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Gaza crisis: Babies being born ‘into hell’ amid desperate aid shortages

19 Jan 2024

Babies are being “delivered into hell” in Gaza with many others likely dying as a result of conflict with Israel and increasingly dire conditions in the enclave, UN humanitarians warned on Friday.

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UN aid official urges increased support for Niger

UN aid official urges increased support for Niger

18 Jan 2024

A senior UN humanitarian official on Thursday called on the international community to step up support for communities in need in Niger, warning that limited funding and access challenges have put lives at risk.

Women’s rights key for Afghanistan’s economic recovery

18 Jan 2024

Economic recovery in Afghanistan hinges on international support for boosting productivity and reinstating women’s rights, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said in a new report released on Thursday. 

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Gaza aid obstacles continue to delay vital relief

Gaza aid obstacles continue to delay vital relief

18 Jan 2024

Medicines for Israeli hostages were reportedly allowed into Gaza for the first time on Thursday along with a consignment of relief supplies for Palestinians, under an agreement brokered by Qatar and France.

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Gaza health system collapsing, as UN agencies renew ceasefire call

Gaza health system collapsing, as UN agencies renew ceasefire call

17 Jan 2024

The World Health Organization (WHO) is continuing to do all it can to deliver critical medicines, supplies and fuel to Gaza hospitals, where the health system is collapsing, an agency official said on Wednesday. 

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UN agency urges ‘all possible support’ for Sudanese civilians

UN agency urges ‘all possible support’ for Sudanese civilians

17 Jan 2024

The head of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Wednesday appealed for the international community to provide an urgent boost in funding and commitment to address Sudan’s escalating humanitarian crisis, now entering its tenth month.

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New UN coordinator for Gaza in Egypt to ‘expedite all areas’ of aid

New UN coordinator for Gaza in Egypt to ‘expedite all areas’ of aid

17 Jan 2024

The UN Senior Humanitarian and Reconstruction Coordinator for Gaza is in Egypt this week in efforts to scale-up assistance to the enclave, where more than 100 days of war between Israel and Hamas militants have left most of the population in dire need of food, water, medicines and other basic items. 

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Gaza crisis: UN chief calls for two-State solution, ‘once and for all’

Gaza crisis: UN chief calls for two-State solution, ‘once and for all’

17 Jan 2024

Unremitting conflict in Gaza has already sparked regional insecurity and is clear evidence that the international community needs to throw its weight behind a two-State solution in the Occupied Palestinian Territory to resolve the enduring crisis “once and for all”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday.

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Gaza: Fewer than 1 in 4 aid missions given green light, says OCHA

Gaza: Fewer than 1 in 4 aid missions given green light, says OCHA

16 Jan 2024

The Israeli authorities have continued to block lifesaving aid from reaching northern Gaza 102 days since Hamas-led terror attacks triggered the war, UN humanitarians have insisted, just as UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned that “the long shadow of starvation” stalks the people of Gaza.

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World News in Brief: Emergency funds for Sudan refugees, democracy prevails in Guatemala, climate change in Iraq

World News in Brief: Emergency funds for Sudan refugees, democracy prevails in Guatemala, climate change in Iraq

15 Jan 2024

Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, has allocated $10 million from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support men, women and children fleeing the conflict between rival militaries in Sudan, across the border into neighbouring South Sudan.

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WHO appeals for $1.5 billion to deliver healthcare in crises

WHO appeals for $1.5 billion to deliver healthcare in crises

15 Jan 2024

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday launched a $1.5 billion emergency appeal to provide care to more than 87 million people this year in 41 ongoing crises, including in the occupied Palestinian territory, Ukraine, Sudan, Syria and the Horn of Africa. 

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Ukraine war: UN humanitarians launch $4.2 billion appeal for most vulnerable

Ukraine war: UN humanitarians launch $4.2 billion appeal for most vulnerable

15 Jan 2024

Nearly two years since Russian forces launched a “full-blown war and occupation” of Ukraine, UN relief chief Martin Griffiths on Monday issued an urgent appeal together with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) for $4.2 billion.

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UN urges radical change to aid relief access in Gaza amid fresh famine fears

UN urges radical change to aid relief access in Gaza amid fresh famine fears

15 Jan 2024

After more than 100 days of war in Gaza and no let-up in sight, senior UN humanitarians issued a rare joint appeal for greater aid access on Monday, expressing renewed fears of death due to famine and disease unless there is a “fundamental step change” in procedures. 

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How is the UN helping civilians in Gaza?

How is the UN helping civilians in Gaza?

13 Jan 2024

Despite the immense dangers and obstacles, the UN continues to deliver desperately needed humanitarian aid in Gaza. Here is an overview of the humanitarian efforts in the occupied territory.

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WMO confirms 2023 as warmest year on record ‘by a huge margin’

WMO confirms 2023 as warmest year on record ‘by a huge margin’

12 Jan 2024

With the annual average global temperature fast approaching the critical threshold of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, last year officially smashed the global temperature record, the UN weather agency (WMO) confirmed on Friday.

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World News in Brief: Deep concern over Afghan arrests, UN commits to stay and deliver in Mali, new migrant support plan

World News in Brief: Deep concern over Afghan arrests, UN commits to stay and deliver in Mali, new migrant support plan

11 Jan 2024

The UN mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said on Thursday that it is “deeply concerned” over a recent spate of arbitrary arrests and detentions of women and girls by Taliban officials for alleged non-compliance with the Islamic dress code.

