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World News in Brief: Human rights in Haiti, 750,000 hit by East Africa floods, Namibia health milestone

06 May 2024

UN independent human rights experts on Monday issued a stark warning about the ongoing severe violations of women and girls’ rights in Haiti, highlighting the near total impunity of armed gangs amid the ongoing crisis there. 

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UN and partners issue urgent funding appeal for Yemen

06 May 2024

Donors must continue to support humanitarian efforts to assist millions in need in Yemen, UN agencies and dozens of other aid partners said on Monday. 

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UN pledges to stand with Gazans in Rafah; Guterres says ceasefire opportunity ‘cannot be missed’

06 May 2024

UPDATED: Amid reports that 100,000 Palestinians have been told to leave Rafah ahead of an anticipated Israeli military operation there and that Hamas has accepted the latest Israeli ceasefire proposal, UN humanitarians on Monday insisted that they had no intention of quitting the vital aid hub.

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‘Our voices need to be included’: Trinidadian youth make case for strong role in climate negotiations

04 May 2024

Trinidad and Tobago is described as one of the “frontline States”, those nations that are most severely affected by the impact of the climate emergency, and youth activists are among the most prominent voices in the country calling for stronger action to combat the crisis, both at home and abroad.

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East Africa: UN support continues amid heavy rains, severe floods and cyclone threat

03 May 2024

The United Nations and partners continue to support authorities across East Africa as the region braces for more of the heavy rains and severe flooding that have reportedly killed upwards of 350 people since March.

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Targeting Rafah could lead to slaughter, warns UN aid agency

03 May 2024

An Israeli military operation in Rafah “could lead to a slaughter” and cripple lifesaving humanitarian work throughout Gaza, the UN aid coordination office, OCHA, said on Friday.

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Palestine’s economy in ruins as Gaza war sets development back two decades

02 May 2024

The relentless Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip has set back Palestine’s overall socioeconomic development by more than 20 years, according to a new UN report released on Thursday.

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10,000 people feared buried under the rubble in Gaza

02 May 2024

More than 10,000 people are believed buried under the rubble in Gaza after nearly seven months of devastating conflict, UN humanitarians said on Thursday, citing the enclave’s health authorities.

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Sudan: Under siege, El Fasher teeters on the brink of famine

02 May 2024

The ongoing year-long war in Sudan continues to spread across the country, and now El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur, is surrounded by armed fighters amid the systematic burning of entire villages, escalating air strikes and blocked aid deliveries.

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Stories from the UN Archive: UN camel caravans deliver

02 May 2024

Camels, long known as the ships of the desert, have played an important role helping the UN from as early as the 1940s in driving up global vaccination rates and delivering lifesaving aid.

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World News in Brief: UN supporting East Africa flood victims, dozens more migrant deaths at sea, disinformation in Myanmar

01 May 2024

The UN and humanitarian partners have provided emergency support for over 124,000 people in Kenya, where heavy rains continue to cause chaos, the UN said on Wednesday, as the UN chief extended his condolences to countries across the region where hundreds of lives have been lost in recent days due to flooding. 

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Gazans on tenterhooks awaiting news of ceasefire call

01 May 2024

Amid growing international calls for restraint from Israel in Gaza and reports on Wednesday of further deadly strikes overnight, UN humanitarians underscored the ongoing devastating impact of the war and the need to ensure reliable aid supply lines to people in desperate need in the enclave.

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Guterres calls on Israel and Hamas to end Gaza war

30 Apr 2024

With the situation in Gaza “worsening by the day”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday appealed for Israeli and Hamas leaders currently taking part in intense negotiations to reach a ceasefire agreement.

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World News in Brief: DR Congo conflict could spell catastrophe, plastics treaty progress, enforced disappearances rise ahead of Venezuela poll

30 Apr 2024

The world’s leading humanitarian action forum on Tuesday said that crushing levels of violence and displacement are fuelling unprecedented civilian suffering in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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Gaza war spillover compounds misery for most vulnerable in Lebanon

30 Apr 2024

Children as young as four are being forced to go to work in Lebanon amid a “massive collapse” in humanitarian funding and escalating hostilities on the country’s southern border with Israel that threaten to spiral into a “full-scale war”, UN child experts said on Tuesday.

