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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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India: Climate emergency message resonates at world’s largest literature festival – UN News special report from Jaipur

29 Jan 2020

Against the backdrop of India’s famed “pink city” of Jaipur, the world’s largest literature festival hosted the UN’s top representative in the country on Monday, who told audience members attending a special session on the climate emergency, that the Organization is working flat out to slow the pace of damaging climate change. 

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West Darfur tensions could see 30,000 flee across Sudanese border to Chad: UN refugee agency

28 Jan 2020

The number of people fleeing to Chad to escape ongoing tensions in Sudan’s West Darfur state, could reach 30,000 in the coming weeks, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday. 

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New UN finance panel to push Global Goals forward

28 Jan 2020

The President of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday encouraged Member States to support a new panel that has been set up to help make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality, by 2030.  

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Nearly 5 million children in need due to rising violence in central Sahel: UNICEF

27 Jan 2020

A surge in violence in the central Sahel region in Africa means nearly five million children will need humanitarian assistance this year, up from 4.3 million, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday. 

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‘Green economy’ pioneer Pavan Sukhdev wins 2020 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

27 Jan 2020

Renowned environmental economist and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador Pavan Sukhdev was awarded on Monday the 2020 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, recognizing his groundbreaking ‘green economy’ work. 

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Deadly earthquake kills dozens in Turkey, UN stands in solidarity and offers support

25 Jan 2020

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres was deeply saddened by the “loss of life and destruction of property” caused by a 6.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked eastern Turkey on Friday night. 

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The drive for quality education worldwide, faces ‘mammoth challenges’

24 Jan 2020

Aligning inclusive, quality education with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was centre-stage on Friday, as the President of the UN General Assembly held a high-level interactive meeting for the International Day of Education.       

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Health services for Syrian women caught up in war, foster safety and hope: UNFPA

23 Jan 2020

Continued displacement from conflict-affected areas in northeast Syria leaves women and girls in urgent need of safe spaces, shelter and reproductive health services, according to a Flash Update this week from UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

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At Davos, UN chief urges ‘big emitters’ to take climate action

23 Jan 2020

The world is “doomed” in the face of climate change unless major industrial nations reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday. 

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UN chief outlines solutions to defeat ‘four horsemen’ threatening our global future

22 Jan 2020

The start of the New Year finds the world facing four looming threats to human progress: surging geopolitical tensions, the climate crisis, global mistrust and the downsides of technology, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday. 

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‘Negative developments’ undermining two-State solution in Middle East

21 Jan 2020

Recent heightened tensions in the Middle East underscore the critical need for dialogue and diplomacy in the region, the UN’s Political Affairs chief told the Security Council on Tuesday. 

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Healthcare’s a human right, not ‘a privilege for the rich’ UNAIDS argues at Davos

21 Jan 2020

The UN agency devoted to ending AIDS as a public health threat is calling on top politicians and governments across the world to ensure the right to quality healthcare is upheld, and not just a privilege to be enjoyed by the wealthy.

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FROM THE FIELD: Weeding out Mexico’s unwanted beach invader

21 Jan 2020

An invasive species of seaweed which has blighted tourist beaches in Mexico has become more aggressive due to the heating effects of climate change. But now, thanks to support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), efforts are underway to hold back its advance and protect local ecosystems.  

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UN human rights ruling could boost climate change asylum claims

21 Jan 2020

The UN Human Rights Committee has determined that countries cannot deport people who have sought asylum due to climate-related threats. 

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Nearly half a billion people can’t find decent work; unemployment set to rise: new UN labour report

20 Jan 2020

Around half a billion people work fewer paid hours than they would like, or are not getting enough access to paid work, shows a study published by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Monday, which also forecasts that unemployment will rise by about 2.5 million this year.

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Major humanitarian hub in north-east Nigeria burned in attack

20 Jan 2020

The top UN aid official in Nigeria has condemned a weekend attack against a major humanitarian facility in the north-east of the country. 

