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UN Secretary-General’s message for International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 2020

29 November 2020 – As the United Nations marks its 75th anniversary, the question of Palestine remains distressingly unresolved. The COVID-19 pandemic has decimated the Palestinian economy and undermined the already fragile humanitarian, economic and political situation in Gaza, further entrenched by crippling restrictions on movement and access. Meanwhile, prospects for a viable two-State solution are growing more distant. A …


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African nations ‘far from ready’ for COVID-19 vaccination drive, says UN health agency

27 November 2020 – Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa highlighted the importance of strong planning and preparation for successful inoculations against COVID-19. “The largest immunization drive in Africa’s history is right around the corner, and African governments must urgently ramp up readiness. Planning and preparation will make or break this unprecedented endeavour,” she said. “We need active leadership …


Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November 2020 – We’ve seen the close connection between the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise in reported violence of all kinds. We called it the Shadow Pandemic. We have also seen the difference between the way that our societies and our public services respond to citizens who present with a life-threatening illness, and those who come for help with …

How COVID-19 is changing childhood in South Africa

20 November 2020 – On World Children’s Day, a new report by UNICEF South Africa shows how COVID-19 has presented multiple challenges for children in the country as their safety, nutrition and health have been compromised, while their education has been disrupted. The report, titled “How COVID is changing the face of childhood in South Africa,” details the work that …

PRESS RELEASE: UNICEF calls for averting a lost generation as COVID-19 presents a child rights crisis and changes childhood in South Africa

PRETORIA, 20 November 2020: Children and young people must not be the forgotten and unseen casualties of COVID-19, warned UNICEF South Africa today. Released ahead of World Children’s Day on 20 November, a new report shows how COVID-19 has presented multiple challenges for children in the country as their safety, nutrition and health have been compromised, while their education has …