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News in Brief 29 May 2024

Gaza: vital medical supplies running out, warns UN health agency In Sahel, grave violations against children up 70 per cent: UNICEF Global unemployment set to drop slightly this year: ILO
5/29/20243 minutes, 57 seconds
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News in Brief 28 May 2024

Deep concerns over ‘inhuman’ detention of Gazans by Israeli authorities Papua New Guinea disaster: Rescue efforts face complex challenges: IOM3.2 million children at risk in Bangladesh as Cyclone Remal hits hard: UNICEF
5/28/20244 minutes, 12 seconds
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News in Brief 27 May 2024

Papua New Guinea landslide: UN chief’s solidarity with victims Gaza: Mass casualties reported in Israeli attack on camp for displacedPandemic treaty is a ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’, says GuterresHaiti: 2 in 3 households do not have enough to eat, says WFP 
5/27/20244 minutes, 7 seconds
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News in Brief 24 May 2024

World court orders Israel to halt Rafah operation immediately COVID-19 eliminated a decade of progress in global level of life expectancy: WHOUkraine: Kharkiv city still under attack, sparking further displacement, says OHCHR
5/24/20244 minutes, 9 seconds
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News in Brief 23 May 2024

‘Appalling’ Russian attacks on Kharkiv region must end says top UN humanitarian in UkraineInternational action ‘crucial’ to save thousands of Rohingya lives in MyanmarUN rights experts welcome maritime tribunal ruling obliging countries to cut CO2 pollution
5/23/20243 minutes, 46 seconds
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News in Brief 22 May 2024

Gaza: Conflict in Rafah puts key relief supplies warehouses out of reach Geopolitical tensions threaten global trade, warns UN’s Amina MohammedBiodiversity breakdown alert: one million species under threat, says UNEP
5/22/20244 minutes, 30 seconds
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News in Brief 21 May 2024

Gaza: UN health agency’s Tedros calls for end to siege of Al-Awda hospital Ukraine: 16,000 uprooted by deadly Kharkiv escalation, humanitarians warn OCHA aid call for southern African nations suffering worst drought in 100 years #ElNiño
5/21/20244 minutes, 14 seconds
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News in Brief 20 May 2024

World court seeks arrest warrants for Hamas leaders and Israel’s NetanyahuGaza: Now 810,000 have fled Rafah amid ongoing Israeli operationYemen: human rights experts press for release of detained Bahá'ís  
5/20/20243 minutes, 42 seconds
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News in Brief 17 May 2024

UN rights chief says horrified by Sudan escalation as famine draws nearerWHO: antimicrobial resistance an increasingly worrying threatUkraine’s civilians facing daily drone and glider bomb attacks: IOM
5/17/20244 minutes, 56 seconds
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News in Brief 16 May 2024

Guterres repeats call to Israel to halt Rafah assault as aid stocks dwindle Global temperature record streak continues: WMOTürk welcomes 20-year jail sentence for Gambian ex-minister for crimes against humanity
5/16/20243 minutes, 58 seconds
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News in Brief 15 May 2024

Gaza: underweight babies, heavy fighting and more displacementSudan alert as civilians remain trapped in war zoneSaudi Arabia violated rights of religious scholar, UN rights experts warn
5/15/20243 minutes, 58 seconds
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News in Brief 14 May 2024

450,000 Gazans now uprooted from Rafah as Israeli bombardment continuesUkraine: UN rights office expresses deep concern over Russia’s eastern offensive Afghanistan flood disaster is not an anomaly, warns UN World Food Programme
5/14/20244 minutes, 36 seconds
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News in Brief 13 May 2024

Rafah exodus reaches 360,000 as UN issues $2.8 billion aid appeal for Gaza, West BankUkraine: aid teams warn as Russian offensive in Kharkiv heightens displacement fearsCountless lives at stake in Sudan’s El Fasher, warn UN aid teams
5/13/20243 minutes, 43 seconds
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News in Brief 10 May 2024

Gaza: As exodus from Rafah continues, ceasefire calls grow Myanmar spike in fighting fuels humanitarian emergency: OCHA  Belarus probe finds torture of detainees is systematic: rights experts
5/10/20243 minutes, 48 seconds
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News in Brief 9 May 2024

Gaza: 80,000 flee Rafah amid Israeli military escalation fears, say UN humanitarians Former Guantanamo Bay detainee faces re-victimisation in Algeria, right experts warn Early data on vaccine ‘patches’ is welcome news in battle against measles: WHO 
5/9/20244 minutes, 5 seconds
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Unexploded weapons: One of many existential threats in Gaza

A vast array of weaponry has been used in the last seven months of conflict in Gaza, so much so that UN mine action experts say that land potentially contaminated with unexploded ordnance will take years to make safe.Patrick McCabe is a UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) veteran whose job is to help civilians move around Gaza as safely as possible, now and when the fighting ends.He spoke to UN News’s Daniel Johnson, about what he’d seen in the shattered enclave so far.
5/9/202412 minutes, 29 seconds
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News in Brief 8 May 2024

Gaza: No aid is coming through the south, confirms @UNRWA Unprecedented flooding displaces hundreds of thousands across east Africa: IOMNo respite in sight for Brazil suffering flood emergency: WMO
5/8/20243 minutes, 23 seconds
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News in Brief 7 May 2024

Uncertainty in Gaza amplified by closure of key border crossingsRussia: UN rights chief troubled by increasing crackdown on journalistsDRC: more than 80,000 newly displaced people amid new fighting in Kivu 
5/7/20243 minutes, 58 seconds
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News in Brief 6 May 2024

We won't abandon Gazans sheltering in Rafah, says UNRWASeven months into the war in Gaza, deep fears over unexploded ordnance threatUrgent appeal launched for Yemen where 18.2 million people need lifesaving assistance 
5/6/20244 minutes, 8 seconds
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News in Brief 3 May 2024

Targeting Rafah could lead to slaughter, warns UN aid agency Sudan violence leaves many areas beyond reach of aid teams; UNHCR Tropical cyclone Hidaya threatens further flooding in east Africa: WMO
5/3/20244 minutes, 6 seconds
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News in Brief 2 May 2024

Development in Palestine set back more than 20 years due to Gaza warNiger responds to 50 per cent spike in meningitis since last yearDetention of child migrants in EU must end, say top rights experts 
5/2/20243 minutes, 4 seconds
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News in Brief 1 May 2024

Gazans on tenterhooks awaiting news of ceasefire call Ukraine landmine contamination still having global economic impactDR Congo conflict driving record levels of displacement, hunger
5/1/20244 minutes, 5 seconds
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News in Brief 30 April 2024

‘Extraordinary, deep anxiety’ in Rafah from feared Israeli attack: UNRWA Gaza war spillover compounds misery for most vulnerable in LebanonUN rights chief Türk ‘troubled’ by law enforcement crackdown on Gaza protests in US
4/30/20243 minutes, 49 seconds
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News in Brief 29 April 2024

Gaza at ‘most dangerous’ stage amid huge unexploded weapons risk, warns demining expertLift tax on aid relief, top UN emergency relief chief urges South Sudan  UN expresses solidarity with Kenya following deadly floods 
4/29/20243 minutes, 40 seconds
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News in Brief 26 April 2024

Gaza humanitarian update, rights experts’ appeal over aid accessSudan: Civilians ‘are trapped’ in El-Fasher, warns UN’s Türk ‘Just in case’ antibiotics widely overused during COVID-19, says UN health agency
4/26/20244 minutes, 20 seconds
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News in Brief 25 April 2024

Teen alcohol and nicotine use in Europe is up, WHO urges preventive measureUK gender change therapy review reveals devastating impacts on kids, says top rights expertIndependent rights body to investigate fate of missing persons in Syria 
4/25/20243 minutes, 25 seconds
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News in Brief 24 April 2024

Gaza: People ‘are clearly dying’ from hunger, warns UN food agency Global hunger set to rise amid record displacement, warn FAO, UNHCRTanzania in rights spotlight over ritual attacks on people with albinsm  
4/24/20244 minutes, 34 seconds
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News in Brief 23 April 2024

Gaza mass graves uncovered with victims’ hands tied: UN’s TürkEthiopia clashes displace 50,000, warn UN humanitarians Asia, the world’s most disaster-hit region from climate shocks: WMO
4/23/20243 minutes, 48 seconds
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News in Brief 22 April 2024

Gaza violence continues unabated, claims lives of civiliansClimate shocks lie behind rise in workplace dangers and deaths: ILOAirlines, aviation authorities should not facilitate unlawful removals to Rwanda, top rights experts say
4/22/20244 minutes, 25 seconds
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News in Brief 19 April 2024

Pandemic experts express concern over avian influenza spread to humans Rights chief Türk urges peace for shattered DR Congo communities Fears of Middle East escalation undiminished amid ongoing violence
4/19/20244 minutes, 6 seconds
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News in Brief 18 April 2024

Pandemic experts express concern over avian influenza spread to humans Rights chief Türk urges peace for shattered DR Congo communities Fears of Middle East escalation undiminished amid ongoing violence
4/18/20244 minutes, 24 seconds
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News in Brief 17 April 2024

$2.8 billion flash appeal launched in support of three million across Gaza and West BankViolations of women’s reproductive health rights trigger rise in preventable deaths, says UNFPALives depend on success of Cameroon emergency appeal: Humanitarians
4/17/20244 minutes, 14 seconds
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News in Brief 16 April 2024

Gaza: No let up in deadly toll as rights chief calls for end to civilian suffering Ethiopia hunger rates focus of pledging forum: OCHAUN migration agency calls for $112 million to save lives in Africa and Yemen 
4/16/20243 minutes, 58 seconds
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News in Brief 15 April 2024

Gaza: Rights experts condemn AI role in destruction by Israeli militarySudan crisis in international spotlight one year since war beganGrower taskforce mulls action to tackle spike in plant pests
4/15/20243 minutes, 59 seconds
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News in Brief 12 April 2024

Gaza: No improvement in aid access to north, insists senior UN aid official Sudan facing looming famine, warn humanitariansUkraine war leaves 3.3 million in dire need on frontlines: IOM 
4/12/20244 minutes, 18 seconds
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News in Brief 11 April 2024

Life-threatening heat alert for children in east Asia: UNICEFMyanmar middle class ‘disappearing’: UN development reportGaza: Security Council demands accountability for humanitarian attacks
4/11/20243 minutes, 2 seconds
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News in Brief 9 April 2024

‘Fear and loss’ for Sudanese displaced by brutal fightingHepatitis killing thousands each day and numbers rising: WHODozens of migrants perish in Djibouti shipwreck
4/9/20244 minutes
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News in Brief 8 April 2024

Palestine UN membership in spotlight amid Rafah invasion fears Attacks on Ukrainian nuclear facilities ‘must cease immediately’: UN atomic watchdogHealthcare ‘inaccessible’ for displaced people, warns UN migration agency 
4/8/20244 minutes, 2 seconds
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News in Brief 5 April 2024

Israel must allow ‘quantum leap’ in aid delivery UN chief urges, calling for change in military strategySudan: UN food agency convoy reaches Darfurs for first time in monthsGlobal deployment of rapid diagnostic tests to boost fight against cholera
4/5/20244 minutes, 34 seconds
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News in Brief 4 April 2024

Ukraine: Ambulance teams at 3 times greater risk of death and injuryHuman Rights Council resolution demands further Iran violations probeMore than 700 attacks by Israeli settlers in occupied West Bank
4/4/20243 minutes, 4 seconds
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News in Brief 3 April 2024

Haiti: Armed gangs continue assault on healthcareUN teams in Sudan and South Sudan team up over crucial medical aidEgypt must halt executions, urge UN human rights experts
4/3/20244 minutes, 22 seconds
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News in Brief 2 April 2024

Gaza: health system ‘barely surviving’ warns UN health agency chiefUkrainians suffer Russia-imposed ‘violence, intimidation, and coercion’, Türk tells Human Rights Council Malawi drought affects nearly two million farming families 
4/2/20243 minutes, 40 seconds
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News in Brief 1 April 2024

Protect Gaza hospitals: WHO chiefAfghanistan: Children killed or injured in two mine blastsHeavy rains destroy homes and farmland in Afghanistan
4/1/20243 minutes
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News in Brief 28 March 2024

Gaza: health system ‘barely surviving’ warns UN health agency chiefSudan’s 24 million children have a right to live in peace: UNICEF Refugee agency launches $1.4 billion appeal for South Sudan 
3/28/20243 minutes, 18 seconds
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News in Brief 27 March 2024

Gaza war: ‘Direct hits’ on more than 200 schools since Israeli bombing began 783 million people go hungry today but one-fifth of all food goes to waste Cameroon: vital aid assistance under threat, warn UNHCR, WFP  
3/27/20244 minutes, 5 seconds
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News in Brief 26 March 2024

Gaza: ‘Double-digit’ number of children reported killed overnightOne in three migrant deaths linked to countries at war or with large refugee populationsDevastating humanitarian crisis in DR Congo: UNHCR
3/26/20243 minutes, 52 seconds
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News in Brief 25 March 2024

We must push for lasting peace in Gaza, UN chief insists, as starvation threat nears Deadly cholera infections spreading fast in Somalia, warn UN aid teamsYemen conflict enters 10th year with 17 million-plus people in need of health aid
3/25/20244 minutes, 18 seconds
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News in Brief 22 March 2024

Gaza: UN aid team reaches stricken north, confirms ‘shocking’ disease and hunger Mass grave found in Libya highlights migrant horror, says UN migration agencyAid ramps up to Mozambique communities impacted by tropical storm Filipo 
3/22/20243 minutes, 38 seconds
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News in Brief 21 March 2024

Amid ongoing strife in Gaza and Ukraine, UN chief reiterates peace call Sudan war could see 222,000 children die from malnutrition, says aid coordinatorMobile phones called to order for part in 62 million tonnes of e-waste 
3/21/20244 minutes, 12 seconds
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News in Brief 20 March 2024

Gaza: Less than 1 in 2 UN aid missions allowed into northern zones this month M-pox deaths falling everywhere but Africa, says UN health agency expert panel Belarus opponents ‘increasingly oppressed and punished’: Human Rights Council  
3/20/20244 minutes, 33 seconds
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News in Brief 19 March 2024

Gaza: Increasing numbers of newborns on brink of death, agencies warnForced labour exploiters make $236 billion a year, says ILO More climate records smashed, WMO report confirms 
3/19/20244 minutes, 12 seconds
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News in Brief 18 March 2024

Famine could happen ‘anytime’ in Gaza’s northern governorates, warn UN humanitarians Iran: Repression continues two years after nationwide protests, say rights investigators ‘Pandemic treaty’ deal enters final round of negotiations  
3/18/20243 minutes, 57 seconds
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News in Brief 15 March 2024

I lost hope and will to live in Russian jail, says Ukraine prisoner of war Gaza: Nearly 23 million tonnes of debris ‘will take years to clear’Sudan: hunger ‘pervasive’ in Khartoum streets, warns UNICEF 
3/15/20244 minutes, 26 seconds
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News in Brief 13 March 2024

Gaza: More children dead from war than from four years of global conflict Ukraine: Condemnation after Russian strike kills dozens in Dnipro regionWith internal displacement at a record high, UN aid chief backs solutions 
3/14/20244 minutes, 11 seconds
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News in Brief 14 March 2024

Gaza: Aid missions risk being halted without security guaranteesHaiti crisis: UN mission announces airbridge to facilitate aid relief Human Rights Council: Climate crisis a principal factor in global hunger emergency
3/14/20244 minutes, 12 seconds
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News in Brief 12 March 2024

Gaza: Ceasefire now, urges UN Secretary-General on first day of RamadanWFP races to preposition aid in Chad for Sudan’s displacedRampant abuse of counter-terrorism laws globally, Human Rights Council hears
3/12/20244 minutes, 1 second
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News in Brief 11 March 2024

Gaza: Ceasefire now, urges UN Secretary-General on first day of RamadanSyria in grip of violence not seen in years, warn top rights expertsTruth and justice call for disappeared Thai lawyer   
3/11/20243 minutes, 56 seconds
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News in Brief 8 March 2024

Marking International Women’s Day, UN chief launches plan to tackle baked-in bias  Rafah ground assault would increase risk of atrocity crimes  Mozambique: Thousands displaced over fear of violence   
3/8/20243 minutes, 15 seconds
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News in Brief 7 March 2024

Gaza: Fears over growing toll of starvation among youngSudan: UN chief leads call for Ramadan cessation of hostilitiesNigeria mass abductions condemned 
3/7/20243 minutes, 18 seconds
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News in Brief 6 March 2024

Gaza humanitarian update 11 months into Sudan war, ‘world's worst hunger crisis’ looms 2023 was deadliest year on record for migrants  
3/6/20243 minutes, 51 seconds
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News in Brief 5 March 2024

North Gaza aid mission reveals more infants may die from hungerEl Niño weakens but impacts continueDrug controls: UN-backed body offers e-solutions to counter narcotics surge
3/5/20243 minutes, 27 seconds
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News in Brief 4 March 2024

Gaza: Gaza conflict could fuel much wider Middle East ‘conflagration’, warns UN rights chiefTürk: ‘Mega election year’ 2024 could be a landmark for democracy: Pacific accounts for nine in 10 most obese countries in the world (WHO) 
3/4/20243 minutes, 48 seconds
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News in Brief 1 March 2024

Gaza: Worst famine fears realized as 10th child reportedly starves to deathMyanmar crisis now a never-ending nightmare, warns UN rights chiefSudan’s displaced in desperate need of basics to survive: UNHCR 
3/1/20243 minutes, 59 seconds
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News in Brief 29 February 2024

‘Carnage’ in Gaza must end, UN rights chief tells Human Rights CouncilRisks from climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss are realUN chief “committed” to Sudan as UNITAMS mission ends
2/29/20243 minutes, 52 seconds
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News in Brief 28 February 2024

Gaza: Famine imminent without more aid relief, warn UN humanitarians All parties to Gaza crisis may have committed war crimes: UN rights chief Aid agencies underscore need to help Ethiopians brought low by climate, war and disease 
2/28/20244 minutes, 7 seconds
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News in Brief 27 February 2024

Gaza: Frustration mounts over blocked UN aid missions Peacekeepers’ alarm over exchanges of fire on Israel-Lebanon border $9 billion investment boost for global internet connectivity: ITU
2/27/20243 minutes, 11 seconds
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News in Brief 26 February 2024

With eyes on Gaza, UN chief launches rights protection pledge UN migration agency teams up with top manufacturer against ‘slave’ labour Russian anti-war campaigner’s harassment reflects pressure on judiciary: top rights expert
2/26/20243 minutes, 37 seconds
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News in Brief 23 February 2024

Ukraine: Frontline children and mental traumaUN human rights report details Sudan war abuses Rights experts call for arms embargo on Israel 
2/23/20244 minutes, 6 seconds
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News in Brief 22 February 2024

