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There has been a lot of misinformation on COVID-19:  no, putting pepper in your soup won’t help and house flies do not transmit the virus, these are some of the rumours.  Help us put it straight – stamp  out the rumours – be properly informed – have a look at the WHO myth buster page.

You can also find more information and keep
up to date  on the UN Coronavirus Global
Emergency Site. 

Science, Solidarity, Solutions.

Deep Fakes, Dis- and Mis-information and Hacking: Preventing Conflict in the Cyber Age

One of the most significant challenges facing mediators today is managing the volume, variety and velocity of information on social media, including disinformation and hate speech. As the UN’s lead entity for conflict prevention and peacebuilding, DPPA has a central role to play, including by engaging with social media companies and in implementing the UN Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech. More

Release of the 2021 Global Report on Food Crises and high-level launch event

On 5 May 2021, the Global Network Against Food Crises (GNAFC) – an international alliance working to address the root causes of extreme hunger – will release the 2021 edition of the Global Report on Food Crises, an annual report issued since 2017.

The Report will reveal the latest number of people experiencing acute food insecurity and malnutrition in countries beset by food crises; the worst food crises of 2020, providing regional- and country-level overviews; an analysis of the drivers that contributed to food crises in 2020, including how the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded pre-existing drivers and pushed up levels of extreme hunger.

The release of the Report comes amid mounting famine concern without urgent humanitarian anticipatory action.

The report will go live on 5 May 2021, at 10.00 Rome time, here. Continue reading

Fiji Police Force receive personal protective equipment to assist the COVID-19 response

Police officers in Fiji have been on the frontline supporting government’s response measures to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuring safety and security of all Fijians. New Zealand and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) worth FJ$85,500 to the Fiji Police Force to help protect individual police officers from potential health risks. More

Secretary-General’s message marking the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace

The COVID-19 pandemic is a tragic reminder of how deeply connected we are.

There is a clear and urgent need for concrete multilateral solutions, based on common action across borders for the good of all humanity, starting with the equitable distribution of vaccines as a global public good. Continue reading