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Gaza: 8,000 children diagnosed with malnutrition amid ongoing shelling

Gaza: 8,000 children diagnosed with malnutrition amid ongoing shelling

13 Jun 2024

Heavy shelling reported in the so-called safe zone of Al-Mawasi in southern Gaza on Thursday came despite the ongoing international push for a ceasefire and as the UN health agency reported 32 deaths from malnutrition “including 28 among children under five years old”.

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Waiting would be ‘death sentence’ for millions on brink of starvation: Relief chief

Waiting would be ‘death sentence’ for millions on brink of starvation: Relief chief

12 Jun 2024

Millions of people are teetering on the brink of starvation as conflict rages across many corners of the world. Nowhere is this more evident than in Sudan and Gaza, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths said on Wednesday. 

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Ukraine Recovery Conference: UN sounds alarm over humanitarian funding

Ukraine Recovery Conference: UN sounds alarm over humanitarian funding

12 Jun 2024

The UN is becoming increasingly concerned over falling levels of humanitarian funding for civilians across war-torn Ukraine, the head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) told delegates to the Ukraine Recovery Conference in Berlin on Wednesday.

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Guterres highlights ‘unique level of destruction’ in Gaza ahead of G7 summit

Guterres highlights ‘unique level of destruction’ in Gaza ahead of G7 summit

12 Jun 2024

UN Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated his solidarity with the people of Gaza and the global body’s deep commitment to the UN agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) on Wednesday, while also issuing a stark message to the world’s richest nations ahead of the G7 Summit in Italy to do more to help emerging economies crippled by debt repayments.

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Guterres hails 60 years of UN trade and development action

Guterres hails 60 years of UN trade and development action

12 Jun 2024

The right to development is inextricably linked with trade which the world’s poorest countries - now “mired in debt” through no fault of their own - have every right to pursue on much fairer terms, UN chief António Guterres insisted on Wednesday.

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Gaza: ‘high time’ for ceasefire and hostage release, says Guterres

Gaza: ‘high time’ for ceasefire and hostage release, says Guterres

11 Jun 2024

A comprehensive ceasefire in Gaza linked to the release of all remaining hostages cannot come too soon, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, as he welcomed the Security Council resolution adopted a day earlier seeking an end to the war there.

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Yemen: UN chief demands release of aid workers held by Houthis

Yemen: UN chief demands release of aid workers held by Houthis

11 Jun 2024

UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on Tuesday for the immediate release of all United Nations staff held in Yemen by the de facto Houthi authorities, following the arrest of 13 of the Organization’s personnel. 

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Sudan crisis: UN health agency alerts over attack on key hospital

Sudan crisis: UN health agency alerts over attack on key hospital

10 Jun 2024

Further deadly violence in Sudan’s besieged Al Fasher city has forced a major hospital to shut over the weekend after soldiers stormed the facility, prompting alarm on Monday from the UN World Health Organization (WHO) about the serious impact on sick and injured patients.

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Youth in Haiti remain optimistic amid worsening instability

Youth in Haiti remain optimistic amid worsening instability

10 Jun 2024

The crisis in Haiti has left children among the most vulnerable to extreme violence, malnutrition, poverty, and collapsing social systems there, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). 

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Gaza: Security Council adopts US resolution calling for ‘immediate, full and complete ceasefire’

Gaza: Security Council adopts US resolution calling for ‘immediate, full and complete ceasefire’

10 Jun 2024

The UN Security Council on Monday adopted a resolution aimed at reaching a comprehensive ceasefire deal in three phases to end the war in Gaza, with US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield telling members "today, we voted for peace."

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Terrorism, humanitarian crises threaten stability of West Africa: UN deputy chief

Terrorism, humanitarian crises threaten stability of West Africa: UN deputy chief

07 Jun 2024

Rapidly evolving global political, social, environmental and security challenges risk undermining peace and economic development across West Africa, the UN deputy chief said on Friday, reiterating the importance of a multilateral and inclusive response.

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Ukraine: Security Council hears of escalating toll of Kharkiv attacks

Ukraine: Security Council hears of escalating toll of Kharkiv attacks

07 Jun 2024

A recent escalation in fighting in Ukraine, particularly in the Kharkiv region, has left nearly 200 people dead, displaced thousands more and further crippled critical infrastructure, with implications for global food security, a senior UN humanitarian said on Friday. 

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World Oceans Day event highlights immediate action to protect oceans

World Oceans Day event highlights immediate action to protect oceans

07 Jun 2024

UN World Oceans Day, celebrated on Friday at UN Headquarters in New York, focused on “opening minds, igniting senses, and inspiring possibilities” to protect marine life worldwide. 

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WFP expands emergency response to avert famine in war-torn Sudan

WFP expands emergency response to avert famine in war-torn Sudan

06 Jun 2024

Escalating hunger and violence in Sudan are reaching unprecedented levels as it teeters on the verge of becoming the world’s largest hunger crisis and faces increasingly violent attacks by paramilitary groups, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported on Thursday.