Shock and desperation throughout Gaza, Security Council hearsHorrific war in Ukraine will be felt ‘for generations’ warns rights chiefUNHCR welcomes AU Protocol to end scourge of statelessness
2/22/20243 minutes, 6 seconds
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News in Brief 21 February 2024

WHO chief says severe malnutrition is soaring in Gaza, SudanUS companies dumping “forever chemicals” with impunity: UN expertsInternational Mother Language Day
2/21/20243 minutes, 15 seconds
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News in Brief 20 February 2024

WFP pauses food delivery to north GazaUkraine war and ongoing uncertainty among displaced people$2.6 billion appeal for DR Congo
2/20/20243 minutes, 44 seconds
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News in Brief 19 February 2024

Rafah invasion would have “dire humanitarian consequences”25 million battle hunger due to Sudan warHuman rights must “guide” transition to lasting peace in South Sudan
2/19/20243 minutes, 32 seconds
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News in Brief 16 February 2024

Guterres calls for a ‘global order that works for everyone’UN human rights office ‘appalled’ by Alexei Navalny’s death in prisonLack of social protection puts 1.4 billion children at risk
2/16/20243 minutes, 32 seconds
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News in Brief 15 February 2024

Gaza: Situation dire in Rafah UN agencies warnUN weather agency declares warmest January everOn International Childhood Cancer Day, WHO hails vital role of parents 
2/15/20243 minutes, 8 seconds
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News in Brief 14 February 2024

Gaza: Rafah invasion would be a disaster ‘beyond imagination’ UNICEF steps up fight against cholera in eastern and southern Africa Condemnation for new attacks on public cases in Ukraine 
2/14/20243 minutes, 52 seconds
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News in Brief 13 February 2024

Gazans ‘living in fear’ of Israeli assault on Rafah, warns top UN aid officialSenegal: UN rights office concern over suspended election People of Sudan facing ‘life or death’ situation: WHO
2/13/20244 minutes, 20 seconds
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News in Brief 12 February 2024

Gaza: Relief over rescued hostages as Tedros warns of ‘ocean of need’Economic progress must be linked to a ‘human rights economy’, say experts68,000 children affected by Nepal earthquake still need urgent assistance: UNICEF 
2/12/20243 minutes, 56 seconds
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News in Brief 9 February 2024

Gaza: UN health agency warns over continuing healthcare attacksSudan war leaves 700,000 children facing life-threatening malnutritionHaiti’s people suffering ‘deepening human rights catastrophe’, warns Türk
2/9/20243 minutes, 57 seconds
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News in Brief 8 February 2024

Gaza: UN’s top aid official reiterates extreme concern over Israeli ground offensive in Rafah ‘Debt caps’ needed to save developing countries from financial disaster: UNCTAD Mexico dreams: UN initiative offers hope for migrant workers in Mexico 
2/8/20243 minutes, 49 seconds
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News in Brief 7 February 2024

Gaza war enters fifth month amid fears for hospital under siege UNRWA Sudan appeal launches for war victims left with nothing UNOCHA Ukraine: top UN aid official denounces attacks on public places
2/7/20243 minutes, 31 seconds
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News in Brief 6 February 2024

Gaza: War crimes fears over Israeli ground invasion of RafahThousands still struggling one year on from Syria-Turkïye earthquakesVaccine push underway in southern Africa amid unprecedented cholera spike  
2/6/20244 minutes, 41 seconds
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News in Brief 5 February 2024

Gaza: Northern aid push frustrated as regional tensions rise Top rights experts spotlight deepening Sudan crisis Digital platforms and AI ‘facilitating’ child abuse, warns Special Rapporteur 
2/5/20244 minutes, 32 seconds
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News in Brief 2 February 2024

Gaza: Rafah now a ‘pressure cooker of despair’ as exodus south continues Sudan war leaves 90 per cent of country’s most vulnerable going hungry Taliban dress code arrests of women and girls must end, say top rights experts
2/2/20244 minutes, 1 second
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News in Brief 1 February 2024

Gaza: Aid operations are in peril, UN agency warns amid funding crisis122 journalists killed while reporting on Gaza crisis, say top rights experts UN Human Rights chief appalled by alleged summary executions in Mali 
2/1/20243 minutes, 51 seconds
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News in Brief 31 January 2024

We cannot abandon the people of Gaza, say chiefs of UN agencies in appeal for UNRWA Torture used to obtain evidence in Hong Kong trial, claim rights experts At least 170,000 children displaced amid violence in Haiti: UNICEF 
1/31/20243 minutes, 54 seconds
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News in Brief 30 January 2024

Hungry Gazans empty UN aid agency trucks before reaching destination Myanmar situation spiralling three years after military coup  WMO confirms new heat record for Europe 
1/30/20244 minutes, 57 seconds
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News in Brief 29 January 2024

Gaza: ‘Simply not enough food’ to go around, warn UN humanitariansUN migration agency alert over Mediterranean deaths spikeWHO hails global progress on eliminating dangerous fats from food shelves
1/29/20244 minutes, 24 seconds
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News in Brief 26 January 2024

 World court issues appeal calling for prevention of genocidal acts in GazaGaza: UN rights office condemns ‘chaotic’ Israeli mass evacuation orders Sudan: Dire plight of more than 10 million displaced by conflictAlabama execution comment – UN rights chief Türk
1/26/20244 minutes, 23 seconds
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Small scale, reliable and renewable: Clean electricity is changing lives in Madagascar

According to energy industry experts, we’re in the middle of a massive expansion of renewable energy sources, and it’s likely to continue. At the UN climate conference in Dubai at the end of last year, governments committed to tripling global capacity by 2030, and the International Energy Agency, for one, is bullish about that goal being achieved.But will developing countries benefit? Moritz Brauchle is the managing director of Africa GreenTec Madagascar, a social enterprise which provides sustainable energy solutions to some of the 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa currently living without any access to electricity.He explained to Conor Lennon from UN News the advantages of minigrids and how they are breathing new life into communities that were formerly consigned to darkness once the sun went down.
1/25/202410 minutes, 52 seconds
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News in Brief 25 January 2024

Gaza: Top UN aid official calls for end to attacks on sites sheltering civilians $1.8 billion needed to restore Libyan communities after catastrophic floodingStigma and shame still surround leprosy victims, warn top rights experts 
1/25/20244 minutes, 6 seconds
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UNICEF warns of looming ‘learning catastrophe’ in war-torn Sudan

Sudan is “on the brink of a learning catastrophe” as war is preventing 19 million children from continuing their education, which could translate into a staggering $26 billion lifetime earning loss. The warning comes from Mandeep O’Brien, Representative of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Sudan, where rival military forces have been battling since last April. She said UNICEF and partners are working to get schools to re-open safely, where conditions allow, in addition to providing e-learning and psychosocial support for children at camps for internally displaced people (IDPs).  Ms. O’Brien told UN News’s Abdelmonem Makki that as conflict rages in places such as Gaza and Ukraine, the world must not forget about Sudan. 
1/24/20248 minutes, 48 seconds
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News in Brief 24 January 2024

Displacement misery continues for GazansOCHA scales up response to cholera spread in SomaliaOn Education Day, UNESCO rallies teachers to counter hate speech
1/24/20243 minutes, 12 seconds
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News in Brief 23 January 2024

Gaza fighting spreads into hospitals where there’s ‘no way in and out’ UNHCR raises alarm over dramatic rise in Rohingya deaths at seaHalf of Yemen’s children are malnourished, warns UN health agency
1/23/20243 minutes, 20 seconds
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‘These are not conditions meant for human beings’: UNRWA official on Gaza visit

No food, water, or health care facilities, no communication with the outside world, and the constant threat of bombardments.These are the desperate conditions under which Gazans are living, says Juliette Touma, the spokesperson for UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, who visited Gaza in mid-January.On her return, she spoke to Conor Lennon from UN News, and described what she saw in the congested refugee camps of the occupied Palestinian territory.
1/22/20247 minutes, 4 seconds
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News in Brief 22 January 2024

Gaza war: 25,000 killed as humanitarian needs go on rising Tedros concern that countries will miss deadline for pandemic treaty UN migration agency issues first ever global annual appeal, calling for $7.9 billion 
1/22/20243 minutes, 53 seconds
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Congo floods forcing some women to give birth ‘in the water’

Entire villages in the Republic of Congo have been affected by recent flooding, leaving more than 350,000 people in need of food, shelter, clothing and other basics.People are living on top of their houses and some women are even giving birth in rafts, said Chris Mburu, UN Resident Coordinator the country, speaking to UN News’s Alexandre Carette in Geneva.Mr. Mburu said the UN and partners are supporting the authorities to respond to the emergency as aid workers continue to try to reach survivors, amid immense difficulties. 
1/19/20243 minutes, 57 seconds
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Gaza is ‘hell’ for newborns and mothers, warns UN Children’s Fund

Emirati Hospital in southern Gaza is one of last functioning maternity facilities in all of Gaza where “there aren’t enough staff and not enough medicine” for women about to give birth, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Friday.Amid ongoing active conflict that has killed tens of thousands, UNICEF is doing its utmost to help, by delivering essential relief supplies to health teams, formula milk, clothes and food for women too weak to breastfeed. But much more needs to be done to save lives - and ensure greater aid access to the enclave – said UNICEF’s Tess Ingram, who’s just back from a heartbreaking humanitarian mission to Rafah and Khan Younis.Here she is speaking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson.
1/19/20247 minutes, 19 seconds
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News in Brief 19 January 2024

Gaza aid obstacles continue to delay vital relief, warn UN aid teamsSudan war: UN investigators begin probe into human rights violations Sri Lanka anti-terror bill revisions are serious concern, says UN rights office
1/19/20243 minutes, 14 seconds
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News in Brief 18 January 2024

Gaza aid obstacles continue to delay vital relief, warn UN aid teamsSudan war: UN investigators begin probe into human rights violations Top rights expert on freedom of expression to visit the Philippines
1/18/20242 minutes, 37 seconds
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News in Brief 17 January 2024

Gaza crisis: Back two-State solution urges UN chief, ‘once and for all’UN migration agency chief urges action to help Sudan’s displaced Inflation rises hit international investment, warns UNCTAD
1/17/20243 minutes, 37 seconds
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IOM official in Sudan fears war could reach UN bases

Nine months ago, UN teams in Sudan were forced to evacuate from their headquarters in Khartoum, as heavy fighting between government and rebel forces raged in the capital.The impact on the civilian population has been catastrophic, with half of the population in need of aid and more than seven million people forced to flee their homes. The security situation is so bad that humanitarian workers have been unable to bring aid to the areas worst hit by fighting.Peter Kioy, the head of the UN migration agency, IOM, in Sudan, told Conor Lennon from UN News about his team’s perilous evacuation under fire, his fears of the fighting moving closer to the UN temporary bases and his frustration at being unable to reach those in desperate need of help.
1/16/20248 minutes, 32 seconds
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News in Brief 16 January 2024

Gaza: Fewer than 1 in 4 aid missions given green light, says OCHASudan conflict passes sad milestone as UN rights office urges ceasefireWHO calls for urgent regulation of e-cigarettes 
1/16/20244 minutes, 16 seconds
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Gaza: ‘One door’ insufficient as aid lifeline for 2.2 million people

As the war in Gaza between Israel and Palestinian militants reaches the 100 day mark, the UN is working flat out to meet the dire needs of hundreds of thousands of displaced civilians “through one door” at the Rafah crossing, a restriction imposed by Israel that has to change, said the UN newly-appointed Resident Coordinator on Saturday.At least 200 truckloads each day are needed and despite the “outstanding” efforts of national and international partners, UN humanitarians are stuck having to bring all supplies through a single choke point on Gaza’s southern frontier with Egypt, built as a pedestrian crossing, said Jamie McGoldrick.The veteran UN aid official spoke exclusively to UN News on Saturday, in his first interview since becoming the interim Resident Coordinator in the Palestinian Occupied Territory late last month.The Irish national served in the same role, where he is also UN Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, between 2018 and 2020.Prior to that, he was the UN’s Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator in Yemen at the height of the brutal civil conflict there which began in 2015. He has also worked with the International Red Cross.Mr. McGoldrick recently returned from Gaza, and spoke to Ezzat El-Ferri from Jerusalem, where the UN Special Coordinator’s office (UNSCO) is headquartered, with other offices in the West Bank city of Ramallah and the Gaza Strip.  Read the interview here.
1/15/202413 minutes, 32 seconds
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News in Brief 15 January 2024

 No let-up in Gaza violence as war passes 100-day mark Ukraine war: UN launches $4.2 billion appeal to help most vulnerable166 million people require health assistance in 2024: WHO
1/15/20243 minutes, 3 seconds
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News in Brief 12 January 2024

War against Hamas in Gaza is act of self-defence, Israel tells world courtPublic health risk from COVID remains high - WHOCabo Verde certified malaria-free 
1/12/20243 minutes, 9 seconds
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News in Brief 10 January 2024

Aid mission denials are latest threat to Gaza’s hospitals: OCHASustainable global recovery at risk from interlocking crises, warns UN labour agencyTop UN rights body elects Moroccan president for a year
1/11/20243 minutes, 13 seconds
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News in Brief 11 January 2024

Gaza: South Africa levels accusations of ‘genocidal conduct’ against IsraelHuman rights chief Türk rejects ‘blood libel’ accusation over Gaza criticismUN launches new plan to save migrants’ lives and promote legal pathways 
1/11/20243 minutes, 39 seconds
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News in Brief 9 January 2024

Aid relief arriving in Gaza but ‘too little, too late’, warns WHODozens killed in Ukraine fighting as UN aid teams cite urgent needsElections in 2024 must be free and fair, says UN rights chief
1/9/20242 minutes, 57 seconds
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News in Brief 8 January 2024

Gaza latest: Dire shortages of healthcare continueRights experts demand accountability for Israeli victims of sexual torturePlastic pollution study launches in the Antarctic: UN nuclear watchdog
1/8/20243 minutes, 32 seconds
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News in Brief 5 January 2024

Gaza latest: nearly 600 healthcare attacks since start of war, says WHOMigration agency launches $69 million appeal for Gaza reliefCOVID-19 infections rise 52 per cent in a month
1/5/20243 minutes, 25 seconds
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Red Sea emergency hits consumers worldwide: UNCTAD

Houthi rebel attacks on ships using the Red Sea trade route off the coast of Yemen, are bad for global business and consumers everywhere but have also exposed a chronic shortage of vessels in the supply chain.That’s according to Jan Hoffman, chief of the trade logistics branch at the UN trade and development body UNCTAD.He’s been talking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson about the impact of the action taken by the Houthis in protest at Israel’s continuing offensive in Gaza, the repercussions of protracted attacks on shipping for trade overall, and what the UN can do to help de-escalate the situation.  
1/4/20248 minutes, 46 seconds
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News in Brief 4 January 2024

Gaza crisis deepens as UN aid convoys face delays and obstacles UN rights chief Türk shocked by Iran mosque bombing On World Braille Day, UN health agency focuses on fixes for blurred vision 
1/4/20242 minutes, 49 seconds
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News in Brief 3 January 2024

Gaza war: ‘Intense ground battles’ reported, hospital hit kills fiveUN chief appeals for ‘maximum restraint’ to prevent Middle East escalationRights experts’ alarm at death row ‘experiment’ in U.S.
1/3/20242 minutes, 46 seconds
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News in Brief 2 January 2024

Everyone is hungry in Gaza now: UN humanitariansUkraine communities hit by surge in attacks from RussiaMyanmar refugees to receive boosted aid voucher
1/2/20242 minutes, 51 seconds
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Will the world get to grips with AI in 2024?

The enormous potential of GPT4 caught the popular imagination in 2023, with its ability to generate texts in a range of styles, in response to written prompts.But many expressed concern about the jobs that might be lost, the ease with which bad actors could produce highly convincing misinformation and, in a coming year full of elections, the risks AI could pose to democracy itself.Conor Lennon from UN News asks Carme Artigas, Spain’s first-ever Secretary of State for Digitalization and AI, and co-chair of the UN’s AI Advisory Body, if 2023 was the year the world finally woke up to the need to regulate the technology, and the potential threats it poses to democracy next year, when millions will go to the polls.  
1/1/202424 minutes, 46 seconds
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Award-winning journalists on role of the UN as ‘global body’ on the issue of reparations

Earlier in December, the UN Department of Global Communications hosted Knowledge, History and Power, an event featuring noted journalists Nikole Hannah-Jones and Laura Trevelyan.The event was organized by the Department of Global Communications Outreach Programme on the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery in collaboration with the Universities Studying Slavery Consortium.Pauline Batista from UN News talked to both award-winning journalists about the challenges, hopes and dreams for “the future of reparations,” in the United States and globally.
12/29/202312 minutes, 6 seconds
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‘Solidarity’ as UN humanitarians visit frontline on Christmas Day

Humanitarian workers visiting the frontline in Ukraine are showing solidarity with the people affected by the almost two-year-long conflict as “war does not stop on Christmas Day”, according to the UN’s most senior humanitarian representative in the country.Denise Brown, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator led a convoy of aid to Kupiansk in the east of the country.Saviano Abreu began by asking her what support the UN is providing on the frontline and elsewhere. 
12/29/20239 minutes, 12 seconds
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Intense escalation in Gaza bombardment leaves medical teams facing impossible choices

UN humanitarians carried out an emergency fact-finding mission to central Gaza’s Al-Aqsa Hospital on Christmas Day, in response to fears of mass casualties after reports that three refugee camps were hit by Israeli airstrikes.Doctors at the hospital, which was already at full capacity, reported seeing “100-plus patients” brought in with serious injuries in just the first 30 minutes, with around the same number of dead bodies.With ever decreasing space in the Strip to treat men, women and children needing urgent lifesaving care, many more will die, warned Sean Casey from the World Health Organization (WHO).Mr. Casey is the UN health agency’s Emergency Medical Teams coordinator who took part in that mission to central Gaza. Here he is now talking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson.
12/26/20239 minutes, 57 seconds
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News in Brief - 22 December 2023

Gaza crisis: Starvation must not be allowed to happen, says UN rights chief46.7 million children in West and Central Africa face ongoing humanitarian crisis  Global dengue cases on the rise again, posing public health challenge, WHO warns 
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News in Brief - 22 December 2023

Gaza crisis: Starvation must not be allowed to happen, says UN rights chief46.7 million children in West and Central Africa face ongoing humanitarian crisis  Global dengue cases on the rise again, posing public health challenge, WHO warns 
12/22/20233 minutes, 32 seconds
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News in Brief 21 December 2023

Injured patients ‘waiting to die’ in northern GazaSudan: Up to 300,000 displaced by latest surge in fightingHope in malaria fight as WHO recommends second jab
12/21/20230
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News in Brief 21 December 2023

