United Nations Development Group

Announced termination of the U.S. relationship with WHO is damaging and dangerous amid global COVID-19 outbreak

Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 2:40am

Any move of this kind will severely impede the world's ability to tackle COVID-19, compromise other critical health needs, and undermine the safety of Americans.

Key Points: 
  • Any move of this kind will severely impede the world's ability to tackle COVID-19, compromise other critical health needs, and undermine the safety of Americans.
  • Congressional leaders have also spoken out in favor of U.S. cooperation with WHO to help respond to the unprecedented crisis we face with COVID-19.
  • They understand that without combatting the disease everywhere, all Americans are at risk.
  • Withdrawing support for the World Health Organization in the midst of the greatest pandemic the world has faced in over 100 years is dangerous and short-sighted.

BMO Financial Group signs IFC led Operating Principles for Impact Management

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 7:00pm

NEW YORK, May28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ - Earlier today, at a virtual round table on impact investing co-hosted by BMO Capital Markets and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group, BMO announced it has signed the Operating Principles for Impact Management (the Principles), for which IFC led the development.

Key Points: 
  • NEW YORK, May28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ - Earlier today, at a virtual round table on impact investing co-hosted by BMO Capital Markets and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group, BMO announced it has signed the Operating Principles for Impact Management (the Principles), for which IFC led the development.
  • Signatories commit to upholding 9 principles, including defining impact objectives, assessing the expected impact of investments, monitoring and reporting on progress.
  • "By signing the Operating Principles for Impact Management, BMO commits to considering environmental and social impact in our approach to managing selected funds.
  • BMO's commitment covers a range of funds, including a selection of Global Asset Management Responsible Funds and the aligned BMO Impact Investment Fund.

Pernod Ricard Announces Partnership With the United Nations’ EducateAll Platform to Provide Free Sustainable and Responsible Bartending Training Online

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 7:26am

Pernod Ricard (Paris:RI) has announced today the launch of free online sustainable and responsible bartending training modules.

Key Points: 
  • Pernod Ricard (Paris:RI) has announced today the launch of free online sustainable and responsible bartending training modules.
  • The courses are accessible to all legal-drinking-aged adults, through the EdApp mobile learning platform, as part of the EducateAll initiative in collaboration with UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research).
  • It is in this spirit that UNITAR and EdApp have gotten involved in this online training.
  • Embedded in the online training platform and available as a stand-alone course on EducateAll is the dedicated e-learning Alcohol and Responsible Drinking.

World Food Program USA Appoints Emmy Winning Humanitarian, Hunger and Health Activist, and Internationally Acclaimed Home Life Expert Sandra Lee to its Board of Directors

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 1:00pm

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- World Food Program USA announced the appointment of Sandra Lee to its distinguished Board of Directors.

Key Points: 
  • WASHINGTON, May 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- World Food Program USA announced the appointment of Sandra Lee to its distinguished Board of Directors.
  • Ms. Lee is a longtime humanitarian, hunger and health activist, philanthropist, as well as an internationally acclaimed Home Life Expert.
  • As an influential public figure, Lee's work will be vital to driving increased awareness and fundraising for World Food Program USA.
  • World Food Program USA, based in Washington, D.C., is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports the mission of the United Nations World Food Programme, the leading humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.

Dominica Facilitates 1% Interest Loans to Small Businesses With 48h Turnaround: "Our Country Is Gradually Reopening," Says PM Skerrit

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 1:00pm

As of the same day, those impacted by the pandemic can apply for small loans with a 1% interest, generous terms and a fast 48-hour turnaround.

Key Points: 
  • As of the same day, those impacted by the pandemic can apply for small loans with a 1% interest, generous terms and a fast 48-hour turnaround.
  • The PM also thanked the World Bank and the IMF for their valued partnership and prompt support that helped Dominica handle the pandemic well.
  • "The generous terms must also be considered in terms of the repayment period schedule and the grace period for these loans.
  • PM Skerrit said that there is a total of EC$20.7 million income support and small loans facility, with more initiatives being rolled out.

AGCO Agriculture Foundation Launches COVID-19 Aid Program with $100,000 Donation to the World Food Program USA

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 2:00pm

The AGCO Agriculture Foundation (AAF), a private foundation committed to ending hunger through sustainable agricultural development, today announced the launch of its COVID-19 Aid Program with a $100,000 grant to the World Food Program USA (WFP USA) in support of the United Nations World Food Programmes (WFP) COVID-19 emergency response.

