UN still needs to scrutinize the Philippines

Carlos H. Conde - @inquirerdotnet 09/12/2022

Has the human rights situation in the Philippines improved, as some United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC) member states want to believe? Since Ferdinand Marcos Jr. became president two months ago, Philippine press reports about killings…

Explainer: How climate change drives heatwaves and wildfires

Reuters 07/21/2022

Brutal heatwaves are gripping both Europe and the United States this week and are forecast to dump searing heat on much of China into late August. In addition to record temperatures, wildfires are raging across southern Europe…

World population to hit 8 billion this year; India to overtake China as most populous country in 2023—UN

Agence France Presse 07/11/2022

UNITED NATIONS—The world’s population is expected to reach eight billion on November 15, 2022, the UN forecast Monday in a report that said India will surpass China as the most populous country on earth in 2023. That…

More connected than we think

Segundo Eclar Romero - @inquirerdotnet 03/04/2022

The Ukrainians are fighting and resisting a little too hard, frustrating Russian President Vladimir Putin who did not expect such spirited defiance. Financial and economic sanctions against Putin, his cabal of crony oligarchs, and Russia itself by…

UN warns of dire global impact of a Russian invasion of Ukraine

Agence France Presse 02/24/2022

United Nations, United States — A United Nations meeting on Ukraine Wednesday heard that a full-scale Russian invasion of the country would have a devastating global impact that would likely spark a new “refugee crisis.” The United States…

Israel-Hamas ceasefire holds, UN to launch Gaza aid appeal

Reuters 05/24/2021

JERUSALEM/GAZA — A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas held into a third day on Sunday as mediators spoke to all sides about extending the period of calm after the worst outbreak of fighting in years. Egyptian mediators…

Duterte to UN: Pandemic pushed PH to boost health systems

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 12/04/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed weaknesses of society, prompting the Philippines to prioritize strengthening its health systems, President Rodrigo Duterte said Friday before the United Nations. “The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of…

UN: Philippines gets P182 million int’l aid for typhoon victims

Frances Mangosing - Reporter / @FMangosingINQ 11/20/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The United Nations (UN) has announced P182 million worth of aid to typhoon victims in the Philippines. The European Union, Sweden, Australia, United States, Germany, and New Zealand were among those that extended assistance…

China’s UN envoy: Beat virus before probing its origins

05/07/2020

China will not invite international experts to investigate the source of COVID-19 until the “final victory” over the virus, Beijing’s UN ambassador in Geneva said Wednesday. China’s priority is first beating the pandemic — and secondly countering…

China UN envoy says no intl virus source probe before pandemic over

05/06/2020

GENEVA, Switzerland–China will not prioritise inviting international experts in to investigate the source of COVID-19 until after the pandemic is beaten, Beijing’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva said Wednesday. “The top priority, for the time being,…

Coronavirus pandemic poses big challenges for UN peacekeeping operations

04/09/2020

UNITED NATIONS —  With 110,000 peacekeepers deployed in more than a dozen countries around a world now ravaged by the coronavirus, the United Nations faces twin challenges: keeping those soldiers safe and, more importantly, persuading governments not…

UN launches COVID-19 global humanitarian response plan

03/26/2020

UNITED NATIONS – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday launched a 2-billion-US-dollar global humanitarian response plan to fight COVID-19 in some of the world’s most vulnerable countries. “COVID-19 is menacing the whole of humanity, and so the…

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