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‘Extraordinary, deep anxiety’ in Gaza over feared Rafah attack   

30 Apr 2024

Ordinary Gazans remain in a “constant state of trauma” over an impending full-scale Israeli attack on the enclave’s southernmost city of Rafah, amid a growing number of strikes there, the head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees said on Tuesday.

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Could the answer to 100% renewable energy in Dominica be under the ground?

30 Apr 2024

A small but growing number of countries are well on their way to producing all of their electricity from renewable sources. Dominica, in the eastern Caribbean, is planning to join these pioneers and become the first small island developing State (SIDS) to stop using fossil fuels for energy generation.

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UN reviews progress and challenges 30 years after landmark population conference

29 Apr 2024

Global progress towards sustainable development will continue to stall unless countries do more to bridge the gender gap and reduce poverty and inequality, the President of the General Assembly said on Monday.

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UN official urges South Sudan to lift taxes halting aid

29 Apr 2024

The UN’s top humanitarian official in South Sudan has urged the government to lift newly imposed taxes and charges that are causing aid deliveries to be suspended, affecting tens of thousands of people.

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Children’s shoes left behind illustrate chaos of fleeing Khan Younis: UN humanitarians

29 Apr 2024

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, reached one of its now-abandoned schools in Khan Younis at the weekend, where thousands of people appeared to have left at a moment’s notice, fearing further intense Israeli bombardment.

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UN expresses solidarity with Kenya following deadly floods

29 Apr 2024

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated the UN’s continued commitment to Kenya in the wake of deadly floods caused by weeks of heavy rains that continue to affect the region.

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World News in Brief: Violence blocking Darfur aid, new Iraq law, Chad elections appeal

29 Apr 2024

Rising violence is again restricting humanitarian aid delivery in the Darfur region of Sudan, the head of the World Food Programme said on Monday. 

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UN officials urge swift action to tackle El Niño-induced extreme weather

29 Apr 2024

Top UN officials called on Monday for swift action to combat the El Niño extreme weather events that are currently devastating southern Africa and other regions with flooding and drought.

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Gaza’s unexploded ordnance could take 14 years to clear

26 Apr 2024

Making Gaza safe again from unexploded bombs could take 14 years, UN demining experts said on Friday. 

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Ukraine war: UNICEF highlights 40 per cent rise in children killed this year

26 Apr 2024

As deadly attacks in Ukraine continue, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Friday that the number of children killed so far this year has increased by nearly 40 per cent compared to 2023. 

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Sudan: Civilians trapped in El Fasher as UN warns of imminent attack

26 Apr 2024

Escalating violence in Sudan’s North Darfur state has left dozens dead and people trapped in El Fasher city, which is home to around 800,000 people, many displaced due to fighting. 

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World News in Brief: Support for Haiti mission, challenge of ‘commodity dependence’, Iran's 'strict' hijab law

26 Apr 2024

Following the installation of a transitional council in Haiti, seven countries officially notified the UN Secretary-General on Friday of their intention to contribute personnel to the Security Council-backed support mission for the crisis-wracked Caribbean nation. 

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Climate action ‘cannot trample over the poor’, says Guterres, launching new initiative to protect key minerals for clean energy transition

26 Apr 2024

The UN Secretary-General on Friday launched an initiative focusing on ensuring fairness, sustainability and respect for human rights throughout the entire process of sourcing and using critical minerals needed for the clean energy transition.

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Senior UN aid official urges comprehensive response to Haiti crisis

25 Apr 2024

The ongoing crisis in Haiti is having a “massive” and “devastating” impact, with over half the population acutely food insecure and more than one million staring at emergency levels of hunger, a senior UN World Food Programme (WFP) official said on Thursday.

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World News in Brief: ‘Barbaric’ sexual violence in Sudan, Haiti’s transitional council in place, rights experts condemn Iran rapper's death sentence

25 Apr 2024

The international community must take immediate action to end the wave of sexual violence being carried out against women and girls in Sudan, two senior UN officials said on Thursday.