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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) describes the COVID-19 pandemic as a defining global health crisis of our time and the greatest challenge faced since World War II. The UN agency argues that since COVID-19’s emergence in Asia in 2019, the virus has spread to every continent except Antarctica. It says the pandemic is in fact much more than a health crisis taking into consideration its unprecedented socio-economic impact. Stressing every one of the countries...

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The United Kingdom (UK) has barred the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra and other Biafran groups from participating in its asylum programme. The British government noted that IPOB had been proscribed as a terrorist group by the Federal Government and that members of the group and its paramilitary wing – the Eastern Security Network – have reportedly committed human rights violations. The UK, therefore, said...

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MAIDUGURI — The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, Tuesday has expressed UN commitment to continue to support measures to ameliorate the suffering victims of Boko Haram. During the visit to Maiduguri, Borno state Gutteres said the UN will continue to support the rehabilitation centre for victims of Boko Haram and an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Maiduguri. The UN Secretary-General, who showed concern over the plight of the affected persons, said Boko Haram insurgents...

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MAIDUGURI — The United Nations Children’s Fund has said that it will donate $500,000 for the implementation of Primary Health Care in Borno and Yobe states. This came after the agency handed over some essential medicines worth US$438,972 to the two states for the improvement of maternal and neonatal health. This was contained in a statement on Wednesday titled, ‘UNICEF supports maternal, neonatal and child health in Borno and Yobe States. The statement read, “UNICEF...

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NEW YORK — UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says it is deeply concerned that intensifying hostilities in Ukraine pose an immediate threat to the lives and wellbeing of the country’s 7.5 million children. UNICEF Executive Director, Ms. Catherine Russell on children in Ukraine, said in a statement on Thursday, that heavy weapons fire along the line of contact had already damaged critical water infrastructure and education facilities in recent days. She said unless the fighting subsides,...

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The announcement was made by Jack Sim, the founder of the World Toilet Organisation (WTO), during a virtual meeting of Water Sanitation and Hygiene Stakeholders and Development Partners on Wednesday. Sim noted that the United Nations member countries in 2013, unanimously adopted November 19 as the day to create awareness on access to toilets. According to him, the summit would be a great opportunity for its members to come to Nigeria, to seek out ways...

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ABUJA — Ms. Comfort Lamptey, United Nations Women Country Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS has called on government institutions to key into the National Action plan of the United Nations Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security to ensure increased participation of women in security, peace and conflict resolutions. She was speaking in Abuja at a High-level Stakeholders Meeting on the Implementation of the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda in Nigeria. “Nigeria’s implementation of UN...

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The United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has said the newly-discovered Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) variant does not pose a major public health threat. UNAIDS disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday. Last Thursday, scientists announced the discovery of a new strain of HIV in the Netherlands. The strain was described as the subtype-B HIV-1 and dubbed it the VB variant. The research indicated that people living with the new HIV subtype experience double...

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Of the 20 million people diagnose with cancer in 2021, 10 million died according to the World Health Organization, (WHO). In a statement issued to commemorate the World Cancer Day 2022 themed ‘Closing the Care Gap’, the WHO described cancer as one of the world’s leading causes of death. The organization noted that although all cancers can be prevented or cured, the number deaths from the disease will continue to rise in the decades ahead...

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ABUJA — United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mr. Martin Grifftihs has lauded the approach by the Borno State Government to ensure the safe return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their ancestral homes. He stated this in Abuja when he led a delegation to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development Hajia S Umar Farouq, noted that it is highly effective. “I am convinced that the approach that we saw both...

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