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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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Embrace innovation ‘to make sustainable transport a reality for all’

17 Apr 2024

Reducing the transport sector’s impact on the environment while improving access to service, especially in developing countries, topped the agenda of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday. 

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$2.8 billion appeal for three million people in Gaza, West Bank

17 Apr 2024

UN and partner agencies insisted on Wednesday that “critical changes” are needed to improve aid access into Gaza, as they launched a $2.8 billion appeal to provide urgent assistance for millions of people in the devastated enclave, but also in the West Bank, where Palestinians have been targeted by increasing settler violence.

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Tourism ‘intrinsically susceptible’ to climate shocks, political unrest, pandemic threat

16 Apr 2024

The President of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday highlighted the urgent need to boost sustainable and resilient tourism practices to protect the environment while continuing to benefit local economies.

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Indigenous Kalinago lead the way towards making Dominica ‘climate resilient’

16 Apr 2024

Dominica aims to become the world’s first “climate-resilient nation, and the indigenous Kalinago people are playing a leading role in developing the country and helping its people to thrive in the face of the climate emergency.

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Humanitarians locked in aid delivery ‘dance’ to avert famine in Gaza

16 Apr 2024

Scaling up assistance in Gaza remains a challenge in the face of continued access denials, delays and other impediments, the head of the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territories said on Tuesday. 

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Geneva conference pledges $630 million in life-saving help for Ethiopia

16 Apr 2024

Ethiopia’s international partners convened in Geneva on Tuesday to address the urgent need for increased humanitarian funding for the crisis-hit country, pledging a total of almost $630 million.

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UN Youth Forum focuses on sustainable future for all

16 Apr 2024

Young leaders from around the world are sharing their visions and actions to advance sustainable development at a three-day meeting that opened on Tuesday at UN Headquarters in New York. 

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Gaza: No let up in deadly toll as rights chief demands end to suffering

16 Apr 2024

Nearly 10,000 women have been killed in Gaza since war erupted six months ago and one child is injured or dies every 10 minutes, UN agencies warned on Tuesday, amid spiralling violence in the West Bank and concerns over a regional escalation of the conflict following Iran’s missile and drone strike on Israel. 

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UN leaders urge ‘wholesale reform’ of global financial architecture

15 Apr 2024

The Secretary-General and President of the General Assembly on Monday led the clarion call for urgent reform of the global financial system, notably how to approach debt relief on behalf of the billions of citizens living in the developing world.

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‘Concerted global push’ for Sudan ceasefire is essential: Guterres

15 Apr 2024

“The world is forgetting about the people of Sudan” the UN chief warned on Monday, calling for a boost in humanitarian funding and a global push for peace to end a year of brutal fighting between rival militaries.

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Let youth lead, urges new advocacy campaign

15 Apr 2024

With the ‘promise of a better world’ in mind the UN Youth Office has launched an new advocacy campaign – “World Leaders: It’s Time to Let #YouthLead” – calling for greater youth representation in decision-making roles in both the public and private sector, civil society, academia, and the UN. 

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Gaza: rights experts condemn AI role in destruction by Israeli military

15 Apr 2024

As UN chief António Guterres on Monday reiterated his appeal for “maximum restraint” in the Middle East following Iran’s drone and missile attack on Israel, independent human rights experts said that the alleged use of artificial intelligence on targets in Gaza by the Israeli military had taken an “unprecedented toll” on civilians, housing and services.

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Sudan catastrophe must not be allowed to continue: UN rights chief Türk

15 Apr 2024

A full year of conflict in Sudan has already caused immense suffering and death but the situation could easily worsen with the news that the warring parties are arming civilians, UN rights chief Volker Türk said on Monday.

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Fishers in Madagascar adapt to deadly seas due to climate change

13 Apr 2024

Fishing communities in the south of Madagascar are facing sometimes deadly sea conditions due to climate change, but with the help of the UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO) are finding ways to adapt to the new circumstances they face.

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Rape, murder and hunger: The legacy of Sudan’s year of war

12 Apr 2024

Rape. Murder. Hunger. Corpses filling streets, making it impossible to walk. Sudan was plunged into an ongoing, devastating war one year ago on 15 April, leaving in its wake almost 15,000 dead, eight million civilians on the run, 25 million in dire need of assistance and warnings from humanitarians about famine, aid blockades and a growing list of atrocities on all sides.