Key Points: 
  • The AGCO Agriculture Foundation (AAF), a private foundation committed to ending hunger through sustainable agricultural development, today announced the launch of its COVID-19 Aid Program with a $100,000 grant to the World Food Program USA (WFP USA) in support of the United Nations World Food Programmes (WFP) COVID-19 emergency response.
  • We are grateful to AGCO Agriculture Foundation for their generous donation and support to raise much needed funding for WFPs COVID-19 response efforts, said Barron Segar, World Food Program USA President and CEO.
  • We would like to invite our stakeholders to contribute to the World Food Program USA global emergency response to support this critical need, said Metti Richenhagen, Managing Director, AGCO Agriculture Foundation.
  • The AGCO Agriculture Foundation (AAF), initiated by AGCO Corporation (NYSE: AGCO) in 2018, is a private foundation with the vision to prevent and relieve hunger.

WFP USA Selected as Salesforce's Charity of Choice

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 7:32pm

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Salesforce, a leading customer relationship management platform, has selected the World Food Program USA (WFP USA) to be its "Charity of Choice," donating $150,000 toward WFP USA's fundraising campaign for the United Nations World Food Programme's (WFP) COVID-19 emergency response.

Key Points: 
  • WASHINGTON, May 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Salesforce, a leading customer relationship management platform, has selected the World Food Program USA (WFP USA) to be its "Charity of Choice," donating $150,000 toward WFP USA's fundraising campaign for the United Nations World Food Programme's (WFP) COVID-19 emergency response.
  • Starting May 12, Salesforce will promote its partnership with WFP USA during a series of virtual events over the next three months, encouraging its customers to support WFP USA.
  • "We are honored that Salesforce has chosen WFP USA to be its charity of choice and is partnering with us to raise much needed funding for WFP's COVID-19 response efforts support that will allow WFP to provide more than 150,000 meals to people in need," said Barron Segar, WFP USA President and CEO.
  • To make a contribution, Salesforce customers can donate online at www.wfpusa.org/salesforce-match or text WFP USA to 243-725.

Skal International Joins the UNWTO Campaign # TravelTomorrow To Support Recovery amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 7:00pm

As anaffiliate member of UNWTO; Skal International joins UNWTO campaign #TravelTomorrow to Support the statement of calling for shared responsibility among travellers and the tourism sector around the world to deal with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Key Points: 
  • As anaffiliate member of UNWTO; Skal International joins UNWTO campaign #TravelTomorrow to Support the statement of calling for shared responsibility among travellers and the tourism sector around the world to deal with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
  • On the other hand, Skal International members, through different clubs and Areas Committees are also taking interesting initiatives.
  • Skal International is proud to announce its participation to the UNWTO campaign #TravelTomorrow and encourages everyone sharing the passion of Travel to participate to this campaign.
  • Skal International is the world's largest global network of Tourism Professionals promoting Tourism, Business and Friendship worldwide since 1934.

Skal International Joins the UNWTO Campaign # TravelTomorrow To Support Recovery amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 7:00pm

As anaffiliate member of UNWTO; Skal International joins UNWTO campaign #TravelTomorrow to Support the statement of calling for shared responsibility among travellers and the tourism sector around the world to deal with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Key Points: 
  • As anaffiliate member of UNWTO; Skal International joins UNWTO campaign #TravelTomorrow to Support the statement of calling for shared responsibility among travellers and the tourism sector around the world to deal with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
  • Skal International, with almost 15,000 members, more than 400 clubs around the world and with a presence in more than 100 countries, is the only international association that brings together all branches of the Tourism industry," said Daniela Otero, CEO of Skal International.
  • On the other hand, Skal International members, through different clubs and Areas Committees are also taking interesting initiatives.
  • Skal International is proud to announce its participation to the UNWTO campaign #TravelTomorrow and encourages everyone sharing the passion of Travel to participate to this campaign.

New Report Provides African Governments Real-Time Information and Guidance to Find the Balance in COVID-19 Response

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 6:18pm

We convened an emergency meeting of Africa health ministers, which endorsed the Africa Joint Continental Strategy for COVID-19.

Key Points: 
  • We convened an emergency meeting of Africa health ministers, which endorsed the Africa Joint Continental Strategy for COVID-19.
  • The Responding to COVID-19 in Africa: Using Data to Find a Balance report includes first-of-its-kind data to adapt COVID-19 pandemic response to local needs and capacities in Africa.
  • "This report highlights the large information gaps on COVID-19 which exist in Africa and threaten response efforts," said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.
  • "The findings of this report, along with COVID-19 trend data, will help countries make strategic decisions on relaxing their lockdowns.