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Dozens feared dead in Israeli airstrike on UNRWA school in Gaza

Dozens feared dead in Israeli airstrike on UNRWA school in Gaza

06 Jun 2024

Amid early reports that an Israeli strike on a UN-run school in Gaza overnight into Thursday left dozens dead, humanitarians warned that cholera and other potentially deadly diseases stalk people uprooted by the war, forced to live among “mountains of rubbish”.

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There is an exit off ‘the highway to climate hell’, Guterres insists

There is an exit off ‘the highway to climate hell’, Guterres insists

05 Jun 2024

“It’s climate crunch time” when it comes to tackling rising carbon emissions the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday, stressing that while the need for global action is unprecedented, so too are the opportunities for prosperity and sustainable development.

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World heading towards new temperature records, UN weather watchdog warns

World heading towards new temperature records, UN weather watchdog warns

05 Jun 2024

At least one of the years between now and 2028 will very likely set a new temperature record breaking through the crucial 1.5°C temperature limit, the UN weather agency, WMO, said on Wednesday. 

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UPDATING LIVE: Guterres to lay out hard hitting truths on need for climate action

UPDATING LIVE: Guterres to lay out hard hitting truths on need for climate action

05 Jun 2024

Welcome to our live coverage of one of the most important speeches on climate change that António Guterres has made since becoming Secretary-General. We'll be reporting live from the event in Manhattan and providing all the background information and briefing you need on the speech itself, and reaction to it inside the hall and around the world. 

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Acute food insecurity to rise in 18 ‘hunger hotspots’, warn aid agencies

Acute food insecurity to rise in 18 ‘hunger hotspots’, warn aid agencies

05 Jun 2024

No less than 18 crisis locations already suffering from dire food insecurity could see a “firestorm of hunger” unless aid reaches them urgently, UN humanitarians said on Wednesday.

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Keep global spotlight on Haiti as millions go hungry, WFP official says

Keep global spotlight on Haiti as millions go hungry, WFP official says

05 Jun 2024

The number of people going hungry in Haiti has reached record levels amid ongoing gang violence, the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) there said on Wednesday in the capital, Port-au-Prince. 

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Orlando Bloom describes ‘devastating impact’ of DR Congo violence on women and children

Orlando Bloom describes ‘devastating impact’ of DR Congo violence on women and children

05 Jun 2024

As violence escalates and millions of people continue to be displaced in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), grave violations against children are reaching an all-time high, said UN Children’s Fund UNICEF on Wednesday.

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World leaders demand ‘surge in action’ for sustainable development

World leaders demand ‘surge in action’ for sustainable development

05 Jun 2024

  UN Secretary-General António Guterres convened Heads of State and Government in New York on Wednesday to advance efforts to get countries back on course to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the 2030 deadline. 

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Stories from the UN Archive: BBC legend and UN Earth Champion

Stories from the UN Archive: BBC legend and UN Earth Champion

05 Jun 2024

As communities across the planet celebrated World Environment Day on 5 June, we are taking you back to the 1950s when broadcaster extraordinaire Sir David Attenborough went from zoologist to climate activist, winning the UN’s highest environmental award.

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New UNICEF report reveals severe child food poverty amid world crises

New UNICEF report reveals severe child food poverty amid world crises

05 Jun 2024

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) released a new report on Thursday that highlights alarming levels of child food poverty due to inequity, conflict, and climate crises. 

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Break free from pollution, climate chaos and ‘biodiversity decimation’, UN chief urges

Break free from pollution, climate chaos and ‘biodiversity decimation’, UN chief urges

04 Jun 2024

The UN Secretary-General has called for safeguarding Earth’s vital ecosystems from rampant pollution, worsening climate impacts and “biodiversity decimation”.

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Continuing restrictions hamper humanitarian access inside Gaza

Continuing restrictions hamper humanitarian access inside Gaza

04 Jun 2024

The UN humanitarian affairs coordination office (OCHA) on Tuesday warned that lifesaving aid for hundreds of thousands in need across Gaza remains limited due to access constraints.

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Top UN humanitarian laments lack of dialogue to resolve conflict

Top UN humanitarian laments lack of dialogue to resolve conflict

04 Jun 2024

The UN’s top aid official said on Tuesday he was leaving office at the end of the month with “some important pieces of wisdom” but also a feeling of frustration because many crises no longer make the headlines, while humanitarian operations face a dire lack of funding. 

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World News in Brief: Aid breakthrough for Haiti, police violence in Chicago, celebrating ‘pedal power’

World News in Brief: Aid breakthrough for Haiti, police violence in Chicago, celebrating ‘pedal power’

03 Jun 2024

UN humanitarians said on Monday that they have finally been able to deliver truckloads of food to highly vulnerable people in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, after gang violence prevented access for more than two months.

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Ongoing war destroying social fabric in Gaza, UN aid official says

Ongoing war destroying social fabric in Gaza, UN aid official says

03 Jun 2024

The narrowing space left for civilians in the Gaza Strip is becoming increasingly limited and crowded, while dire living conditions are eroding the social fabric there, a senior official with the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, said on Monday. 

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UNICEF extends aid to children in Afghanistan affected by flash floods

UNICEF extends aid to children in Afghanistan affected by flash floods

03 Jun 2024

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has rushed to support tens of thousands of children in Afghanistan who are being affected by ongoing flash floods, mainly in Baghlan, Badakhshan and Ghor.