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Gaza: Resuming night-time aid deliveries, UN reports ‘dire’ conditions

Gaza: Resuming night-time aid deliveries, UN reports ‘dire’ conditions

04 Apr 2024

UN officials launched assessment visits to Gaza and its agencies will resume night-time aid deliveries on Thursday after a 48-hour pause following Israeli forces killing seven World Central Kitchen relief workers in a convoy delivering food in the enclave, where intense Israeli bombardment and ground operations continue.

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Gaza: Aid worker killings prompt temporary halt to UN operations after dark

Gaza: Aid worker killings prompt temporary halt to UN operations after dark

03 Apr 2024

UN humanitarians in Gaza have suspended operations at night for at least 48 hours in response to the killing of seven aid workers from the NGO World Central Kitchen on Tuesay. 

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World News in Brief: Rights chief dismay over Uganda anti-LGBT law, Haiti update, aid for Sudan, executions alert in Egypt

World News in Brief: Rights chief dismay over Uganda anti-LGBT law, Haiti update, aid for Sudan, executions alert in Egypt

03 Apr 2024

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Wednesday expressed dismay over the decision by Uganda’s Constitutional Court to uphold the country’s discriminatory Anti-Homosexuality Act, which has already led to hundreds of rights violations.

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$414 million appeal for Palestine refugees in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan

$414 million appeal for Palestine refugees in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan

03 Apr 2024

As hostilities continue in Gaza, the UN agency that assists Palestine refugees, UNRWA, urged donors not to forget about Palestinians affected by the ongoing war in Syria. 

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World News in Brief: Aid worker deaths ‘inevitable result’ of Gaza war tactics, ‘waste trafficking’ update, Malawi drought

World News in Brief: Aid worker deaths ‘inevitable result’ of Gaza war tactics, ‘waste trafficking’ update, Malawi drought

02 Apr 2024

The killing of seven humanitarians by an Israeli strike in Gaza on Tuesday – 196 overall since hostilities began last October – is “an inevitable result” of the way the war is being fought, said the UN chief.

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Gaza: UN aid teams still waiting for Israeli green light to relieve stricken northern hospital

Gaza: UN aid teams still waiting for Israeli green light to relieve stricken northern hospital

02 Apr 2024

The destruction of Gaza’s largest hospital following a two-week siege by the Israeli military has “ripped the heart out of healthcare” in the enclave, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday, amid renewed concerns about the dangers of delivering aid after seven workers from NGO World Central Kitchen were reportedly killed in an airstrike.

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World News in Brief: Haiti support continues, deadly Afghan mine blasts, autism awareness day

World News in Brief: Haiti support continues, deadly Afghan mine blasts, autism awareness day

01 Apr 2024

Humanitarians continue to support Haitians affected by rampant gang violence in the capital, Port-au-Prince, while an appeal for the country remains underfunded, the UN said on Monday.  

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Israel continues to block aid into northern Gaza amid famine

Israel continues to block aid into northern Gaza amid famine

01 Apr 2024

Israeli forces are blocking aid deliveries into famine-stricken northern Gaza as the five-month-long war grinds on despite recent strong demands from the top UN court and the Security Council for unfettered access for lifesaving food shipments into the enclave and for a temporary ceasefire and the return of all hostages taken in October.

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First Person: Japanese town leads the way to a low waste society

First Person: Japanese town leads the way to a low waste society

29 Mar 2024

When the landfill in Osaki, in the southwest of Japan, reached capacity, an incinerator was the logical next step. Instead, the town decided to get serious about recycling. Ahead of International Zero Waste day, marked on 30 March, Kasumi Fujita, a town councillor committed to Osaki’s low waste policies, tells UN News what inspired her.

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World News in Brief: Russia vetoes DPR Korea sanctions resolution, children under fire in Sudan, drought plagues Malawi

World News in Brief: Russia vetoes DPR Korea sanctions resolution, children under fire in Sudan, drought plagues Malawi

28 Mar 2024

A United States resolution to extend the mandate of an expert panel which monitors sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) was vetoed by Russia in the Security Council on Thursday.

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Health system ‘barely surviving’, as OCHA calls for Gaza aid restrictions to end

Health system ‘barely surviving’, as OCHA calls for Gaza aid restrictions to end

28 Mar 2024

Gaza’s health system is ‘barely surviving’ after more than five months of Israeli bombardment, the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

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New $1.4 billion plan to support South Sudanese refugees

New $1.4 billion plan to support South Sudanese refugees

28 Mar 2024

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, and partners on Thursday appealed for $1.4 billion this year to support more than two million South Sudanese refugees in five African countries and local communities hosting them. 

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Bold action needed now to address ‘cataclysmic’ situation in Haiti

Bold action needed now to address ‘cataclysmic’ situation in Haiti

28 Mar 2024

Immediate and bold action is required to tackle the “cataclysmic” situation in Haiti, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said in a report issued on Thursday. 

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Stories from the UN Archive: A seminal moment for youth climate action

Stories from the UN Archive: A seminal moment for youth climate action

27 Mar 2024

“What you do makes me cry at night,” 13-year-old Severn Cullis-Suzuki told the 1992 Earth Summit in Brazil in a message that resonates today as the world grapples with climate change.

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DR Congo mission chief says humanitarian disaster ‘unfolding before our very eyes’

DR Congo mission chief says humanitarian disaster ‘unfolding before our very eyes’

27 Mar 2024

Insecurity in the volatile eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has worsened since the end of recent elections, UN Special Representative Bintou Keita told the Security Council on Wednesday. 

