts

They stressed that “digital rights” must be a top priority as countries rebuild civic space both during and after the crisis. “Despite the instrumental role...

Canada: UN independent experts call for ‘full-fledged investigations’ into mass grave at indigenous school

They called on the authorities to probe “the circumstances and responsibilities surrounding these deaths, including forensic examinations of the remains found, and to proceed...

UN launches Decade on Ecosystem Restoration to counter ‘triple environmental emergency’

It calls for stepping up efforts to prevent, halt and reverse degradation of areas such as grasslands, forests, oceans and mountains, essential to all...

Still time to reverse damage to ‘ravaged’ ecosystems, declares UN chief, marking Environment Day 

Kicking off the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, he said the planet was rapidly reaching a “point of no return”, cutting down forests, polluting...

UN health agency urges nations to donate 250 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine

“This week, we’ll probably pass the two billion doses - if we have not already passed it…in terms of number of doses of these...

Yemen: Health, environment and economy remain under threat from stricken oil tanker 

In her first briefing since last July, Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), reminded ambassadors that an agreement reached in...

Accountability crucial to ‘truly relegate’ Syria chemical weapons to history

Izumi Nakamitsu, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, updated delegates on recent developments in the work of the Organisation for the Prohibition of...

UNRWA chief calls for ‘clear and unequivocal guarantees’ on staff safety in Hamas-controlled Gaza

Phillipe Lazzarini issued a strongly-worded statement on Thursday, expressing serious concern at the “magnitude of attacks directed against the senior management of UNRWA in the Gaza...

UN hails new anti-corruption network, as ‘important step’ to build trust, promote justice

UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the General Assembly’s first-ever Special Session against corruption via a video message, that before the COVID-19 pandemic, countries all over...

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