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Thailand’s COVID-19 response an example of resilience and solidarity: a UN Resident Coordinator’s Blog

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In January, Thailand became the second country to confirm a COVID-19 case but, since then, the country has shown remarkable resilience and, as of late July, there had not been any recorded cases of domestic transmission for nearly two months. Gita Sabharwal, the UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand, explains that this success is thanks to a combination of government action, social responsibility and community solidarity. 
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Health must come before the economy, insists top UN official for Latin America and the Caribbean

31. Juli 2020 - 6:35
In Latin America, where much of the region has dealt with years of sluggish growth, the economic crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing millions more into poverty, says Alicia Bárcena, the head of the UN regional body for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).
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Ravages of acute hunger will likely hit six in 10 in Zimbabwe: WFP

30. Juli 2020 - 17:43
The World Food Programme (WFP) is urgently seeking more international support to prevent millions of Zimbabweans plunging deeper into hunger. The COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated an already severe hunger crisis in Zimbabwe, UN humanitarians warned on Thursday.
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COVID-19 is not just seasonal, cautions WHO, as ‘first wave’ continues

28. Juli 2020 - 16:49
The COVID-19 virus is likely not impacted by the changing seasons like other respiratory diseases, the UN health agency said on Tuesday, before urging much greater respect for physical distancing measures to stop it spreading.
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Trade pact could boost Africa’s income by as much as $450 billion: World Bank

27. Juli 2020 - 22:34
The African Continental Free Trade Area represents a major opportunity for countries to boost growth, reduce poverty, broaden economic inclusion and help “expand opportunities for all Africans”, hailed a World Bank official on Monday, which if fully implemented, could boost regional income by around $450 billion.
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COVID-19 means development setbacks for Mongolia: a UN Resident Coordinator’s blog

25. Juli 2020 - 6:30
Mongolia has recorded very few cases of COVID-19, less than 300 as on date, despite its more than 4,000 kilometre porous border with China. However, the country faces a major economic impact from the pandemic, says Tapan Mishra, the UN Resident Coordinator in Mongolia.
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'Temporary Basic Income' could slow COVID surge, provide lifeline for world’s poorest

23. Juli 2020 - 11:00
The immediate introduction of a Temporary Basic Income for the world’s poorest people could slow the current surge in COVID-19 and enable close to three billion people to stay at home, according to a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report released on Thursday.
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Amid fears of worst recession in decades, urgent calls for solidarity, a united economic front

22. Juli 2020 - 21:52
With multilateral cooperation under strain, senior UN officials, Nobel laureates and eminent academic experts, gathered virtually on Wednesday for the launch of a new report recommending “an adjusted approach” to economic development, and a policy dialogue exploring how countries can recover from COVID-19, in ways that lead to real structural transformation.
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‘COVID-19 is making a global childcare crisis even worse’: UNICEF chief

22. Juli 2020 - 2:00
Following the release of a UN study that shows at least 40 million children have missed out on early childhood education due to measures to combat COVID-19, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Henrietta Fore, warned that “the pandemic is making a global childcare crisis even worse.” 
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Global cooperation key to eradicating deadly pig virus: UN agency

20. Juli 2020 - 20:06
A disease that may kill every pig it infects and for which there is no effective vaccine, can be eradicated if more countries continue to work together to limit its spread, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday.
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World off track in meeting 2030 Agenda, UN deputy chief warns, calls for solidarity in COVID-19 recovery

16. Juli 2020 - 23:38
The world was off track in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, even before the COVID-19 crisis erupted, but can get back on course by increasing investment in public services, showing solidarity on financing, and “reshaping” how people work, learn, live and consume.
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‘Country-driven’ approach needed to limit COVID-19 damage to food security 

14. Juli 2020 - 22:05
A ‘business as usual' approach is no longer an option, the head of the UN agriculture agency said on Tuesday, launching a new plan to move past the coronavirus pandemic.
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A taxing problem: how to ensure the poor and vulnerable don’t shoulder the cost of the COVID-19 crisis

12. Juli 2020 - 6:00
In the wake of the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, tax systems should be reformed, and tax avoidance and evasion reduced, to ensure an economic recovery in which everyone pays their share, says the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
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Address ‘unprecedented’ impact of coronavirus on Latin America and the Caribbean, urges Guterres

9. Juli 2020 - 19:17
As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the world, Latin America and the Caribbean have become a “hotspot of the pandemic”, the UN chief said on Thursday, releasing a new policy initiative on how best to recover in a region already embroiled in poverty, hunger, unemployment and inequality.   
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UN chief highlights need for decent jobs to fuel COVID-19 recovery

8. Juli 2020 - 20:13
More than 50 Heads of State and government, alongside global employers’ and trade union leaders, have been taking part in an online discussion on Wednesday looking at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world of work.
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Identify and address ‘real needs’ to recover from COVID-19, UN rights expert urges

8. Juli 2020 - 20:08
There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in “a serious setback” for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an independent UN human rights expert said on Wednesday, urging a high-level meeting to “take a hard look” at implementation efforts to live up to the promise to leave no one behind.
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A sustainable future for all depends on ‘resolve to act together in solidarity’

6. Juli 2020 - 20:11
The United Nations vision for a sustainable future for all “will depend on our policy choices today, and our resolve to act together in solidarity”, a senior UN official told delegates on Monday at a meeting to discuss post-pandemic recovery.
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Business sector still far from reaching sustainability goals, UN report shows, 20 years on from landmark summit

4. Juli 2020 - 6:20
A new UN report on tbe private sector, release by UN Global Compact, shows that progress on bringing about about a sustainable future for people and the planet is patchy, and the majority of companies involved in the Compact, are not doing enough to help bring about the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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Helping young enterprise take off will bring sustainable returns, say UN economists

2. Juli 2020 - 18:48
Young entrepreneurs who want their work to have a positive impact on their communities, urgently need more help from governments if they’re to succeed and resist the COVID-19-fuelled economic downturn, UN economists said on Thursday.
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'Bold and creative’ solutions needed for a sustainable, post-pandemic economy

1. Juli 2020 - 17:58
Unless the world acts now, the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying global recession, will trigger “years of depressed and disrupted economic growth”, the UN chief warned on Wednesday.   
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