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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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Let youth lead, urges new advocacy campaign

15 Apr 2024

With the ‘promise of a better world’ in mind the UN Youth Office has launched an new advocacy campaign – “World Leaders: It’s Time to Let #YouthLead” – calling for greater youth representation in decision-making roles in both the public and private sector, civil society, academia, and the UN. 

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‘Concerted global push’ for Sudan ceasefire is essential: Guterres

15 Apr 2024

“The world is forgetting about the people of Sudan” the UN chief warned on Monday, calling for a boost in humanitarian funding and a global push for peace to end a year of brutal fighting between rival militaries.

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Gaza: rights experts condemn AI role in destruction by Israeli military

15 Apr 2024

As UN chief António Guterres on Monday reiterated his appeal for “maximum restraint” in the Middle East following Iran’s drone and missile attack on Israel, independent human rights experts said that the alleged use of artificial intelligence on targets in Gaza by the Israeli military had taken an “unprecedented toll” on civilians, housing and services.

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Sudan catastrophe must not be allowed to continue: UN rights chief Türk

15 Apr 2024

A full year of conflict in Sudan has already caused immense suffering and death but the situation could easily worsen with the news that the warring parties are arming civilians, UN rights chief Volker Türk said on Monday.

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UN leaders urge ‘wholesale reform’ of global financial architecture

15 Apr 2024

The Secretary-General and President of the General Assembly on Monday led the clarion call for urgent reform of the global financial system, notably how to approach debt relief on behalf of the billions of citizens living in the developing world.

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Fishers in Madagascar adapt to deadly seas due to climate change

13 Apr 2024

Fishing communities in the south of Madagascar are facing sometimes deadly sea conditions due to climate change, but with the help of the UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO) are finding ways to adapt to the new circumstances they face.

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Rape, murder and hunger: The legacy of Sudan’s year of war

12 Apr 2024

Rape. Murder. Hunger. Corpses filling streets, making it impossible to walk. Sudan was plunged into an ongoing, devastating war one year ago on 15 April, leaving in its wake almost 15,000 dead, eight million civilians on the run, 25 million in dire need of assistance and warnings from humanitarians about famine, aid blockades and a growing list of atrocities on all sides.

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World News in Brief: Looming famine threat for Sudan, 3.3 million in need near Ukraine frontline, there’s a place for all in outer space

12 Apr 2024

UN humanitarians in Sudan issued a fresh alert on Friday about pervasive food insecurity and looming famine.

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Wave of increased food insecurity hits West and Central Africa

12 Apr 2024

Almost 55 million people are facing further food and nutrition insecurity in West and Central Africa during the region’s three-month lean season from June through August, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday.

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Myanmar: Middle class ‘disappearing’ amid uptick in brutal fighting

11 Apr 2024

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has warned that poverty is surging and the middle class in Myanmar is “disappearing” amidst worsening insecurity and conflict. 

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Widespread destruction across Khan Younis as Gazans ‘struggle to survive’

11 Apr 2024

People in Gaza are struggling to survive, said the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, who was part of a team carrying out an assessment mission on Wednesday in the southern city of Khan Younis following the Israeli military withdrawal last week.

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Russian attacks ‘a daily destructive pattern’ in Ukraine, Security Council hears

11 Apr 2024

Russian attacks on cities and towns across Ukraine, including intense and systematic targeting of the energy infrastructure, “have become a daily destructive pattern” in recent weeks, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Thursday. 

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UN continues to face aid access denials in Gaza

09 Apr 2024

UN-coordinated food convoys are three times more likely to be denied access to north Gaza than other aid convoys, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, reported on Tuesday. 

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World News in Brief: Shipwreck tragedy off Djibouti coast, drone attacks continue at Ukraine nuclear plant, Madagascar cyclone update

09 Apr 2024

At least 38 migrants - including women and children – died when their overcrowded boat capsized off the coast of Djibouti, the UN migration agency (IOM) reported on Tuesday.

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Massive investment and financial reform needed to rescue SDGs

09 Apr 2024

Financing for sustainable development is at a crossroads and without urgent investment, global efforts to achieve a more just and equitable world by 2030 will fail, the UN deputy chief warned on Tuesday. 

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World News in Brief: Haiti aid response, strikes across Lebanon’s Blue Line, UNEP welcomes Iran prisoner release, healthcare for the displaced

08 Apr 2024

UN humanitarians on Monday made clear the emergency response in Haiti’s capital continues despite ongoing insecurity caused by months of gang-led violence there. 

