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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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Israel-Palestine: Gazans ‘left with nothing but impossible choices’

26 Oct 2023

Day 19 of the Gaza conflict comes on the heels of the deadliest 24 hours so far amid hospitals shutting down, while UN humanitarians reiterated urgent calls on Thursday for all civilians to be protected and hostages released.

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World News in Brief: Ukraine dam disaster update, childcare investment, healthcare under fire in Sudan

26 Oct 2023

Much of the damage caused by the destruction of Ukraine’s Kakhovka dam in June is “irreversible”, with likely changes to the environment that impact ecosystems and human health.

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World News in Brief: Ukraine dam disaster update, childcare investment, healthcare under fire in Sudan

26 Oct 2023

Much of the damage caused by the destruction of Ukraine’s Kakhovka dam in June is “irreversible”, with likely changes to the environment that impact ecosystems and human health.

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New UN Advisory Body aims to harness AI for the common good

26 Oct 2023

Experts with deep experience across government, the private sector, technology, civil society, and academia have been tasked with supporting the UN efforts to ensure Artificial Intelligence (AI) is used for the greater good of humanity. 

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Israel-Palestine: Gazans ‘left with nothing but impossible choices’

26 Oct 2023

Day 19 of the Gaza conflict comes on the heels of the deadliest 24 hours so far amid hospitals shutting down, while UN humanitarians reiterated urgent calls on Thursday for all civilians to be protected and hostages released.

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First Person: Farmers running out of water in Punjab, India

25 Oct 2023

For farmers in the Punjab region of India, water shortages are a harsh reality, and ahead of the publication of a UN report Interconnected Disaster Risks, three rice cultivators have been talking about the challenges they face due to the scarcity of water and the solutions they are adopting.

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‘Tipping points’ of risk pose new threats, UN report warns

25 Oct 2023

No ground water available? No access to satellite data because of where you live or home insurance due to recent natural disasters? A new UN report launched on Wednesday has some useful insights on the “risk tipping points” which are becoming an increasing challenge worldwide. 

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Israel-Palestine: Blockade puts Gaza aid on the line, WHO spotlights soaring mental health needs in Israel

25 Oct 2023

Humanitarian operations in Gaza risked grinding to a halt on Wednesday due to the ongoing fuel blockade, while Israel continued to deal with a protracted hostage crisis amid the horrific aftermath of Hamas’ 7 October attacks.

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‘Tipping points’ of risk pose new threats, UN report warns

25 Oct 2023

No ground water available? No access to satellite data because of where you live or home insurance due to recent natural disasters? A new UN report launched on Wednesday has some useful insights on the “risk tipping points” which are becoming an increasing challenge worldwide. 

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Israel-Palestine: Blockade puts Gaza aid on the line, WHO spotlights soaring mental health needs in Israel

25 Oct 2023

Humanitarian operations in Gaza risked grinding to a halt on Wednesday due to the ongoing fuel blockade, while Israel continued to deal with a protracted hostage crisis amid the horrific aftermath of Hamas’ 7 October attacks.

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First Person: Farmers running out of water in Punjab, India

25 Oct 2023

For farmers in the Punjab region of India, water shortages are a harsh reality, and ahead of the publication of a UN report Interconnected Disaster Risks, three rice cultivators have been talking about the challenges they face due to the scarcity of water and the solutions they are adopting.

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Israel-Palestine: Gaza buckles under fuel shortage, healthcare in crisis

24 Oct 2023

On day 17 of the Gaza-Israel crisis, UN humanitarians on Tuesday pleaded for desperately needed fuel deliveries and other relief items to prevent the already dire situation in the enclave from worsening further.

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Israel-Palestine: Protection of civilians ‘must be paramount’ in war Guterres tells Security Council

24 Oct 2023

The UN Security Council met on Tuesday at UN Headquarters in New York for a scheduled quarterly open debate on the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine, now given greater urgency by the Hamas attacks of 7 October and the deepening humanitarian crisis as the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip continues. The UN chief said the situation "is growing more dire by the hour", repeating his call for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire. Here are some of the main highlights of the day...

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UPDATING LIVE: Security Council meets on Israel-Palestine as Gaza crisis deepens

24 Oct 2023

0945: The UN Security Council meets again within the next few minutes at UN Headquarters in New York for what was a scheduled quarterly meeting on the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine, now given greater urgency by the Hamas attacks of 7 October and the deepening humanitarian crisis as the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip continues.

