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UNRWA committed to implement independent review recommendations

23 Apr 2024

The head of the UN agency that assists Palestine refugees, UNRWA, on Tuesday reiterated that he welcomed the recommendations of a much-awaited report on its efforts to ensure neutrality and to respond to allegations of serious breaches when they arise. 

UN chief urges ‘surge in investment’ to overcome $4 trillion financing gap

22 Apr 2024

The UN Secretary-General on Monday called for a “surge in investment” to give developing countries a chance to build better lives for their people.

Heatwave deaths increased across almost all Europe in 2023, says UN weather agency

22 Apr 2024

Climate change shocks caused record levels of disruption and misery for millions in Europe in 2023 with widespread flooding and severe heatwaves – a new normal which countries must adapt to as a priority, the UN weather agency said on Monday. 

Independent review panel releases final report on UNRWA

22 Apr 2024

An independent panel released its much-awaited report on Monday about the UN relief agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA), providing 50 recommendations and noting that Israeli authorities have yet to provide proof of their claims that UN staff are involved with terrorist organisations.

World News in Brief: Rising West Bank violence, dialogue critical in Kosovo, free detained Afghan activist

22 Apr 2024

The UN Middle East envoy has expressed concern about increased levels of violence in the West Bank, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told journalists in New York on Monday.   

UN envoy urges international solidarity with Haiti as gang violence spirals

22 Apr 2024

As gang violence increases in Haiti, the international community must continue to stand in solidarity with the population, the UN Special Representative for the country told the Security Council on Monday.

Hungry for data: Tackling food insecurity in rural Indonesia

21 Apr 2024

Kornelia Icha has never gone hungry or got close to starvation. Very few people do in Indonesia with its fertile soil and tropical climate. But, until a recent intervention by the National Food Agency, her diet consisted mostly of rice, corn, onions and the occasional meat dish.

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First Person: Crafting a new life after a devastating hurricane

First Person: Crafting a new life after a devastating hurricane

20 Apr 2024

Vanessa Winston’s home and business in the Caribbean island of Dominica were destroyed by Hurricane Maria in 2017. Starting from scratch, the mother of four fought back and today, with UN support, she has rebuilt her life. 

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War in Sudan is ‘a crisis of epic proportions’ as atrocities abound

War in Sudan is ‘a crisis of epic proportions’ as atrocities abound

19 Apr 2024

The year-long ongoing war in Sudan is “a crisis of epic proportions” and the world must rethink the way it supports the Sudanese people amid rampant atrocities against civilians and no end in sight, top UN and African Union officials warned the Security Council on Friday.

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World News in Brief: Green light for new cholera vaccine, Ukraine attacks condemned, action against racism call, Brazil rights defenders alert

World News in Brief: Green light for new cholera vaccine, Ukraine attacks condemned, action against racism call, Brazil rights defenders alert

19 Apr 2024

A new oral vaccine for cholera has been given the green light for manufacture by the UN health agency allowing for the massive scale-up of lifesaving immunisation in the world’s most vulnerable communities.

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Mixed efforts to achieve energy goals highlighted at the end of Sustainability Week

Mixed efforts to achieve energy goals highlighted at the end of Sustainability Week

19 Apr 2024

The President of the UN General Assembly called for the acknowledgement of mixed efforts to achieve the goals of the Decade of Sustainable Energy, as the UN’s first ever Sustainability Week drew to a close on Friday. 

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Retaliatory spiral in Middle East must end, says UN chief after strikes on Iran

Retaliatory spiral in Middle East must end, says UN chief after strikes on Iran

19 Apr 2024

Following reports of alleged Israeli strikes inside Iran near a nuclear power station early Friday, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres issued a new appeal to all parties to “stop the dangerous cycle of retaliation in the Middle East”.

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Assembly President calls for massive investment in sustainable infrastructure

Assembly President calls for massive investment in sustainable infrastructure

18 Apr 2024

The President of the UN General Assembly on Thursday underscored the critical need for resilient infrastructure if the world is the reach the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the 2030 deadline.

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Renewable energy transforming the landscape

Renewable energy transforming the landscape

18 Apr 2024

Renewable energy, if supported by governments, can “truly change the landscape” in terms of achieving equitable access to affordable and clean energy, but only if those governments can move from “commitment to action”; That’s according to the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

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World News in Brief: Rights chief Türk urges peace in DR Congo, Haiti aid update, food insecurity in Timor Leste

World News in Brief: Rights chief Türk urges peace in DR Congo, Haiti aid update, food insecurity in Timor Leste

18 Apr 2024

UN human rights chief Volker Türk this week met survivors of massacres in eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who told him they are desperate for peace.

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Guterres appeals for maximum restraint in the Middle East

Guterres appeals for maximum restraint in the Middle East

18 Apr 2024

Recent escalations in the Middle East make it even more important to support efforts towards lasting peace between Israel and a fully independent, viable and sovereign Palestinian state, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Thursday. 

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‘Insidious campaign’ by Israel is denying life-saving aid to Gaza says UNRWA chief

‘Insidious campaign’ by Israel is denying life-saving aid to Gaza says UNRWA chief

17 Apr 2024

The Commissioner-General of the UN relief agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) briefed the Security Council in New York on Wednesday as the humanitarian crisis in Gaza worsens, telling ambassadors that life-saving deliveries are being blocked by Israel as part of an "insidious campaign" to push it out of the Occupied Palestinian Territory. 

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Transform landmark Indigenous rights declaration into reality: UN General Assembly President

Transform landmark Indigenous rights declaration into reality: UN General Assembly President

17 Apr 2024

Despite important achievements over the past decade to improve the well-being of Indigenous Peoples, safeguard their cultures, and expand their participation at the UN, “deep chasms” endure between commitments made and reality on the ground, the President of the General Assembly said on Wednesday. 

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Women in Afghanistan: The future ‘depends on them’

Women in Afghanistan: The future ‘depends on them’

17 Apr 2024

Despite facing formidable challenges, women-owned and run businesses in Afghanistan continue to demonstrate remarkable resilience, serving as vital pillars of economic stability and hope amidst adversity, a new UN report has found.

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UPDATING LIVE: Head of Palestine relief agency due to brief Security Council on Gaza crisis

UPDATING LIVE: Head of Palestine relief agency due to brief Security Council on Gaza crisis

17 Apr 2024

The Commissioner-General of the UN relief agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) is due to brief the Security Council at 3:00 PM in New York on Wednesday as the humanitarian crisis in Gaza worsens and Israeli demands to abolish the frontline agency, intensify.

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

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

$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

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘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.