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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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Our voices and needs must be put first in climate talks, young people tell COP28

08 Dec 2023

Young climate advocates at COP28 in Dubai on Friday said they will not sit idly by while climate change threatens their futures. They demanded that government policymakers put the needs of the world’s nearly 2 billion children first – their voices and ideas can help rescue the planet.

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Gaza humanitarian disaster heralds 'breakdown' of society

08 Dec 2023

As intense Israeli bombardment of Gaza and fighting with Palestinian armed groups continued to impede aid operations, reports on the ground of children begging for water and people cutting down telephone poles for firewood indicated that “society is about to break down”, UN humanitarians said on Friday. 

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World News in Brief: Haiti’s humanitarian crisis, disease outbreaks in Sudan, UK sentencing reform

08 Dec 2023

As Haiti faces a situation of “absolute brutal violence”, the deployment of a multi-national security support mission is awaited with hope, the UN’s top humanitarian official in the country said on Friday.

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Stories of courage and dedication: Humanitarians on Gaza’s front line

08 Dec 2023

Amid ongoing bombardment in the Gaza Strip, UN agencies and humanitarian partners continue to provide desperately needed food, water, healthcare and other services to the more than two million people living there. 

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Fighting engulfs over two-thirds of Myanmar, fuelling humanitarian needs

08 Dec 2023

Over half a million people have been displaced in Myanmar amid a surge in fighting between the military and armed groups that stated in late October and has spread to over two-thirds of the country, the UN humanitarian affairs office reported on Friday.

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Gaza fighting further compromises aid amid near ‘apocalyptic’ conditions: UN humanitarians

07 Dec 2023

Two months to the day since Hamas’ terror attacks in Israel prompted a massive Israeli military retaliation in Gaza, the situation in the war-torn enclave is becoming “apocalyptic” with hostilities making meaningful humanitarian efforts “nearly impossible”, UN humanitarians warned on Thursday.

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COP28 in Dubai enters final week, negotiations ahead on emissions cuts, fossil fuels

07 Dec 2023

After a break, COP28 continues its work on Friday, also the day talks on an outcome text kick into high gear. Negotiators are trying to agree on how to bolster emissions-cutting targets set by the Paris Agreement and what to do about the future of fossil fuels, like oil, gas and coal.

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COP28 is about action, not politics, ‘posturing or point scoring,’ says UN climate chief

06 Dec 2023

UN climate chief Simon Stiell said on Wednesday that COP28 delegates are not in Dubai to “score points” and play at “lowest-denominator politics”; they must take ambitious action on curbing global warming and ending the climate crisis.

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UN's Türk urges probe into alleged sexual violence during Hamas terror attacks

06 Dec 2023

UN human rights chief Volker Türk on Wednesday condemned serious sexual violations allegedly carried out by Hamas militants during their terror attacks in southern Israel on 7 October, while humanitarians in Gaza said conditions for civilians there had hit “rock bottom”, amid continued bombardment and mass displacement in the south.

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Guterres urges Security Council to act over Israel-Palestine crisis as threat to international peace and security

06 Dec 2023

Invoking a rarely used article of the UN Charter, Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday called on the Security Council to “press to avert a humanitarian catastrophe” in Gaza and unite in a call for a full humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants.

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Ukraine: Lasting toll of war, ‘beyond measure’, Security Council hears

06 Dec 2023

If urgent steps are not taken to end the ongoing war and its dire humanitarian consequences in Ukraine, 2024 may be even more unpredictable and destructive, a senior UN official warned on Wednesday.

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Guterres urges greater support for UN emergency relief fund

06 Dec 2023

Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday highlighted the importance of the UN’s core humanitarian response fund to deploy quick and strategic resources to global crises globally.

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COP28: Tuesday’s climate action in Dubai

05 Dec 2023

The UN climate conference will continue its work on Tuesday focusing on issues that include scaling up financing for the Paris Agreement, slashing emissions in the cooling sector, ensuring a climate resilient energy sector and a dialogue with indigenous peoples.  

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Desperation intensifies in Gaza amid uncertainty of ‘safe zones’

05 Dec 2023

The situation for Gazans is “getting worse by the hour”, the UN health agency WHO said on Tuesday, after some the heaviest Israeli shelling in the enclave since Hamas militants massacred some 1,200 people in southern Israel and took around 240 hostages on 7 October.

