Global energy demand and CO2 plummet

Global CO2 emissions are on track to decline by almost 8 percent this year from the pandemic causing the biggest downturn in energy use since World War II.

Coalition offers schools reopening advice

Humanitarian organizations offered guidelines to help 1.5 billion students who face “an unprecedented risk” if the pandemic keeps schools closed for long.

U.N. expert: Myanmar atrocities continue

A U.N. human rights investigator urged the world body to “step up its efforts” to protect ethnic and religious minorities from the Myanmar military.

Using the pandemic to ‘rebuild our world’

Some good can come out from the pandemic if world leaders use it to “rebuild our world for the better” by investing in clean energy, the U.N. chief said.

Global COVID-19 cases exceed 3 million

Global confirmed cases of COVID-19 passed 3 million as New Zealand, several European nations and a few U.S. states took steps to ease lockdowns.

U.N. finds abuses with some lockdowns

The U.N. human rights chief warned some governments are abusing emergency powers to fight the pandemic by resorting to police brutality and other tactics.

WHO aid is latest U.S.-China battleground

China raised its donations for the WHO’s pandemic efforts to US$50 million a week after U.S. President Donald Trump halted the U.N. agency’s U.S. funding.

U.N. resolution calls for global virus effort

The U.N. General Assembly urged all nations to join in ensuring universal access to medical supplies, drugs, future vaccines and testing for the pandemic.

IRENA says renewable energy boosts GDP

Governments could use energy transformations to create jobs, meet climate targets and produce GDP gains of US$98 trillion by 2050, according to a new report.

Global COVID-19 cases soar past 2 million

It took more than three months for global coronavirus infections to surpass the 1 million mark, and just over two weeks more to add another 1 million cases.

Leaders decry Trump cuts to WHO funding

World leaders and public health authorities denounced U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to halt funding for the World Health Organization.

IMF warns of worst recession since 1930s

The global economy will likely suffer the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression due to pandemic disruptions and shutdowns, IMF forecast.

UNESCO battles COVID-19 ‘disinfodemic’

False information campaigns about the coronavirus pandemic are a “grave danger” to many people’s lives around the world, UNESCO warned.

AfDB announces US$10 billion virus plan

The African Development Bank Group launched emergency measures to provide up to US$10 billion in credit for those struggling with the coronavirus pandemic.

WHO chief repudiates Trump scapegoating

Two weeks after praising U.S. leadership in the pandemic, the U.N. health agency chief pushed back against White House attempts at scapegoating.

ILO sees 195 million jobs lost to recession

The world’s employees will lose working hours equivalent to 195 million jobs in the second quarter of 2020 due to the pandemic, the U.N. labor agency said.

Domestic abuse rises with virus lockdowns

The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating domestic violence as half the world’s population grapples with stay-at-home orders to keep the virus from spreading.

Alarm as COVID-19 cases surpass 1 million

Infections surpassed 1 million and deaths exceeded 52,000 in the coronavirus pandemic, forcing lockdowns for half the world and economic collapse.

World’s ‘greatest test’ delays climate talks

The coronavirus pandemic that has caused 47,000 deaths worldwide represents what officials call humanity’s worst crisis since World War II.