Injured patients ‘waiting to die’ in northern GazaSudan: Up to 300,000 displaced by latest surge in fightingHope in malaria fight as WHO recommends second jab
12/21/20233 minutes, 30 seconds
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News in Brief 20 December 2023

Barely a drop of safe water to drink in Gaza, UN aid agency warns Ukraine: OCHA condemnation for strikes on aid infrastructure by Russian military IOM welcomes new migrant legislation in Greece   
12/20/20230
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News in Brief 20 December 2023

Barely a drop of safe water to drink in Gaza, UN aid agency warns Ukraine: OCHA condemnation for strikes on aid infrastructure by Russian military IOM welcomes new migrant legislation in Greece   
12/20/20232 minutes, 44 seconds
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UNRWA: Supporting the civilians of Gaza caught up in a ‘brutal war’

Since the military incursion into Gaza, which followed deadly attacks by Hamas on Israel on the seventh of October, 135 staff members of UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, are known to have been killed, the most ever in one incident.Despite the danger and extremely difficult working conditions, UNRWA is continuing to assist those caught up in the fighting through no fault of their own. And the task is monumental. Nearly two million people have been displaced across the Strip, many forced to move repeatedly in search of safety.Juliette Touma, the Director of Communications at UNRWA, is a veteran of high profile conflicts, including Libya, Syria, and Iraq. Conor Lennon from UN News asked her to compare the situation in Gaza with her experience in other countries.
12/19/20230
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UNRWA: Supporting the civilians of Gaza caught up in a ‘brutal war’

Since the military incursion into Gaza, which followed deadly attacks by Hamas on Israel on the seventh of October, 135 staff members of UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, are known to have been killed, the most ever in one incident.Despite the danger and extremely difficult working conditions, UNRWA is continuing to assist those caught up in the fighting through no fault of their own. And the task is monumental. Nearly two million people have been displaced across the Strip, many forced to move repeatedly in search of safety.Juliette Touma, the Director of Communications at UNRWA, is a veteran of high profile conflicts, including Libya, Syria, and Iraq. Conor Lennon from UN News asked her to compare the situation in Gaza with her experience in other countries.
12/19/202310 minutes, 26 seconds
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Gazans search for firewood in cemeteries in ‘catastrophic’ situation

Cemeteries in Gaza are being raided for wood as people affected by the ongoing bombardments look for ways to cook food and feed themselves; that’s according to the World Food Programme’s Samer Abdel Jaber who has just visited the south of the enclave. The conflict in Gaza began after the October 7th attacks by Hamas on Israel which left at least 1200 people dead.Khaled Mohamed of UN News asked Samer Abdel Jaber what he witnessed on his visit. 
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Gazans search for firewood in cemeteries in ‘catastrophic’ situation

Cemeteries in Gaza are being raided for wood as people affected by the ongoing bombardments look for ways to cook food and feed themselves; that’s according to the World Food Programme’s Samer Abdel Jaber who has just visited the south of the enclave. The conflict in Gaza began after the October 7th attacks by Hamas on Israel which left at least 1200 people dead.Khaled Mohamed of UN News asked Samer Abdel Jaber what he witnessed on his visit. 
12/19/20234 minutes, 53 seconds
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News in Brief 19 December 2023

‘Ten weeks of hell’ for children in GazaUkraine: civilian death toll passes 10,000 amid ‘gross rights violations’: TürkSudan: humanitarian crisis deepens as new front opens in conflict: OCHA  
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News in Brief 19 December 2023

‘Ten weeks of hell’ for children in GazaUkraine: civilian death toll passes 10,000 amid ‘gross rights violations’: TürkSudan: humanitarian crisis deepens as new front opens in conflict: OCHA  
12/19/20233 minutes, 41 seconds
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News in Brief 18 December 2023

Gaza hospital destroyed, WHO chief reiterates ceasefire callMigrants’ Day: UN chief calls for rights-based migration governanceRussia: Rights expert slams Navalny’s ‘enforced disappearance’  
12/18/20230
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News in Brief 18 December 2023

Gaza hospital destroyed, WHO chief reiterates ceasefire callMigrants’ Day: UN chief calls for rights-based migration governanceRussia: Rights expert slams Navalny’s ‘enforced disappearance’  
12/18/20233 minutes, 29 seconds
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From Gaza to Ukraine, accountability vital to end horrific cycle of rights violations: Türk

In an exclusive interview with UN News, Volker Türk, High Commissioner for Human Rights, underlined that accountability is key and a fundamental “missing link” in most conflicts around the world which simply perpetuates cycles of violence.“It is absolutely critical that accountability is part of any future arrangement because we know that if impunity reigns, and if the facts are not told and if the truth is not told, we will have grievances going on and on and on,” he said, referring to the latest bloody cycle of the Israel-Palestine conflict.
12/15/20230
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From Gaza to Ukraine, accountability vital to end horrific cycle of rights violations: Türk

In an exclusive interview with UN News, Volker Türk, High Commissioner for Human Rights, underlined that accountability is key and a fundamental “missing link” in most conflicts around the world which simply perpetuates cycles of violence.“It is absolutely critical that accountability is part of any future arrangement because we know that if impunity reigns, and if the facts are not told and if the truth is not told, we will have grievances going on and on and on,” he said, referring to the latest bloody cycle of the Israel-Palestine conflict.
12/15/202315 minutes, 35 seconds
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News in Brief 15 December 2023

Supporting refugees is all of humanity’s ‘obligation’: UN chief Afghanistan: instead of justice, women survivors of violence face prison: UNAMAUrgent help needed for millions of children affected by conflicts and disasters: UNICEFDR Congo mpox spread accelerating: WHO
12/15/20230
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News in Brief 15 December 2023

Supporting refugees is all of humanity’s ‘obligation’: UN chief Afghanistan: instead of justice, women survivors of violence face prison: UNAMAUrgent help needed for millions of children affected by conflicts and disasters: UNICEFDR Congo mpox spread accelerating: WHO
12/15/20234 minutes, 8 seconds
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News in Brief 14 December 2023

Gaza flooding latest disaster to hit desperate PalestiniansCountries must stop e-cigarette boom among youth: WHODecline in vaccine coverage prompts measles surge in Europe, Central Asia: UNICEF
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News in Brief 14 December 2023

Gaza flooding latest disaster to hit desperate PalestiniansCountries must stop e-cigarette boom among youth: WHODecline in vaccine coverage prompts measles surge in Europe, Central Asia: UNICEF
12/14/20233 minutes, 36 seconds
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Supporting peaceful and inclusive elections in DR Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is poised for elections on 20 December, when votes will be cast for a new president and well as national and provincial legislatures.In a historic move, this election marks the first time that local representatives will be on the ballot, a significant stride towards enhancing community participation in the whole electoral process.“This is in my view, a very good step,” Bintou Keita, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the DRC and head of the UN peacekeeping mission (MONUSCO), told UN News, after briefing the Security Council earlier this week.She described to Jerome Bernard how MONUSCO was supporting the authorities ahead of voting, in three key provinces where the mission is deployed. 
12/13/20230
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Supporting peaceful and inclusive elections in DR Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is poised for elections on 20 December, when votes will be cast for a new president and well as national and provincial legislatures.In a historic move, this election marks the first time that local representatives will be on the ballot, a significant stride towards enhancing community participation in the whole electoral process.“This is in my view, a very good step,” Bintou Keita, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the DRC and head of the UN peacekeeping mission (MONUSCO), told UN News, after briefing the Security Council earlier this week.She described to Jerome Bernard how MONUSCO was supporting the authorities ahead of voting, in three key provinces where the mission is deployed. 
12/13/20239 minutes, 9 seconds
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News in Brief 13 December 2023

Gaza ceasefire ‘in everybody’s interest’: UN humanitarian coordinatorFossil fuel phaseout ‘inevitable’: UN chief on COP28 outcome Global Refugee Forum opportunity to bolster forced displacement response: Grandi
12/13/20230
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News in Brief 13 December 2023

Gaza ceasefire ‘in everybody’s interest’: UN humanitarian coordinatorFossil fuel phaseout ‘inevitable’: UN chief on COP28 outcome Global Refugee Forum opportunity to bolster forced displacement response: Grandi
12/13/20233 minutes, 49 seconds
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Gaza: Trauma rooted in ‘scourge of war’ impacting women and children alike

Sixteen year-olds in Gaza are now in the middle of the fourth war of their short lifetimes, a leading UN humanitarian has told UN News, pointing out that for the youngest, it’s causing unimaginable trauma.Gemma Connell of UN humanitarian coordination office OCHA, is in Rafah, where she has spent the past week and says that for mothers, they’re also enduring terrible suffering and loss of dignity that is life-altering.Abdelmonem Makki asked her what she had seen, as local health authorities report that more than 18,000 have now been killed amidst the battle between Palestinian militants and Israeli forces – mostly women and children.
12/13/20230
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Gaza: Trauma rooted in ‘scourge of war’ impacting women and children alike

Sixteen year-olds in Gaza are now in the middle of the fourth war of their short lifetimes, a leading UN humanitarian has told UN News, pointing out that for the youngest, it’s causing unimaginable trauma.Gemma Connell of UN humanitarian coordination office OCHA, is in Rafah, where she has spent the past week and says that for mothers, they’re also enduring terrible suffering and loss of dignity that is life-altering.Abdelmonem Makki asked her what she had seen, as local health authorities report that more than 18,000 have now been killed amidst the battle between Palestinian militants and Israeli forces – mostly women and children.
12/13/20238 minutes, 4 seconds
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‘Everyone was asking about a ceasefire’: Malta’s UN ambassador reports back on visit to Gaza border

Vanessa Frazier, Malta’s Permanent Representative to the UN, has told UN News that the Security Council must insist on the release of all Hamas hostages in Gaza, and the unhindered and sufficient flow of humanitarian aid into the Strip.As part of an unofficial fact-finding trip organized by the United Arab Emirates, Ms. Frazier along with other UN ambassadors representing their countries on the Security Council, were taken on Monday close to the border between Egypt and Gaza to see for themselves the humanitarian efforts being made to bring in aid, and to care for those wounded during the ongoing Israeli military operation. Resolution 2712, a Security Council Resolution drafted and tabled by Malta, calling for “humanitarian pauses” in the fighting, was adopted on 15 November, succeeding where other resolutions calling for a ceasefire have so far failed. On Tuesday, after concluding the visit, Ms. Frazier spoke to Conor Lennon from UN News, who began by asking her to describe what they had seen.
12/12/20230
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‘Everyone was asking about a ceasefire’: Malta’s UN ambassador reports back on visit to Gaza border

Vanessa Frazier, Malta’s Permanent Representative to the UN, has told UN News that the Security Council must insist on the release of all Hamas hostages in Gaza, and the unhindered and sufficient flow of humanitarian aid into the Strip.As part of an unofficial fact-finding trip organized by the United Arab Emirates, Ms. Frazier along with other UN ambassadors representing their countries on the Security Council, were taken on Monday close to the border between Egypt and Gaza to see for themselves the humanitarian efforts being made to bring in aid, and to care for those wounded during the ongoing Israeli military operation. Resolution 2712, a Security Council Resolution drafted and tabled by Malta, calling for “humanitarian pauses” in the fighting, was adopted on 15 November, succeeding where other resolutions calling for a ceasefire have so far failed. On Tuesday, after concluding the visit, Ms. Frazier spoke to Conor Lennon from UN News, who began by asking her to describe what they had seen.
12/12/20235 minutes, 43 seconds
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News in Brief 12 December 2023

‘Humanitarian disaster zone’: Gaza hospital capacity decimated – WHO Invest in primary healthcare, save lives: TedrosRecord hunger in West and Central Africa: UN humanitarians
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News in Brief 12 December 2023

‘Humanitarian disaster zone’: Gaza hospital capacity decimated – WHO Invest in primary healthcare, save lives: TedrosRecord hunger in West and Central Africa: UN humanitarians
12/12/20233 minutes, 50 seconds
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News in Brief 11 December 2023

Gaza humanitarian crisis deepens as fighting rages on across the Strip COP28: UN chief urges climate talks ambition as clock runs outHuman rights at 75: Türk calls on countries to overcome divisions 
12/11/20230
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News in Brief 11 December 2023

Gaza humanitarian crisis deepens as fighting rages on across the Strip COP28: UN chief urges climate talks ambition as clock runs outHuman rights at 75: Türk calls on countries to overcome divisions 
12/11/20233 minutes, 46 seconds
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Human rights are a solution to the climate crisis

Clear and unequivocal language on the phasing out of fossil fuels is the only way forward to prevent the human rights crisis that is caused by climate change. This is the message from Benjamin Schachter, the UN human rights office Environment and Climate Change Team Leader, who is coordinating the OHCHR delegation at the COP28 climate conference, now underway in Dubai, UAE.The climate summit is in its final stretch, coinciding with the annual observance of Human Rights Day on December 10, and the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), putting a spotlight on links between human rights and climate change.Speaking to UN News, Mr. Schachter explained that a human rights-based approach and a participatory and inclusive process can lead to climate solutions and better outcomes.
12/10/20230
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Human rights are a solution to the climate crisis

Clear and unequivocal language on the phasing out of fossil fuels is the only way forward to prevent the human rights crisis that is caused by climate change. This is the message from Benjamin Schachter, the UN human rights office Environment and Climate Change Team Leader, who is coordinating the OHCHR delegation at the COP28 climate conference, now underway in Dubai, UAE.The climate summit is in its final stretch, coinciding with the annual observance of Human Rights Day on December 10, and the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), putting a spotlight on links between human rights and climate change.Speaking to UN News, Mr. Schachter explained that a human rights-based approach and a participatory and inclusive process can lead to climate solutions and better outcomes.
12/10/202310 minutes, 28 seconds
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When farmers go hungry, innovation to the rescue

As the focus at COP28 turns to food and agriculture, the spotlight is on smallholder farmers in developing countries on the frontlines of climate change, clinging on to their livelihoods amid drought and floods.Bernhard Kowatsch, the head and founder of the UN World Food Programme’s Innovation Accelerator, told UN News’ Dominika Tomaszewska-Mortimer that innovation is the key to helping climate-proof their businesses – not just tomorrow, but right now. He called for more investments in small projects that can go big, ramping up funds for recovery but also anticipatory action before disaster strikes, and making more climate microfinance available to women food entrepreneurs.
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When farmers go hungry, innovation to the rescue

As the focus at COP28 turns to food and agriculture, the spotlight is on smallholder farmers in developing countries on the frontlines of climate change, clinging on to their livelihoods amid drought and floods.Bernhard Kowatsch, the head and founder of the UN World Food Programme’s Innovation Accelerator, told UN News’ Dominika Tomaszewska-Mortimer that innovation is the key to helping climate-proof their businesses – not just tomorrow, but right now. He called for more investments in small projects that can go big, ramping up funds for recovery but also anticipatory action before disaster strikes, and making more climate microfinance available to women food entrepreneurs.
12/10/20236 minutes, 19 seconds
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It’s time to reprioritize our resources to focus on the climate crisis

Taking 5 per cent of global military expenditures and directing it towards education and the climate crisis, would free up $100 billion a year to respond to climate change.Speaking to UN News on the sidelines of COP28 conference in Dubai, Yasmine Sherif, Executive Director of the UN global fund for education, sent a strong message to countries as she launched an appeal for $150 million to empower teachers and millions of children affected by forced displacement and climate change.Ms. Sherif expressed concern that from the Sahel to the Middle East and Asia, children are bearing the brunt of floods, wildfires, drought, heatwaves, and other extreme weather events, which directly impact their education.She said that the climate crisis has become an education crisis.
12/9/20230
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It’s time to reprioritize our resources to focus on the climate crisis

Taking 5 per cent of global military expenditures and directing it towards education and the climate crisis, would free up $100 billion a year to respond to climate change.Speaking to UN News on the sidelines of COP28 conference in Dubai, Yasmine Sherif, Executive Director of the UN global fund for education, sent a strong message to countries as she launched an appeal for $150 million to empower teachers and millions of children affected by forced displacement and climate change.Ms. Sherif expressed concern that from the Sahel to the Middle East and Asia, children are bearing the brunt of floods, wildfires, drought, heatwaves, and other extreme weather events, which directly impact their education.She said that the climate crisis has become an education crisis.
12/9/20238 minutes, 57 seconds
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‘Everybody is grieving’ in Gaza: UNRWA

The war has taken a huge toll on Gaza, leaving “everybody” grieving, said the Director of the UN Palestinian refugee support agency, UNRWA, in an interview with UN News on Friday.Tom White warned that staffers are overwhelmed while people continue dying in and around some shelters, due to Israeli airstrikes, where they are seeking UN protection. “We are essentially starved of the resources that we need to provide for people”, he told Abdelmonem Makki.
12/8/20230
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‘Everybody is grieving’ in Gaza: UNRWA

The war has taken a huge toll on Gaza, leaving “everybody” grieving, said the Director of the UN Palestinian refugee support agency, UNRWA, in an interview with UN News on Friday.Tom White warned that staffers are overwhelmed while people continue dying in and around some shelters, due to Israeli airstrikes, where they are seeking UN protection. “We are essentially starved of the resources that we need to provide for people”, he told Abdelmonem Makki.
12/8/202312 minutes, 44 seconds
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News in Brief 8 December 2023

Gaza humanitarian disaster announces “breakdown” of societyHaiti humanitarian crisis deepens as country awaits support missionSudan conflict-shattered health system overwhelmed by disease outbreaks
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News in Brief 8 December 2023

Gaza humanitarian disaster announces “breakdown” of societyHaiti humanitarian crisis deepens as country awaits support missionSudan conflict-shattered health system overwhelmed by disease outbreaks
12/8/20233 minutes, 23 seconds
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COP28: ‘Continue to pursue your vision,’ urges young Caribbean activist

With global temperatures hitting record highs, and extreme weather events affecting people around the globe, this year’s UN climate change conference, COP28, is a pivotal opportunity to get on track and accelerate action to tackle the climate crisis.In Dubai, Ezzat El-Ferri from UN News spoke with 20-year-old activist Connor Greaux-Taylor, from St. Kitts, who dropped out of high school to work in the tourism industry. He’s part of UNICEF’s Innovation30 initiative and works on “the frontlines” to sustainably repurpose sargassum, a large brown seaweed which is polluting local beaches.
12/7/20230
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COP28: ‘Continue to pursue your vision,’ urges young Caribbean activist

With global temperatures hitting record highs, and extreme weather events affecting people around the globe, this year’s UN climate change conference, COP28, is a pivotal opportunity to get on track and accelerate action to tackle the climate crisis.In Dubai, Ezzat El-Ferri from UN News spoke with 20-year-old activist Connor Greaux-Taylor, from St. Kitts, who dropped out of high school to work in the tourism industry. He’s part of UNICEF’s Innovation30 initiative and works on “the frontlines” to sustainably repurpose sargassum, a large brown seaweed which is polluting local beaches.
12/7/20236 minutes, 59 seconds
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News in Brief 7 December 2023

