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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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‘Humanitarian disaster zone’: Gaza hospital capacity decimated – WHO

12 Dec 2023

The last barely functioning hospital in northern Gaza is a “humanitarian disaster zone”, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, highlighting the disastrous consequences of ongoing Israeli bombardment for critically ill and injured civilians across the enclave.

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Climate advocates slam COP28 draft text that drops language on fossil fuel ‘phasedown’

11 Dec 2023

The latest COP28 draft outcome text released to negotiators in Dubai Monday evening dropped a call to ‘phaseout’ fossil fuels, prompting outcry from climate vulnerable countries and civil society.

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DR Congo: Elections looming, amid worsening insecurity

11 Dec 2023

With just nine days to go for the Presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the situation is one of progress in the electoral process on one hand and escalating insecurity on the other the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country said on Monday.

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World News in Brief: UN anti-corruption conference, global hunger ‘set to soar’, healthy diets unaffordable in Asia-Pacific

11 Dec 2023

Corruption not only robs resources, it robs people of hope, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday, as nations gathered in Atlanta, United States of America, for the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

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Gaza humanitarian crisis deepens as fighting rages on across the Strip

11 Dec 2023

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths reiterated deep concerns for the people of Gaza on Monday, amid reports of intense fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups in Gaza City and Jabalia in the north of the Strip, and in Khan Younis in the south, while Israeli bombardment of the enclave has continued. 

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UN launches $46 billion appeal to respond to worsening crises in 2024

11 Dec 2023

As conflicts, climate emergencies and collapsing economies continue to wreak havoc on communities worldwide, the UN on Monday issued an appeal for $46.4 billion for 2024 to help 181 million people facing catastrophic hunger, mass displacement and diseases worldwide.

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Stop ‘kicking the can down the road,’ UN chief urges COP28 deal on phaseout of fossil fuels

11 Dec 2023

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday urged a deal at COP28 on the phaseout of fossil fuels, telling negotiators that “now is the time for maximum ambition and maximum flexibility,” as UN climate talks in Dubai head into the home stretch.

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Gaza: WHO adopts resolution on access for lifesaving aid

10 Dec 2023

In a special emergency session held on Sunday in Geneva, the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) adopted a resolution by consensus, aimed at addressing the catastrophic humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.

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‘I will not give up’ on push for Gaza humanitarian ceasefire: Guterres

10 Dec 2023

The UN Secretary-General on Sunday pledged that he would “not give up” on appealing for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, adding that inaction on the Security Council was undermining its credibility.

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COP28: The UN’s net-zero food plan to save the 1.5-degree goal, combat climate ‘doomisim’

10 Dec 2023

As COP28 heads into its final working days in Dubai, the UN’s agriculture wing launched on Sunday a ground-breaking plan that looks to transform the world’s agrifood systems from a net emitter to a carbon sink by 2050.

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COP28: UN says staggering $7 trillion spent every year on investments that fuel climate change

09 Dec 2023

Nearly $7 trillion of public and private finance each year supports activities that directly harm nature – some 30 times the amount spent on nature-based solutions annually, according to a shocking UN report launched on Saturday at COP28 in Dubai.

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Fighting engulfs over two-thirds of Myanmar, fuelling humanitarian needs

08 Dec 2023

Over half a million people have been displaced in Myanmar amid a surge in fighting between the military and armed groups that stated in late October and has spread to over two-thirds of the country, the UN humanitarian affairs office reported on Friday.

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World News in Brief: Haiti’s humanitarian crisis, disease outbreaks in Sudan, UK sentencing reform

08 Dec 2023

As Haiti faces a situation of “absolute brutal violence”, the deployment of a multi-national security support mission is awaited with hope, the UN’s top humanitarian official in the country said on Friday.

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Stories of courage and dedication: Humanitarians on Gaza’s front line

08 Dec 2023

Amid ongoing bombardment in the Gaza Strip, UN agencies and humanitarian partners continue to provide desperately needed food, water, healthcare and other services to the more than two million people living there. 

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Gaza humanitarian disaster heralds 'breakdown' of society

08 Dec 2023

As intense Israeli bombardment of Gaza and fighting with Palestinian armed groups continued to impede aid operations, reports on the ground of children begging for water and people cutting down telephone poles for firewood indicated that “society is about to break down”, UN humanitarians said on Friday. 

