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‘Largest’ displacements so far in Gaza’s war of attrition: UN aid agencies

‘Largest’ displacements so far in Gaza’s war of attrition: UN aid agencies

18 Jul 2024

UN humanitarians issued a fresh alert on Thursday about having to cut rations in Gaza where fresh evacuation orders by the Israeli military have prompted “the largest displacements since October” across the enclave.

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World News in Brief: Bangladesh student protests, South Sudan attacks continue, opportunity knocks for climate action in Africa

World News in Brief: Bangladesh student protests, South Sudan attacks continue, opportunity knocks for climate action in Africa

17 Jul 2024

As violent protests continued at university campuses in Bangladesh on Wednesday, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urged authorities to engage with students demanding an end to the quota system for government jobs amid rising unemployment. 

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UN and EU humanitarians appeal for more support for Haiti

UN and EU humanitarians appeal for more support for Haiti

16 Jul 2024

The multifaceted humanitarian catastrophe in Haiti requires urgent international attention, three senior aid officials from the United Nations and the European Union have said, wrapping up a four-day visit to the Caribbean country where they saw firsthand how ongoing gang violence has upended people’s lives. 

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Sudan: 800,000 still trapped in El Fasher where supplies running out, warns WHO

Sudan: 800,000 still trapped in El Fasher where supplies running out, warns WHO

16 Jul 2024

Hunger and fear of famine stalk Sudan where a staggering 800,000 people still remain trapped in the North Darfur capital El Fasher without enough food, water or medical support, the World Health Organization, WHO, said on Tuesday.

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South Sudan faces a growing humanitarian crisis, warns WHO

South Sudan faces a growing humanitarian crisis, warns WHO

15 Jul 2024

Twelve years on from independence the people of South Sudan continue to face huge challenges, exacerbated now by the war in neighbouring Sudan, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

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UN deputy chief calls for major arms spending cuts and urgent action to save SDGs

UN deputy chief calls for major arms spending cuts and urgent action to save SDGs

15 Jul 2024

The UN Deputy Secretary-General on Monday urged global leaders to redirect resources from warfare to peace and sustainable development initiatives.

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The triple planetary crisis: Global Foresight Report reveals global shifts

The triple planetary crisis: Global Foresight Report reveals global shifts

15 Jul 2024

Eight critical global shifts are accelerating a triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature loss, pollution and waste, according to the new Global Foresight Report produced by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Science Council (ISC) released on Monday. 

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Sustainable development: ‘Be leaders and inspire’ UN deputy chief urges, as 2030 deadline nears

Sustainable development: ‘Be leaders and inspire’ UN deputy chief urges, as 2030 deadline nears

14 Jul 2024

With only 17 per cent of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on track and just six more years until the 2030 deadline, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed has called for a new era of inspiring leadership, ahead of a special event on Monday to galvanize action.

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Gaza: WHO and partners provide lifesaving treatment following deadly Israeli strikes in Al Mawasi

Gaza: WHO and partners provide lifesaving treatment following deadly Israeli strikes in Al Mawasi

13 Jul 2024

The UN health agency and partners are responding to help the hundreds hurt during Saturday’s airstrikes by Israeli forces on Gaza’s Al Mawasi area which have reportedly left at least 90 dead and around 300 injured, according to figures from the war-torn enclave’s health ministry.

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DR Congo: Conflict escalation linked to deadly Mpox threat

DR Congo: Conflict escalation linked to deadly Mpox threat

12 Jul 2024

At least 25 million people have been caught up in the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where a neglected health emergency continues to unfold at an alarming rate, the UN health agency said on Friday.

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Sudan: UN-hosted talks on local ceasefires to continue in Geneva

Sudan: UN-hosted talks on local ceasefires to continue in Geneva

12 Jul 2024

UN-led talks between Sudan's warring parties were set to continue in Geneva on Friday focusing on brokering “possible local ceasefires” to help deliver aid and protect civilians across the country.

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Top aid officials call for greater solidarity and support for Haiti

Top aid officials call for greater solidarity and support for Haiti

12 Jul 2024

Three senior humanitarians  appealed on Friday for more support for Haiti, where ongoing gang violence in the capital, Port-au-Prince, is affecting the entire population. 

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World News in Brief: Sand and dust storm scourge, Mali humanitarian update, moving education online

World News in Brief: Sand and dust storm scourge, Mali humanitarian update, moving education online

12 Jul 2024

Dust levels worldwide decreased slightly in 2023 the UN’s weather and climate agency said on Friday, but they are still well above the long-term average in the worst-hit areas.

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Gaza: There is no alternative to UNRWA, Guterres declares

Gaza: There is no alternative to UNRWA, Guterres declares

12 Jul 2024

UN Secretary-General António Guterres, standing alongside top officials in New York on Friday, underscored the essential need to bolster the UN agency assisting Palestine refugees (UNRWA) across the Middle East amid continued attacks on its mandate, staff, premises and operations.