Gaza fighting further compromises aid amid near ‘apocalyptic’ conditionsUN warns of humanitarian emergency as 500,000 risk lives in the DarienOver three in four people in Africa can’t afford healthy food
12/7/20230
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News in Brief 7 December 2023

Gaza fighting further compromises aid amid near ‘apocalyptic’ conditionsUN warns of humanitarian emergency as 500,000 risk lives in the DarienOver three in four people in Africa can’t afford healthy food
12/7/20233 minutes, 24 seconds
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News in Brief 6 December 2023

Türk calls for independent investigations into alleged sexual attacks during Hamas massacre Myanmar violence taking an unbearable toll on civilians, warns TürkCOP28 is about action, not politics, ‘posturing or point scoring,’ says UN climate chief
12/6/20230
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News in Brief 6 December 2023

Türk calls for independent investigations into alleged sexual attacks during Hamas massacre Myanmar violence taking an unbearable toll on civilians, warns TürkCOP28 is about action, not politics, ‘posturing or point scoring,’ says UN climate chief
12/6/20233 minutes, 4 seconds
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News in Brief 5 December 2023

WFP forced to pause food aid distribution across northern YemenChaotic conditions for civilians in Gaza ‘getting worse by the hour’ Level playing field essential for human rights in sport 
12/5/20230
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News in Brief 5 December 2023

WFP forced to pause food aid distribution across northern YemenChaotic conditions for civilians in Gaza ‘getting worse by the hour’ Level playing field essential for human rights in sport 
12/5/20233 minutes, 18 seconds
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Myanmar: Technology key to aid war crimes investigations

Being denied access to sites where some of the most horrific crimes and human rights violations are alleged to have taken place during the military’s brutal repression of dissent, is a major challenge for the IIMM, the UN-appointed Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar.But the investigation team has nonetheless been able to interview victims and witnesses outside the country and sift through a vast amount of useful data that has laid at least the groundwork for future prosecutions, says the IIIMM head, Nicholas Koumjian.He explained to UN News’s Vibhu Mishra how the UN Human Rights Council-mandated independent investigators go about their work, and what they hope to achieve.
12/4/20230
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Myanmar: Technology key to aid war crimes investigations

Being denied access to sites where some of the most horrific crimes and human rights violations are alleged to have taken place during the military’s brutal repression of dissent, is a major challenge for the IIMM, the UN-appointed Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar.But the investigation team has nonetheless been able to interview victims and witnesses outside the country and sift through a vast amount of useful data that has laid at least the groundwork for future prosecutions, says the IIIMM head, Nicholas Koumjian.He explained to UN News’s Vibhu Mishra how the UN Human Rights Council-mandated independent investigators go about their work, and what they hope to achieve.
12/4/202310 minutes, 10 seconds
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News in Brief 4 December 2023

Gaza: Aid access to north entirely blocked amid escalating war in southCOP28: Call to aid developing countries coping with climate shocks Somalia floods leave more than one million displaced
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News in Brief 4 December 2023

Gaza: Aid access to north entirely blocked amid escalating war in southCOP28: Call to aid developing countries coping with climate shocks Somalia floods leave more than one million displaced
12/4/20233 minutes, 10 seconds
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Gaza: ‘Somehow their nightmare has just got that much worse’

Saying nowhere is safe in Gaza is not a cliché, according to UNICEF’s James Elder, speaking to UN News from Rafah in southern Gaza.“That’s the message we keep trying to share”, he told Reem Abaza, just hours after the pause in fighting ended between Israel and Palestinian militants.The UN children’s agency official said leaders’ enabling fighting to resume simply means the death of more and more children, noting that the only aid route at Rafah, is closed once more.
12/3/20230
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Gaza: ‘Somehow their nightmare has just got that much worse’

Saying nowhere is safe in Gaza is not a cliché, according to UNICEF’s James Elder, speaking to UN News from Rafah in southern Gaza.“That’s the message we keep trying to share”, he told Reem Abaza, just hours after the pause in fighting ended between Israel and Palestinian militants.The UN children’s agency official said leaders’ enabling fighting to resume simply means the death of more and more children, noting that the only aid route at Rafah, is closed once more.
12/3/202311 minutes, 39 seconds
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Gaza: ‘Somehow their nightmare has just got that much worse’

Saying nowhere is safe in Gaza is not a cliché, according to UNICEF’s James Elder, speaking to UN News from Rafah in southern Gaza.“That’s the message we keep trying to share”, he told Reem Abaza, just hours after the pause in fighting ended between Israel and Palestinian militants.The UN children’s agency official said leaders’ enabling fighting to resume, simply means the death of more and more children, noting that the only aid route at Rafah is closed once more.
12/1/20230
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News in Brief 1 December 2023

Gaza: Fighting resumes as pause ends Guterres calls for real climate leadership at COP28‘Let Communities Lead’ on World AIDS DayWFP seeks $26 million to support Afghan returnees from Pakistan 
12/1/20230
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News in Brief 1 December 2023

Gaza: Fighting resumes as pause ends Guterres calls for real climate leadership at COP28‘Let Communities Lead’ on World AIDS DayWFP seeks $26 million to support Afghan returnees from Pakistan 
12/1/20233 minutes, 56 seconds
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News in Brief 30 November 2023

COP28: UN chief warns that world is on course for ‘climate collapse’Israel-Palestine crisis: New pause in fighting extends aid relief windowEnd ‘repugnant’ chemical weapons use once and for all, says UN chief
11/30/20230
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News in Brief 30 November 2023

COP28: UN chief warns that world is on course for ‘climate collapse’Israel-Palestine crisis: New pause in fighting extends aid relief windowEnd ‘repugnant’ chemical weapons use once and for all, says UN chief
11/30/20232 minutes, 50 seconds
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World getting ever closer to 1.5°C limit, warns WMO chief

2023 is on track to be the hottest year ever and the last 10 years have proven to be the warmest decade so far. These are worrying trends that suggest increasing floods, wildfires, glacier melt and heatwaves, lie immediately ahead.This is the warning issued by Petteri Taalas, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Secretary-General, who spoke to UN News in Dubai, ahead of the launch of the agency’s provisional State of the Global Climate report on the opening day of COP28.He told Sachin Gaur that the average temperature for the year has now increased to 1.4 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial times – very close to the 1.5 degrees target limit as laid out by the Paris climate agreement in 2015.
11/30/20230
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World getting ever closer to 1.5°C limit, warns WMO chief

2023 is on track to be the hottest year ever and the last 10 years have proven to be the warmest decade so far. These are worrying trends that suggest increasing floods, wildfires, glacier melt and heatwaves, lie immediately ahead.This is the warning issued by Petteri Taalas, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Secretary-General, who spoke to UN News in Dubai, ahead of the launch of the agency’s provisional State of the Global Climate report on the opening day of COP28.He told Sachin Gaur that the average temperature for the year has now increased to 1.4 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial times – very close to the 1.5 degrees target limit as laid out by the Paris climate agreement in 2015.
11/30/20236 minutes, 28 seconds
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WFP: Climate risk insurance helps communities bounce back from disaster

When it comes to mitigating loss and damage caused by climate change, the global response is often failing to keep pace, according to Gernot Laganda of the UN World Food Programme (WFP).“We have had decades now where the temperature curve has really kept climbing, while adaptation financing was often too little, too late,” said the senior official.For many years, WFP has been using multiple tools to tackle the issue of hunger caused by weather extremes. One of those is climate risk insurance, which has helped millions of smallholder farmers get back on their feet after disaster struck. Mr. Laganda, the WFP’s Director of Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction, told UN News’s Anton Uspensky it was an issue that should be on the agenda in Dubai as COP28 gets underway.
11/29/20230
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WFP: Climate risk insurance helps communities bounce back from disaster

When it comes to mitigating loss and damage caused by climate change, the global response is often failing to keep pace, according to Gernot Laganda of the UN World Food Programme (WFP).“We have had decades now where the temperature curve has really kept climbing, while adaptation financing was often too little, too late,” said the senior official.For many years, WFP has been using multiple tools to tackle the issue of hunger caused by weather extremes. One of those is climate risk insurance, which has helped millions of smallholder farmers get back on their feet after disaster struck. Mr. Laganda, the WFP’s Director of Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction, told UN News’s Anton Uspensky it was an issue that should be on the agenda in Dubai as COP28 gets underway.
11/29/202311 minutes, 43 seconds
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News in Brief 29 November 2023

Israel-Palestine crisis: Gaza City a ‘ghost town’, reports UN aid agencyCost of eating healthily has risen 4.3 per cent since 2020: FAO WHO: Europe has highest number of children with type 1 diabetes
11/29/20230
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News in Brief 29 November 2023

Israel-Palestine crisis: Gaza City a ‘ghost town’, reports UN aid agencyCost of eating healthily has risen 4.3 per cent since 2020: FAO WHO: Europe has highest number of children with type 1 diabetes
11/29/20232 minutes, 52 seconds
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Every single minute ‘a life is lost to AIDS,’ says UNAIDS deputy chief

Despite intense national efforts geared towards eliminating AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, the Deputy Executive Director for the UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Angeli Achrekar, says that so far, the “job isn't done.” Ms. Achrekar, spoke with Pauline Batista from UN News as UNAIDS launched its latest report on Tuesday, Let Communities Lead. It suggests the world can still end AIDS by the ambitious deadline, but only if communities on the frontlines get the full support they need from governments and donors.
11/28/20230
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Every single minute ‘a life is lost to AIDS,’ says UNAIDS deputy chief

Despite intense national efforts geared towards eliminating AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, the Deputy Executive Director for the UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Angeli Achrekar, says that so far, the “job isn't done.” Ms. Achrekar, spoke with Pauline Batista from UN News as UNAIDS launched its latest report on Tuesday, Let Communities Lead. It suggests the world can still end AIDS by the ambitious deadline, but only if communities on the frontlines get the full support they need from governments and donors.
11/28/202311 minutes, 30 seconds
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‘Milestone’ award will change refugee children’s lives: UNHCR prize winner

Just one book can turn a displaced child’s life around and help unite the world, said the newly minted winner of the UN refugee agency’s (UNHCR) annual Nansen award on Tuesday.Somali-born Abdullahi Mire, who sought refuge with his mother at the vast Dadaab refugee complex in northern Kenya in the 1990s, told UN News the prize money was “a milestone for us” that would benefit kids in the camp by expanding bookshelves and boosting internet connectivity.The education advocate who founded the Refugee Youth Education Hub at Dadaab, told Thelma Mwadzaya he was dedicating the award to all the displaced children and volunteers who are determined to help turn lives around, one book at a time.
11/28/20230
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‘Milestone’ award will change refugee children’s lives: UNHCR prize winner

Just one book can turn a displaced child’s life around and help unite the world, said the newly minted winner of the UN refugee agency’s (UNHCR) annual Nansen award on Tuesday.Somali-born Abdullahi Mire, who sought refuge with his mother at the vast Dadaab refugee complex in northern Kenya in the 1990s, told UN News the prize money was “a milestone for us” that would benefit kids in the camp by expanding bookshelves and boosting internet connectivity.The education advocate who founded the Refugee Youth Education Hub at Dadaab, told Thelma Mwadzaya he was dedicating the award to all the displaced children and volunteers who are determined to help turn lives around, one book at a time.
11/28/20235 minutes, 48 seconds
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News in Brief 28 November 2023

UN rights office appalled by #BurkinaFaso attack Support grassroots communities fighting AIDS Olympian Mo Farah first @UNMigration global Goodwill Ambassador 
11/28/20230
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News in Brief 28 November 2023

UN rights office appalled by #BurkinaFaso attack Support grassroots communities fighting AIDS Olympian Mo Farah first @UNMigration global Goodwill Ambassador 
11/28/20233 minutes, 5 seconds
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Gaza: Children flooding hospitals bearing ‘wounds of war’

A child in hospital who’s lost his mother and sisters but doesn’t know they’re dead; another who dare not close his eyes in case he forgets what his dead parents look like – just some of the tragic testimony relayed to Spokesperson James Elder of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the past few days while in Gaza.He spoke to UN News’s Abdelmonem Makki, who began by asking what the situation was like on the ground there for children, as a fragile ceasefire holds amid the release of hostages.
11/27/20230
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Gaza: Children flooding hospitals bearing ‘wounds of war’

A child in hospital who’s lost his mother and sisters but doesn’t know they’re dead; another who dare not close his eyes in case he forgets what his dead parents look like – just some of the tragic testimony relayed to Spokesperson James Elder of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the past few days while in Gaza.He spoke to UN News’s Abdelmonem Makki, who began by asking what the situation was like on the ground there for children, as a fragile ceasefire holds amid the release of hostages.
11/27/20238 minutes, 51 seconds
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News in Brief 27 November 2023

Gaza: Vital aid reaches shattered north as halt to fighting enters fourth dayWHO chief calls on leaders to deliver on global health at COP28 in Dubai Sudan: UN hails humanitarian milestone in Darfur, calls for broader access
11/27/20230
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News in Brief 27 November 2023

Gaza: Vital aid reaches shattered north as halt to fighting enters fourth dayWHO chief calls on leaders to deliver on global health at COP28 in Dubai Sudan: UN hails humanitarian milestone in Darfur, calls for broader access
11/27/20233 minutes, 5 seconds
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WHO: Climate crisis is also health crisis

The climate crisis is also a health crisis. This is the message the UN Health agency will deliver to world leaders and negotiators gathering at this year’s UN Climate Change Conference, COP28, in Dubai. The WHO says, the same pollution that impacts the climate also affects our lungs, and extreme weather events lead to a large range of diseases. UN News’ Nathalie Minard spoke with Dr. Maria Neira, Director of the Department of Public Health and Environment at the World Health Organization (WHO), ahead of COP28. 
11/25/20230
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WHO: Climate crisis is also health crisis

The climate crisis is also a health crisis. This is the message the UN health agency will deliver to world leaders and negotiators gathering at this year’s UN Climate Change Conference, COP28, in Dubai. The WHO says, the same pollution that impacts the climate also affects our lungs, and extreme weather events lead to a large range of diseases. UN News’ Nathalie Minard spoke with Dr. Maria Neira, Director of the Department of Public Health and Environment at the World Health Organization (WHO), ahead of COP28. 
11/25/20234 minutes, 6 seconds
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News in Brief 24 November 2023

Gaza: start of truce feeds hopes for respite, access to people in needFrom Antarctica, UN chief calls on leaders to stop ‘climate anarchy’ Eastern DRC: ‘Pattern of abuse’ of civilians amid massive displacement
11/24/20230
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News in Brief 24 November 2023

Gaza: start of truce feeds hopes for respite, access to people in needFrom Antarctica, UN chief calls on leaders to stop ‘climate anarchy’ Eastern DRC: ‘Pattern of abuse’ of civilians amid massive displacement
11/24/20233 minutes, 19 seconds
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General Assembly President urges critics to engage with the UN

The UN General Assembly last month passed a resolution calling for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas – the first collective call to action to come out of the UN since the start of the conflict on 7 October.The General Assembly comprises all 193 UN Member States and although its resolutions are non-binding, they represent “the conscience of humanity”.That’s the message from General Assembly President Dennis Francis, who also encourages people who believe the UN is ineffective to instead engage with the global body.UN News’s Dianne Penn asked Mr. Francis how he is ensuring that countries will work together to address his priority areas of peace, prosperity, progress and sustainability. 
11/23/20230
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General Assembly President urges critics to engage with the UN

The UN General Assembly last month passed a resolution calling for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas – the first collective call to action to come out of the UN since the start of the conflict on 7 October.The General Assembly comprises all 193 UN Member States and although its resolutions are non-binding, they represent “the conscience of humanity”.That’s the message from General Assembly President Dennis Francis, who also encourages people who believe the UN is ineffective to instead engage with the global body.UN News’s Dianne Penn asked Mr. Francis how he is ensuring that countries will work together to address his priority areas of peace, prosperity, progress and sustainability. 
11/23/202311 minutes, 56 seconds
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UNRWA staff member recounts agency’s 'impossible mission' in Gaza

Negotiations continued on Thursday towards the implementation of the Israel-Hamas truce in Gaza, where staff from the UN agency that assists Palestine refugees, UNRWA, remain “on the ground doing an impossible mission”.That’s according to Maha Hijazi, UNRWA Warehousing and Distribution Officer, who was responsible for securing food for hundreds of thousands of people in the enclave, which continues to face dire shortages of food, water fuel and medicines. Ms. Hijazi and her family fled to Egypt on Monday.  She spoke to UN News’s Nancy Sarkis about what life was like in Gaza, where during the day she worked to support thousands sheltered in UNRWA facilities while at night she would comfort her children so they could fall asleep amid the sound of bombardment. 
11/23/20230
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UNRWA staff member recounts agency’s 'impossible mission' in Gaza

Negotiations continued on Thursday towards the implementation of the Israel-Hamas truce in Gaza, where staff from the UN agency that assists Palestine refugees, UNRWA, remain “on the ground doing an impossible mission”.That’s according to Maha Hijazi, UNRWA Warehousing and Distribution Officer, who was responsible for securing food for hundreds of thousands of people in the enclave, which continues to face dire shortages of food, water fuel and medicines. Ms. Hijazi and her family fled to Egypt on Monday.  She spoke to UN News’s Nancy Sarkis about what life was like in Gaza, where during the day she worked to support thousands sheltered in UNRWA facilities while at night she would comfort her children so they could fall asleep amid the sound of bombardment. 
11/23/20237 minutes, 21 seconds
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News in Brief 23 November 2023

With Gaza truce on horizon, UN relief teams stand ready to ramp up aid China: WHO asks for data on spread of respiratory diseases ‘Good news for climate’: new UNECE convention to boost rail transport 
11/23/20230
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News in Brief 23 November 2023

With Gaza truce on horizon, UN relief teams stand ready to ramp up aid China: WHO asks for data on spread of respiratory diseases ‘Good news for climate’: new UNECE convention to boost rail transport 
11/23/20232 minutes, 59 seconds
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News in Brief 22 November 2023

Gaza: UN welcomes deal for pause in fighting, hostage-release pactNorth Korea: UN chief condemns satellite launch, calls for dialogue‘Breakthrough moment’ in Africa’s fight against malaria: WHO
11/22/20230
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News in Brief 22 November 2023

Gaza: UN welcomes deal for pause in fighting, hostage-release pactNorth Korea: UN chief condemns satellite launch, calls for dialogue‘Breakthrough moment’ in Africa’s fight against malaria: WHO
11/22/20232 minutes, 46 seconds
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News in Brief 21 November 2023

