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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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Conflict driving hunger crisis in Sudan, UN officials tell Security Council

20 Mar 2024

Eleven months of brutal fighting is driving a hunger crisis in Sudan, with some areas likely to experience catastrophic levels of food insecurity by the lean season in May, the UN Security Council heard on Wednesday. 

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First Person: Water key to cultivating financial independence in southern Madagascar

20 Mar 2024

Women in one of the poorest parts of rural Madagascar are growing their financial independence from men by cultivating village land and selling their produce.

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Gaza: Increasing numbers of newborns on brink of death, agencies warn

19 Mar 2024

UN humanitarians reiterated their resolve on Tuesday to help the people of Gaza where increasing numbers of children are on “the brink of death” from acute hunger, caused by five months of intense Israeli bombardment and constant aid access denials.

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Haiti: Aid efforts continue amid violence and volatility

19 Mar 2024

Humanitarians continue to deliver aid in Haiti, where the situation in the capital, Port-au-Prince, remains tense and volatile in the face of escalating gang violence and political instability. 

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Records smashed – new WMO climate report confirms 2023 hottest so far

19 Mar 2024

Records were once again broken for greenhouse gas levels, surface temperatures, ocean heat and acidification, sea level rise, ice cover and glacier retreat, a new global report issued by the UN weather agency (WMO) on Tuesday shows.

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World News in Brief: $236 billion a year profit from forced labour, Senegal election update, peacekeepers in Lebanon

19 Mar 2024

Forced labour is happening all over the world and it’s earning criminal gangs an astonishing $236 billion a year – $64 billion more than a decade ago, UN researchers said on Tuesday.

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Famine could happen ‘anytime’ in Gaza’s northern governorates, warn UN humanitarians

18 Mar 2024

Amid reports that the Israeli military stormed Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on Monday in search of Hamas fighters, UN humanitarians warned that new food insecurity data indicates that famine could happen “anytime”.

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UN relief chief calls for overhaul in humanitarian assistance delivery

18 Mar 2024

The UN’s emergency relief chief on Monday outlined the need for a fundamental shift in how humanitarian assistance is delivered, advocating for greater understanding of the needs of crisis-affected populations and a more proactive approach.

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World News in Brief: Haiti aid delivery continues, South Sudan violence, pandemic treaty talks near end, Guterres on Myanmar crisis

18 Mar 2024

Aid workers continue to deliver assistance to people in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, amid ongoing tension and volatility, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, said on Monday. 

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Gaza: Nearly 23 million tonnes of debris ‘will take years to clear’

15 Mar 2024

The war in Gaza has left a staggering almost 23 millions tonnes of rubble and unexploded weapons scattered across the enclave, UN humanitarians said on Friday.

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Haiti crisis: UN mission announces airbridge to facilitate aid relief

14 Mar 2024

Out-of-control gang violence has created a humanitarian crisis in Haiti that the UN aims to help alleviate with the creation of an airbridge with the neighbouring Dominican Republic.

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Gaza: Aid missions risk being halted without security guarantees

14 Mar 2024

Desperately needed aid operations in Gaza must be protected from attack, the UN’s top aid official has warned, amid reports on Thursday that Palestinians were killed and injured while waiting for supplies in Gaza City.

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World News in Brief: $850 million plan to support Rohingya refugees, child rights, Haiti aid update

13 Mar 2024

To address the ongoing Rohingya humanitarian crisis affecting 1.3 million people in Bangladesh, UN humanitarian agencies on Wednesday launched a $852.4 million appeal supporting refugees and the communities hosting them.

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With internal displacement at a record high, aid chief backs action call

13 Mar 2024

The number of internally displaced people around the world is at a record high – well over 70 million – it’s a global crisis that needs collaborative solutions from the humanitarian community, the UN’s emergency relief chief said on Wednesday.

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‘The patriarchy may be pushing back, but so are we’, UN chief tells CSW68

13 Mar 2024

Women’s rights are under attack, and governments must act to reverse that dangerous trend, the UN chief told a his annual town hall event with civil society activists on Wednesday, as the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68) session continued its first week, with a host of side events highlighting deteriorating conditions around the world.