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East Africa faces locust swarms, UN agency alerts for the risk of food insecurity across the subregion

20 Jan 2020

Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are dealing with desert locust swarms of “unprecedented size and destructive potential” that could spill over into more countries in East Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Monday.

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Capacity of cities to tackle climate change key in ‘crucial battle’ for planet’s preservation, says UN chief

17 Jan 2020

Cities – hubs of creativity and new ideas – can provide solutions to resolve humanity’s “suicide war” against nature, and lead the world towards a sustainable future, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Saturday in Lisbon, which has been named the 2020 European Green Capital. 

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Haiti earthquake victims honoured at UN, with pledge to safeguard the nation’s future

17 Jan 2020

More than 200,000 Haitians who perished in the devastating earthquake which struck the island nation ten years ago, were honoured in a solemn ceremony of remembrance at UN Headquarters in New York on Friday, along with 102 staffers who died – the single greatest loss of life in the Organization’s history. 

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Aid to vulnerable Iraqis may ‘come to a complete halt within weeks’

16 Jan 2020

Aid to vulnerable people in Iraq risks being completely blocked within weeks, warned the UN’s humanitarian chief in Iraq, Marta Ruedas, on Tuesday, as a result of the suspension of government documents allowing humanitarians to carry out critical missions.

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Yemen resilient and ‘unscathed’ in face of latest Gulf crisis

16 Jan 2020

Despite the threat posed by recent tensions in the Gulf, Yemen was able to weather the crisis thanks in part to restraint exercised by its political leaders, the UN Special Envoy for the country said on Thursday. 

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Climate crisis ‘affecting quality of life and fuelling discontent’

16 Jan 2020

The climate crisis, as well as persistently high inequalities, and rising levels of food insecurity and undernourishment, is affecting the quality of life in many societies and fuelling discontent, the UN warned on Thursday, on the publication of the 2020 World Economic Situation Report (WESP).

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UN peacekeepers protecting hundreds displaced by Central African Republic fighting

15 Jan 2020

Fresh clashes in the Central African Republic’s southeast have driven some 400 people to seek shelter at a UN base there, the United Nations Spokesperson said on Wednesday.

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2019 second hottest year on record, UN confirms

15 Jan 2020

Last year was the second warmest year on record, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed on Wednesday. 

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Philippines volcano: UN aid operation in place as thousands told to flee

15 Jan 2020

The UN is concerned over warnings issued by Philippines’ authorities that volcanic eruptions on the country’s most populous island could last “days, months or even years”. 

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Global Goals top General Assembly President’s priority list

13 Jan 2020

The President of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly on Monday set out his 2020 priorities, which aim to make the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality by the start of the next decade.

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UN committed to helping Haiti build better future, says Guterres, marking 10-year anniversary of devastating earthquake

12 Jan 2020

On 12 January 2010, a 7.0 magnitude quake struck the Haiti, devastating its capital, Port-au-Prince. About 220,00 people were reportedly killed, among them, 102 UN staff who lost their lives when the stabilization mission there, known as MINUSTAH, collapsed. Some 300,000 people were injured and 1.5 million become homeless during the 35-second-long tremor. 

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Security Council, beats midnight deadline, approves Syria cross-border aid in contentious vote

10 Jan 2020

The Security Council on Friday evening renewed a UN operation delivering humanitarian aid across the Syrian border to millions of civilians, but some of the body’s members expressed disappointment that the ‘watered down’ measure cut in half the number of crossing points and duration of the authorization.

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Killings and violence targeting ethnic group in DR Congo ‘may amount to crimes against humanity’

10 Jan 2020

The targeting of the Hema community in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with violence, including killings and rape, may amount to crimes against humanity, said the UN on Friday. 

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Protecting refugees in Europe: UNHCR calls for a ‘year of change’

09 Jan 2020

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is calling on the European Union (EU) to make 2020 “the year of change for robust refugee protection”. On Thursday, the agency issued a set of new recommendations, as Croatia and German preside over the EU Council during the next 12 months.