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Audrey Azoulay’ (Director-General of UNESCO) tweet on the passing of Mohammad-Reza Shajarian, master of Persian traditional music  
Shajarian was a legend and a living monument of Iranian traditional music. He received both UNESCO Picasso medal and Mozart medal, as a recognition of his unparalleled talent, and commitment to artistic freedom.    
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize  
The UN World Food Programme (WFP), which provides lifesaving food assistance to millions across the world – often in extremely dangerous and hard-to-access conditions – has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.    
UN supporting ‘trapped’ domestic violence victims during COVID-19 pandemic  
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) says that domestic violence was already one of the greatest human rights violations. Some 243 million women and girls (aged 15-49) have been subjected to sexual or physical violence by an intimate partner in the last 12 months, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, this number is likely to grow.    
Indexing Risk To Recover From COVID-19  
Worldwide, many countries continue to experience an extended period of COVID-19 risks. There are no off-the-shelf solutions for managing such a complex crisis, in which measures to prevent transmission will have colossal economic and social costs. Countries are forced to confront hard choices of balancing the needs to save lives and to save livelihoods.    
Why we cannot lose sight of the Sustainable Development Goals during coronavirus  
While we must scale up the immediate health response to curb the spread of COVID-19, the response to the pandemic cannot be de-linked from the SDGs.From reversing progress on good health (SDG 3) to the negative impact on 1.25 billion students (SDG 4), the pandemic is affecting vulnerable societies the most.    
UN Secretary-General António Guterres :"Our response to COVID-19 must respect the rights and dignity of older people"  
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold fear and suffering for older people across the world.The fatality rate for older people is higher overall, and for those over 80, it is five times the global average.    
UN mobilizes global cooperation in science-based COVID-19 responses  
The United Nations is mobilizing international cooperation to harness the power of science to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, while also working with partners to explore innovative crisis responses tools. The COVID-19 pandemic raises our awareness of the importance of science, both in research and international cooperation – UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay    

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