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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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‘The world must do more’ for Gaza, 5 UN agencies say

21 Oct 2023

The aid that entered Gaza on Saturday "is only a small beginning and far from enough", five UN agencies said in a joint statement.  They called for a humanitarian ceasefire and safe access to civilians in efforts to save lives and prevent more suffering.

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INTERVIEW: UNICEF has ‘every hope’ for more Gaza convoys

21 Oct 2023

The first humanitarian convoy into Gaza following two weeks of conflict crossed the border from Egypt on Saturday morning.

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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 to be delivered to Gaza in remarks to the Cairo Summit for Peace on Saturday. 

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UN relief chief welcomes aid convoy's entry into Gaza

21 Oct 2023

UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator Martin Griffith 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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INTERVIEW: UNICEF has ‘every hope’ for more Gaza convoys

21 Oct 2023

The first humanitarian convoy into Gaza following two weeks of conflict crossed the border from Egypt on Saturday morning.

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‘The world must do more’ for Gaza: UN agencies say

21 Oct 2023

The aid that entered Gaza on Saturday "is only a small beginning and far from enough", five UN agencies said in a joint statement calling for a humanitarian ceasefire and safe access to civilians in efforts to save lives and prevent more suffering.

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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.

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Gaza: UN chief at Rafah crossing says aid convoy ‘the difference between life and death’

20 Oct 2023

UN humanitarians said on Friday that an agreement to unlock aid deliveries across the Gaza border was near, as UN chief António Guterres delivered a powerful call in front of the gates at the Rafah crossing to get lifesaving aid moving.

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Explainer: A look inside the Gaza crossing convoy

20 Oct 2023

Hundreds of trucks are waiting for a green light at the Rafah border in Egypt, poised to deliver lifesaving aid to 2.3 million besieged people in the Gaza Strip. What's inside the convoy?

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Afghanistan earthquakes: ‘Staggering’ health consequences

20 Oct 2023

Families in western Afghanistan, who have lost everything to a series of devastating earthquakes, need urgent assistance to withstand the harsh winter, the UN relief wing reported on Friday.

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Explainer: A look inside the Gaza crossing convoy

20 Oct 2023

Hundreds of trucks are waiting for a green light at the Rafah border in Egypt, poised to deliver lifesaving aid to 2.3 million besieged people in the Gaza Strip. What's inside the convoy?

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Afghanistan earthquakes: ‘Staggering’ health consequences

20 Oct 2023

Families in western Afghanistan, who have lost everything to a series of devastating earthquakes, need urgent assistance to withstand the harsh winter, the UN relief wing reported on Friday.

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Gaza: UN chief at Rafah crossing says aid convoy 'the difference between life and death'

20 Oct 2023

UN humanitarians said on Friday that an agreement to unlock aid deliveries across the border to Gaza was near, as UN chief António Guterres arrived at the Rafah crossing saying aid must move as quickly as possible.

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AI shows ‘great promise for health’ but regulation is key: WHO chief

19 Oct 2023

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday issued a call for better regulations over the use and potential mis-use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the healthcare industry.  

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World News in Brief: Sandstorm alert, albinism and climate change, rights in Peru

19 Oct 2023

Sand and dust storms are increasingly threatening people’s health, safety and livelihoods – and climate change is making matters worse.

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Somalia: Insecurity worsens, civilians pay the price

19 Oct 2023

Insecurity persists in Somalia, with extremist group Al-Shabaab and fighting in the Laascaanood region taking a heavy toll on civilians, the UN envoy for the country told the Security Council on Thursday.

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Gaza aid ready to roll in once final deal reached

19 Oct 2023

Humanitarians continued to stand ready on Thursday to deliver lifesaving aid to Gaza following reports of an agreement brokered by the United States for 20 aid trucks to enter the enclave from Egypt.

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From Cairo, Guterres appeals for ‘sustained’ humanitarian access to Gaza

19 Oct 2023

With essential supplies running out in Gaza, UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday appealed for humanitarian access to the besieged enclave. 

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Gaza aid ready to roll in once final deal reached

19 Oct 2023

Humanitarians continued to stand ready on Thursday to deliver lifesaving aid to Gaza following reports of an agreement brokered by the United States for 20 aid trucks to enter the enclave from Egypt.

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Somalia: Insecurity worsens, civilians pay the price

19 Oct 2023

Insecurity persists in Somalia, with extremist group Al-Shabaab and fighting in the Laascaanood region taking a heavy toll on civilians, the UN envoy for the country told the Security Council on Thursday.

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From Cairo, Guterres appeals for ‘sustained’ humanitarian access to Gaza

19 Oct 2023

With essential supplies running out in Gaza, UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday appealed for humanitarian access to the besieged enclave. 

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World News in Brief: Sandstorm alert, albinism and climate change, rights in Peru

19 Oct 2023

Sand and dust storms are increasingly threatening people’s health, safety and livelihoods – and climate change is making matters worse.

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AI shows ‘great promise for health’ but regulation is key: WHO chief

19 Oct 2023

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday issued a call for better regulations over the use and potential mis-use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the healthcare industry.  

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Israel-Gaza: UN chief urges ceasefire; humanitarian supplies given green light to enter enclave

18 Oct 2023

UN chief António Guterres called on Wednesday for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the Middle East to ease the “epic human suffering” in the Israel-Gaza conflict. The head of the UN health agency (WHO) said he welcomed the reported agreement between the US and Israel, which would allow food, water and medical aid into the battered enclave via the Egyptian border. 

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Israel-Gaza crisis: US vetoes Security Council resolution

18 Oct 2023

The United States on Wednesday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have called for “humanitarian pauses” to deliver lifesaving aid to millions in Gaza. The failure by the Council to make its first public intervention on the Israel-Gaza crisis followed the rejection of a Russian-backed draft on Monday evening.

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World News in Brief: Funds dry up for Afghan quake survivors, child deaths alert in Sudan, diphtheria outbreak in Guinea

18 Oct 2023

In Afghanistan, urgent funding is needed to feed some 100,000 people left hungry and homeless by a series of deadly earthquakes, amid a broader and already underfunded humanitarian crisis.

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Security Council meets over Israel-Gaza: ‘Very real risk’ of conflict expanding warns top envoy

18 Oct 2023

UN Middle East envoy Tor Wennesland on Wednesday highlighted the need for an inquiry into the strike against a Gaza hospital that killed hundreds, including patients, staff and displaced people seeking shelter. 

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World News in Brief: Funds dry up for Afghan quake survivors, child deaths alert in Sudan, diphtheria outbreak in Guinea

18 Oct 2023

In Afghanistan, urgent funding is needed to feed some 100,000 people left hungry and homeless by a series of deadly earthquakes, amid a broader and already underfunded humanitarian crisis.

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UPDATING LIVE: Security Council meets over Israel-Gaza

18 Oct 2023

UN Middle East envoy Tor Wennesland on Wednesday called for an inquiry into the strike against a Gaza hospital that killed hundreds, including patients, staff and displaced people seeking shelter. 

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UPDATING LIVE: Israel-Gaza crisis; US vetoes Security Council resolution

18 Oct 2023

The United States on Wednesday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have called for “humanitarian pauses” to deliver lifesaving aid to millions in Gaza. The failure by the Council to make its first public intervention on the Israel-Gaza crisis followed the rejection of a Russian-backed draft on Monday evening.