Gaza crisis: humanitarians warn of ‘tragic, entirely preventable surge’ in child deathsAfghan nationals face uncertain future after Pakistan eviction order: UNHCR, IOMRecord numbers of Sudan refugees seek shelter from fighting in Chad
11/21/20230
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News in Brief 21 November 2023

Gaza crisis: humanitarians warn of ‘tragic, entirely preventable surge’ in child deathsAfghan nationals face uncertain future after Pakistan eviction order: UNHCR, IOMRecord numbers of Sudan refugees seek shelter from fighting in Chad
11/21/20233 minutes, 26 seconds
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News in Brief 20 November 2023

Gazans have ‘no options’ for safety as offensive continuesEnd the killing of children in armed conflict, urges top rights panelUN agency WIPO in chorus with Abba icon over creatives’ platform 
11/20/20230
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News in Brief 20 November 2023

Gazans have ‘no options’ for safety as offensive continuesEnd the killing of children in armed conflict, urges top rights panelUN agency WIPO in chorus with Abba icon over creatives’ platform 
11/20/20233 minutes, 54 seconds
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In Gaza, ‘things are getting worse’: Palestine refugees agency

In northern Gaza, nearly 200 people were killed and injured following attacks this weekend on the UN-run Al-Fakoura school, according to Adnan Abu Hasna, a spokesperson for the UN agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA).As the Israel-Palestine crisis continues, he told UN News’s Reem Abaza that “things are getting worse.”Speaking to us from Gaza, Mr. Hasna gave an update on the developing situation and what’s to come as the intensifying humanitarian crisis continues amidst fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants.
11/19/20230
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In Gaza, ‘things are getting worse’: Palestine refugees agency

In northern Gaza, nearly 200 people were killed and injured following attacks this weekend on the UN-run Al-Fakoura school, according to Adnan Abu Hasna, a spokesperson for the UN agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA).As the Israel-Palestine crisis continues, he told UN News’s Reem Abaza that “things are getting worse.”Speaking to us from Gaza, Mr. Hasna gave an update on the developing situation and what’s to come as the intensifying humanitarian crisis continues amidst fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants.
11/19/20237 minutes, 42 seconds
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Hopes rising of historic treaty to curb plastic pollution

The world needs a “strong, ambitious and just” treaty to cut down on the mass-produced plastics which are helping fuel the climate crisis, said the head of the UN-backed secretariat steering international negotiations towards a binding agreement to end the scourge, in an interview this week with UN News.The negotiations process is at its midpoint now. And for the first time, a text of the future treaty is being discussed by the Member States in its ‘zero draft’. The negotiators’ ambition is to have the final text ready by the end of next year and open for signing soon sfter that.  From Nairobi, Ms. Mathur-Filipp told UN News’s Anton Uspensky that the momentum is there, and explained why tackling plastic pollution is so vital to protect human health and the environment. 
11/17/20230
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Hopes rising of historic treaty to curb plastic pollution

The world needs a “strong, ambitious and just” treaty to cut down on the mass-produced plastics which are helping fuel the climate crisis, said the head of the UN-backed secretariat steering international negotiations towards a binding agreement to end the scourge, in an interview this week with UN News.The negotiations process is at its midpoint now. And for the first time, a text of the future treaty is being discussed by the Member States in its ‘zero draft’. The negotiators’ ambition is to have the final text ready by the end of next year and open for signing soon sfter that.  From Nairobi, Ms. Mathur-Filipp told UN News’s Anton Uspensky that the momentum is there, and explained why tackling plastic pollution is so vital to protect human health and the environment. 
11/17/20237 minutes, 16 seconds
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News in Brief 17 November 2023

‘Endless needs’ reflect spiralling situation as hospitals closeUN’s Guterres in action call to stop road deaths Myanmar’s surrendering soldiers must be treated humanely: OHCHR
11/17/20230
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News in Brief 17 November 2023

‘Endless needs’ reflect spiralling situation as hospitals closeUN’s Guterres in action call to stop road deaths Myanmar’s surrendering soldiers must be treated humanely: OHCHR
11/17/20233 minutes, 29 seconds
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News in Brief 16 November 2023

Gaza: UN’s Türk urges political path out of ‘horror’ Ethiopia: Food distributions resume with new safeguardsClimate action holds key to peace: young Sudanese activist
11/16/20230
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News in Brief 16 November 2023

Gaza: UN’s Türk urges political path out of ‘horror’ Ethiopia: Food distributions resume with new safeguardsClimate action holds key to peace: young Sudanese activist
11/16/20233 minutes, 18 seconds
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Entire Gaza population now in need of food assistance: WFP

Food systems in Gaza are collapsing and the food aid entering the enclave is barely 10 per cent of the amount needed for the 2.2 million people there.The warning comes from the World Food Programme (WFP) which says Gazans are not getting enough to eat, making them more susceptible to diseases that can be easily spread.UN News’s Abdelmonem Makki asked Alia Zaki, WFP Palestine Head of Communications, how the agency is responding now to the immense needs. 
11/15/20230
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Entire Gaza population now in need of food assistance: WFP

Food systems in Gaza are collapsing and the food aid entering the enclave is barely 10 per cent of the amount needed for the 2.2 million people there.The warning comes from the World Food Programme (WFP) which says Gazans are not getting enough to eat, making them more susceptible to diseases that can be easily spread.UN News’s Abdelmonem Makki asked Alia Zaki, WFP Palestine Head of Communications, how the agency is responding now to the immense needs. 
11/15/20234 minutes, 53 seconds
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News in Brief 15 November 2023

Gaza: ‘Hospitals are not battlegrounds’, children’s suffering must stop, UN humanitarians sayNew hopes for climate meeting while greenhouse gases reach record level: WMOPakistan’s expulsions of Afghans must stop amid abuse allegations: TürkSudan: With hunger on the rise FAO helps farmers grow food, save livestock
11/15/20230
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News in Brief 15 November 2023

Gaza: ‘Hospitals are not battlegrounds’, children’s suffering must stop, UN humanitarians sayNew hopes for climate meeting while greenhouse gases reach record level: WMOPakistan’s expulsions of Afghans must stop amid abuse allegations: TürkSudan: With hunger on the rise FAO helps farmers grow food, save livestock
11/15/20234 minutes, 36 seconds
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Gaza-Israel crisis: Hospitals should not be a war zone, says UN’s emergency relief chief

Five weeks into the Gaza-Israel crisis, the UN’s top emergency relief official on Wednesday reiterated growing international calls for the warring parties to de-escalate, while expressing solidarity with hundreds of thousands of Gazans displaced by bombardment and an order from the Israeli military to leave the north of the enclave.In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Martin Griffiths highlighted the plight of patients at Gaza City’s embattled Al-Shifa hospital, amid reports that medics have been trying to keep newborns warm in swaddling blankets because power for incubators has failed.The top UN official also called for fuel to be allowed into the Strip so that humanitarian convoys can operate.“Our role and our pledge and our message is, we are right there sitting in front of those people on the borders of Gaza in Rafah, ready to go at the right scale if we get the means to do so,” he said.ends
11/15/20230
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Gaza-Israel crisis: Hospitals should not be a war zone, says UN’s emergency relief chief

Five weeks into the Gaza-Israel crisis, the UN’s top emergency relief official on Wednesday reiterated growing international calls for the warring parties to de-escalate, while expressing solidarity with hundreds of thousands of Gazans displaced by bombardment and an order from the Israeli military to leave the north of the enclave.In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Martin Griffiths highlighted the plight of patients at Gaza City’s embattled Al-Shifa hospital, amid reports that medics have been trying to keep newborns warm in swaddling blankets because power for incubators has failed.The top UN official also called for fuel to be allowed into the Strip so that humanitarian convoys can operate.“Our role and our pledge and our message is, we are right there sitting in front of those people on the borders of Gaza in Rafah, ready to go at the right scale if we get the means to do so,” he said.ends
11/15/20235 minutes, 40 seconds
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US suffering ‘selective amnesia’ on issues of racism and xenophobia: Human rights expert

The UN-appointed independent human rights expert on racism and xenophobia said on Tuesday that the United States is suffering a form of “selective amnesia” when it comes to “enduring systemic racism”.Special Rapporteur Ashwini K.P. has just finished a 14-day fact finding mission across the US where she had conversations with marginalized groups from Black, Brown, and Latino communities and lawmakers, among others. In an interview with UN News’s Pauline Batista at UN Headquarters in New York, where she presented some initial findings, she outlined the many challenges human rights activists face as “racism very much persists and has manifested in different forms.”
11/14/20230
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US suffering ‘selective amnesia’ on issues of racism and xenophobia: Human rights expert

The UN-appointed independent human rights expert on racism and xenophobia said on Tuesday that the United States is suffering a form of “selective amnesia” when it comes to “enduring systemic racism”.Special Rapporteur Ashwini K.P. has just finished a 14-day fact finding mission across the US where she had conversations with marginalized groups from Black, Brown, and Latino communities and lawmakers, among others. In an interview with UN News’s Pauline Batista at UN Headquarters in New York, where she presented some initial findings, she outlined the many challenges human rights activists face as “racism very much persists and has manifested in different forms.”
11/14/20239 minutes, 25 seconds
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News in Brief 14 November 2023

Besieged Gaza hospital horror continues‘Close the climate ambition gap’ at COP28: GuterresWorld Diabetes Day: WHO warning over rise in diseaseRise in landmine victims, fuelled by Ukraine war
11/14/20230
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News in Brief 14 November 2023

Besieged Gaza hospital horror continues‘Close the climate ambition gap’ at COP28: GuterresWorld Diabetes Day: WHO warning over rise in diseaseRise in landmine victims, fuelled by Ukraine war
11/14/20235 minutes, 4 seconds
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News in Brief 13 November 2023

Gaza City: Babies dying in hospital amid scenes of devastation and despair Grim outlook for millions going hungry across East Africa: WFP Iraq: UN migration agency welcomes new Yazidi Genocide Memorial 
11/13/20230
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News in Brief 13 November 2023

Gaza City: Babies dying in hospital amid scenes of devastation and despair Grim outlook for millions going hungry across East Africa: WFP Iraq: UN migration agency welcomes new Yazidi Genocide Memorial 
11/13/20233 minutes, 41 seconds
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Sudan conflict: First victims are children, says senior UNHCR worker

The heavy fighting that erupted in Sudan on 15 April has forced more than six million people from their homes and created a humanitarian catastrophe that the world must not continue to ignore.That’s the urgent message from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR’s) Dominique Hyde, who’s just back from White Nile state, where she witnessed the deadly impact of months of conflict on the country’s most vulnerable people, who are now sheltering in hundreds of displacement camps.Here she is now, speaking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson.
11/10/20230
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Sudan conflict: First victims are children, says senior UNHCR worker

The heavy fighting that erupted in Sudan on 15 April has forced more than six million people from their homes and created a humanitarian catastrophe that the world must not continue to ignore.That’s the urgent message from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR’s) Dominique Hyde, who’s just back from White Nile state, where she witnessed the deadly impact of months of conflict on the country’s most vulnerable people, who are now sheltering in hundreds of displacement camps.Here she is now, speaking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson.
11/10/20238 minutes, 19 seconds
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News in Brief 10 November 2023

Israel-Palestine crisis: Amid war crimes fears, UN rights chief renews calls to stop violence, free hostages Sudan: Killings, torture in Darfur echo atrocities from two decades ago: UNHCRMyanmar: humanitarian needs soar amid conflict, displacement and monsoon: OCHAThis is the News in Brief from the United Nations.  
11/10/20230
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News in Brief 10 November 2023

Israel-Palestine crisis: Amid war crimes fears, UN rights chief renews calls to stop violence, free hostages Sudan: Killings, torture in Darfur echo atrocities from two decades ago: UNHCRMyanmar: humanitarian needs soar amid conflict, displacement and monsoon: OCHAThis is the News in Brief from the United Nations.  
11/10/20233 minutes, 48 seconds
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UN’s top court, a source of ‘authoritative’ advice

Thursday saw five new judges elected to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at UN Headquarters in New York, a reminder of its central role as the principal judicial organ for the world body.In addition to disputes brought before the “world court”, intergovernmental bodies can also submit petitions seeking advice on key issues.That’s according to Philippe Gautier, ICJ Registrar, who highlights that these “advisory opinions” do not deal with a judgement to settle a dispute between nations, but to help bodies such as the General Assembly make important decisions.Mr. Gautier spoke with UN News’ Jerome Bernard, and started by explaining one of the 18 cases currently on its docket, brought by Ukraine against Russia. 
11/9/20230
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UN’s top court, a source of ‘authoritative’ advice

Thursday saw five new judges elected to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at UN Headquarters in New York, a reminder of its central role as the principal judicial organ for the world body.In addition to disputes brought before the “world court”, intergovernmental bodies can also submit petitions seeking advice on key issues.That’s according to Philippe Gautier, ICJ Registrar, who highlights that these “advisory opinions” do not deal with a judgement to settle a dispute between nations, but to help bodies such as the General Assembly make important decisions.Mr. Gautier spoke with UN News’ Jerome Bernard, and started by explaining one of the 18 cases currently on its docket, brought by Ukraine against Russia. 
11/9/202315 minutes, 23 seconds
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News in Brief 9 November 2023

Israel-Palestine crisis: Silence the guns, UN relief chief tells Paris forum‘Striking’ regional inequalities in early breast cancer detection: WHO/IARCFunding needed to prevent El Niño from aggravating global hunger: FAO
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News in Brief 9 November 2023

Israel-Palestine crisis: Silence the guns, UN relief chief tells Paris forum‘Striking’ regional inequalities in early breast cancer detection: WHO/IARCFunding needed to prevent El Niño from aggravating global hunger: FAO
11/9/20233 minutes, 14 seconds
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News in Brief 8 November 2023

Gazans struggle for survival; north sealed off – latest from agenciesCountries ‘doubling down’ on fossil fuels spells climate chaos: UN chief2023 likely hottest year on record; warming El Niño effect to continue into April 2024: WMO
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News in Brief 8 November 2023

Gazans struggle for survival; north sealed off – latest from agenciesCountries ‘doubling down’ on fossil fuels spells climate chaos: UN chief2023 likely hottest year on record; warming El Niño effect to continue into April 2024: WMO
11/8/20233 minutes, 27 seconds
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Remoteness, altitude and falling temperatures challenges for Nepal quake response

A major challenge for humanitarians in Nepal supporting those impacted by last Friday’s devastating earthquake, is accessing remote and high-altitude areas that are the worst hit.UN agencies and humanitarian partners must rely on helicopters to ferry personnel and relief supplies as there are no roads, according to Rafeeque Ahmad Siddiqui, Head of Karnali Field Office at UNDP-Nepal.The weather is also posing challenges, he says, adding that there are limited times the helicopters can fly as high winds often pickup cutting areas off.Mr. Siddiqui spoke with UN News’ Vibhu Mishra shortly after arriving in Jajarkot, one of the districts affected by the earthquake, and described what he was seeing. 
11/7/20230
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Remoteness, altitude and falling temperatures challenges for Nepal quake response

A major challenge for humanitarians in Nepal supporting those impacted by last Friday’s devastating earthquake, is accessing remote and high-altitude areas that are the worst hit.UN agencies and humanitarian partners must rely on helicopters to ferry personnel and relief supplies as there are no roads, according to Rafeeque Ahmad Siddiqui, Head of Karnali Field Office at UNDP-Nepal.The weather is also posing challenges, he says, adding that there are limited times the helicopters can fly as high winds often pickup cutting areas off.Mr. Siddiqui spoke with UN News’ Vibhu Mishra shortly after arriving in Jajarkot, one of the districts affected by the earthquake, and described what he was seeing. 
11/7/20236 minutes, 7 seconds
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Delivering aid to pregnant women in Gaza an ‘impossible equation’

Some 50,000 pregnant women are among the 2.2 million people in besieged Gaza, and 5,500 are due to give birth in the coming weeks, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has reported.As the conflict between Israel and Hamas enters a second month, UNFPA is working round the clock to provide support to pregnant women and hospitals, which face a lack of electricity, water, medicines, supplies and personnel.Laila Baker, UNFPA Regional Director for the Arab States, said a humanitarian ceasefire is needed now to allow aid in and to protect both civilians and aid workers.Speaking from Cairo, she told UN News’s Khaled Mohamed how the agency continues to deliver for women and girls in Gaza, including mothers-to-be.
11/7/20230
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Delivering aid to pregnant women in Gaza an ‘impossible equation’

Some 50,000 pregnant women are among the 2.2 million people in besieged Gaza, and 5,500 are due to give birth in the coming weeks, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has reported.As the conflict between Israel and Hamas enters a second month, UNFPA is working round the clock to provide support to pregnant women and hospitals, which face a lack of electricity, water, medicines, supplies and personnel.Laila Baker, UNFPA Regional Director for the Arab States, said a humanitarian ceasefire is needed now to allow aid in and to protect both civilians and aid workers.Speaking from Cairo, she told UN News’s Khaled Mohamed how the agency continues to deliver for women and girls in Gaza, including mothers-to-be.
11/7/202310 minutes, 52 seconds
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Food provides much more than nutrition: UN expert on right to health

During the COVID-19 pandemic, some households missed out on food aid “simply because their family looks different,” such as members of the LGBTQI community.That’s according to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Tlaleng Mofokeng, who recently presented her latest report to the General Assembly in New York.UN News’s Cristina Silveiro asked her to explain her findings, which examine how the link between food and health goes beyond nutrition and can also determine who gets excluded or included in social programmes. 
11/7/20230
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Food provides much more than nutrition: UN expert on right to health

During the COVID-19 pandemic, some households missed out on food aid “simply because their family looks different,” such as members of the LGBTQI community.That’s according to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Tlaleng Mofokeng, who recently presented her latest report to the General Assembly in New York.UN News’s Cristina Silveiro asked her to explain her findings, which examine how the link between food and health goes beyond nutrition and can also determine who gets excluded or included in social programmes. 
11/7/202314 minutes, 26 seconds
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News in Brief 7 November 2023

Israel-Palestine crisis: UN humanitarians plead for ‘access, access, access’Sudan: World ‘scandalously silent’ on dire humanitarian crisis: UNHCRMore efforts needed to end TB: WHOWorld’s poorest nations need climate and development finance now: UNCTAD
11/7/20230
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News in Brief 7 November 2023

Israel-Palestine crisis: UN humanitarians plead for ‘access, access, access’Sudan: World ‘scandalously silent’ on dire humanitarian crisis: UNHCRMore efforts needed to end TB: WHOWorld’s poorest nations need climate and development finance now: UNCTAD
11/7/20235 minutes, 25 seconds
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AI: Film industry facing biggest upheaval in its history

