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Our news page provides you with a round up of UN news related to economic development, humanitarian aid, climate change, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). You will find the summary of news articles together with a link to the news source.

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COVID-19 eliminated a decade of progress in global level of life expectancy

24 May 2024

Data crunched by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that the COVID-19 emergency reversed more than a decade of gains in life expectancy, reinforcing the need for countries to agree on a global pandemic treaty to protect future generations.

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WMO warns of up to seven major hurricanes in North Atlantic in 2024

24 May 2024

The UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has issued a warning for an “above average” hurricane season in the North Atlantic in 2024. Based on data from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this would mark the ninth consecutive year of anomalies.

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Civilians in Ukraine describe continued Russian attacks in north-eastern regions

24 May 2024

Civilians in the northeast of Ukraine are experiencing escalated hostilities as Russian armed forces have taken control of several villages, according to testimonies received by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU).

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Sudan: Deteriorating situation in El Fasher, health system collapsing nationwide

24 May 2024

The humanitarian situation for some 800,000 civilians in El Fasher, Sudan, and surrounding areas in North Darfur continues to deteriorate amid ongoing clashes between rival military forces, the UN reported on Friday. 

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World News in Brief: UN aid chief on Rafah, Gaza fuel shortage, rising hunger in Haiti

24 May 2024

Global uproar calling for an end to the Israeli incursion in Rafah “has grown too loud to ignore”, UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator Martin Griffiths said on Friday, in a fresh appeal for a ceasefire in Gaza and the release of all hostages.

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‘All hands on deck’ in Antigua and Barbuda as small island States chart course to resilient prosperity

23 May 2024

Leaders from small island developing States worldwide will converge on the shores of Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean this weekend to deliver a bold new plan of action to build resilience on the road to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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World News in Brief: ‘Appalling’ attacks in Kharkiv, plea to aid Myanmar civilians, maritime tribunal boosts climate action, civilian protection

23 May 2024

The UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine on Thursday said she was “deeply disturbed” at the relentless attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure in Kharkiv which have been continuing virtually non-stop for nearly two weeks.

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WHO report reveals major health disparities between European teens

23 May 2024

A report published on Thursday from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) European region has revealed alarming health disparities in young people, especially those from less affluent families, representing a “vicious cycle of disadvantage”.

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Increasing disease and humanitarian strain in Gaza amid aid shortages

23 May 2024

Living conditions in Gaza continue to deteriorate, with reports of an increase in diarrhoea and suspected cases of Hepatitis A, UN humanitarians warned on Thursday.

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Afghanistan is ‘not a hopeless crisis’, top UN aid official says

23 May 2024

The international community cannot abandon Afghanistan, a senior UN aid official said on Thursday, urging continued engagement and support for the population.

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‘Be part of the plan’ to end nature loss on Biodiversity Day

22 May 2024

The diversity of animals, plants and microorganisms on the planet is at risk due to factors such as changing land use, urbanization, overexploitation, pollution and climate change, the UN said on Wednesday, calling for action now to protect a million species from extinction. 

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Gaza: Rafah aid situation increasingly desperate, UN teams warn

22 May 2024

Hostilities across Gaza reportedly continued on Wednesday, fuelling already alarming aid access problems and dire food insecurity as the main entrance routes for relief convoys remained closed or too dangerous to access, UN aid workers warned.

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Droughts and floods threaten ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ across southern Africa

22 May 2024

Droughts and floods in southern Africa stemming from El Niño have left millions of people food insecure, warns World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Cindy McCain during a recent visit to Zambia – the epicentre of the crisis.

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Ukraine: humanitarian, health needs soar as Kharkiv hostilities intensify

21 May 2024

The UN expressed new concerns on Tuesday over a rise in displacement and humanitarian needs in Ukraine’s northeastern Kharkiv region amid “relentless” Russian air and ground attacks.

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Gaza: WHO chief calls for end to latest hospital siege

21 May 2024

As bombardments by the Israeli military reportedly continued overnight across Gaza, along with ground incursions and heavy fighting, the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) issued an alert on Tuesday for staff and patients at besieged Al-Awda Hospital in the north of the enclave.