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Wave of increased food insecurity hits West and Central Africa

12 Apr 2024

Almost 55 million people are facing further food and nutrition insecurity in West and Central Africa during the region’s three-month lean season from June through August, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday.

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World News in Brief: Looming famine threat for Sudan, 3.3 million in need near Ukraine frontline, there’s a place for all in outer space

12 Apr 2024

UN humanitarians in Sudan issued a fresh alert on Friday about pervasive food insecurity and looming famine.

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Myanmar: Middle class ‘disappearing’ amid uptick in brutal fighting

11 Apr 2024

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has warned that poverty is surging and the middle class in Myanmar is “disappearing” amidst worsening insecurity and conflict. 

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Russian attacks ‘a daily destructive pattern’ in Ukraine, Security Council hears

11 Apr 2024

Russian attacks on cities and towns across Ukraine, including intense and systematic targeting of the energy infrastructure, “have become a daily destructive pattern” in recent weeks, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Thursday. 

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Widespread destruction across Khan Younis as Gazans ‘struggle to survive’

11 Apr 2024

People in Gaza are struggling to survive, said the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, who was part of a team carrying out an assessment mission on Wednesday in the southern city of Khan Younis following the Israeli military withdrawal last week.

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Massive investment and financial reform needed to rescue SDGs

09 Apr 2024

Financing for sustainable development is at a crossroads and without urgent investment, global efforts to achieve a more just and equitable world by 2030 will fail, the UN deputy chief warned on Tuesday. 

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World News in Brief: Shipwreck tragedy off Djibouti coast, drone attacks continue at Ukraine nuclear plant, Madagascar cyclone update

09 Apr 2024

At least 38 migrants - including women and children – died when their overcrowded boat capsized off the coast of Djibouti, the UN migration agency (IOM) reported on Tuesday.

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UN continues to face aid access denials in Gaza

09 Apr 2024

UN-coordinated food convoys are three times more likely to be denied access to north Gaza than other aid convoys, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, reported on Tuesday. 

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World News in Brief: Haiti aid response, strikes across Lebanon’s Blue Line, UNEP welcomes Iran prisoner release, healthcare for the displaced

08 Apr 2024

UN humanitarians on Monday made clear the emergency response in Haiti’s capital continues despite ongoing insecurity caused by months of gang-led violence there. 

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Hope grows for UN mission to ‘flood’ Gaza with food, despite fears of imminent Rafah invasion

07 Apr 2024

The UN’s overriding mission in Gaza to ‘flood the place with food’ and avert famine, has moved forward this week thanks to Israel’s public pledge to increase the flow of aid, despite signs on Sunday that the feared invasion of Rafah is imminent.

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Sudan: Aid lifeline reaches Darfur region in bid to avert ‘hunger catastrophe’

05 Apr 2024

Two aid convoys carrying lifesaving supplies have reached Sudan’s Darfurs for the first time in months, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday, as humanitarians try to avert a “hunger catastrophe”, after nearly a year of heavy fighting.

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Gaza: ‘No protection’ for civilians, aid workers, Security Council hears

05 Apr 2024

Aid officials called on the Security Council on Friday to step in to stop the carnage in Gaza as the war enters its sixth month amid a man-made famine, Israel’s constant bombardment, targeted killings of aid workers and Palestinians civilians and “zero accountability” for the perpetrators.

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Gaza: Human Rights Council resolution urges arms embargo on Israel

05 Apr 2024

The UN’s top human rights body adopted a resolution on Friday condemning the alleged “use of starvation of civilians as a method of warfare in Gaza”, while also calling for an arms embargo on Israel. 

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Israel must allow ‘quantum leap’ in aid delivery UN chief urges, calling for change in military tactics

05 Apr 2024

Israel must make meaningful changes in the way it is fighting in Gaza to avoid civilian casualties while also undergoing “a true paradigm shift” in lifesaving aid delivery, the UN chief said on Friday. 

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World News in Brief: $12 million for Haiti, Ukraine airstrikes condemned, support mine action

04 Apr 2024

A $12 million contribution from a UN emergency humanitarian fund will support people impacted by the violence that broke out in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, in March.