Artificial Intelligence (AI) offers a wide range of solutions from pre to post-production across the film industry but it also represents the most seismic shift in its history, one senior academic tells us.So-called generative AI is causing anxiety among technicians, actors and creators, warns Rizwan Ahmed, Director of the Media Centre at MANUU, in Hyderabad, India. In an interview with UN News’s Sachin Gaur, Mr. Ahmed underscored the need for policies and measures to address concerns over intellectual property rights, human creativity, and to promote transparency in AI-generated content. 
11/6/20230
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AI: Film industry facing biggest upheaval in its history

Artificial Intelligence (AI) offers a wide range of solutions from pre to post-production across the film industry but it also represents the most seismic shift in its history, one senior academic tells us.So-called generative AI is causing anxiety among technicians, actors and creators, warns Rizwan Ahmed, Director of the Media Centre at MANUU, in Hyderabad, India. In an interview with UN News’s Sachin Gaur, Mr. Ahmed underscored the need for policies and measures to address concerns over intellectual property rights, human creativity, and to promote transparency in AI-generated content. 
11/6/202311 minutes, 19 seconds
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News in Brief 6 November 2023

Israel-Palestine crisis: ‘Enough is enough’ say UN humanitarians‘True cost of food’ at least $10 trillion higher than price tags show: FAOSouth Sudan malnutrition alert: WFPUkraine: UNESCO condemns new attack on Odesa World Heritage site
11/6/20230
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News in Brief 6 November 2023

Israel-Palestine crisis: ‘Enough is enough’ say UN humanitarians‘True cost of food’ at least $10 trillion higher than price tags show: FAOSouth Sudan malnutrition alert: WFPUkraine: UNESCO condemns new attack on Odesa World Heritage site
11/6/20234 minutes, 41 seconds
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WHO condemns targeting of ambulance convoy in Gaza

The World Health Organization (WHO) has condemned the reported Israeli airstrike which hit a convoy of ambulances near the Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on Friday. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on social platform X that he was “utterly shocked” by the reports, and in an interview with UN News, the agency’s Regional Director Dr. Ahmed Al Mandhari, condemned “such acts of hostility”.Dr. Al Mandhari told Khaled Mohamed how the cumulative bombardment has not only led to hospital closures but also deprived thousands of healthcare, amounting to a “very criminal breach” of international humanitarian law.
11/3/20230
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WHO condemns targeting of ambulance convoy in Gaza

The World Health Organization (WHO) has condemned the reported Israeli airstrike which hit a convoy of ambulances near the Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on Friday. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on social platform X that he was “utterly shocked” by the reports, and in an interview with UN News, the agency’s Regional Director Dr. Ahmed Al Mandhari, condemned “such acts of hostility”.Dr. Al Mandhari told Khaled Mohamed how the cumulative bombardment has not only led to hospital closures but also deprived thousands of healthcare, amounting to a “very criminal breach” of international humanitarian law.
11/3/20236 minutes, 16 seconds
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Myanmar junta ‘a criminal enterprise’ not a government: Rights expert

The international community must take three steps, if they are to help end the “nightmare” that people in Myanmar are living every day.  That’s according to Tom Andrews, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar. First, cut the coup leaders’ cash flow, then the flow of weapons; and finally, deny them any legitimacy.Mr. Andrews – an independent rights expert who is not a UN staff member – sat down with UN News’s Vibhu Mishra, and described the atrocities the military are committing on civilians, stressing that no one is safe in Myanmar today. 
11/3/20230
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Myanmar junta ‘a criminal enterprise’ not a government: Rights expert

The international community must take three steps, if they are to help end the “nightmare” that people in Myanmar are living every day.  That’s according to Tom Andrews, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar. First, cut the coup leaders’ cash flow, then the flow of weapons; and finally, deny them any legitimacy.Mr. Andrews – an independent rights expert who is not a UN staff member – sat down with UN News’s Vibhu Mishra, and described the atrocities the military are committing on civilians, stressing that no one is safe in Myanmar today. 
11/3/202310 minutes, 20 seconds
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News in Brief 3 November 2023

Israel-Palestine crisis: ‘It’s the innocent civilians who are losing’Sudan: women and girls abducted, held ‘in slave-like conditions’ in Darfur: OHCHR ‘Our best bet for preventing the next pandemic’: WHO, UNEP call for investments in ‘One Health’ approach
11/3/20230
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News in Brief 3 November 2023

Israel-Palestine crisis: ‘It’s the innocent civilians who are losing’Sudan: women and girls abducted, held ‘in slave-like conditions’ in Darfur: OHCHR ‘Our best bet for preventing the next pandemic’: WHO, UNEP call for investments in ‘One Health’ approach
11/3/20234 minutes, 1 second
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Attacks on journalists covering elections ‘a very scary trend’: UNESCO

With more than 80 countries set to hold elections next year, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is urging governments to ensure that journalists are protected throughout the entire period leading up to the vote.UNESCO data reveals that journalists have been attacked, and some even killed, while providing coverage throughout the electoral cycle. Recent years have seen some 759 attacks, and five deaths.To find out more, UN News’s Felipe de Carvalho spoke to Guilherme Canela, Chief of the agency’s Section on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists. He asked Mr. Canela how shutting down the internet – as reporters experienced in embattled Gaza last Friday – can impact journalists. 
11/2/20230
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Attacks on journalists covering elections ‘a very scary trend’: UNESCO

With more than 80 countries set to hold elections next year, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is urging governments to ensure that journalists are protected throughout the entire period leading up to the vote.UNESCO data reveals that journalists have been attacked, and some even killed, while providing coverage throughout the electoral cycle. Recent years have seen some 759 attacks, and five deaths.To find out more, UN News’s Felipe de Carvalho spoke to Guilherme Canela, Chief of the agency’s Section on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists. He asked Mr. Canela how shutting down the internet – as reporters experienced in embattled Gaza last Friday – can impact journalists. 
11/2/20236 minutes, 5 seconds
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News in Brief 2 November 2023

Israel-Palestine crisis: Gaza’s north cut off from aid; death toll risingUN chief pleads for urgent AI governance to advance peace, rights, developmentProgress slows on climate change adaptation while needs surge: UNEPClimate crisis ‘a health crisis’ increasingly deadly for the most vulnerable: WMO, WHO
11/2/20230
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News in Brief 2 November 2023

Israel-Palestine crisis: Gaza’s north cut off from aid; death toll risingUN chief pleads for urgent AI governance to advance peace, rights, developmentProgress slows on climate change adaptation while needs surge: UNEPClimate crisis ‘a health crisis’ increasingly deadly for the most vulnerable: WMO, WHO
11/2/20235 minutes, 5 seconds
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Gaza: Children ‘paying the heaviest price for this conflict’

More than 3,500 children have been killed and over 6,800 injured in Gaza during the current Israel-Palestine crisis according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). UNICEF official Salim Oweis emphasized in an interview with UN News that beyond the numbers, those are lives, dreams and futures lost because of the ongoing crisis in the Gaza Strip.He told UN News’s Abdelmonem Makki that it was the children who are “facing the worst of times” in the enclave and called again for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.
11/1/20230
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Gaza: Children ‘paying the heaviest price for this conflict’

More than 3,500 children have been killed and over 6,800 injured in Gaza during the current Israel-Palestine crisis according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). UNICEF official Salim Oweis emphasized in an interview with UN News that beyond the numbers, those are lives, dreams and futures lost because of the ongoing crisis in the Gaza Strip.He told UN News’s Abdelmonem Makki that it was the children who are “facing the worst of times” in the enclave and called again for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.
11/1/20236 minutes, 42 seconds
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News in Brief 1 November 2023

Israel-Palestine crisis: UN welcomes first medical evacuations from GazaSport must be inclusive of LGBT and intersex persons: rights experts‘Possible starvation’ looms in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and 17 other ‘hunger hotspots’: WFP, FAO
11/1/20230
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News in Brief 1 November 2023

Israel-Palestine crisis: UN welcomes first medical evacuations from GazaSport must be inclusive of LGBT and intersex persons: rights experts‘Possible starvation’ looms in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and 17 other ‘hunger hotspots’: WFP, FAO
11/1/20233 minutes, 49 seconds
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‘Thank God we’re still alive’: UNRWA staffers keep working under fire

The Spokesperson for the UN Palestine refugee agency (UNRWA) in Gaza has seen his own home partially destroyed and family members injured as Israel continues its assault and bombardment. Adnan Abu Hasna, told UN News on Tuesday that his son, brother and many other family members have been injured following displacement from the north, driving home the reality that nowhere is safe inside the enclave. The death toll for UNRWA workers since 7 October so far stands at 67.He told UN News’s Ezzat El-Ferri that unless more fuel can be allowed into Gaza to keep hospitals and bakeries running, the agency may be forced to suspend or reduce operations within days.
10/31/20230
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‘Thank God we’re still alive’: UNRWA staffers keep working under fire

The Spokesperson for the UN Palestine refugee agency (UNRWA) in Gaza has seen his own home partially destroyed and family members injured as Israel continues its assault and bombardment. Adnan Abu Hasna, told UN News on Tuesday that his son, brother and many other family members have been injured following displacement from the north, driving home the reality that nowhere is safe inside the enclave. The death toll for UNRWA workers since 7 October so far stands at 67.He told UN News’s Ezzat El-Ferri that unless more fuel can be allowed into Gaza to keep hospitals and bakeries running, the agency may be forced to suspend or reduce operations within days.
10/31/20236 minutes, 1 second
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News in Brief 31 October 2023

Toll of Israel-Palestine crisis on children ‘beyond devastating’Ukraine: deadly Russian missile attack on café had no military target: OHCHRSudan: ‘lethal’ combination of disease outbreaks puts millions at risk: WHOAfghanistan: Taliban must release women human rights defenders, say top rights experts 
10/31/20230
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News in Brief 31 October 2023

Toll of Israel-Palestine crisis on children ‘beyond devastating’Ukraine: deadly Russian missile attack on café had no military target: OHCHRSudan: ‘lethal’ combination of disease outbreaks puts millions at risk: WHOAfghanistan: Taliban must release women human rights defenders, say top rights experts 
10/31/20234 minutes, 32 seconds
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News in Brief 30 October 2023

Gaza hospitals hanging on by a thread: UN humanitarians ‘Stop the madness’ says UN chief as record Himalaya glacier melt threatens devastation DRC displacement nears 7 million: IOM
10/30/20230
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News in Brief 30 October 2023

Gaza hospitals hanging on by a thread: UN humanitarians ‘Stop the madness’ says UN chief as record Himalaya glacier melt threatens devastation DRC displacement nears 7 million: IOM
10/30/20233 minutes, 23 seconds
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‘Political and humanitarian catastrophe’ unfolding in Gaza: Rights expert

“Genocidal calls’ in Israel have become dominant as Israel’s assault on Gaza continues, the UN independent human rights expert for the Occupied Palestinian Territory warned in an interview earlier this week.Special Rapporteur Francesca Albanese also had a message for the Arab world in the face of the Hamas terror attacks of 7 October, saying it was “necessary and imperative” to condemn the atrocities.In an in-depth interview, Ms. Albanese told UN News’s Ezzat El-Ferri that after decades of illegal occupation and international inaction, the current catastrophe leaves her fearful for the future of both Israel and Palestine.
10/29/20230
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‘Political and humanitarian catastrophe’ unfolding in Gaza: Rights expert

“Genocidal calls’ in Israel have become dominant as Israel’s assault on Gaza continues, the UN independent human rights expert for the Occupied Palestinian Territory warned in an interview earlier this week.Special Rapporteur Francesca Albanese also had a message for the Arab world in the face of the Hamas terror attacks of 7 October, saying it was “necessary and imperative” to condemn the atrocities.In an in-depth interview, Ms. Albanese told UN News’s Ezzat El-Ferri that after decades of illegal occupation and international inaction, the current catastrophe leaves her fearful for the future of both Israel and Palestine.
10/29/202319 minutes, 17 seconds
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News in Brief 27 October 2023

Israel-Palestine crisis: humanitarians face “terrible choices” amid Gaza death and destructionUN rights office calls on Pakistan to suspend forced returns of AfghansColonial-era anti-LGBT laws must be scrapped: top rights expert
10/27/20230
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News in Brief 27 October 2023

Israel-Palestine crisis: humanitarians face “terrible choices” amid Gaza death and destructionUN rights office calls on Pakistan to suspend forced returns of AfghansColonial-era anti-LGBT laws must be scrapped: top rights expert
10/27/20233 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ethiopians working to make lasting peace a reality

The recent conflict in Ethiopia can often make people forget about the country’s vibrancy, robust economic growth and burgeoning young population, according to the top UN official there.UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Ramiz Alakbarov said citizens across Ethiopia have voiced support for the 2022 peace agreement that ended two years of fighting between Government troops and forces in Tigray.UN News’s Nargiz Shekinskaya asked Mr. Alakbarov about the reaction to a recent report by a UN human rights commission which found that a “staggering” level of atrocities was committed in the conflict.He also addressed the humanitarian response to assist more than 17 million people, including refugees, and the need for cutting-edge policies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
10/27/20230
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Ethiopians working to make lasting peace a reality

The recent conflict in Ethiopia can often make people forget about the country’s vibrancy, robust economic growth and burgeoning young population, according to the top UN official there.UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Ramiz Alakbarov said citizens across Ethiopia have voiced support for the 2022 peace agreement that ended two years of fighting between Government troops and forces in Tigray.UN News’s Nargiz Shekinskaya asked Mr. Alakbarov about the reaction to a recent report by a UN human rights commission which found that a “staggering” level of atrocities was committed in the conflict.He also addressed the humanitarian response to assist more than 17 million people, including refugees, and the need for cutting-edge policies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
10/27/20239 minutes, 1 second
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There’s no going back with AI, says Hollywood director McG

Artificial Inteligence (AI) has become increasingly present in our daily lives, and as a result, a potential threat to the “human touch” that is so essential to the visual arts.That’s according to award-winning director and producer Joseph McGinty Nichols (McG), who’s been talking to UN News’s Pauline Batista about the evolution of AI in film.He says from Scorsese to Taylor Swift, AI will usher in a new era of “hyper personalized entertainment” – for better or worse.
10/26/20230
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There’s no going back with AI, says Hollywood director McG

Artificial Inteligence (AI) has become increasingly present in our daily lives, and as a result, a potential threat to the “human touch” that is so essential to the visual arts.That’s according to award-winning director and producer Joseph McGinty Nichols (McG), who’s been talking to UN News’s Pauline Batista about the evolution of AI in film.He says from Scorsese to Taylor Swift, AI will usher in a new era of “hyper personalized entertainment” – for better or worse.
10/26/20236 minutes, 13 seconds
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News in Brief 26 October 2023

Israel-Palestine: UN humanitarians insist civilians must be protected and hostages releasedUkraine: Kakhovka dam breach impact will be felt ‘for decades’: UNEPClosing childcare policy gaps offers high return on investment: ILO
10/26/20230
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News in Brief 26 October 2023

Israel-Palestine: UN humanitarians insist civilians must be protected and hostages releasedUkraine: Kakhovka dam breach impact will be felt ‘for decades’: UNEPClosing childcare policy gaps offers high return on investment: ILO
10/26/20233 minutes, 35 seconds
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Draft treaty hopes to enshrine the right to development globally

A draft treaty on the right to development should give extra momentum to global efforts to achieve a more just and equitable and future for all people and the planet.That’s the opinion of Ambassador Zamir Akram of Pakistan, chair-rapporteur of the Working Group that developed the text.  It upholds everyone’s right to decent work, education, healthcare and housing, for example, which are all crucial for peace and progress.UN News’s Nadeem Saaed asked Mr. Akram about the background of the proposed treaty, where it currently stands, and will it support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
10/25/20230
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Draft treaty hopes to enshrine the right to development globally

A draft treaty on the right to development should give extra momentum to global efforts to achieve a more just and equitable and future for all people and the planet.That’s the opinion of Zamir Akram, a former Ambassador of Pakistan and chair-rapporteur of the Working Group that developed the text.  It upholds everyone’s right to decent work, education, healthcare and housing, for example, which are all crucial for peace and progress.UN News’s Nadeem Saaed asked Mr. Akram about the background of the proposed treaty, where it currently stands, and how it will support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
10/25/20230
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Draft treaty hopes to enshrine the right to development globally

A draft treaty on the right to development should give extra momentum to global efforts to achieve a more just and equitable and future for all people and the planet.That’s the opinion of Zamir Akram, a former Ambassador of Pakistan and chair-rapporteur of the Working Group that developed the text.  It upholds everyone’s right to decent work, education, healthcare and housing, for example, which are all crucial for peace and progress.UN News’s Nadeem Saaed asked Mr. Akram about the background of the proposed treaty, where it currently stands, and how it will support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
10/25/20235 minutes, 39 seconds
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WHO calls for safe humanitarian access and fuel deliveries to Gaza

The first trucks carrying medical supplies provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) arrived in Gaza this weekend, but more aid is still desperately needed, Spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic said on Wednesday.Speaking from Cairo, he said the UN agency continues to call for safe humanitarian access – both for aid deliveries and for the workers distributing these supplies.He also highlighted the critical need for fuel, which is running out, putting healthcare at risk because without it, hospitals will not have any electricity or clean water.UN News’s Abdelmenom Makki asked Mr. Jasarevic about WHO’s operations in Gaza, and its response to criticism that aid is not reaching the north of the enclave. 
10/25/20230
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WHO calls for safe humanitarian access and fuel deliveries to Gaza

The first trucks carrying medical supplies provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) arrived in Gaza this weekend, but more aid is still desperately needed, Spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic said on Wednesday.Speaking from Cairo, he said the UN agency continues to call for safe humanitarian access – both for aid deliveries and for the workers distributing these supplies.He also highlighted the critical need for fuel, which is running out, putting healthcare at risk because without it, hospitals will not have any electricity or clean water.UN News’s Abdelmenom Makki asked Mr. Jasarevic about WHO’s operations in Gaza, and its response to criticism that aid is not reaching the north of the enclave. 
10/25/20230
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WHO calls for safe humanitarian access and fuel deliveries to Gaza

The first trucks carrying medical supplies provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) arrived in Gaza this weekend, but more aid is still desperately needed, Spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic said on Wednesday.Speaking from Cairo, he said the UN agency continues to call for safe humanitarian access – both for aid deliveries and for the workers distributing these supplies.He also highlighted the critical need for fuel, which is running out, putting healthcare at risk because without it, hospitals will not have any electricity or clean water.UN News’s Abdelmonem Makki asked Mr. Jasarevic about WHO’s operations in Gaza, and its response to criticism that aid is not reaching the north of the enclave. 
10/25/20234 minutes, 55 seconds
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News in Brief 25 October 2023

Israel-Palestine: Blockade puts Gaza aid on the line, WHO spotlights soaring mental health needs in IsraelGlobal displacement on the rise as conflicts escalate: UNHCRHurricane Otis is a ‘nightmare’ for southern Mexico: the latest from WMO
10/25/20230
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News in Brief 25 October 2023

