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Pause Before Sharing, To Help Stop Viral Spread of COVID-19 Misinformation

That’s the latest message from the United Nations’ Verified initiative, which wants people around the world to pause before sharing emotionally charged content on social media.

“One of the ways it [misinformation] is spreading is the way people are sharing”, Melissa Fleming, who oversees the UN’s global communications effort, said on the eve of the Pause campaign’s launch, chosen to coincide with Social Media Day. More

UN High-Level Visit Fiji, New Zealand and Australia

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHO: Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

WHAT: Mission to Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia

WHEN: 23-28 February 2020

WHERE: Suva, Wellington, and Canberra

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock will be visiting the Pacific for the first time as UN Humanitarian Chief. He will be there to explore the important contribution Fiji, New Zealand and Australia make to the global humanitarian system.

Mr Lowcock will be in Suva, Fiji on 23-24 February, where he will meet senior Government officials and humanitarian partners. On 24 February, he will travel to Deuba in Serua Province to meet people from coastal communities and take stock of the humanitarian consequences of climate change in low lying islands.

Mr Lowcock will then travel to Wellington, New Zealand, on 25-26 February, followed by Canberra, Australia, on 27-28 February for a series of meetings with senior Government officials to discuss key humanitarian issues and strategic partnerships in the Asia Pacific region and globally.

For further information on media opportunities during the mission, please contact:

Zoe Paxton, + 1 917 297 1542 zoe.paxton@un.org

Note To Correspondents

In response to questions on the Middle East, the Spokesman for the Secretary-General has the following to say:

The Secretary-General has seen the announcement of the United States plan for the Middle East. The position of the United Nations on the two-State solution has been defined, throughout the years, by relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions by which the Secretariat is bound.

The United Nations remains committed to supporting Palestinians and Israelis to resolve the conflict on the basis of United Nations resolutions, international law and bilateral agreements and realizing the vision of two States – Israel and Palestine – living side by side in peace and security within recognized borders, on the basis of the pre-1967 lines.

28 January 2020
Stephane Dujarric

Spokesman for the Secretary-General

 

Statement To The Press By Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

The New Year has begun with our world in turmoil.
We are living in dangerous times.

Geopolitical tensions are at their highest level this century.
And this turbulence is escalating.

Even nuclear non-proliferation can no longer be taken for granted.
This cauldron of tensions is leading more and more countries to take unpredicted decisions with unpredictable consequences and a profound risk of miscalculation.

At the same time, we see trade and technological conflicts that fracture world markets, undermine growth and widen inequalities.

And all the while, our planet is on fire. The climate crisis rages on.

In many parts of the world, we see many people frustrated and angry. We see increased social unrest and growing extremism, nationalism and radicalization, with a dangerous advance of terrorism, notably in Africa.

This situation cannot go on.

I have been following the recent rise in global tensions with great concern.
I am in constant contact with leading officials around the world.

My message is simple and clear:
Stop escalation.
Exercise maximum restraint.
Re-start dialogue.
Renew international cooperation.
Let us not forget the terrible human suffering caused by war.

As always, ordinary people pay the highest price. It is our common duty to avoid it.

Thank you.

New York, 6 January 2019

What is Important to you? What should be the priorities? Let the UN hear Your Voice!

This year is the UN’s 75th Anniversary and we have launched the biggest-ever global conversation. What is important to you? What should be the priorities?

Let the UN hear your voice. Add your voice here: https://un75.online/

We asked the UN Head of Disaster Risk Reduction for her view and she said “disaster risk reduction is about people it is about human rights and must be central to all discussions and actions”. Listen below:

For more information on the UN global conversation for all click here

This Year, My New Year’s Message is to the Greatest Source of Hope – The World’s Young People

From here at the United Nations, I join you in welcoming the New Year. We enter 2020 with uncertainty and insecurity all around.

Persistent inequality and rising hatred.
A warring world and a warming planet.

Climate change is not only a long-term problem but a clear and present danger.
We cannot afford to be the generation that fiddled while the planet burned.

But there is also hope.

This year, my New Year’s message is to the greatest source of that hope: the world’s young people.
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