Ending ‘Blight’ of Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking ‘A Moral Imperative’, Deputy Secretary-General Stresses in Remarks to High-Level Political Forum

13 Jul

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed’s keynote remarks, as prepared for delivery, to the High-Level Political Forum side event on Sustainable Finance’s Role in Reducing Modern Slavery:  COVID-19’s Lessons on Protecting the Most Vulnerable, in New York today:

Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

10 Jul

Wildlife crime threatens both biodiversity and human health, according to a new United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report.  It finds that many illegally trafficked animals may spread diseases to people, and the pangolin — a possible source of COVID-19 — remains the most trafficked mammal in the world.

Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

10 Jul

Wildlife crime threatens both biodiversity and human health, according to a new United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report.  It finds that many illegally trafficked animals may spread diseases to people, and the pangolin — a possible source of COVID-19 — remains the most trafficked mammal in the world.

COVID-19 Pushing More Government Activities Online Despite Persistent Digital Divide, Annual E-Government Survey Finds

10 Jul

NEW YORK, 10 July (Department of Economic and Social Affairs) — As the COVID-19 pandemic forces lockdowns, most countries and municipalities are pursuing digital government strategies — many with innovative initiatives — but vast numbers of people still do not have access to online services, according to the 2020 edition of the United Nations E‑Government Survey, released today.

COVID-19 Pushing More Government Activities Online Despite Persistent Digital Divide, Annual E-Government Survey Finds

10 Jul

NEW YORK, 10 July (Department of Economic and Social Affairs) — As the COVID-19 pandemic forces lockdowns, most countries and municipalities are pursuing digital government strategies — many with innovative initiatives — but vast numbers of people still do not have access to online services, according to the 2020 edition of the United Nations E‑Government Survey, released today.

Launching Policy Brief, Secretary-General Says Global Aid for Latin America, Including Middle-Income Nations, Inclusive Growth Model Key for Region’s Post‑Pandemic Recovery

9 Jul

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message for the launch of the policy brief on “The Impact of COVID-19 on Latin America and the Caribbean”, in New York today:

Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

9 Jul

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the World Food Programme today jointly warned that funding shortages, conflict and disasters — as well as supply chain challenges, rising food prices and loss of income due to COVID-19 — threaten to leave millions of refugees across Africa without food.