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Harness ‘transformative potential’ of urbanization for people and planet, UN urges, marking World Habitat Day

5 October 2020 – The need is all the more pressing given the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact, UN Secretary-General António Guterres outlined in a message. “Access to clean water and sanitation, along with social distancing, are key responses to the pandemic. Yet in slums it has proved difficult to implement these measures,” said Mr. Guterres. “This means an increased …


COVID-19 underscores need to deliver on promise of landmark women’s rights conference

2 October 2020 – António Guterres issued the charge in a speech to a UN General Assembly high-level meeting to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China. The Beijing Conference, as it is known, marked a significant turning point on the global agenda, making it clear that women’s rights are at …

UN chief reiterates call for global ceasefire, marking International Day of Non-Violence

2 October 2020 – In a message, Secretary-General António Guterres reminded everyone of their “special” duty, to stop the fighting and to focus on the common enemy, COVID-19. “There is only one winner of conflict during a pandemic: the virus itself,” said Mr. Guterres. “As the pandemic took hold, I called for a global ceasefire. Today we need a new …

As UN marks 75 years, let us work together to realize the opportunities in African unity

1 October 2020 – How is COVID-19 affecting Africa’s priorities such as the Sustainable Development Goals and Africa’s Agenda 2063? As you are aware, Agendas 2030 and 2063 are very much aligned. Priority areas such as ending poverty and hunger, achieving food security and addressing some of the broader socio-economic challenges in health, education and employment, particularly for the most …

Could this be a turning point for Africa’s health systems?

1 October 2020 – Since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed on the continent in February 2020, Africa’s response, led by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has been commendable. Governments moved quickly to institute public health measures to curb its spread. However, more is needed to ensure that Africa harnesses the urgency of the …