Israel-Palestine: Blockade puts Gaza aid on the line, WHO spotlights soaring mental health needs in IsraelGlobal displacement on the rise as conflicts escalate: UNHCRHurricane Otis is a ‘nightmare’ for southern Mexico: the latest from WMO
10/25/20230
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News in Brief 25 October 2023

Israel-Palestine: Blockade puts Gaza aid on the line, WHO spotlights soaring mental health needs in IsraelGlobal displacement on the rise as conflicts escalate: UNHCRHurricane Otis is a ‘nightmare’ for southern Mexico: the latest from WMO
10/25/20233 minutes, 20 seconds
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Afghanistan quake tragedy reflects disempowerment of women: UNDP

The fact women and children accounted for almost 90 per cent of those killed was reflective of the social norms and cultural restrictions in remote villages where men impose restrictions on women.That’s according to senior UN Development Programme (UNDP) official in the country, Stephen Rodriques, who said many men were outside farming or working across the border while women and children stayed at home.From Kabul, he told UN News’s Vibhu Mishra what he had seen for himself when he visited the deadly quake zone.
10/24/20230
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Afghanistan quake tragedy reflects disempowerment of women: UNDP

The fact women and children accounted for almost 90 per cent of those killed was reflective of the social norms and cultural restrictions in remote villages where men impose restrictions on women.That’s according to senior UN Development Programme (UNDP) official in the country, Stephen Rodriques, who said many men were outside farming or working across the border while women and children stayed at home.From Kabul, he told UN News’s Vibhu Mishra what he had seen for himself when he visited the deadly quake zone.
10/24/20230
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Afghanistan quake tragedy reflects disempowerment of women: UNDP

The fact women and children accounted for almost 90 per cent of those killed was reflective of the social norms and cultural restrictions in remote villages where men impose restrictions on women.That’s according to senior UN Development Programme (UNDP) official in the country, Stephen Rodriques, who said many men were outside farming or working across the border while women and children stayed at home.From Kabul, he told UN News’s Vibhu Mishra what he had seen for himself when he visited the deadly quake zone.
10/24/202310 minutes, 17 seconds
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News in Brief 24 October 2023

Israel-Palestine: Gaza buckles under fuel shortage, healthcare in crisisSudan humanitarian crisis deepens; more than 5.6 million displaced Australia: ‘No’ vote on Indigenous Peoples’ recognition a ‘missed opportunity’: Türk
10/24/20230
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News in Brief 24 October 2023

Israel-Palestine: Gaza buckles under fuel shortage, healthcare in crisisSudan humanitarian crisis deepens; more than 5.6 million displaced Australia: ‘No’ vote on Indigenous Peoples’ recognition a ‘missed opportunity’: Türk
10/24/20230
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News in Brief 24 October 2023

Israel-Palestine: Gaza buckles under fuel shortage, healthcare in crisisSudan humanitarian crisis deepens; more than 5.6 million displaced Australia: ‘No’ vote on Indigenous Peoples’ recognition a ‘missed opportunity’: Türk
10/24/20233 minutes, 49 seconds
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Humanitarian aid ‘nowhere near enough’ in Gaza says WFP

The World Food Programme (WFP) says the situation in Gaza is “catastrophic,” with virtually no access to essential supplies for over two weeks as the Israeli bombardment continues.Water and food remain in very short supply and unless more fuel is allowed in, the remaining hospitals will be forced to shut down in just a few days. WFP Palestine Head of Communications, Alia Zaki, spoke with UN News’s Khaled Mohamed about the agency’s priorities and the need for a continuous supply of aid across the Rafah frontier with Egypt.
10/23/20230
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Humanitarian aid ‘nowhere near enough’ in Gaza says WFP

The World Food Programme (WFP) says the situation in Gaza is “catastrophic,” with virtually no access to essential supplies for over two weeks as the Israeli bombardment continues.Water and food remain in very short supply and unless more fuel is allowed in, the remaining hospitals will be forced to shut down in just a few days. WFP Palestine Head of Communications, Alia Zaki, spoke with UN News’s Khaled Mohamed about the agency’s priorities and the need for a continuous supply of aid across the Rafah frontier with Egypt.
10/23/20230
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Humanitarian aid ‘nowhere near enough’ in Gaza says WFP

The World Food Programme (WFP) says the situation in Gaza is “catastrophic,” with virtually no access to essential supplies for over two weeks as the Israeli bombardment continues.Water and food remain in very short supply and unless more fuel is allowed in, the remaining hospitals will be forced to shut down in just a few days. WFP Palestine Head of Communications, Alia Zaki, spoke with UN News’s Khaled Mohamed about the agency’s priorities and the need for a continuous supply of aid across the Rafah frontier with Egypt.
10/23/20237 minutes, 43 seconds
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News in Brief 23 October 2023

Gaza death toll rises with no ceasefire in sightMali Government urged to support UN Mission’s safe withdrawalCountries must do more to curb femicide ‘pandemic’: top rights expertNortheast Syria ‘world’s largest detention site for children on the grounds of terrorism’: UN Special Rapporteur 
10/23/20230
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News in Brief 23 October 2023

Gaza death toll rises with no ceasefire in sightMali Government urged to support UN Mission’s safe withdrawalCountries must do more to curb femicide ‘pandemic’: top rights expertNortheast Syria ‘world’s largest detention site for children on the grounds of terrorism’: UN Special Rapporteur 
10/23/20230
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News in Brief 23 October 2023

Gaza death toll rises with no ceasefire in sightMali Government urged to support UN Mission’s safe withdrawalCountries must do more to curb femicide ‘pandemic’: top rights expertNortheast Syria ‘world’s largest detention site for children on the grounds of terrorism’: UN Special Rapporteur 
10/23/20234 minutes, 29 seconds
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Water aid for Gaza literally ‘a drop in the ocean’: UNICEF

The 40,000 litres of drinking water trucked into Gaza on Saturday represent ‘a drop in the ocean’, considering the immense needs following two weeks of conflict.That’s the assessment of Jeremy Hopkins, Representative of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Egypt, speaking hours after a humanitarian convoy crossed the border with lifesaving supplies – the first since the crisis erupted on 7 October.UN News’s Khaled Mohamed asked him about the agency's support to Gaza, the prospect for more convoys, and the arrangements for delivering aid inside the enclave. 
10/21/20230
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Water aid for Gaza literally ‘a drop in the ocean’: UNICEF

The 40,000 litres of drinking water trucked into Gaza on Saturday represent ‘a drop in the ocean’, considering the immense needs following two weeks of conflict.That’s the assessment of Jeremy Hopkins, Representative of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Egypt, speaking hours after a humanitarian convoy crossed the border with lifesaving supplies – the first since the crisis erupted on 7 October.UN News’s Khaled Mohamed asked him about the agency's support to Gaza, the prospect for more convoys, and the arrangements for delivering aid inside the enclave. 
10/21/20230
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Water aid for Gaza literally ‘a drop in the ocean’: UNICEF

The 40,000 litres of drinking water trucked into Gaza on Saturday represent ‘a drop in the ocean’, considering the immense needs following two weeks of conflict.That’s the assessment of Jeremy Hopkins, Representative of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Egypt, speaking hours after a humanitarian convoy crossed the border with lifesaving supplies – the first since the crisis erupted on 7 October.UN News’s Khaled Mohamed asked him about the agency's support to Gaza, the prospect for more convoys, and the arrangements for delivering aid inside the enclave. 
10/21/20235 minutes, 9 seconds
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News in Brief 20 October 2023

Gaza: UN chief at Rafah says aid convoy is 'difference between life and death'Afghanistan earthquakes: ‘staggering’ health consequences as winter approaches: WHOUkraine: rights probe finds continuing evidence of war crimes Republic of the Congo joins international efforts to end statelessness: UNHCR
10/20/20230
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News in Brief 20 October 2023

Gaza: UN chief at Rafah says aid convoy is 'difference between life and death'Afghanistan earthquakes: ‘staggering’ health consequences as winter approaches: WHOUkraine: rights probe finds continuing evidence of war crimes Republic of the Congo joins international efforts to end statelessness: UNHCR
10/20/20230
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News in Brief 20 October 2023

Gaza: UN chief at Rafah says aid convoy is 'difference between life and death'Afghanistan earthquakes: ‘staggering’ health consequences as winter approaches: WHOUkraine: rights probe finds continuing evidence of war crimes Republic of the Congo joins international efforts to end statelessness: UNHCR
10/20/20234 minutes, 56 seconds
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‘Continuous flow of aid’ into Gaza essential: UNRWA

The external affairs director for the UN’s Palestine refugee agency (UNRWA) Tamara Alrifai said conditions remain ‘very dire’ across the Gaza Strip and only a continuous flow of aid across the border will be enough to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.Most UNRWA staff themselves have been displaced to shelters following the evacuation order, and 16 of them have now been killed as Israeli airstrikes and shelling continue.She told UN News’ Ezzat El-Ferri that safe humanitarian access to the large aid convoy massed at the Rafah crossing must be granted immediately along with a ceasefire.
10/20/20230
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‘Continuous flow of aid’ into Gaza essential: UNRWA

The external affairs director for the UN’s Palestine refugee agency (UNRWA) Tamara Alrifai said conditions remain ‘very dire’ across the Gaza Strip and only a continuous flow of aid across the border will be enough to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.Most UNRWA staff themselves have been displaced to shelters following the evacuation order, and 16 of them have now been killed as Israeli airstrikes and shelling continue.She told UN News’ Ezzat El-Ferri that safe humanitarian access to the large aid convoy massed at the Rafah crossing must be granted immediately along with a ceasefire.
10/20/20230
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‘Continuous flow of aid’ into Gaza essential: UNRWA

The external affairs director for the UN’s Palestine refugee agency (UNRWA) Tamara Alrifai said conditions remain ‘very dire’ across the Gaza Strip and only a continuous flow of aid across the border will be enough to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.Most UNRWA staff themselves have been displaced to shelters following the evacuation order, and 16 of them have now been killed as Israeli airstrikes and shelling continue.She told UN News’ Ezzat El-Ferri that safe humanitarian access to the large aid convoy massed at the Rafah crossing must be granted immediately along with a ceasefire.
10/20/20237 minutes, 58 seconds
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AI a ‘direct threat to what is art’ says UNESCO-endorsed industry expert

Recent strikes by US writers and actors voicing concerns about transparency, intellectual property rights and fair compensation following the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools, speak to the tangible effects being felt across the film and other creative industries.In Paris, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) hosted an event on Friday called Film Sector on the Frontlines, inviting global experts to discuss the powerful impact of AI. UN News’s Thelma Mwadzaya spoke with award-winning visual effects artist Yvonne Muinde, who was one of speakers taking part.
10/19/20230
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AI a ‘direct threat to what is art’ says UNESCO-endorsed industry expert

Recent strikes by US writers and actors voicing concerns about transparency, intellectual property rights and fair compensation following the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools, speak to the tangible effects being felt across the film and other creative industries.In Paris, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) hosted an event on Friday called Film Sector on the Frontlines, inviting global experts to discuss the powerful impact of AI. UN News’s Thelma Mwadzaya spoke with award-winning visual effects artist Yvonne Muinde, who was one of speakers taking part.
10/19/20230
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AI a ‘direct threat to what is art’ says UNESCO-endorsed industry expert

Recent strikes by US writers and actors voicing concerns about transparency, intellectual property rights and fair compensation following the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools, speak to the tangible effects being felt across the film and other creative industries.In Paris, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) hosted an event on Friday called Film Sector on the Frontlines, inviting global experts to discuss the powerful impact of AI. UN News’s Thelma Mwadzaya spoke with award-winning visual effects artist Yvonne Muinde, who was one of speakers taking part.
10/19/20237 minutes, 9 seconds
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WFP official describes ‘devastating’ scenes in Afghanistan following multiple quakes

Western Afghanistan has been hit by a series of “devastating” earthquakes in the last 10 days that have displaced thousands and created a humanitarian crisis in the already-vulnerable region.That’s according to Philip Kropf, Head of Communications for the World Food Programme (WFP) in Afghanistan.“Dozens of villages have been damaged, some of them completely flattened,” said Mr. Kropf. In an interview with UN News’ Cristina Silveiro, he discussed what he’d seen on the ground and outlined the UN’s urgent interagency response.
10/19/20230
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WFP official describes ‘devastating’ scenes in Afghanistan following multiple quakes

Western Afghanistan has been hit by a series of “devastating” earthquakes in the last 10 days that have displaced thousands and created a humanitarian crisis in the already-vulnerable region.That’s according to Philip Kropf, Head of Communications for the World Food Programme (WFP) in Afghanistan.“Dozens of villages have been damaged, some of them completely flattened,” said Mr. Kropf. In an interview with UN News’ Cristina Silveiro, he discussed what he’d seen on the ground and outlined the UN’s urgent interagency response.
10/19/20230
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WFP official describes ‘devastating’ scenes in Afghanistan following multiple quakes

Western Afghanistan has been hit by a series of “devastating” earthquakes in the last 10 days that have displaced thousands and created a humanitarian crisis in the already-vulnerable region.That’s according to Philip Kropf, Head of Communications for the World Food Programme (WFP) in Afghanistan.“Dozens of villages have been damaged, some of them completely flattened,” said Mr. Kropf. In an interview with UN News’ Cristina Silveiro, he discussed what he’d seen on the ground and outlined the UN’s urgent interagency response.
10/19/20236 minutes, 9 seconds
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UN human rights expert warns of rise in ‘gendered disinformation’

In all regions across the world, women, girls, and gender non-conforming persons are a major target of disinformation and restrictions on expression, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Irene Khan has warned. “We want to live in a world where there is gender equality today. There have been great strides made in bringing forward women, and now is the time to deal with these issues” said the Human Rights Council-appointed independent expert, in an interview with UN News’s Mehboob Khan. She explains why social media should be available to all, “gendered disinformation,” and the harmful impact on women and girls arising from restrictions on expression. 
10/19/20230
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UN human rights expert warns of rise in ‘gendered disinformation’

In all regions across the world, women, girls, and gender non-conforming persons are a major target of disinformation and restrictions on expression, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Irene Khan has warned. “We want to live in a world where there is gender equality today. There have been great strides made in bringing forward women, and now is the time to deal with these issues” said the Human Rights Council-appointed independent expert, in an interview with UN News’s Mehboob Khan. She explains why social media should be available to all, “gendered disinformation,” and the harmful impact on women and girls arising from restrictions on expression. 
10/19/20230
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UN human rights expert warns of rise in ‘gendered disinformation’

In all regions across the world, women, girls, and gender non-conforming persons are a major target of disinformation and restrictions on expression, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Irene Khan has warned. “We want to live in a world where there is gender equality today. There have been great strides made in bringing forward women, and now is the time to deal with these issues” said the Human Rights Council-appointed independent expert, in an interview with UN News’s Mehboob Khan. She explains why social media should be available to all, “gendered disinformation,” and the harmful impact on women and girls arising from restrictions on expression. 
10/19/202311 minutes, 42 seconds
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News in Brief 19 October 2023

Gaza aid ready for delivery as humanitarians await final green light AI use for health must be regulated to fight misinformation and bias: WHOSand and dust storm hazards boosted by global warming: WMOClimate change ‘a matter of life and death’ for people with albinism: top rights expert
10/19/20230
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News in Brief 19 October 2023

Gaza aid ready for delivery as humanitarians await final green light AI use for health must be regulated to fight misinformation and bias: WHOSand and dust storm hazards boosted by global warming: WMOClimate change ‘a matter of life and death’ for people with albinism: top rights expert
10/19/20230
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News in Brief 19 October 2023

Gaza aid ready for delivery as humanitarians await final green light AI use for health must be regulated to fight misinformation and bias: WHOSand and dust storm hazards boosted by global warming: WMOClimate change ‘a matter of life and death’ for people with albinism: top rights expert
10/19/20234 minutes, 16 seconds
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Healthcare must never be a target: WHO insists

In the wake of the deadly Gaza hospital blast on Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on all warring parties to comply with international humanitarian law by making the protection of civilians a priority. WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr. Ahmed Al Mandhari, spoke with UN News’s Khaled Mohamed about the urgent need to protect all aspects of healthcare, warning that unless fuel supplies are replenished in Gaza, there will soon be no electricity to treat desperate patients.He said teams were standing by at the Egypt-Gaza frontier, waiting to bring lifesaving aid into the besieged enclave. 
10/18/20230
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Healthcare must never be a target: WHO insists

In the wake of the deadly Gaza hospital blast on Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on all warring parties to comply with international humanitarian law by making the protection of civilians a priority. WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr. Ahmed Al Mandhari, spoke with UN News’s Khaled Mohamed about the urgent need to protect all aspects of healthcare, warning that unless fuel supplies are replenished in Gaza, there will soon be no electricity to treat desperate patients.He said teams were standing by at the Egypt-Gaza frontier, waiting to bring lifesaving aid into the besieged enclave. 
10/18/20230
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Healthcare must never be a target: WHO insists

In the wake of the deadly Gaza hospital blast on Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on all warring parties to comply with international humanitarian law by making the protection of civilians a priority. WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr. Ahmed Al Mandhari, spoke with UN News’s Khaled Mohamed about the urgent need to protect all aspects of healthcare, warning that unless fuel supplies are replenished in Gaza, there will soon be no electricity to treat desperate patients.He said teams were standing by at the Egypt-Gaza frontier, waiting to bring lifesaving aid into the besieged enclave. 
10/18/20233 minutes, 31 seconds
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News in Brief 18 October 2023

Israel-Gaza: UN chief urges ceasefire with region ‘on the precipice’Afghanistan: earthquake survivors face hunger with funding stretched to the maximum: WFPSudan: thousands of young children may die deprived of food and healthcare: UNICEF, WHOGuinea: deadly diphtheria outbreak: WHO 
10/18/20230
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News in Brief 18 October 2023

Israel-Gaza: UN chief urges ceasefire with region ‘on the precipice’Afghanistan: earthquake survivors face hunger with funding stretched to the maximum: WFPSudan: thousands of young children may die deprived of food and healthcare: UNICEF, WHOGuinea: deadly diphtheria outbreak: WHO 
10/18/20230
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News in Brief 18 October 2023

Israel-Gaza: UN chief urges ceasefire with region ‘on the precipice’Afghanistan: earthquake survivors face hunger with funding stretched to the maximum: WFPSudan: thousands of young children may die deprived of food and healthcare: UNICEF, WHOGuinea: deadly diphtheria outbreak: WHO 
10/18/20234 minutes, 7 seconds
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‘Dire’ situation after Afghan quakes as aid teams reach affected communities