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Hope grows for UN mission to ‘flood’ Gaza with food, despite fears of imminent Rafah invasion

07 Apr 2024

The UN’s overriding mission in Gaza to ‘flood the place with food’ and avert famine, has moved forward this week thanks to Israel’s public pledge to increase the flow of aid, despite signs on Sunday that the feared invasion of Rafah is imminent.

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Gaza: ‘No protection’ for civilians, aid workers, Security Council hears

05 Apr 2024

Aid officials called on the Security Council on Friday to step in to stop the carnage in Gaza as the war enters its sixth month amid a man-made famine, Israel’s constant bombardment, targeted killings of aid workers and Palestinians civilians and “zero accountability” for the perpetrators.

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Sudan: Aid lifeline reaches Darfur region in bid to avert ‘hunger catastrophe’

05 Apr 2024

Two aid convoys carrying lifesaving supplies have reached Sudan’s Darfurs for the first time in months, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday, as humanitarians try to avert a “hunger catastrophe”, after nearly a year of heavy fighting.

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Israel must allow ‘quantum leap’ in aid delivery UN chief urges, calling for change in military tactics

05 Apr 2024

Israel must make meaningful changes in the way it is fighting in Gaza to avoid civilian casualties while also undergoing “a true paradigm shift” in lifesaving aid delivery, the UN chief said on Friday. 

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Gaza: Human Rights Council resolution urges arms embargo on Israel

05 Apr 2024

The UN’s top human rights body adopted a resolution on Friday condemning the alleged “use of starvation of civilians as a method of warfare in Gaza”, while also calling for an arms embargo on Israel. 

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UN underscores commitment to stay and deliver in Myanmar

04 Apr 2024

The ongoing escalation of the conflict in Myanmar, more than three years after the military takeover, is severely affecting people across the country, with spillover effects in the region, two senior UN officials told the Security Council on Thursday. 

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World News in Brief: $12 million for Haiti, Ukraine airstrikes condemned, support mine action

04 Apr 2024

A $12 million contribution from a UN emergency humanitarian fund will support people impacted by the violence that broke out in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, in March. 

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Gaza: Resuming night-time aid deliveries, UN reports ‘dire’ conditions

04 Apr 2024

UN officials launched assessment visits to Gaza and its agencies will resume night-time aid deliveries on Thursday after a 48-hour pause following Israeli forces killing seven World Central Kitchen relief workers in a convoy delivering food in the enclave, where intense Israeli bombardment and ground operations continue.

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$414 million appeal for Palestine refugees in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan

03 Apr 2024

As hostilities continue in Gaza, the UN agency that assists Palestine refugees, UNRWA, urged donors not to forget about Palestinians affected by the ongoing war in Syria. 

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World News in Brief: Rights chief dismay over Uganda anti-LGBT law, Haiti update, aid for Sudan, executions alert in Egypt

03 Apr 2024

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Wednesday expressed dismay over the decision by Uganda’s Constitutional Court to uphold the country’s discriminatory Anti-Homosexuality Act, which has already led to hundreds of rights violations.

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Gaza: Aid worker killings prompt temporary halt to UN operations after dark

03 Apr 2024

UN humanitarians in Gaza have suspended operations at night for at least 48 hours in response to the killing of seven aid workers from the NGO World Central Kitchen on Tuesay. 

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World News in Brief: Aid worker deaths ‘inevitable result’ of Gaza war tactics, ‘waste trafficking’ update, Malawi drought

02 Apr 2024

The killing of seven humanitarians by an Israeli strike in Gaza on Tuesday – 196 overall since hostilities began last October – is “an inevitable result” of the way the war is being fought, said the UN chief.

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Gaza: UN aid teams still waiting for Israeli green light to relieve stricken northern hospital

02 Apr 2024

The destruction of Gaza’s largest hospital following a two-week siege by the Israeli military has “ripped the heart out of healthcare” in the enclave, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday, amid renewed concerns about the dangers of delivering aid after seven workers from NGO World Central Kitchen were reportedly killed in an airstrike.

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Israel continues to block aid into northern Gaza amid famine

01 Apr 2024

Israeli forces are blocking aid deliveries into famine-stricken northern Gaza as the five-month-long war grinds on despite recent strong demands from the top UN court and the Security Council for unfettered access for lifesaving food shipments into the enclave and for a temporary ceasefire and the return of all hostages taken in October.