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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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Global leaders discuss healthier future for all: Top 5 fast facts

20 Sep 2023

Some 4.5 billion people, more than half the global population, do not have enough access to essential health services, an issue that world leaders and ministers will tackle at a series of high-level meetings at the UN this week.

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‘Humanity has opened the gates to hell’ warns Guterres as climate coalition demands action

20 Sep 2023

“Horrendous heat is having horrendous effects”, the UN chief declared on Wednesday, as a broad global coalition of “movers and doers” politicians, business and civil society gathered in New York for the first ever https://news.un.org/en/story/2023/09/1140887.

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On UNGA margins, world leaders bolster bedrock of international law

20 Sep 2023

At the heart of global diplomacy within the iconic UN Headquarters in New York, another significant yet often less featured deliberation is unfolding this week: the Treaty Event.

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UN sets out bold solutions to rescue SDG finance

20 Sep 2023

Taking urgent steps to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, world leaders launched a high level dialogue on Financing for Development on Wednesday. 

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War in Sudan: ‘Brutal fight’ must end as civilian suffering intensifies

20 Sep 2023

Civilians continuing paying a heavy price as the “senseless violence” between rival militaries continues in Sudan, the UN’s political affairs chief said on Wednesday.

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Annual cost for reaching the SDGs? More than $5 trillion: UNCTAD

19 Sep 2023

The cost of achieving ambitious sustainable development targets is estimated at between $5.4 and $6.4 trillion per year between now and 2030, UN economists said on Tuesday.

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Syria: UN chief welcomes reopening of life-saving aid corridor

19 Sep 2023

A large UN aid convoy was able to cross into northwest Syria on Tuesday following the reopening of a vital border crossing.

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Sudan: Children dying amid healthcare system collapse

19 Sep 2023

In war-torn Sudan, more than 1,200 children under five have died in camps in the space of four months from a combination of measles and malnutrition, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday.

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World News in Brief: Reparations for African diaspora, child deaths in Sudan, Libya update

19 Sep 2023

It is high time countries made reparatory justice a priority to address the legacy of slavery and colonialism, which continues to negatively impact the daily lives of people of African descent across the globe.

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‘No nonsense’ Climate Ambition Summit: What you need to know

19 Sep 2023

The race to protect the planet is about to accelerate, as world leaders, business giants, and experts gather to attend the Climate Ambition Summit on 20 September.

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Invest in SDGs ‘like never before’ implores UN chief

19 Sep 2023

A “rescue plan” for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) must now result in policies, budgets and investment to ensure a more just, equitable and green future by 2030, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday. 

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Libya floods aftermath: Response continues amid the wreckage

18 Sep 2023

UN teams are working tirelessly to deliver vital assistance to communities devastated by the unprecedented floods that hit eastern Libya.

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How the UN SDG Summit aims to transform the world

18 Sep 2023

The centrepiece of the UN General Assembly’s 2023 high-level week, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit, will see world leaders gather in New York on 18 and 19 September. Their goal: to put the world back on track towards a greener, cleaner, safer, fairer future for all.

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UNESCO: 250 million children now out of school

18 Sep 2023

The number of children missing out on any schooling has increased by six million, bringing the total to 250 million, according to new figures released on Monday by the UN Education, Science, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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UN General Assembly adopts declaration to accelerate SDGs

18 Sep 2023

Now is the time for a global plan to rescue the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are woefully off-track halfway towards their 2030 deadline, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday in New York. 

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‘Staggering proposition’ reaching SDGs for small island States: A UN Resident Coordinator blog

17 Sep 2023

Achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can seem link “a staggering proposition” for resource-starved small island developing States, but in Trinidad and Tobago, an “inexorable spirit” is helping the country get closer to realizing the challenging targets.

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‘We all need to step up’ to rescue the SDG’s and fight for a better future: UN chief

16 Sep 2023

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday rallied a diverse cross section of civil society actors to use their passionate voices and energetic grassroots networks to “help rescue the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and fight for the better future every person deserves.” 

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UNGA78: UN chief brushes off absence of key leaders, says nations must deliver on climate and development promises

16 Sep 2023

With several high-profile world leaders opting out of the UN General Assembly’s annual opening session next week, Secretary-General António Guterres has said that he cares less about who comes to New York and more about what gets done, especially to revive the lagging Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Morocco and Libya: UN scales up support for disaster relief

15 Sep 2023

Two very different catastrophes in Morocco and in Libya united by the “unimaginable trauma” of bereaved families, continue to mobilize the UN’s relief efforts, the Organisation’s top aid official Martin Griffiths said on Friday.

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Guterres urges G77 and China to champion multilateralism ‘rooted in equality’

15 Sep 2023

UN Secretary-General António Guterres appealed to leaders from the Group of 77 developing countries (G77) and China to “fight for a world that works for all”, in his address to their summit in Havana, Cuba, on Friday. 

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South Sudan: Key electoral questions ‘remain unanswered’

15 Sep 2023

As South Sudan prepares to hold its first-ever elections in December, resolving critical outstanding issues requires political will for compromise, the UN envoy to the country said on Friday.

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Climate inaction puts lives on the line: WMO

14 Sep 2023

Insufficient progress towards climate goals is slowing down the global fight against poverty, hunger and deadly diseases, according to a report released on Thursday by the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

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UN launches flash appeal to aid 250,000 Libyans hit by devastating floods

14 Sep 2023

UN humanitarians are working flat out on the ground in Libya, providing desperately needed aid to thousands of survivors of the flood disaster that has left thousands dead and thousands more unaccounted for.

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Environmental champion hails rivers as ‘arteries of our planet’

14 Sep 2023

Endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh traded the ocean for New York State’s Hudson River, declaring at the end of his epic 517 kilometre journey downriver on Wednesday that “we can never become complacent when it comes to protecting the environment”.

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‘Peace begins with you’, youth activist tells UN forum

14 Sep 2023

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday reiterated his call to action for countries across the world to establish peace forged through sustainable development, human rights and a healthy environment.

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‘Thriving economies’ critical to eradicating hunger and poverty: McCain

14 Sep 2023

Addressing the Security Council on Thursday, the head of the World Food Programme (WFP), Cindy McCain, highlighted the growing need for humanitarian aid worldwide against a backdrop of reduced funding.

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UN marks halftime for the SDGs

14 Sep 2023

The SDG Summit, taking place at the start of the UN General Assembly High Level Week, marks halftime for the crucial Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

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Experts make case for tackling climate and sustainable development together

13 Sep 2023

A new UN report delivers a strong message to world leaders heading to New York for the General Assembly’s annual high-level week: tackling the climate and sustainable development crises together will help accelerate overall progress on the 2030 Agenda. 

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Over 330 million children worldwide living in extreme poverty

13 Sep 2023

One in every six children is forced to survive on less than $2.15 a day, according to a new report from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank released on Wednesday.

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Peace our ‘most fundamental job’, says Guterres

13 Sep 2023

Today “peace is under assault” across communities, countries and regions, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday, underscoring the need for global solidarity and mutual trust.