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Antonio Guterres

More than one billion school children worldwide affected by coronavirus – UN chief

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted the largest educational disruption in history that has affected more than 1 billion school students worldwide, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday.

UN agency calls for temporary basic income for 2.7 billion people

A United Nations agency on Thursday called for a temporary basic income for the world’s 2.7 billion poor people amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Jair Bolsonaro. Andre Coelho-Bloomberg

Brazil’s president tests positive for coronavirus

Brazil’s President, Jair Bolsonaro, has tested positive for the coronavirus after months of downplaying the dangers of the disease, as the United States begins its withdrawal from the World Health Organization despite logging a record number of new infections.
“I am deeply saddened by the deaths of another two mine clearance workers, who passed away in the line of duty, sacrificing their lives to ensure that neighbourhoods are free from explosive devices and remnants of war,’’ Stephanie Williams, the UN Secretary-General’s acting special representative for Libya, said in a statement.

UN saddened by death of two mine clearance workers in Libya’s Tripoli

An acting envoy of the United Nations (UN) to Libya, on Monday, expressed regrets over the death of two mine clearance workers in the south of the capital Tripoli.
President of the UN General Assembly, Amb. Tijani Muhammad-Bande

Nigeria named co-chair of 30-member UN poverty eradication forum

Nigeria has been named interim co-chair of the Alliance for Poverty Eradication launched by the United General Assembly on Tuesday.
President Muhammadu Buhari

President Buhari pledges Nigerian support for joint action plan against coronavirus at China-Africa summit

Nigeria would support and join any collective action plan at regional and global levels to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and its fallout, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari told an Africa-China summit held Wednesday via video link.
President Muhammadu Buhari

President Buhari participates in virtual UN world forum on development financing

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently participating in a virtual United Nations (UN) world forum on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond.

‎Eid el-Fitr‎: TUC calls for sober reflection

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has urged Muslim faithful to have a sober reflection because of the challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Antonio Guterres

UN chief calls for help for Africa in coronavirus response

“These are still early days for the pandemic in Africa, and disruption could escalate quickly. Global solidarity with Africa is an imperative — now and for recovering better,” said Guterres in a video message for the launch of a policy brief on the impact of COVID-19 on Africa.
Former United Nations, UN, Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, has described the appointment of Prof Ibrahim Gambari as Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari as a great asset to Nigeria and Africa ”in a broader sense.”

Ban Ki-Moon: Ibrahim Gambari’s appointment, great asset to Nigeria, Africa

Former United Nations, UN, Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, has described the appointment of Prof Ibrahim Gambari as Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari as a great asset to Nigeria and Africa ”in a broader sense.”
US President Donald Trump answers a question during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, at the White House on March 18, 2020, in Washington, DC. – Trump ordered the suspension of evictions and mortgage foreclosures for six weeks as part of the government effort to ease the economic pain from the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

China asks US to pay debts to UN

China on Friday issued a statement calling on all UN member states to “actively fulfill their financial obligations to the United Nations,” stressing that Washington owes the organisation more than $2 billion.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the experience and suitability of Nigeria’s former Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), Prof Ibrahim Gambari, for the strategic office of Chief of Staff (CoS) are not in doubt.

APC: Ibrahim Gambari’s experience, suitability for CoS not doubtful

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the experience and suitability of Nigeria’s former Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), Prof Ibrahim Gambari, for the strategic office of Chief of Staff (CoS) are not in doubt.
The ruling party, All Progressives Congress, APC has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, CFR, as his new Chief of Staff.

APC: Ibrahim Gambari’s appointment shows President Buhari’s penchant for excellence

The ruling party, All Progressives Congress, APC, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, CFR, as his new Chief of Staff.
The United States on Friday stunned other members of the UN Security Council by preventing a vote on a resolution for a ceasefire in various conflicts around the world to help troubled nations better fight the coronavirus pandemic, diplomats said.

US reversal prevents UN vote on pandemic truce

The United States on Friday stunned other members of the UN Security Council by preventing a vote on a resolution for a ceasefire in various conflicts around the world to help troubled nations better fight the coronavirus pandemic, diplomats said.
Antonio Guterres

UN: World still divided 75 years after WWII

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday said divisions and hatred still existed globally, 75 years after the Second World War.
While the United States and Europe are in the grip of the outbreak, UN aid chief Mark Lowcock warned that the virus was not expected to peak in the world's poorest countries until some point over the next three to six months.

UN triples coronavirus appeal to $6.7 billion to help poor countries

The United Nations on Thursday more than tripled its appeal to help vulnerable countries combat the spread and destabilising effects of the coronavirus pandemic, asking for $6.7bn to help 63 nations, mainly in Africa and Latin America.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari3

President Buhari: Nigeria has unhealthy dose of disinformation, fake news

As Nigeria yesterday joined the rest of the world to mark the World Press Freedom Day, WPFD, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari, said yesterday that Nigeria had an unhealthy dose of disinformation, fake news, hate news, disseminated by people who use media platforms, particularly the digital variant.
White House to block Dr. Anthony Fauci from testifying before House Appropriations Committee

White House blocks Anthony Fauci’s congressional testimony

The White House is blocking Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert, from testifying Wednesday before a House of Representatives committee that is investigating how the Trump administration has handled the COVID-19 pandemic. Fauci’s testimony would be “counter-productive,” Judd Deere, a White House spokesman said in a statement.

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