Corruption in aid operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has potentially cost millions, while degrading trust between aid organizations and the people they’re trying to assist, according to an operational review report revealed this month by The New Humanitarian.
The UN’s 75th anniversary will also mark the first year world leaders don’t convene in New York in late September for the general debate, UN General Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande announced this month—an indication of the enduring gravity of COVID-19, whose impact on development, immunization,
Multilaterals added to funding appeals in May as the cost of combating the pandemic outstripped earlier estimates.
As the world raced throughout the month to respond to COVID-19, several multilaterals sounded the alarm over indirect global health effects of the disease, including increased morbidity and mortality from other causes.
The multilateral response to the Covid-19 pandemic gained traction this month with progress on medical interventions, logistics, and UNGA operations.
The UN Secretary-General’s annual report on sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel presented another grim picture when it became public March 13. Allegations of abuse in political and peacekeeping missions increased 43 percent—from 56 in 2018 to 80 in 2019, the report found.
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UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced this month that in January the organization achieved gender parity—90 women and 90 men—in senior leadership positions and that “we have a roadmap for parity at all levels in the coming years.”
March saw the multilateral community organize on several fronts against a Covid-19 outbreak that was not yet a WHO-recognized pandemic when the month began. On March 1, there were barely 87,000 confirmed cases, 92 percent of them in China. WHO declared a pandemic on March 11.
Remarking that “a wind of madness is sweeping the globe,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres turned what might have been a forgettable February 4 press conference on his 2020 goals into a series of worldwide headlines echoing his vivid rhetoric.