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World News in Brief: Civilian deaths in Ukraine, refugees in Cameroon at risk, older women facing abuse, cholera in Somalia

World News in Brief: Civilian deaths in Ukraine, refugees in Cameroon at risk, older women facing abuse, cholera in Somalia

27 Mar 2024

The UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine said on Wednesday that she was “shocked and appalled by the horrifying reports” of civilians, including small children, being killed and injured by Russian strikes.

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With 783 million people going hungry, a fifth of all food goes to waste

With 783 million people going hungry, a fifth of all food goes to waste

27 Mar 2024

While a third of humanity faces food insecurity, an equivalent of one billion meals go to waste every day, a new report by the UN environment agency (UNEP) revealed on Wednesday. One fifth of food is thrown away.

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Gaza war: ‘Direct hits’ on more than 200 schools since Israeli bombing began   

Gaza war: ‘Direct hits’ on more than 200 schools since Israeli bombing began   

27 Mar 2024

The intense Israeli bombardment of Gaza in response to Hamas-led terror attacks in Israel has included “direct hits” on 212 schools in the enclave, UN-partnered analysis indicated on Wednesday.

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World News in Brief: Malnutrition crisis risk grows in Haiti, clashes in DR Congo, peacebuilding in Colombia

World News in Brief: Malnutrition crisis risk grows in Haiti, clashes in DR Congo, peacebuilding in Colombia

26 Mar 2024

An alarming surge in armed violence in areas of Haiti is heightening the risk of a malnutrition crisis in the country, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday.

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IOM report: 1 in 3 migrant deaths occurs on the move

IOM report: 1 in 3 migrant deaths occurs on the move

26 Mar 2024

One in three migrant deaths happens while people flee conflict, the UN migration agency, IOM, said on Tuesday. More than two in three migrants whose deaths have been documented remain unidentified. 

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Gaza: ‘Double-digit’ number of children reported killed overnight

Gaza: ‘Double-digit’ number of children reported killed overnight

26 Mar 2024

Intense hostilities in Gaza continued on Tuesday between Hamas fighters and Israeli forces with a “double-digit number of children killed overnight” and ongoing aid delivery obstacles that are responsible for near-famine conditions, UN humanitarians said.

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Israel’s new aid ban on UNRWA in Gaza ‘a wrong move’: UN coordinator

Israel’s new aid ban on UNRWA in Gaza ‘a wrong move’: UN coordinator

25 Mar 2024

Israel’s ongoing restrictions and its new ban on aid deliveries by the largest United Nations agency on the ground in war-torn Gaza are already having a grave impact, the interim UN coordinator in the Occupied Palestinian Territory warned.

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World News in Brief: 17 million Yemenis need health support, cholera in Somalia, OCHA chief stepping down, Haiti crisis update

World News in Brief: 17 million Yemenis need health support, cholera in Somalia, OCHA chief stepping down, Haiti crisis update

25 Mar 2024

Conflict in Yemen entered its 10th year on Monday, as UN humanitarians issued a warning that over half the country’s populations are in desperate need of aid. 

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UPDATING LIVE: Security Council due to vote emergency vote to demand Gaza ceasefire

UPDATING LIVE: Security Council due to vote emergency vote to demand Gaza ceasefire

25 Mar 2024

The UN Security Council is poised to convene an emergency meeting at 10am (New York time) on Monday to take up a fresh draft resolution in a bid to stop the war and humanitarian suffering in Gaza on the heels of a United States-proposed text that China and Russia vetoed on Friday.

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We must push for lasting peace in Gaza, UN chief insists, as starvation threat nears

We must push for lasting peace in Gaza, UN chief insists, as starvation threat nears

25 Mar 2024

With “starvation bearing down” on Gaza, UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday repeated his call for a sustainable end to the conflict and the release of all remaining hostages – amid “unprecedented and ongoing devastation” in the occupied enclave.

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Israel tells UN it will reject UNRWA food convoys into northern Gaza

Israel tells UN it will reject UNRWA food convoys into northern Gaza

24 Mar 2024

Israeli authorities informed the United Nations on Sunday that it will no longer approve the passage of any UN agency for Palestine refugees, UNRWA, food convoys into northern Gaza.

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Earth Hour: Lights off, climate action on

Earth Hour: Lights off, climate action on

23 Mar 2024

The largest global environment movement is happening on Saturday, when the UN invites people around the world to shut the lights to remember the planetary crisis during Earth Hour as young partners find new ways to drive climate action.

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UPDATING LIVE: Russia and China veto US resolution stating imperative of ‘immediate and sustained ceasefire’ in Gaza

UPDATING LIVE: Russia and China veto US resolution stating imperative of ‘immediate and sustained ceasefire’ in Gaza

22 Mar 2024

A draft resolution from the United States was vetoed by the UN Security Council on Friday by Russia and China. The draft stated the "imperative" for “an immediate and sustained ceasefire to protect civilians on all sides”, facilitating “essential” aid delivery and supporting ongoing talks between Israel and Hamas militants to create a sustainable end to the hostilities, tied to the release of all hostages. Follow the full story here live.

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Gaza: UN aid team reaches stricken north, confirms ‘shocking’ disease and hunger

Gaza: UN aid team reaches stricken north, confirms ‘shocking’ disease and hunger

22 Mar 2024

Amid reports of ongoing bombardment across Gaza on Friday, UN humanitarians highlighted “shocking levels of disease and hunger” after visiting an overwhelmed hospital in the north of the enclave.

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General Assembly adopts landmark resolution on Artificial Intelligence

General Assembly adopts landmark resolution on Artificial Intelligence

21 Mar 2024

The UN General Assembly on Thursday adopted a landmark resolution on the promotion of “safe, secure and trustworthy” artificial intelligence (AI) systems that will also benefit sustainable development for all.