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PRESS RELEASE: United Nations in South Africa extends its condolences on the passing of Ms. Zindzi Mandela

Date: 13 July 2020, Pretoria: The United Nations in South Africa is extending its condolences on the passing of Ms. Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of the late President Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. “It was with a great sense of shock and sadness that I learned of the passing on of Ms. Zindzi Mandela,” said the head of the UN …


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Unite human, animal and environmental health to prevent the next pandemic – UN Report

14 July 2020 – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take lives and disrupt economies across the world, a new report warns that further outbreaks will emerge unless governments take active measures to prevent other zoonotic diseases from crossing into the human population, and sets out ten recommendations to prevent future pandemics. The report, Preventing the Next Pandemic: Zoonotic diseases …


Infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women – REPORT

The report, ‘Infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women’ examines the numerous barriers women and girls face when trying to access basic services – such as education and healthcare – or economic opportunities. As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates, women and girls are more exposed to the effects of pandemics – economically, socially and health-wise. Poor infrastructure can …

Countering Terrorism during the COVID-19 pandemic

The wide-ranging impacts of COVID-19 have the potential to exacerbate grievances, undermine social cohesion and fuel conflict, creating the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism and violent extremism. Terrorists are exploiting the disruption, uncertainty and economic hardships caused by COVID-19 to spread fear, hate and division and radicalize and recruit new followers. While governments around the world are focused …

COVID-19 and Higher Education: The Path Forward After the Pandemic

10 July 2020: UNESCO estimates that over 1.5 billion students in 165 countries are out of school due to COVID-19. The pandemic has forced the global academic community to explore new ways of teaching and learning, including distance and online education. This has proven challenging for both students and educators, who have to deal with the emotional, physical and economic …

PRESS RELEASE UNODC World Wildlife Crime Report 2020: The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that wildlife crime is a threat not only to the environment and biodiversity, but also to human health

Vienna (Austria), 10 July 2020 – The World Wildlife Crime Report 2020 launched today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) emphasizes the threat that wildlife trafficking poses to nature and the biodiversity of the planet. The report highlights the trafficking of some wild species – pangolins, birds, turtles, tigers, bears and many more. When wild animals …