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Top official warns of weakened regional security following withdrawal from West African economic bloc by Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger

Top official warns of weakened regional security following withdrawal from West African economic bloc by Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger

12 Jul 2024

Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger’s decision to pull out of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) “even as terrorism and transnational organized crime remain a pervasive threat”, will be damaging to regional relations all round, said the UN’s top official in the region on Friday.

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UN humanitarians report severe displacement and critical needs in Gaza City

UN humanitarians report severe displacement and critical needs in Gaza City

12 Jul 2024

Humanitarians from the UN aid coordination office (OCHA) witnessed severe civilian displacement, a lack of fuel and dire humanitarian needs in three areas in Gaza City while on a mission trip on Friday, according to Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric.  

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Growing or shrinking? What the latest trends tell us about the world’s population

Growing or shrinking? What the latest trends tell us about the world’s population

11 Jul 2024

The global population reached nearly 8.2 billion by mid-2024 and is expected to grow by another two billion over the next 60 years, peaking at around 10.3 billion in the mid-2080s.

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UN chief calls for ‘dramatic shift’ to transform education worldwide

UN chief calls for ‘dramatic shift’ to transform education worldwide

11 Jul 2024

The global crisis in education needs a “dramatic shift” to shape a more peaceful, sustainable and just world, the UN Secretary-General said on Thursday.

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Digital boom could well be a bust for the environment, warns UN trade agency

Digital boom could well be a bust for the environment, warns UN trade agency

10 Jul 2024

Did you know that producing a computer weighing two kilogrammes (kg) requires a staggering 800kg of raw materials? Or that the energy required for data mining for bitcoins reached 121 terawatts last year – more than the amount consumed by most small countries?

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Schools ‘bombed-out’ in latest Gaza escalation, says UNRWA chief

Schools ‘bombed-out’ in latest Gaza escalation, says UNRWA chief

10 Jul 2024

Amid reports of intensified heavy shelling in north, central and southern Gaza, the head of the UN agency for Palestine refugees, UNRWA, confirmed on Wednesday that schools-turned-shelters have been “bombed-out” as a result of the latest escalation.

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UN humanitarians warn against Israeli evacuation orders in Gaza City

UN humanitarians warn against Israeli evacuation orders in Gaza City

10 Jul 2024

Israel’s order for people to leave Gaza City on Wednesday “will only fuel mass suffering for Palestinian families", many of whom have been displaced multiple times, the UN relief coordination office, OCHA, has warned. 

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UN emphasizes gender-sensitive approach in response to Hurricane Beryl

UN emphasizes gender-sensitive approach in response to Hurricane Beryl

10 Jul 2024

The United Nations has announced a regional response plan to support communities in the islands worst affected by Hurricane Beryl, which swept through the Caribbean last week, leaving a trail of devastation.

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Gazans reeling from closed hospitals, malnutrition and heat risks, warns UN health agency

Gazans reeling from closed hospitals, malnutrition and heat risks, warns UN health agency

09 Jul 2024

In Gaza, overwhelmed hospitals, soaring temperatures, hunger and a lack of even basic sanitation present an ever more deadly threat to a population under constant attack, UN humanitarians warned on Tuesday.

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UN deputy chief demands bold policies, innovative solutions for SDGs

UN deputy chief demands bold policies, innovative solutions for SDGs

08 Jul 2024

The international community must urgently summon the commitment and investments needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the 2030 deadline, the UN Deputy Secretary-General stressed on Monday.

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Hurricane Beryl highlights need for robust early warning systems

Hurricane Beryl highlights need for robust early warning systems

08 Jul 2024

Hurricane Beryl, which left a trail of destruction from the Caribbean to Mexico – and now the United States – has once again underscored the urgent need for robust early warning systems, the UN meteorological agency (WMO) said on Monday.

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Earth’s hottest June on record

Earth’s hottest June on record

08 Jul 2024

Last month was the hottest June since records began and the thirteenth month in a row to set a temperature record, according to new data released on Monday from the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service.

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After nine months of war in Gaza, another UN school suffers Israeli airstrike

After nine months of war in Gaza, another UN school suffers Israeli airstrike

08 Jul 2024

The war in Gaza passed the nine-month mark on Sunday with humanitarians left assessing the damage of a fresh Israeli airstrike on a UN school.

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Guterres commends Turkmenistan’s ‘policy of neutrality’ amid troubled times

Guterres commends Turkmenistan’s ‘policy of neutrality’ amid troubled times

06 Jul 2024

Cooperation between the United Nations and Turkmenistan, and regional developments in Central Asia, were the focus of a meeting between UN Secretary-General António Guterres and President Serdar Berdimuhamedov held in the capital, Ashgabat, on Saturday.

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UN official describes total devastation in Carriacou following Hurricane Beryl

UN official describes total devastation in Carriacou following Hurricane Beryl

05 Jul 2024

The island of Carriacou in Grenada has been virtually “flattened” by the devastating Hurricane Beryl, a senior UN official there reported on Friday, as humanitarian teams ramp up their support to communities affected across the Caribbean.

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UNESCO designates 11 new biosphere reserves

UNESCO designates 11 new biosphere reserves

05 Jul 2024

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Friday designated 11 new biosphere reserves, recognizing their importance for conserving biodiversity and cultural heritage.