Category Archives: Reports and Publications

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

Are We Building Back Better? Evidence from 2020 and Pathways for Inclusive Green Recovery Spending

COVID-19  has led to a global crisis threatening the lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable by increasing poverty, exacerbating inequalities, and damaging long-term economic growth prospects. The report, Are We Building Back Better? Evidence from 2020 and Pathways for Inclusive Green Recovery Spending, provides an analysis of over 3500 fiscal policies announced by leading economies in 2020 and calls for governments to invest more sustainably and tackle inequalities as they stimulate growth in the wake of the devastation wrought by the pandemic. More

Climate Ambition Summit to mark Paris Agreement 5-year anniversary

The United Nations, United Kingdom and France are proud to co-convene the Climate Ambition Summit 2020, in partnership with Chile and Italy on 12 December, exactly five years since the adoption of the Paris Agreement.

The Summit is a major step on the road to the next UN Climate Conference, COP26, which will be hosted by the UK next November in Glasgow. It will provide leaders with a global platform to showcase commitments to tackle climate change. Continue reading

Launch of policy brief on the impact of COVID-19 on Southeast Asia

As in other parts of the world, the health, economic and political impact of COVID-19 has been significant across Southeast Asia — hitting the most vulnerable the hardest. The pandemic has highlighted deep inequalities, shortfalls in governance and the imperative for a sustainable development pathway. And it has revealed new challenges, including to peace and security. More

Temporary Basic Income to protect the world’s poorest people could slow the surge in COVID-19 cases, says UNDP

The immediate introduction of a Temporary Basic Income for the world’s poorest people could slow the current surge in COVID-19 cases by enabling nearly three billion people to stay at home, according to a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report named Temporary Basic Income: Protecting Poor and Vulnerable People in Developing Countries .

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The 2010 – 2020 UN News Decade in Review, part three

The final part looks at the launch of the 2030 Agenda, the UN’s blueprint for a better future for all; the humanitarian response to the Rohingya refugee crisis; the successful end to the mandate of the UN Liberia Mission; and fresh momentum in the fight against the climate crisis, despite disappointment over COP25. More

A staggering one-in-three women experience physical, sexual abuse

Violence against women and girls is among the most widespread, and devastating human rights violations in the world, but much it is often unreported due to impunity, shame and gender inequality, the UN highlighted ahead of Monday’s World Day to stamp out abuse of women and girls. More 

WMO Confirms Past 4 years Were Warmest On Record

Geneva, 6 February 2019: In a clear sign of continuing long-term climate change associated with record atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 have been confirmed as the four warmest years on record.

A consolidated analysis by the World Meteorological Organization of five leading international datasets showed that the global average surface temperature in 2018 was approximately 1.0° Celsius (with a margin of error of ±0.13°C) above the pre-industrial baseline (1850-1900). It ranks as the fourth warmest year on record.

WMO confirms past 4 years were warmest on record

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Climate Change Signals and Impacts Continue in 2018

The long-term warming trend has continued in 2018, with the average global temperature set to be the fourth highest on record. The 20 warmest years on record have been in the past 22 years, with the top four in the past four years, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Other tell-tale signs of climate change, including sea level rise, ocean heat and acidification and sea-ice and glacier melt continue, whilst extreme weather left a trail of devastation on all continents, according to the WMO provisional Statement on the State of the Climate in 2018. It includes details of impacts of climate change based on contributions from a wide range of United Nations partners. More