WHO announces plan for ‘profound transformation’ following sexual abuse allegations in DR Congo |

The assurance came this Thursday from WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, while announcing a Management Response Plan to address the findings of an independent commission.  “This plan outlines the changes we will make as an organisation to...

Only ‘real equality’ can end vicious cycle of poverty |

Presenting his report, The persistence of poverty: how real equality can break the vicious cycle, Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Olivier De Shutter, said that...

1.5 billion people, living with soil too salty to be fertile  |

The information is part of the Global Map of Salt-Affected Soils, a new tool launched this Wednesday by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).   These soils are less fertile...

DAAD – Appel à candidatures pour bourses d’études 2022-2023

Photo Credit: Global Diaspora News (www.GlobalDiasporaNews.com). DAAD – Appel à candidatures pour bourses d’études 2022-2023 Source of original article: Université d’Abomey-Calavi (UAC) / University of...

Business leaders join UN chief to step up action for sustainability  |

The Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD) Alliance, which brings together 30 business giants worth an estimated $16 trillion, met Mr. Guterres in New York, and outlined concrete actions for the future.   Since October 2019,...

UN chief ‘deeply concerned’ at reported air strikes on Tigray capital  |

Speaking to reporters in New York, the UN Spokesperson said the Organization was still trying to verify the details, but it is worried about the potential impact on civilians who reside or work...

UNESCO initiative to ‘unlock’ knowledge for biodiversity protection   |

Launching the new programme, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said that scientists and local residents would take samples of genetic material from fish waste, mucous membranes or cells, eDNA, to monitor species.  “Marine World Heritage...

Flora and fauna face a trifecta of threats in Seychelles

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com).  The Thomasset's frog is one of the endangered species. (Jim Labisko) Photo license   (Seychelles News Agency) - Development by humans, the introduction...

Food Heroes: Ethiopian avocado farmer’s ‘transformational’ crop |

Bogale Borena set up an avocado nursery in Yirgalem in the south of Ethiopia, and has been so successful with the venture that he was...

Portuguese beaches lead the way during UN, EU clean-up campaign  |

Every year, millions of tons of litter end up in the ocean, often having a direct and deadly impact on wildlife, from seabirds to whales, fish to invertebrates.   With that...

International Day honours rural women’s critical role in feeding the world |

On the International Day of Rural Women, observed this Friday, UN Women is calling for an end to this paradox by dismantling the unequal power relationship between women...

Food Hero: Cameroon’s shrimp entrepreneur |

Cameroon sits on the Atlantic coast where Western and Central Africa meet. It was named “Rio dos Camarões” or, “River of Prawns”, by Portuguese explorers, because...

Sustainable transport key to green energy shift: UN Secretary-General |

The two-day UN Sustainable Transport Conference, which opened on Thursday, will examine how transportation can contribute to climate response, economic growth and sustainable development.  It...

COVID-19 caused rise in TB deaths for first time in a decade, gains ‘reversed’ ...

New data from the UN health agency highlighted how years of global progress in tackling the preventable disease had been “reversed” since the pandemic...

Biodiversity commitment builds hope for ‘living in harmony with nature’  |

The Kunming Declaration, adopted at the end of the UN Biodiversity Conference’s latest High Level Segment, which took place in Kunming, China, calls on the States Parties to act urgently on biodiversity protection in decision-making and recognise the importance of...

When disaster strikes, developing countries still too vulnerable  |

That’s the alert from UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who on Wednesday – the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction – urged greater international solidarity for the many countries that...

​​​​​​​With clock ticking, sustainable transport key to Global Goals |

The “clock is ticking on our 2030 timeline” to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Change Agreement, the head of...

Working on Columbus Day? It depends on where your job is

Photo Credit: Global Diaspora News (www.GlobalDiasporaNews.com). Depending on where in the United States you live and whom you work for, Columbus Day may be a...

UN chief calls for bold action to end ‘suicidal war with nature’ |

“We are losing our suicidal war against nature,” he said in a video message to the meeting, which is mainly being held virtually.  The UN chief...

“It will help me to achieve my dream”: Helping Iraqi girls stay in school...

When COVID-19 closed schools in Basra, southern Iraq, the academic prospects for many schoolgirls were put at risk. On International Day of The Girl...

Food Hero: Cultivating women farmers in Georgia |

Irina Vasilyeva has been chosen as one of 17 Food Heroes by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Agency (FAO), as an example of how access to...

Make mental healthcare for all a reality, urges Guterres  |

Reminding that millions of people face grief over lost family members and friends, that many are anxious over job security, and that older people may...

Access to a healthy environment, declared a human right by UN rights council |

In resolution 48/13, the Council called on States around the world to work together, and with other partners, to implement this newly recognised right.  The text, proposed...

World misses most 2020 mental health targets: WHO |

Released on Friday, the latest edition of the Mental Health Atlas ‘paints a disappointing picture, which shows that increased attention given to mental health in recent...