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COP28: Over 60 countries pledge to slash cooling emissions amid rising temperatures

05 Dec 2023

With rising temperatures leading to demand for more air conditioners and other cooling equipment, a new UN report launched Tuesday at COP28 climate talks in Dubai lays out a pathway to cut emissions across the cooling sector worldwide. 

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Renewable energy boosts safety of UN peacekeepers

05 Dec 2023

The transition to renewable energy at UN peacekeeping missions helps to ensure the safety and security of uniformed personnel serving in the field, a senior official said on Tuesday. 

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World News in Brief: WFP ‘pauses’ north Yemen food aid, human rights and sport, Myanmar latest

05 Dec 2023

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday that it was compelled to pause the distribution of food aid to needy families in northern areas of Yemen under the control of authorities in and around the capital, Sana’a.

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UNICEF: 1 in 5 children in world’s richest countries living in poverty

05 Dec 2023

A sharp rise in child poverty was registered across some of the world’s richest countries between 2014 and 2021, according to a new report published on Wednesday by the UN Children’s Fund‘s global research centre, Innocenti.

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UN says climate change surged alarmingly over the past decade as COP28 pushes for global emissions cuts

05 Dec 2023

The past decade has been confirmed the warmest ever recorded, continuing an alarming 30-year trend that the UN weather chief said on Tuesday is “unequivocally driven by greenhouse gas emissions from human activities.” 

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COP28: Bring the vulnerable to ‘front of the line’ for climate funding

04 Dec 2023

Advocates showcased the devastating impacts of climate upheaval on their communities at COP 28 on Monday as the focus of the world’s largest climate gathering turned to financial support for those most at risk – first and foremost youth and women in developing countries.

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Gaza: Aid access to north now entirely blocked amid escalating bombing in south

04 Dec 2023

Reports of hundreds of fatalities from bombing in southern Gaza over the weekend heightened deep concerns for civilians sheltering there, while UN humanitarians on Monday said that aid teams had only “extremely limited” movement and access to the north was “now entirely blocked”. 

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World News in Brief: Somalia floods, Sudan cholera update, genocide prevention

04 Dec 2023

Flooding in Somalia has uprooted more than one million people and killed 110, UN humanitarians in the country said in their latest situation report on Monday. 

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COP28: Women and climate advocates driving forward change together

04 Dec 2023

To combat the disproportionate impacts of climate change on women, advocates at COP28 on Monday said decisionmakers must not only enact more polices that meet their specific needs but recognize the unique knowledge and expertise women can offer that can be used to support effective climate action.

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UN chief calls on Israel to ‘spare civilians from more suffering’ in Gaza

04 Dec 2023

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has reiterated his call for a sustained humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza and the unconditional and immediate release of all hostages, his Spokesperson said on Monday. 

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COP28: Methane pledge by the ‘giants behind the climate crisis’ falls short, says Guterres

03 Dec 2023

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday sent a strong message to the oil and gas industry: the pledges made at COP28 in Dubai fall well short of what’s needed to meaningfully tackle the climate crisis.

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COP28: The climate crisis is also a health crisis

03 Dec 2023

Health has made it to the agenda of a UN climate conference, and health advocates at COP28 in Dubai on Sunday said the topic was long overdue for discussion because climate inaction is costing lives and impacting health every single day.

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COP28: UN chief previews panel on management of minerals essential for green energy transition

02 Dec 2023

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday announced his plan to set up a panel aimed to ensure the move from fossil fuels towards renewable energy is just, sustainable and benefits all countries.

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Tackling health impacts of climate change and scaling up digital climate action in the spotlight at COP28

02 Dec 2023

Delegates at COP28 in Dubai on Saturday called for stronger and more resilient global health systems, which are indispensable to protecting populations from the negative impacts of climate change on health. 

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COP28: As ‘humanity’s fate hangs in the balance’, UN chief calls for urgent action to prevent planetary crash

01 Dec 2023

Earth’s vital signs are failing and to prevent planetary crash and burn, “we need…cooperation and political will”, UN Secretary General António Guterres said on Friday, challenging world leaders gathered in Dubai for COP28 to show real global climate leadership.

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Shock and terror in Gaza as bombardment of shattered enclave resumes

01 Dec 2023

As Secretary-General António Guterres spoke of his deep regret about the resumption of military operations in Gaza on Friday, UN humanitarians vowed to stay and help all those in need, while reiterating “nowhere is safe from attacks” in the war-shattered enclave.