Experts at the World Health Organization are reconsidering guidance on how coronavirus spreads in the wake of emerging evidence from a group of scientists who say the virus could spread via airborne transmission, as WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus notes the pandemic continues to accelerate. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged global leaders against focusing on either health or the economy in the virus fight, noting "we will either win on all fronts or fail on all fronts."
Martha's Table, Bread for the City, the Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative and 11th Street Bridge Park are giving low-income families in a Washington, D.C., neighborhood $1,100 a month and food items through a coronavirus relief program known as THRIVE East of the River. "The short-term goal is to stabilize Ward 8 families to weather this economic and health calamity," says Scott Kratz of 11th Street Bridge Park.
Pittsburgh-based 412 Food Rescue has saved and redirected 10 million pounds of food toward people in need over the past five years and hopes to operate in 100 cities by 2030. "It has been a joy rescuing our first 10 million pounds of food with the people and greater Pittsburgh, and we look forward to many millions more," says CEO Leah Lizarondo.
Purpose is the most important factor for nonprofits seeking stakeholder trust, with the others being ability, dependability and integrity, according to an Independent Sector study. Independent Sector CEO Dan Cardinali notes that "there may be reciprocal relationships between activities like voting, trust, and giving" based on the survey's findings.
The pandemic has created opportunities for militants and hate groups to recruit new members and exploit divisions in communities, while also demonstrating how vulnerable the world is to emerging forms of terrorism such as cyberattacks and biological weapons, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says. Countries that haven't already signed and ratified the Biological Weapons Convention must do so, Guterres says.
World leaders have been too complacent about taking action to end poverty by 2030 and the pandemic is exposing how vulnerable poor populations are in the face of a crisis, Philip Alston, outgoing United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights said in a report presented to members of the UN Human Rights Council this week. "Even before COVID-19, we squandered a decade in the fight against poverty, with misplaced triumphalism blocking the very reforms that could have prevented the worst impacts of the pandemic," Alston said in a statement accompanying the report.
Authorities in the Philippines must investigate the death of a 15-year-old girl who was fatally shot by two law enforcement officers shortly after coming forward with rape allegations against them and punish those responsible, UNICEF says. "Fabel's death is made even more painful by the manner of her passing and the violence she suffered," the agency said in a statement.
The transmission of diseases from animals to humans is becoming increasingly frequent and outbreaks of diseases such as Ebola and coronavirus will become more common if the global community does not take steps to restore balance between humans and nature, a report from the United Nations Environment Programme says. "An intense surge in human activity is affecting the environment all across the planet, from burgeoning human settlements to [food production], to increasing mining industries," says UNEP wildlife chief Doreen Robinson.
Attacks by Russian and Syrian forces as well as those by the Islamic State militants they are fighting constitute war crimes, a report from the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Syria says. Fighters carried out attacks that targeted civilians and infrastructure, including schools and hospitals, the report says.
A draft policy circulating among Pentagon officials would ban public displays of the Confederate flag by troops and Defense Department personnel. The proposal, which needs Defense Secretary Mark Esper's signature to become official, would apply to displays in public spaces overseen by the Pentagon.