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Israel-Palestine: Gaza buckles under fuel shortage, healthcare in crisis

24 Oct 2023

On day 17 of the Gaza-Israel crisis, UN humanitarians on Tuesday pleaded for desperately needed fuel deliveries and other relief items to prevent the already dire situation in the enclave from worsening further.

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Human right to food needs ‘massive investment’: Guterres

23 Oct 2023

With 735 million people going hungry last year and three billion unable to afford a healthy diet, the world is “going backwards on our goal of zero hunger by 2030”, the UN chief told the Committee on World Food Security on Monday.

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Israel-Palestine: Gaza death toll passes 5,000 with no ceasefire in sight

23 Oct 2023

The number of people killed in Gaza has exceeded 5,000 according to latest reports from de facto authorities there, amid intensifying Israeli airstrikes in response to Hamas attacks, while humanitarians repeated urgent calls for a ceasefire and more aid convoys.

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Haiti: UN envoy upholds critical role of elections amid rising gang violence

23 Oct 2023

The security situation continues to deteriorate in Haiti as gang violence grows, and elections are crucial for the sustainable rule of law, the UN Special Representative in the country, María Isabel Salvador, told the Security Council on Monday. 

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UN marks poignant birthday as staff deaths mount in Gaza

23 Oct 2023

Tuesday’s annual observance marking the official creation of the United Nations was overshadowed by the rising toll of suffering and sacrifice in Gaza, where 35 staff members with Palestine refugee agency UNRWA have now lost their lives.

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UN marks poignant birthday as staff deaths mount in Gaza

23 Oct 2023

Tuesday’s annual observance marking the official creation of the United Nations was overshadowed by the rising toll of suffering and sacrifice in Gaza, where 35 staff members with Palestine refugee agency UNRWA have now lost their lives.

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Human right to food needs ‘massive investment’: Guterres

23 Oct 2023

With 735 million people going hungry last year and three billion unable to afford a healthy diet, the world is “going backwards on our goal of zero hunger by 2030”, the UN chief told the Committee on World Food Security on Monday.

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Haiti: UN envoy upholds critical role of elections amid rising gang violence

23 Oct 2023

The security situation continues to deteriorate in Haiti as gang violence grows, and elections are crucial for the sustainable rule of law, the UN Special Representative in the country, María Isabel Salvador, told the Security Council on Monday. 

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Gaza death toll rises with no ceasefire in sight

23 Oct 2023

The number of people killed in Gaza has reached 4,651 according to latest reports, amid intensifying Israeli airstrikes, while humanitarians repeated urgent calls for a ceasefire and more aid convoys.

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UNRWA fuel supply set to run out in three days

22 Oct 2023

The UN agency that assists Palestine refugees, UNRWA, will run out of fuel in three days, putting humanitarian response in Gaza at risk, Director-General Philippe Lazzarini warned on Sunday.

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Second aid convoy ‘another glimmer of hope’ for millions in Gaza: UN relief chief

22 Oct 2023

More aid arrived in Gaza on Sunday aboard 14 trucks that passed through the Rafah crossing with Egypt, the UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator said in a post on social media.

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Second aid convoy ‘another glimmer of hope’ for millions in Gaza: UN relief chief

22 Oct 2023

More aid arrived in Gaza on Sunday aboard 14 trucks that passed through the Rafah crossing with Egypt, the UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator said in a post on social media.

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UNRWA fuel supply set to run out in three days

22 Oct 2023

The UN agency that assists Palestine refugees, UNRWA, will run out of fuel in three days, putting humanitarian response in Gaza at risk, Director-General Philippe Lazzarini warned on Sunday.

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UN welcomes first Gaza aid convoy, but more are needed

21 Oct 2023

UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator Martin Griffiths welcomed the entry of an aid convoy into Gaza on Saturday, the first since the start of hostilities two weeks ago following deadly attacks by Hamas against Israel.

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At Cairo Peace Summit, Guterres stresses need for sustained humanitarian aid to Gaza

21 Oct 2023

UN Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated his call for sustained humanitarian aid delivery to Gaza and for Hamas to free all hostages, in remarks to the Cairo Summit for Peace on Saturday. 

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Gaza: UNRWA chief underscores duty to protect civilians at all times

21 Oct 2023

The protection of civilians must be upheld at all times, the head of the UN agency that assists Palestine refugees, UNRWA, said on Saturday, appealing for an end to attacks on places such as schools, hospitals and the homes of his staff.