Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on December 22, 2020 (AN/NIH)
January 4, 2021
(AN) — Wealthy countries locked up most of 2021’s COVID-19 vaccine supply — six times what developing nations expect to get over the next four years — despite the COVAX Facility’s multilateral efforts to ensure all nations have equal access, global health data shows.
A sign at a GEF-funded project led by UNDP in the Galápagos Islands (AN/Michael Perry)
November 30, 2020
(AN) — The U.N. Development Program said in response to a news article on Monday it examined possible “misuse of funds” affecting almost US$100 million in Global Environment Facility-funded projects.
Voters in New York City line up to cast early U.S. election ballots in late October (AN/Jim Naureckas)
November 4, 2020
(AN) — International election observers praised U.S. general elections as competitive and well-managed but concluded on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump’s false claims of victory and calls to halt vote-counting are eroding public trust in American democracy.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny at a march in Moscow in memory of slain politician Boris Nemtsov (AN/Michał Siergiejevicz)
October 7, 2020
(AN) — Germany and France pushed for European Union sanctions against Russia on Wednesday, a day after the international organization that investigates chemical weapons attacks confirmed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a Soviet-era nerve agent.
U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the U.N. General Assembly at New York in 2019 (AN/Joyce N. Boghgosian)
September 7, 2020
(AN) — Ahead of his last U.N. visit, U.S. President Donald Trump dusted off a favorite self-aggrandizing tale about the time he “offered to rebuild” the world body’s headquarters and save it a ton of money. There’s just one problem: he declined the opportunity, a U.N. official said.
Children heading home from school in the Philippines (AN/Brian Evans)
August 4, 2020
(AN) — A generation of children could suffer major setbacks in education if nations fail to sufficiently contain the spread of the coronavirus so schools can reopen, according to UNESCO data showing 100 nationwide closures impacting half of the world’s student population.
U.S. sailor Joyce Sim treats a patient aboard a hospital ship supporting the nation's COVID-19 response effort (AN/Ryan Breeden)
July 6, 2020
(AN) — Who knew that a new coronavirus had been detected and when did they know it? As the World Health Organization gears up for an investigation into its handling of the pandemic, its own revised timeline on the first reports of COVID-19 might raise more questions than it answers.
A homeless person across from a federal courthouse on Constitution Avenue in downtown Washington (AN/John Heilprin)
June 1, 2020
(AN) — Dozens of nations repeatedly urged the United States to eradicate its systemic racism and police brutality — and U.S. officials vowed to make changes — but there have been few such improvements, according to two comprehensive U.N. human rights reviews. The third review is aptly slated for November.
European Council President Charles Michel of Belgium speaks at the Coronavirus Global Response pledging conference on May 4, 2020 (AN/European Union)
May 4, 2020
(AN) — World leaders joined forces for the launch of a European Union-led global pledging “marathon” on Monday that delivered promises of €7.4 billion for research into COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics and medical treatments.
Residents at a domestic violence shelter in El Paso, Texas well before the COVID-19 crisis (AN/Bread for the World)
April 6, 2020
(AN) — The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating domestic violence around the globe as half the world’s population grapples with stay-at-home orders to keep the virus from spreading, U.N. and public health officials said on Monday.