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‘Record high’ in UN development index masks stark disparities

13 Mar 2024

Despite record high global human development scores in 2023, disparities between the haves and the have-nots are widening, a new UN report revealed on Wednesday.

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Gaza: ‘The population is literally besieged’, UNRWA deputy chief

13 Mar 2024

In an exclusive interview, Natalie Boucly, the Deputy Commissioner-General of the UN agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA), describes the desperate scenes she witnessed in Gaza, during a recent mission to the occupied Palestinian territory.

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Gaza: Number of children killed higher than from four years of world conflict

13 Mar 2024

Amid reports of fresh Israeli airstrikes in Gaza overnight into Wednesday, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, said that more children have been killed there in recent months than in four years of conflict worldwide. 

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More casualties in Russia’s war on Ukraine from strike on central city

13 Mar 2024

A Russian missile strike on a multi-storey apartment block in central Ukraine that left three dead and around 40 injured on Tuesday has been strongly condemned by the UN’s top aid official in Kyiv, Denise Brown.

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Chaos across Haiti amid high risk of famine

12 Mar 2024

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Tuesday that Haiti is on the brink of a devastating hunger crisis, with aid operations at risk of “grinding to a halt” amid rampant violence as Prime Minister Ariel Henry resigned on Monday and armed gangs tightened their grip on the capital, Port-au-Prince.

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Gazans on verge of famine need ‘exponential’ aid boost, says UN

12 Mar 2024

UN aid officials welcomed the news on Tuesday that an aid ship had left Cyprus for Gaza carrying 200 tonnes of relief supplies but stressed that it was “not a substitute” for overland assistance to Gazans on the verge of famine.

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Waves of violence hit Haiti hard, as Security Council condemns gang attacks

11 Mar 2024

Waves of violence have displaced more than 15,000 Haitians in just a week amid ongoing looting at the country’s main port, according to the latest report from the UN agency for migration, as the Security Council on Monday strongly condemned “destabilizing” criminal activity by armed gangs ravaging the Caribbean nation.

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Ceasefire in Gaza, urges UN chief, on first day of Ramadan

11 Mar 2024

A Ramadan ceasefire for Gaza must be implemented immediately, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday, the first day of the Muslim holy month.

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UN chief urges ‘genuine, credible’ political solution in Syria, as conflict approaches thirteenth anniversary

09 Mar 2024

The UN Secretary-General on Saturday highlighted the urgent need for a negotiated political solution in Syria, emphasizing the protection of civilians and the dire humanitarian situation.

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Gaza: Kaag working closely with partners on new maritime aid lifeline

08 Mar 2024

An international maritime aid corridor to Gaza could be in operation as early as Sunday according to the head of the European Commission, working closely with the UN’s Senior Humanitarian Coordinator and other international partners.

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Afghanistan’s economy has ‘basically collapsed’: UNDP

07 Mar 2024

The Afghan economy and especially regions affected by the devastating earthquakes in October last year, “are still hurting”, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said on Thursday, as restrictions on women and girls continue to thwart basic rights and economic progress.

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UN telecomms agency chief: One third of humanity still offline

07 Mar 2024

The benefits of cutting-edge technology remain out of reach for around 2.6 billion people globally who are still waiting for an Internet connection, the head of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) said on Thursday, outlining the agency’s plans to narrow the gap. 

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Gaza: Starvation claiming a growing number of young lives, warns UN

07 Mar 2024

Days from the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan and with no ceasefire agreement in sight for Gaza, UN humanitarians reiterated deep concerns on Thursday that a growing number of children are dying of starvation. 

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‘They destroyed us’: North Gazans flee homes in search of food and shelter

07 Mar 2024

Life is rapidly being choked out of northern Gaza. After enduring nearly five months of bombing, starvation, illness, pain and suffering, many of the last survivors have finally had enough, according to some of the displaced who have been speaking to UN News.

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Gaza: ‘Children are dying from hunger’, says UN aid coordinator

06 Mar 2024

“Hunger has reached catastrophic levels,” Jamie McGoldrick, the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, told journalists at UN Headquarters on Wednesday, describing a two-day visit to war-ravaged Gaza.