Uprooted 70 million at risk in virus spread

The coronavirus pandemic threatens to disproportionately harm more than 70 million people who have been forcibly displaced by wars and violent crises.

Virus fears amplify appeals for Syria peace

Human rights experts warily eyeing the first cases of coronavirus in Syria renewed long-ignored calls for an end to the war, this time in the name of health.

G-20 pledges US$5 trillion to fight virus

Leaders of G-20 major economies promised to spend more than US$5 trillion to prop up the global economy and hasten recovery from the pandemic.

U.N. launches US$2 billion anti-virus plan

The U.N. asked governments and private donors to provide US$2 billion to meet emergency health needs in the poorest countries coping with the pandemic.

IOC and Japan postpone Tokyo Olympics

In an unprecedented move, the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo will be postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

U.N. urges ceasefire as cases near 400,000

The U.N. chief called for a global ceasefire to help vanquish the pandemic, imploring warring parties to disarm and fight the virus as a “common enemy.”

Europe’s mixed progress toward U.N. goals

Air pollution levels exceed recommended health limits in all but 10 mainly European countries, but most lowered carbon emissions and expanded forest cover.

Syria’s horrific war marks grim milestone

Almost 5 million children in Syria have known nothing but war for nine years while another 1 million were born as refugees into a harsh life, UNICEF reported.

WHO and foundations launch virus fund

WHO and two international foundations launched a first-of-its-kind fund to help vulnerable populations and weak health systems cope with the pandemic.

Global trade services growth weakens

World Trade Organization figures showed global services trade growth slowed at the end of 2019 and into 2020, as countries faced the coronavirus outbreak.

WHO: World’s first coronavirus pandemic

WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic — the global spread of a new disease — marking the first time a coronavirus has gained that distinction.

WMO warns Earth halfway to Paris limit

Signs of global warming are everywhere, WMO said in a report that found the world officially crossed the halfway point to a major climate crisis benchmark.

U.N. warns of US$2 trillion losses to virus

Trade economists who advise the U.N. warned COVID-19 could cost the world economy up to US$2 trillion in 2020 and push nations into recession.

E.U. offers A.U. new strategy for relations

The E.U. has a new strategy for relations with the A.U. that emphasizes an overhaul in climate and digital policies to end a legacy of colonialism and aid.

U.N. reboots 1995 plan for gender equality

A U.N.-led global commission recommitted the world to achieving gender equality, in a relaunch and update of a quarter-century old landmark agreement.

Nuclear watchdog to help fight coronavirus

As COVID-19 spread, IAEA offered to use its nuclear science knowhow to tackle disease transmission by providing diagnostic kits, equipment and training.

WHO says coronavirus cases top 100,000

WHO announced the global number of confirmed COVID-19 cases surpassed 100 000, a grim milestone requiring leaders to “step forward” and save lives.

ICC allows Afghanistan war crimes probe

The ICC ruled unanimously to authorize an investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan by the Taliban, Afghan military and American-led forces.

Ex-U.N. chief Pérez de Cuéllar dies at 100

Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, the fifth U.N. chief from 1982 to 1991, who arranged an Iraq-Iran ceasefire and aided democracy in his native Peru, died at age 100.

UNCTAD sees US$50 billion exports drop

The global coronavirus outbreak likely caused a US$50 billion decline in worldwide manufacturing exports from China in February alone, UNCTAD reported.

Democracy on decline in health checkup

Freedom House warned of a continued decline in global democracy in an annual checkup blaming a “leaderless struggle” undercut by autocrats and populists.