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Gaza: Aid missions risk being halted without security guarantees

Gaza: Aid missions risk being halted without security guarantees

14 Mar 2024

Desperately needed aid operations in Gaza must be protected from attack, the UN’s top aid official has warned, amid reports on Thursday that Palestinians were killed and injured while waiting for supplies in Gaza City.

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World News in Brief: $850 million plan to support Rohingya refugees, child rights, Haiti aid update

World News in Brief: $850 million plan to support Rohingya refugees, child rights, Haiti aid update

13 Mar 2024

To address the ongoing Rohingya humanitarian crisis affecting 1.3 million people in Bangladesh, UN humanitarian agencies on Wednesday launched a $852.4 million appeal supporting refugees and the communities hosting them.

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With internal displacement at a record high, aid chief backs action call

With internal displacement at a record high, aid chief backs action call

13 Mar 2024

The number of internally displaced people around the world is at a record high – well over 70 million – it’s a global crisis that needs collaborative solutions from the humanitarian community, the UN’s emergency relief chief said on Wednesday.

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‘The patriarchy may be pushing back, but so are we’, UN chief tells CSW68

‘The patriarchy may be pushing back, but so are we’, UN chief tells CSW68

13 Mar 2024

Women’s rights are under attack, and governments must act to reverse that dangerous trend, the UN chief told a his annual town hall event with civil society activists on Wednesday, as the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68) session continued its first week, with a host of side events highlighting deteriorating conditions around the world.

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‘Record high’ in UN development index masks stark disparities

‘Record high’ in UN development index masks stark disparities

13 Mar 2024

Despite record high global human development scores in 2023, disparities between the haves and the have-nots are widening, a new UN report revealed on Wednesday.

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Gaza: ‘The population is literally besieged’, UNRWA deputy chief

Gaza: ‘The population is literally besieged’, UNRWA deputy chief

13 Mar 2024

In an exclusive interview, Natalie Boucly, the Deputy Commissioner-General of the UN agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA), describes the desperate scenes she witnessed in Gaza, during a recent mission to the occupied Palestinian territory.

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Gaza: Number of children killed higher than from four years of world conflict

Gaza: Number of children killed higher than from four years of world conflict

13 Mar 2024

Amid reports of fresh Israeli airstrikes in Gaza overnight into Wednesday, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, said that more children have been killed there in recent months than in four years of conflict worldwide. 

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More casualties in Russia’s war on Ukraine from strike on central city

More casualties in Russia’s war on Ukraine from strike on central city

13 Mar 2024

A Russian missile strike on a multi-storey apartment block in central Ukraine that left three dead and around 40 injured on Tuesday has been strongly condemned by the UN’s top aid official in Kyiv, Denise Brown.

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Chaos across Haiti amid high risk of famine

Chaos across Haiti amid high risk of famine

12 Mar 2024

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Tuesday that Haiti is on the brink of a devastating hunger crisis, with aid operations at risk of “grinding to a halt” amid rampant violence as Prime Minister Ariel Henry resigned on Monday and armed gangs tightened their grip on the capital, Port-au-Prince.

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Gazans on verge of famine need ‘exponential’ aid boost, says UN

Gazans on verge of famine need ‘exponential’ aid boost, says UN

12 Mar 2024

UN aid officials welcomed the news on Tuesday that an aid ship had left Cyprus for Gaza carrying 200 tonnes of relief supplies but stressed that it was “not a substitute” for overland assistance to Gazans on the verge of famine.

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Waves of violence hit Haiti hard, as Security Council condemns gang attacks

Waves of violence hit Haiti hard, as Security Council condemns gang attacks

11 Mar 2024

Waves of violence have displaced more than 15,000 Haitians in just a week amid ongoing looting at the country’s main port, according to the latest report from the UN agency for migration, as the Security Council on Monday strongly condemned “destabilizing” criminal activity by armed gangs ravaging the Caribbean nation.

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Ceasefire in Gaza, urges UN chief, on first day of Ramadan

Ceasefire in Gaza, urges UN chief, on first day of Ramadan

11 Mar 2024

A Ramadan ceasefire for Gaza must be implemented immediately, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday, the first day of the Muslim holy month.

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UN chief urges ‘genuine, credible’ political solution in Syria, as conflict approaches thirteenth anniversary

UN chief urges ‘genuine, credible’ political solution in Syria, as conflict approaches thirteenth anniversary

09 Mar 2024

The UN Secretary-General on Saturday highlighted the urgent need for a negotiated political solution in Syria, emphasizing the protection of civilians and the dire humanitarian situation.

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Gaza: Kaag working closely with partners on new maritime aid lifeline

Gaza: Kaag working closely with partners on new maritime aid lifeline

08 Mar 2024

An international maritime aid corridor to Gaza could be in operation as early as Sunday according to the head of the European Commission, working closely with the UN’s Senior Humanitarian Coordinator and other international partners.

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Afghanistan’s economy has ‘basically collapsed’: UNDP

Afghanistan’s economy has ‘basically collapsed’: UNDP

07 Mar 2024

The Afghan economy and especially regions affected by the devastating earthquakes in October last year, “are still hurting”, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said on Thursday, as restrictions on women and girls continue to thwart basic rights and economic progress.

