The World Health Organization has redeployed medical staff and equipment to assist health workers in India as daily coronavirus case counts in the country continue to break records. A new variant of COVID-19 first discovered in India and believed to be contributing to the surging outbreak has been detected in at least 16 other countries, WHO experts say.
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Informal discussions aimed at paving the way for reunification between Turkish and Greek factions in Cyprus are underway in Geneva, with United Nations officials hosting representatives from Cyprus, Greece, Turkey and the UK. "The parties are welcome to be creative and the secretary-general will be encouraging them to move -- to use diplomatic language -- in a sincere and frank manner," says UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric.
The ongoing pandemic continues to disrupt routine vaccinations against diseases like measles, yellow fever and polio in many countries, putting millions of people -- particularly children -- at risk of contracting life-threatening illnesses, experts with the World Health Organization, UNICEF and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, advise. The group set a goal of reducing the number of unvaccinated children worldwide by 50% this decade as it marked World Immunization Week.
The United Nations is facing criticism from women's rights groups over the election of Iran to the Commission on the Status of Women, which aims to promote gender equality and empower women. "Egregious gender-based discrimination persists in law, practice and societal attitudes, disempowering women and girls from participating and contributing in society," Javaid Rehman, UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, said last month.
Forests around the world have faced increasing pressure amid the pandemic as vulnerable communities turn to forests for subsistence and public funding for forest protections and maintenance dwindles, a report from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs says. "2021 provides us a unique opportunity to halt the rapid loss of biodiversity and ecosystem degradation, while addressing the climate emergency and desertification and making our food systems more sustainable, with the sustainable development goals as our guide," says Deputy UN Secretary-General Amina Mohammed.
Unrest and violent clashes are increasing in Somalia over the country's failure to hold elections as President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed seeks to extend his term as leader. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia has condemned the violence and is calling for restraint on all sides and the resumption of dialogue to resolve the issue.
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