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Our voices and needs must be put first in climate talks, young people tell COP28

08 Dec 2023

Young climate advocates at COP28 in Dubai on Friday said they will not sit idly by while climate change threatens their futures. They demanded that government policymakers put the needs of the world’s nearly 2 billion children first – their voices and ideas can help rescue the planet.

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COP28 in Dubai enters final week, negotiations ahead on emissions cuts, fossil fuels

07 Dec 2023

After a break, COP28 continues its work on Friday, also the day talks on an outcome text kick into high gear. Negotiators are trying to agree on how to bolster emissions-cutting targets set by the Paris Agreement and what to do about the future of fossil fuels, like oil, gas and coal.

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Gaza fighting further compromises aid amid near ‘apocalyptic’ conditions: UN humanitarians

07 Dec 2023

Two months to the day since Hamas’ terror attacks in Israel prompted a massive Israeli military retaliation in Gaza, the situation in the war-torn enclave is becoming “apocalyptic” with hostilities making meaningful humanitarian efforts “nearly impossible”, UN humanitarians warned on Thursday.

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Guterres urges greater support for UN emergency relief fund

06 Dec 2023

Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday highlighted the importance of the UN’s core humanitarian response fund to deploy quick and strategic resources to global crises globally.

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Ukraine: Lasting toll of war, ‘beyond measure’, Security Council hears

06 Dec 2023

If urgent steps are not taken to end the ongoing war and its dire humanitarian consequences in Ukraine, 2024 may be even more unpredictable and destructive, a senior UN official warned on Wednesday.

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Guterres urges Security Council to act over Israel-Palestine crisis as threat to international peace and security

06 Dec 2023

Invoking a rarely used article of the UN Charter, Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday called on the Security Council to “press to avert a humanitarian catastrophe” in Gaza and unite in a call for a full humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants.

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UN's Türk urges probe into alleged sexual violence during Hamas terror attacks

06 Dec 2023

UN human rights chief Volker Türk on Wednesday condemned serious sexual violations allegedly carried out by Hamas militants during their terror attacks in southern Israel on 7 October, while humanitarians in Gaza said conditions for civilians there had hit “rock bottom”, amid continued bombardment and mass displacement in the south.

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COP28 is about action, not politics, ‘posturing or point scoring,’ says UN climate chief

06 Dec 2023

UN climate chief Simon Stiell said on Wednesday that COP28 delegates are not in Dubai to “score points” and play at “lowest-denominator politics”; they must take ambitious action on curbing global warming and ending the climate crisis.

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UNICEF: 1 in 5 children in world’s richest countries living in poverty

05 Dec 2023

A sharp rise in child poverty was registered across some of the world’s richest countries between 2014 and 2021, according to a new report published on Wednesday by the UN Children’s Fund‘s global research centre, Innocenti.

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World News in Brief: WFP ‘pauses’ north Yemen food aid, human rights and sport, Myanmar latest

05 Dec 2023

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday that it was compelled to pause the distribution of food aid to needy families in northern areas of Yemen under the control of authorities in and around the capital, Sana’a.

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Renewable energy boosts safety of UN peacekeepers

05 Dec 2023

The transition to renewable energy at UN peacekeeping missions helps to ensure the safety and security of uniformed personnel serving in the field, a senior official said on Tuesday. 

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COP28: Over 60 countries pledge to slash cooling emissions amid rising temperatures

05 Dec 2023

With rising temperatures leading to demand for more air conditioners and other cooling equipment, a new UN report launched Tuesday at COP28 climate talks in Dubai lays out a pathway to cut emissions across the cooling sector worldwide. 

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Desperation intensifies in Gaza amid uncertainty of ‘safe zones’

05 Dec 2023

The situation for Gazans is “getting worse by the hour”, the UN health agency WHO said on Tuesday, after some the heaviest Israeli shelling in the enclave since Hamas militants massacred some 1,200 people in southern Israel and took around 240 hostages on 7 October.

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COP28: Tuesday’s climate action in Dubai

05 Dec 2023

The UN climate conference will continue its work on Tuesday focusing on issues that include scaling up financing for the Paris Agreement, slashing emissions in the cooling sector, ensuring a climate resilient energy sector and a dialogue with indigenous peoples.  

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UN says climate change surged alarmingly over the past decade as COP28 pushes for global emissions cuts

05 Dec 2023

The past decade has been confirmed the warmest ever recorded, continuing an alarming 30-year trend that the UN weather chief said on Tuesday is “unequivocally driven by greenhouse gas emissions from human activities.”