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UN telecomms agency chief: One third of humanity still offline

UN telecomms agency chief: One third of humanity still offline

07 Mar 2024

The benefits of cutting-edge technology remain out of reach for around 2.6 billion people globally who are still waiting for an Internet connection, the head of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) said on Thursday, outlining the agency’s plans to narrow the gap. 

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Gaza: Starvation claiming a growing number of young lives, warns UN

Gaza: Starvation claiming a growing number of young lives, warns UN

07 Mar 2024

Days from the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan and with no ceasefire agreement in sight for Gaza, UN humanitarians reiterated deep concerns on Thursday that a growing number of children are dying of starvation. 

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‘They destroyed us’: North Gazans flee homes in search of food and shelter

‘They destroyed us’: North Gazans flee homes in search of food and shelter

07 Mar 2024

Life is rapidly being choked out of northern Gaza. After enduring nearly five months of bombing, starvation, illness, pain and suffering, many of the last survivors have finally had enough, according to some of the displaced who have been speaking to UN News.

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Gaza: ‘Children are dying from hunger’, says UN aid coordinator

Gaza: ‘Children are dying from hunger’, says UN aid coordinator

06 Mar 2024

“Hunger has reached catastrophic levels,” Jamie McGoldrick, the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, told journalists at UN Headquarters on Wednesday, describing a two-day visit to war-ravaged Gaza.

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World News in Brief, deadliest year for migrants, Syria refugee support crisis, Shamima Begum appeal

World News in Brief, deadliest year for migrants, Syria refugee support crisis, Shamima Begum appeal

06 Mar 2024

The UN migration agency (IOM) announced on Wednesday that last year was the deadliest on record for migrants worldwide.

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Path to low-carbon construction is clear as mud

Path to low-carbon construction is clear as mud

06 Mar 2024

The use of building materials such as cement and steel create a massive carbon footprint, and the industry overall is responsible for almost 40 per cent of global CO2 emissions, mainly in terms of production and transport. Now, two women architects in India think they might have a new, perhaps counter-intuitive solution to sustainable construction: building with mud.

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11 months into Sudan war, ‘world's worst hunger crisis’ looms

11 months into Sudan war, ‘world's worst hunger crisis’ looms

06 Mar 2024

Nearly 11 months since rival generals declared war in Sudan, UN humanitarians warned on Wednesday that the conflict risks triggering “the world's worst hunger crisis”.

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Haiti crisis: UN chief calls for ‘urgent action’ to end rampant insecurity

Haiti crisis: UN chief calls for ‘urgent action’ to end rampant insecurity

05 Mar 2024

The UN Secretary-General reiterated his deep concern on Tuesday over the “rapidly deteriorating” security situation in Haiti as violent gangs tighten their grip on the country in the wake of a jailbreak at the weekend which saw nearly 4,000 criminals return to the streets.

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World News in Brief: Climate change in the countryside, Yemen polio drive success, development and peace

World News in Brief: Climate change in the countryside, Yemen polio drive success, development and peace

05 Mar 2024

Climate change is disproportionately affecting the incomes of rural women, the poor and older populations, who also have the least capacity to adapt to extreme weather events, a new report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) revealed on Tuesday.

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North Gaza aid mission reveals more infants may die from hunger

North Gaza aid mission reveals more infants may die from hunger

05 Mar 2024

A rare opportunity to deliver desperately needed supplies to hospitals in northern Gaza for the first time in months has been welcomed by UN humanitarians who on Tuesday issued a fresh alert about “appalling” conditions in medical facilities where more children risk are battling life-threatening malnutrition.

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UN crime prevention chief pledges enhanced cooperation in Somalia

UN crime prevention chief pledges enhanced cooperation in Somalia

04 Mar 2024

The Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Ghada Waly has highlighted the threats of transnational organized crime, terrorism, and corruption which is plaguing Somalia.

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Gaza war may fuel much wider Middle East crisis, warns UN rights chief

Gaza war may fuel much wider Middle East crisis, warns UN rights chief

04 Mar 2024

Negotiations for a ceasefire in Gaza continued in Egypt for a second day on Monday as the UN’s top rights official warned that the war there risked morphing into a much “wider conflagration” enveloping every country in the Middle East and beyond. 

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Human ingenuity can help to save nature, Guterres says on World Wildlife Day

Human ingenuity can help to save nature, Guterres says on World Wildlife Day

03 Mar 2024

UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for action now to protect nature in his message to mark World Wildlife Day on Sunday.

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Gaza: ‘Babies slowly perishing under the world’s gaze,’ UNICEF warns

Gaza: ‘Babies slowly perishing under the world’s gaze,’ UNICEF warns

03 Mar 2024

A senior official with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has appealed for wider and safer humanitarian access in Gaza, where malnourished babies are slowly dying while the world watches.

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UN chief appeals for greater support for small islands fighting climate change

UN chief appeals for greater support for small islands fighting climate change

02 Mar 2024

More funding is needed to support Small Island Developing States (SIDS) on the frontlines of climate change, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Saturday in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.