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Recurring denials hamper aid delivery to north Gaza

Recurring denials hamper aid delivery to north Gaza

11 Jan 2024

Recurring denials and severe access constraints continue to paralyze aid teams trying to respond to the immense needs in northern Gaza, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, has warned. 

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‘No end in sight’ to Ukraine war, UN political chief warns

‘No end in sight’ to Ukraine war, UN political chief warns

10 Jan 2024

The new year has brought no respite to Ukraine, with recent weeks seeing some of the worst attacks of the nearly three-year war, the UN political affairs chief told the Security Council on Wednesday. 

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Global unemployment to increase in 2024, warns ILO report

Global unemployment to increase in 2024, warns ILO report

10 Jan 2024

Global unemployment is expected to rise this year, with growing inequality and stagnant productivity also a cause for concern on the economic horizon, the UN labour agency ILO said on Wednesday.

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Aid mission denials are latest threat to Gaza’s hospitals: OCHA

Aid mission denials are latest threat to Gaza’s hospitals: OCHA

10 Jan 2024

Repeated refusals by Israeli authorities to allow UN aid teams to deliver desperately needed humanitarian relief inside Gaza have effectively cut off five hospitals in the north from access to “lifesaving medical supplies and equipment”, the UN aid coordination office (OCHA) has warned.

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World News in Brief: Time for climate justice urges UN chief, Ukraine war update, call for ‘free and fair’ elections

World News in Brief: Time for climate justice urges UN chief, Ukraine war update, call for ‘free and fair’ elections

09 Jan 2024

The European climate agency on Tuesday reported that record global heat last year showed an overall increase of 1.48°C above pre-industrial levels – just a fraction below the 1.5-degree threshold laid out by the historic Paris Agreement on climate change.

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General Assembly meets over Gaza veto by US in Security Council

General Assembly meets over Gaza veto by US in Security Council

09 Jan 2024

The immediate priority in Gaza must be saving civilian lives said the President of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, as Member States gathered to debate the use of the veto by the United States in the Security Council last month. 

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Aid relief is arriving in Gaza but ‘too little, too late’, warns WHO

Aid relief is arriving in Gaza but ‘too little, too late’, warns WHO

09 Jan 2024

With no let-up in fighting across Gaza, the UN health agency pleaded on Tuesday for better access across the enclave, where relief is arriving “too little...too late” to help civilians caught up in the ongoing conflict. 

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Gaza crisis: another hospital facing dire shortages, warns WHO

Gaza crisis: another hospital facing dire shortages, warns WHO

08 Jan 2024

On day 93 of the war in Gaza, amid reports of relentless and heavy Israeli bombardment, UN humanitarians issued new reports of “significant casualties, particularly among women and children”, and pleaded for overwhelmed medical teams to be allowed to continue their lifesaving work. 

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World News in Brief: Gaza relief ‘an impossible mission’, COVID spreading fast again, food prices fall

World News in Brief: Gaza relief ‘an impossible mission’, COVID spreading fast again, food prices fall

05 Jan 2024

The UN’s relief chief on Friday warned that “Gaza has simply become uninhabitable” and demanded Israeli forces and Palestinian militants start meeting their obligations under international law to protect civilian lives.

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Gaza: Nearly 600 healthcare attacks since start of war, says WHO

Gaza: Nearly 600 healthcare attacks since start of war, says WHO

05 Jan 2024

Hospitals in Gaza and other vital medical infrastructure have been attacked nearly 600 times since war erupted in the enclave in response to the Hamas-led terror attack in southern Israel, the UN health agency said on Friday.

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World News in Brief: Griffiths demands end to ‘ruinous’ Sudan conflict, Ukraine-Russia prisoner exchange, Iran bombings latest

World News in Brief: Griffiths demands end to ‘ruinous’ Sudan conflict, Ukraine-Russia prisoner exchange, Iran bombings latest

04 Jan 2024

The international community must take “decisive and immediate action” to bring nearly nine months of brutal civil war in Sudan to an end and boost humanitarian relief, the UN relief chief Martin Griffiths said on Thursday.

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Flagship economic report highlights why global cooperation is key

Flagship economic report highlights why global cooperation is key

04 Jan 2024

The UN’s World Economic Situation and Prospects report for 2024 projects a slowdown in global growth from an estimated 2.7 per cent in 2023 to 2.4 per cent in 2024.

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Gaza crisis deepens as UN aid convoys face delays and obstacles

Gaza crisis deepens as UN aid convoys face delays and obstacles

04 Jan 2024

Amid reports of continued Israeli airstrikes overnight in southern and central Gaza and more rocket fire into Israel from the enclave, UN teams said on Thursday they have been unable to deliver urgently needed aid to civilians beyond central areas and further north for the past three days.

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Gaza war: ‘Intense ground battles’ reported, hospital hit kills five

Gaza war: ‘Intense ground battles’ reported, hospital hit kills five

03 Jan 2024

Continuing airstrikes were reported across Gaza on Wednesday and “intense ground battles” between Israeli forces and Palestinian fighters in refugee camps in central areas that have reportedly left many dead.