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INTERVIEW: Developing countries risk missing out on net-zero benefits, but fairer future is possible

21 May 2024

Inflation fears are subsiding, the “net-zero transition” to a clean economy could spell good news with the right policies in place, and we are still dealing with a “COVID hangover”, according to the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

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Climate crisis fuels deadly floods, worsening hunger in Afghanistan

21 May 2024

The devastating floods that struck Afghanistan recently are likely to intensify in the coming months, exacerbating the already critical food insecurity in the affected districts, the UN emergency food relief agency warned on Tuesday.

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Accelerating extinction rate triggers domino effect of biodiversity loss

21 May 2024

While nearly one million species are currently at risk of extinction, the United Nations University (UNU) is drawing attention to “co-extinctions”: the chain reaction occurring when the complete disappearance of one species affects another. 

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Rafah exodus passes 810,000, says UNRWA

20 May 2024

At least 810,000 people have fled Rafah in just two weeks, UN humanitarians said on Monday, amid reports of ongoing Israeli military operations in the southern city and in the north of Gaza.

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ICC seeking arrest warrants for Hamas leaders and Israel’s Netanyahu

20 May 2024

Arrest warrants are being sought for the leaders of Hamas and Israel for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity linked to the war in Gaza, the International Criminal Court (ICC) said on Monday.

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World News in Brief: Myanmar violence intensifies, praise for Brazil refugee response, Baháí detainees in Yemen

20 May 2024

The UN is continuing to closely follow the deteriorating situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state where intercommunal tensions are being stoked by the military.

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With Gaza on the brink, hostage talks must resume, Security Council hears

20 May 2024

Gaza stands at “yet another precipice of further catastrophe” as the latest round of hostage negotiations in Cairo failed to reach an agreement, a senior UN official warned the Security Council on Monday.

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Gaza: Nearly 800,000 now displaced from Rafah

18 May 2024

Roughly 800,000 people have been forced to flee Rafah since Israel launched a military operation in the area on 6 May, the head of UN Palestine refugee agency UNRWA said on Saturday in a renewed appeal for greater protection of civilians in Gaza, safe humanitarian access and, ultimately, a ceasefire.

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UN’s rights chief says horrified by Sudan escalation as famine draws nearer

17 May 2024

The UN’s top human rights official has personally intervened to try to stop spiralling violence in Sudan that’s having a terrifying impact on millions of civilians, who humanitarians say are “staring famine in the face”.

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Crimes against nature: UN agency puts environmental legislation under scrutiny

17 May 2024

Global efforts to prevent crimes against nature and bring offenders to justice are being hampered by glaring differences in environmental protection laws among countries and regions, UN crime prevention experts said on Friday.

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Gaza: Aid delivery via floating dock welcomed, but land routes ‘more important’

17 May 2024

Trucks carrying desperately needed aid into Gaza have started moving ashore on the temporary floating dock built by the United States military, but this is not enough to meet the needs of civilians, UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, said on Friday. 

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Food and fuel for Gaza ‘will run out in days’, warn UN aid teams

16 May 2024

Safe passage is needed urgently throughout Gaza for aid teams to replenish dangerously low stocks of lifesaving supplies throughout Gaza, humanitarians insisted on Thursday, as the UN’s top court prepared to hear a new request from South Africa to issue more constraints on Israeli military action in the enclave.

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At Arab League Summit, Guterres appeals for Gaza ceasefire and regional unity

16 May 2024

UN Secretary-General António Guterres repeated his longstanding call for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, the release of all hostages held in the enclave, and unimpeded access for aid delivery, in remarks to the Summit of the League of Arab States in Bahrain on Thursday. 

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World News in Brief: More Ukraine attacks, rights appeal for jailed Nigerian singer, International Day against Homophobia

16 May 2024

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine condemned air strikes in Kherson city on Thursday, which injured dozens of civilians, including two children, and damaged homes and an education facility. 

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UN forum in Bahrain closes with calls to support women entrepreneurs in conflict areas

16 May 2024

The bi-annual UN forum on entrepreneurship and innovation wrapped up its work in Bahrain on Thursday focusing on women entrepreneurs from conflict zones, who stressed the importance of investing in their activities as a means of building peace, security, and stability in their communities.