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COVID-19 sparks increased demand for mental health services: UNFPA

12 October 2020 – Counsellors report urgent demands for mental and psychosocial support, particularly among women and girls who are facing an increase in gender-based violence, in addition to challenges brought on by the crisis. Pema, a mental health counsellor who volunteers with UNFPA in central Bhutan, has witnessed this first-hand. “This lockdown has brought the whole country to a …


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STATEMENT: World Food Programme awarded Nobel Peace Prize Statement by WFP Executive Director David Beasley

9 October 2020 – Every one of the 690 million hungry people in the world today has the right to live peacefully and without hunger. Today, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has turned the global spotlight on them and on the devastating consequences of conflict. Climate shocks and economic pressures have further compounded their plight. And now, a global pandemic with …


Secretary-General’s statement on the awarding of the 2020 Nobel Prize for Peace to the World Food Programme:

9 OCTOBER 2020 – I am delighted by the decision of the Nobel Committee to award this year’s Prize for Peace to the United Nations World Food Programme. The World Food Programme is the world’s first responder on the frontlines of food insecurity. In a world of plenty, it is unconscionable that hundreds of millions go to bed each night …

UN World Food Programme wins 2020 Nobel Peace Prize

The agency was recognized “for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict”, said Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. WFP is the largest humanitarian organization in the world. Last …

Stillbirths: An unnecessary, unspeakable tragedy – UN report

9 October 2020 – A Neglected Tragedy: The Global Burden of Stillbirths, released by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), reveals that 84 per cent of these grievous episodes occur in low and lower-middle income countries. The first-ever joint global estimates also point …

COVID-19 Response Report for September 2020 by UNICEF South Africa Country Office

7 October 2020 – South Africa moved to Alert Level 1 on September 21, as new COVID-19 infections continued to slow across the country and the National Department of Health (NDoH) reported that the epidemiological curve has plateaued. UNICEF and partners are now working on further scaling up risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) efforts to prevent a second wave, …