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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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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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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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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.

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World News in Brief: Food aid relief for Rohingya, 5 new Security Council members, jailing of Russian poets draws rebuke from rights expert

02 Jan 2024

Critical food aid support is to be stepped up for many hundreds of thousands of Myanmar refugees sheltering in neighbouring Bangladesh, the UN World Food Programme, WFP, announced on Tuesday.

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INTERVIEW: AI expert warns of digital colonization in Africa

02 Jan 2024

Artificial intelligence (AI) is ripe to help resolve certain major problems in Africa, from farming to the health sector, but Senegalese expert Seydina Moussa Ndiaye is warning of a new “colonization” of the continent by this new technology if foreign companies continue to feed on African data without involving local actors.

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Everyone is hungry in Gaza now: UN humanitarians

02 Jan 2024

UN humanitarians repeated dire concerns for civilians caught up in the war in Gaza on Tuesday, amid reports of continued Israeli bombardment of the southern towns of Deir al Balah, Khan Younis and Rafah, direct clashes on the ground and the firing of rockets overnight by Palestinian armed groups into Israel.

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Report card 1: Half-way to the global goals deadline

29 Dec 2023

The global push for a safer, greener and more just world, as outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, has reached its halfway mark, but what progress has been made so far?

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Gaza: UN calls for urgent aid scale-up amid new mass exodus to Rafah

29 Dec 2023

In Gaza, at least 100,000 displaced people have poured into Rafah in recent days, UN humanitarians said on Friday, worsening already dire conditions in the southernmost part of the enclave.

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Report card 2: Half-way to the global goals deadline

29 Dec 2023

Halting unsustainable consumption and production which have contributed to the decline of biodiversity and the health of the world’s marine, terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems was central to the establishment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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UN rights chief warns of ‘dehumanization’ of Palestinians amid West Bank violence as Gaza health and hunger crisis deepens

28 Dec 2023

Bulldozers in refugee camps, detainees stripped naked and spat at, farmers robbed of their harvest: against the backdrop of the war in Gaza the situation in the occupied West Bank is “rapidly deteriorating” amid levels of violence not seen in years, UN rights chief Volker Türk warned on Thursday.

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World News in Brief: UN rights chief condemns attacks in Nigeria, WFP supplies looted in Sudan, non-discrimination protections in the US

28 Dec 2023

The top United Nations human rights official has voiced “deep alarm” over the series of attacks on communities in central Nigeria, which left at least 150 people dead and many more injured.

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Gaza crisis: southern areas ‘bursting at seams’ amid new wave of bombing and displacement

27 Dec 2023

Aid missions to supply Gaza have become increasingly difficult amid reports of continued heavy bombing of the Strip overnight by the Israeli military and intense clashes “in most areas” with Hamas fighters, UN humanitarians warned on Wednesday.

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‘Act on the lessons of COVID-19’, Guterres says on Epidemic Preparedness Day 

27 Dec 2023

The world must prepare for the next pandemic and act on lessons learned from COVID-19, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a message on Wednesday to mark the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness.

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UNICEF deplores deadly Christmas Day attack on family in Haiti

27 Dec 2023

The UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has denounced a deadly Christmas Day attack by an armed group on a family in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince.

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Gaza health workers pushed to the limit amid airstrike ‘carnage’

26 Dec 2023

Overwhelmed medics in Gaza on Tuesday continued to try to save victims of missile strikes including attacks near refugee camps in the centre of the devastated enclave that have reportedly killed well over 100 people, the UN health agency said.

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World News in Brief: Senior Humanitarian Coordinator for Gaza, cholera spreading in Sudan, aid delivery to eastern Ukraine

26 Dec 2023

A veteran Dutch diplomat and politician who previously held top UN positions has been appointed Senior Humanitarian Coordinator for Gaza, UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced on Tuesday.

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INTERVIEW: Actor Natalie Portman celebrates women and girls’ voices

24 Dec 2023

Investing more in women and girls’ education, safety and economic and social empowerment will speed the drive towards gender parity. That’s according to Academy Award-winning actor, director and activist Natalie Portman.

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Gaza crisis: Starvation must never be allowed to happen, says UN rights chief

22 Dec 2023

As the Security Council prepared to meet once again in New York on Friday for a long-delayed vote on a pause in fighting to allow more aid into Gaza, UN rights chief Volker Türk added his voice to deep concerns over the rising threat of famine across the Strip.

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World News in Brief: UN chief shocked by Czech mass shooting, UNICEF appeal for West and Central Africa, world leaders urged to heed climate science

22 Dec 2023

The UN Secretary-General has reiterated his full solidarity with the people and Government of the Czech Republic in the wake of the mass shooting at the Charles University in Prague on Thursday.

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Humanitarian ceasefire only way to end Gaza 'nightmare': Guterres

22 Dec 2023

UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed hope that a Security Council resolution to get more aid into Gaza, adopted on Friday, could pave the way to a humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

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Injured patients ‘waiting to die’ in northern Gaza as last hospital shuts down: WHO

21 Dec 2023

There are no functioning hospitals in the north of Gaza and injured patients who need surgery and cannot be moved are “waiting to die”, the UN health agency said on Thursday, in a plea for a ceasefire to allow more aid into the shattered enclave.

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Security Council continues negotiations over Gaza resolution calling for ‘urgent suspension’ of fighting

21 Dec 2023

After intense negotiations all week behind closed doors at the 15-member Security Council, ambassadors are still negotiating over a draft resolution penned by the United Arab Emirates which calls for an “urgent suspension” of the conflict to allow safe and unhindered delivery of aid to stricken civilians in the Gaza Strip. The Council is expected to meet on the crisis later on Thursday and we'll bring you live coverage here...

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‘Genuine progress’ towards political solution, essential to end war: UN envoy

21 Dec 2023

The year 2023 has presented more challenges for Syria, marked by devastating earthquakes, escalating humanitarian needs and the most severe fighting in years, the UN’s envoy for the country said on Thursday.

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Barely a drop of safe water to drink in Gaza, UN aid agency warns

20 Dec 2023

As the UN Security Council was slated to meet for a third consecutive day on Wednesday in a new push for consensus to pause the fighting in Gaza, the head of the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF warned that without safe water, “many more children” will soon die from disease.