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Pause Campaign Press Release: United Nations Secretary-General calls for individual action to combat misinformation

21 October 2020 — United NationsSecretary-General António Guterres will launch a groundbreaking global online action tomorrow (21 October), calling on people around the world to#PledgetoPausebefore they share content online. The activation is part of a wider behavior change campaign that aims to create a new social media norm to help combat the rising impact of viral misinformation. In a video …


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Harnessing Urbanization to Accelerate SDG Implementation in a Post-COVID-19 World

20 October 2020 – In less than a year, COVID-19 has unleashed a near perfect Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) storm across the world. It now threatens to disrupt many of the sustainable development gains of the last two decades, and possibly delay the implementation of the SDGs beyond 2030. This urban pandemic started, and was later contained, in an East …


Data, Partnerships and a Strengthened Food System: Accelerating Progress Towards Zero Hunger

19 October 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic has made the world aware of how interconnected the food system is. Restrictions on movement have stalled the transfer of food from producers to consumers all along the food supply chain. The implications of the disruption to the food system remain vague. What we do know, however, is that we cannot afford to …

COVID-19 vaccine: UNICEF to stockpile more than half a billion syringes by year’s end

19 October 2020 – As soon as vaccines are licensed for use, the world will need as many syringes as doses of vaccine, said UNICEF on Monday. To begin preparations, this year, UNICEF will stockpile 520 million syringes in its warehouses, part of a larger plan to have a billion syringes ready for use through 2021, to guarantee initial supply …

WORLD FOOD DAY – Guarantee affordable food for all through better policies on agriculture (Op-Ed by Nardos Bekele-Thomas)

16 October 2020 – We celebrate today on 16th October the World Food Day (WFD), whose theme this year is Grow, nourish, sustain. Together. Our actions are our future. The purpose is to raise awareness and take decisive actions over food production, hunger and malnutrition worldwide. This sort of initiative is as relevant today as it was at the time …

PRESS RELEASE: UNIDO’s South Africa Project wins International Energy Award

15 October 2020 – South Africa’s largest energy efficiency initiative, the SA Industrial Energy Efficiency Project, has won the highest international accolade for an energy programme – the International Energy Project of the Year, awarded by the global Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). The award was accepted by national project manager, Alf Hartzenburg of the National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC-SA) …