World Teachers’ Day highlights need to transform education — Global Issues

The statement comes in their joint message to mark World Teachers’ Day, celebrated annually on 5 October. The international community has committed to transform education – a process that must be led by teachers. The critical partner That’s the firm belief expressed by Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UN educational and cultural agency, UNESCO; Gilbert F. … Read more

New WHO strategy aims to strengthen rapid response to health emergencies — Global Issues

The Emergency Medical Teams (EMT) 2030 Strategy was launched at a meeting in Yerevan, Armenia, bringing together health workers, technical experts and international partners from 110 countries. EMTs are groups of health professionals, including doctors, nurses, paramedics, support workers and logisticians. They are trained and prepared to provide immediate support during an emergency. A stronger … Read more

New UN report urges Europe to step-up action over triple environmental crisis — Global Issues

Action is needed over emissions, waste, pollution and biodiversity loss, it says, adding that solutions can be found, through a focus on a “circular economy” and sustainable infrastructure. The call came during the ninth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference, which runs until Friday, in the report authored by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) … Read more

Guterres says Central African Republic must ‘spare no effort’ to help bring killers of UN peacekeepers to justice — Global Issues

The ‘blue helmets’ from the UN Stabilization Mission in CAR, MINUSCA, were traveling on night patrol, near the village of Kaita, when their vehicle detonated an explosive device. The injured were evacuated to Bouar, where they are receiving treatment at a MINUSCA hospital, the mission said in a statement. MINUSCA said it had launched an … Read more

Climate change heightens threats of violence against women and girls — Global Issues

Presenting a report to the General Assembly on its causes and consequences, Reem Alsalem, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls described climate change as “the most consequential threat multiplier for women and girls, with far-reaching impacts on new and existing forms of gendered inequities”. They maintained that the “cumulative and gendered consequences” … Read more

‘Worrying upsurge’ in deadly cholera, warns Tedros, in wide-ranging global health update — Global Issues

So far, 63 confirmed and probable cases of Ebola Virus infection have been reported, including 29 deaths; 10 infected health workers, four of whom have died; and four people who have recovered and are receiving follow-up care. “WHO has released $2 million from our Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE), and we’re…sending additional specialists, supplies, and … Read more

UN envoy urges dialogue to end political impasse in Iraq — Global Issues

Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, UN Special Representative in Iraq, briefed the Security Council in New York, warning that “public disillusion is running sky-high”, as too many citizens have lost all faith in politicians. Their protracted inaction has sparked protests and counter-protests, culminating in deadly clashes this past August. Direct consequences, ongoing volatility “These tragic developments are indisputably … Read more

The many ways space technologies make the world a better place — Global Issues

Maruška Strah, Executive Director of the World Space Week Association The theme of this year’s World Space Week is “Space and Sustainability”. The UN Week, the largest annual space the world, will focus on explaining how the technologies developed to send objects and people into space, having a direct benefit on the ground. Maruška Strah, … Read more

Angela Merkel awarded top UN refugee prize, for aid to Syrians fleeing war — Global Issues

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi lauded Ms. Merkel for displaying “great moral and political courage” in helping so many survive and rebuild their lives, who had been forced to flee brutal fighting at home. ‘Humanitarian imperative’ The former scientist, who led her country for 16 years, stepping down only last year, welcomed the … Read more

Five years of violence in northern Mozambique has forced nearly a million to flee — Global Issues

As the conflict in Cabo Delgado province has not subsided, UNHCR is appealing for both an end to the bloodshed and greater international support for the displaced and local communities hosting them. The situation has had a devastating impact on the population, Spokesperson Matthew Saltmarsh told journalists in Geneva. Beheadings, rapes and burnings “People have … Read more