Nearly 1,500 people have been killed and another 66,000 have had their lives upended by a series of powerful earthquakes that have rocked Afghanistan’s Herat Province since 7 October, UN aid coordination office OCHA reported on Tuesday.To help, $93 million needed urgently to assist 114,000 people ahead of the coming winter. With more on the UN’s response and the development challenges that lie  ahead, here’s OCHA’s deputy head in Kabul, Katherine Carey, who’s been speaking to UN News’s Katy Dartford.
10/17/20230
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‘Dire’ situation after Afghan quakes as aid teams reach affected communities

Nearly 1,500 people have been killed and another 66,000 have had their lives upended by a series of powerful earthquakes that have rocked Afghanistan’s Herat Province since 7 October, UN aid coordination office OCHA reported on Tuesday.To help, $93 million needed urgently to assist 114,000 people ahead of the coming winter. With more on the UN’s response and the development challenges that lie  ahead, here’s OCHA’s deputy head in Kabul, Katherine Carey, who’s been speaking to UN News’s Katy Dartford.
10/17/20230
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‘Dire’ situation after Afghan quakes as aid teams reach affected communities

Nearly 1,500 people have been killed and another 66,000 have had their lives upended by a series of powerful earthquakes that have rocked Afghanistan’s Herat Province since 7 October, UN aid coordination office OCHA reported on Tuesday.To help, $93 million needed urgently to assist 114,000 people ahead of the coming winter. With more on the UN’s response and the development challenges that lie  ahead, here’s OCHA’s deputy head in Kabul, Katherine Carey, who’s been speaking to UN News’s Katy Dartford.
10/17/20236 minutes, 25 seconds
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News in Brief 17 October 2023

Dire situation in Afghanistan’s west following deadly quakes: OCHAUN rights office voices deepening concern for Gaza civiliansNearly 4,000 killed in Darfur amid spiralling Sudan civil war
10/17/20230
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News in Brief 17 October 2023

Dire situation in Afghanistan’s west following deadly quakes: OCHAUN rights office voices deepening concern for Gaza civiliansNearly 4,000 killed in Darfur amid spiralling Sudan civil war
10/17/20230
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News in Brief 17 October 2023

Dire situation in Afghanistan’s west following deadly quakes: OCHAUN rights office voices deepening concern for Gaza civiliansNearly 4,000 killed in Darfur amid spiralling Sudan civil war
10/17/20234 minutes, 27 seconds
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News in Brief 16 October 2023

Aid access into Gaza is ‘overwhelming priority’: UN relief chiefRights expert warns of child recruitment by armed groups in Sudan warFAO calls for action to bridge ‘green social divide’ in cities
10/16/20230
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News in Brief 16 October 2023

Aid access into Gaza is ‘overwhelming priority’: UN relief chiefRights expert warns of child recruitment by armed groups in Sudan warFAO calls for action to bridge ‘green social divide’ in cities
10/16/20230
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News in Brief 16 October 2023

Aid access into Gaza is ‘overwhelming priority’: UN relief chiefRights expert warns of child recruitment by armed groups in Sudan warFAO calls for action to bridge ‘green social divide’ in cities
10/16/20233 minutes, 12 seconds
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‘Deep discussions’ ongoing to get aid into Gaza, says UN aid chief

Amid a deepening humanitarian crisis in Gaza, where essential supplies and even body bags have reportedly run out, the UN’s top aid official insisted on Monday that reliable, dependable and constant supplies were needed immediately.Martin Griffiths’ strong appeal comes as more than a million people have been uprooted from northern to southern Gaza since the Israeli military warned of an imminent offensive, prompted by Palestinian military group Hamas’s 7 October attack on Israel.In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, the veteran humanitarian expresses hope for his upcoming diplomatic mission to the Middle East, beginning with Cairo on Tuesday. 
10/16/20230
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‘Deep discussions’ ongoing to get aid into Gaza, says UN aid chief

Amid a deepening humanitarian crisis in Gaza, where essential supplies and even body bags have reportedly run out, the UN’s top aid official insisted on Monday that reliable, dependable and constant supplies were needed immediately.Martin Griffiths’ strong appeal comes as more than a million people have been uprooted from northern to southern Gaza since the Israeli military warned of an imminent offensive, prompted by Palestinian military group Hamas’s 7 October attack on Israel.In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, the veteran humanitarian expresses hope for his upcoming diplomatic mission to the Middle East, beginning with Cairo on Tuesday. 
10/16/20230
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‘Immediate unconditional access’ needed into Gaza for lifesaving aid

Just as the UN is calling for the unconditional release of hostages by Hamas, it’s crucial for Israel to give “immediate unconditional access” to humanitarian aid for desperate civilians forced to move south, the UN’s top official in the Occupied Palestinian Territory told UN News on Sunday.Humanitarian Coordinator Lynn Hastings said the UN is in intensive discussions with Israeli authorities over humanitarian corridors and a vital ceasefire, to avert further castastrophe for civilians, with a million Palestinians already displaced amid the total “collapse” of Gaza’s already fragile health system.Israel says “they want to destroy Hamas, but the current trajectory is going to destroy Gaza” she told UN News’s Reem Abaza.
10/15/20230
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‘Immediate unconditional access’ needed into Gaza for lifesaving aid

Just as the UN is calling for the unconditional release of hostages by Hamas, it’s crucial for Israel to give “immediate unconditional access” to humanitarian aid for desperate civilians forced to move south, the UN’s top official in the Occupied Palestinian Territory told UN News on Sunday.Humanitarian Coordinator Lynn Hastings said the UN is in intensive discussions with Israeli authorities over humanitarian corridors and a vital ceasefire, to avert further castastrophe for civilians, with a million Palestinians already displaced amid the total “collapse” of Gaza’s already fragile health system.Israel says “they want to destroy Hamas, but the current trajectory is going to destroy Gaza” she told UN News’s Reem Abaza.
10/15/20230
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World Food Day: Innovate and produce more to eat, using less water

Water is essential to produce food so it is no surprise to hear that a current global shortage threatens to push more vulnerable people into hunger. A frightening prospect, when you consider that more than 700 million already have too little to eat today. Ahead of World Food Day, observed on 16 October, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has shared information about the latest technical innovations that countries can implement to produce the food that they need.With more, here’s FAO’s Deputy Director-General, Maria Helena Semedo, who’s been speaking to UN News’s Dominika Tomaszewska-Mortimer.  
10/14/20230
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World Food Day: Innovate and produce more to eat, using less water

Water is essential to produce food so it is no surprise to hear that a current global shortage threatens to push more vulnerable people into hunger. A frightening prospect, when you consider that more than 700 million already have too little to eat today. Ahead of World Food Day, observed on 16 October, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has shared information about the latest technical innovations that countries can implement to produce the food that they need.With more, here’s FAO’s Deputy Director-General, Maria Helena Semedo, who’s been speaking to UN News’s Dominika Tomaszewska-Mortimer.  
10/14/20230
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WFP 'looking at every way' to get food and supplies into Gaza

With the Gaza Strip completely closed off, civilians there are in "desperate need" of humanitarian aid, the World Food Programme (WFP) Representative and Country Director in Palestine, Samer AbdelJaber, said on Friday.In an interview with UN News's Ezzat El-Ferri, Mr. AbdelJaber discussed the unique complexities of the situation, warning that Israel has threatened to shut off Internet access on Saturday.He underscored the vital need for unimpeded corridors to transport humanitarian aid into the enclave and highlighted the dedication of WFP staff who remain on the ground. 
10/13/20230
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WFP 'looking at every way' to get food and supplies into Gaza

With the Gaza Strip completely closed off, civilians there are in "desperate need" of humanitarian aid, the World Food Programme (WFP) Representative and Country Director in Palestine, Samer AbdelJaber, said on Friday.In an interview with UN News's Ezzat El-Ferri, Mr. AbdelJaber discussed the unique complexities of the situation, warning that Israel has threatened to shut off Internet access on Saturday.He underscored the vital need for unimpeded corridors to transport humanitarian aid into the enclave and highlighted the dedication of WFP staff who remain on the ground. 
10/13/20230
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WHO: Healthcare system in Gaza ‘almost collapsing’

Health care facilities in Gaza are struggling to cope as attacks on healthcare targets increase in scale and intensity, and supplies dwindle amid overwhelming demand.“My call again and again is to respect the international law when it comes to protecting the safety of healthcare facilities and the people inside these ambulances,” said Dr. Ahmed Al Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, in an interview with UN News. Mr. Al Mandhari emphasised to Abdelmonem Makki the heightened need for humanitarian assistance to Gaza and discussed ongoing WHO efforts to prevent a wider humanitarian disaster. 
10/13/20230
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WHO: Healthcare system in Gaza ‘almost collapsing’

Health care facilities in Gaza are struggling to cope as attacks on healthcare targets increase in scale and intensity, and supplies dwindle amid overwhelming demand.“My call again and again is to respect the international law when it comes to protecting the safety of healthcare facilities and the people inside these ambulances,” said Dr. Ahmed Al Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, in an interview with UN News. Mr. Al Mandhari emphasised to Abdelmonem Makki the heightened need for humanitarian assistance to Gaza and discussed ongoing WHO efforts to prevent a wider humanitarian disaster. 
10/13/20230
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Israel-Gaza: ‘No safe place to go,’ says UNICEF

As the Israel-Gaza crisis worsens, the UN Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) Salim Oweis says that more than 500 children have already been killed and more than 1600 injured, leaving the two million overall trapped inside the Gaza Strip on the “brink of a humanitarian catastrophe.” Speaking from his headquarters in the Jordanian capital Amman, Mr. Oweis told UN News’s Khaled Mohamed about the huge scale of need and suffering, including the importance of creating a humanitarian corridor – as Israel demands over a million withdraw from the north of Gaza, in just 24 hours. 
10/13/20230
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Israel-Gaza: ‘No safe place to go,’ says UNICEF

As the Israel-Gaza crisis worsens, the UN Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) Salim Oweis says that more than 500 children have already been killed and more than 1600 injured, leaving the two million overall trapped inside the Gaza Strip on the “brink of a humanitarian catastrophe.” Speaking from his headquarters in the Jordanian capital Amman, Mr. Oweis told UN News’s Khaled Mohamed about the huge scale of need and suffering, including the importance of creating a humanitarian corridor – as Israel demands over a million withdraw from the north of Gaza, in just 24 hours. 
10/13/20230
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Gaza-Israel: Rules of war not ‘optional’, insists UN rights chief

Six days since violence erupted in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, UN human rights chief Volker Türk on Friday urged combatants to respect the Geneva Conventions – the rules of war. Countries with influence on both sides should take steps to defuse the “powder keg” situation, Mr. Türk has insisted, amid evidence of summary execution of civilians by Palestinian armed groups and of on-going Israeli airstrikes on residential towers in Gaza city. With more, here’s UN rights office, OHCHR, Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani, who’s been speaking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson in Geneva. 
10/13/20230
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Gaza-Israel: Rules of war not ‘optional’, insists UN rights chief

Six days since violence erupted in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, UN human rights chief Volker Türk on Friday urged combatants to respect the Geneva Conventions – the rules of war. Countries with influence on both sides should take steps to defuse the “powder keg” situation, Mr. Türk has insisted, amid evidence of summary execution of civilians by Palestinian armed groups and of on-going Israeli airstrikes on residential towers in Gaza city. With more, here’s UN rights office, OHCHR, Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani, who’s been speaking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson in Geneva. 
10/13/20230
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News in Brief 13 October 2023

Gaza relocation order a ‘death sentence’ for the vulnerableAfghanistan: funding urgently needed for earthquake survivors: UNHCREthiopia: end of rights probe mars prospects for accountability, experts say
10/13/20230
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News in Brief 13 October 2023

Gaza relocation order a ‘death sentence’ for the vulnerableAfghanistan: funding urgently needed for earthquake survivors: UNHCREthiopia: end of rights probe mars prospects for accountability, experts say
10/13/20230
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News in Brief 13 October 2023

Gaza relocation order a ‘death sentence’ for the vulnerableAfghanistan: funding urgently needed for earthquake survivors: UNHCREthiopia: end of rights probe mars prospects for accountability, experts say
10/13/20233 minutes, 35 seconds
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Rights expert warns of potential abuse linked to ‘voluntourism’

The UN appointed independent expert on the sale and exploitation of children is calling on governments to make so-called “voluntarism” – tourists who are ostensibly volunteering as charity workers – better regulated to prevent potential abuse and sexual exploitation. Mama Fatima Singhateh was at UN Headquarters recently and spoke to UN News’s Dina Neskorozhana about her report’s recommendations, stressing that the already vulnerable were most at risk, and that this pernicious abuse could damage children’s lives well into the future.
10/12/20230
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Rights expert warns of potential abuse linked to ‘voluntourism’

The UN appointed independent expert on the sale and exploitation of children is calling on governments to make so-called “voluntarism” – tourists who are ostensibly volunteering as charity workers – better regulated to prevent potential abuse and sexual exploitation. Mama Fatima Singhateh was at UN Headquarters recently and spoke to UN News’s Dina Neskorozhana about her report’s recommendations, stressing that the already vulnerable were most at risk, and that this pernicious abuse could damage children’s lives well into the future.
10/12/20230
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News in Brief 12 October 2023

Humanitarians call for urgent aid access to GazaWater for food and energy production is running out, UN weather agency warnsGlobal funding for aid off-track: OCHA
10/12/20230
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News in Brief 12 October 2023

Humanitarians call for urgent aid access to GazaWater for food and energy production is running out, UN weather agency warnsGlobal funding for aid off-track: OCHA
10/12/20230
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News in Brief 12 October 2023

Humanitarians call for urgent aid access to GazaWater for food and energy production is running out, UN weather agency warnsGlobal funding for aid off-track: OCHA
10/12/20233 minutes, 26 seconds
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Humanitarian situation in Gaza ‘beyond the imagination’

The humanitarian situation in Gaza is “indescribable” and “unprecedented” as the battle between extremist Palestinian armed groups and Israeli forces escalates.That’s according to a senior UN official with humanitarian office OCHA inside the enclave, speaking to UN News on Wednesday.“Every hour that passes brings more fighting and devastation,” Hamada El Bayari told us.Mr. El Bayari described the latest situation on the ground to Khaled Mohamed, saying that there is currently no “safe passage” anywhere for civilians trying to find cover from Israeli airstrikes, with around 340,000 Palestinians now displaced.The shutting off of all services, is making an already disastrous situation worse by the minute.
10/11/20230
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Humanitarian situation in Gaza ‘beyond the imagination’

The humanitarian situation in Gaza is “indescribable” and “unprecedented” as the battle between extremist Palestinian armed groups and Israeli forces escalates.That’s according to a senior UN official with humanitarian office OCHA inside the enclave, speaking to UN News on Wednesday.“Every hour that passes brings more fighting and devastation,” Hamada El Bayari told us.Mr. El Bayari described the latest situation on the ground to Khaled Mohamed, saying that there is currently no “safe passage” anywhere for civilians trying to find cover from Israeli airstrikes, with around 340,000 Palestinians now displaced.The shutting off of all services, is making an already disastrous situation worse by the minute.
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News in Brief 11 October 2023

Over one in 10 Gaza residents displaced: humanitarian updateInvest in girls’ leadership: UN chiefNew plan to prevent tens of thousands of deaths in childbirth: WHOUN agencies supporting major push to eradicate polio
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News in Brief 11 October 2023

Over one in 10 Gaza residents displaced: humanitarian updateInvest in girls’ leadership: UN chiefNew plan to prevent tens of thousands of deaths in childbirth: WHOUN agencies supporting major push to eradicate polio
10/11/20230
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News in Brief 11 October 2023

Over one in 10 Gaza residents displaced: humanitarian updateInvest in girls’ leadership: UN chiefNew plan to prevent tens of thousands of deaths in childbirth: WHOUN agencies supporting major push to eradicate polio
10/11/20233 minutes, 56 seconds
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Gaza: UNRWA's 'unsung heroes' continue to serve despite immense risks

Families escaping the shelling and bombardment in Gaza have sought refuge in premises belonging to UNRWA, the UN agency that supports Palestine refugees across the Middle East.Some of the agency’s 13,000 staff members are among them, said Juliette Touma, UNRWA Director of Communications, who is based in Amman, Jordan.She told UN News's Ezzat El-Ferri that despite displacement and loss – of loved ones, neighbours and even colleagues – these “unsung heroes” continue to deliver, even while fearful for their own lives.Ms. Touma began by outlining damage UNRWA has sustained four days into the conflict, which some of her colleagues said is the worst they have experienced by far.
10/10/20230
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Gaza: UNRWA's 'unsung heroes' continue to serve despite immense risks

Families escaping the shelling and bombardment in Gaza have sought refuge in premises belonging to UNRWA, the UN agency that supports Palestine refugees across the Middle East.Some of the agency’s 13,000 staff members are among them, said Juliette Touma, UNRWA Director of Communications, who is based in Amman, Jordan.She told UN News's Ezzat El-Ferri that despite displacement and loss – of loved ones, neighbours and even colleagues – these “unsung heroes” continue to deliver, even while fearful for their own lives.Ms. Touma began by outlining damage UNRWA has sustained four days into the conflict, which some of her colleagues said is the worst they have experienced by far.
10/10/20230
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Poverty a 'pull factor' for child recruitment, early marriage: UN expert

Poverty and lack of education are pushing boys into joining armed groups and forcing girls to marry way before they should, warns Virginia Gamba, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict.  Her latest report documents more than 27,000 instances of grave violations against children caught up in war, including use in conflict, killing and maiming, and rape and sexual violence. It also reveals a worrisome rise in attacks against schools, with nearly half carried out by government forces.Ms. Gamba recently spoke to UN News’s Felipe De Carvalho about the main drivers of child recruitment and the unique challenges that conflict poses to children and education systems. 
10/10/20230
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Poverty a 'pull factor' for child recruitment, early marriage: UN expert

Poverty and lack of education are pushing boys into joining armed groups and forcing girls to marry way before they should, warns Virginia Gamba, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict.  Her latest report documents more than 27,000 instances of grave violations against children caught up in war, including use in conflict, killing and maiming, and rape and sexual violence. It also reveals a worrisome rise in attacks against schools, with nearly half carried out by government forces.Ms. Gamba recently spoke to UN News’s Felipe De Carvalho about the main drivers of child recruitment and the unique challenges that conflict poses to children and education systems. 
10/10/20230
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News in Brief 10 October 2023

Mental health not a privilege but a ‘fundamental human right’: GuterresIsrael/ Palestine: UN urges to spare civilian livesAfghanistan earthquake: humanitarian update
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News in Brief 10 October 2023

Mental health not a privilege but a ‘fundamental human right’: GuterresIsrael/ Palestine: UN urges to spare civilian livesAfghanistan earthquake: humanitarian update
10/10/20230
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News in Brief 10 October 2023

Mental health not a privilege but a ‘fundamental human right’: GuterresIsrael/ Palestine: UN urges to spare civilian livesAfghanistan earthquake: humanitarian update
10/10/20233 minutes, 6 seconds
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UN agency working round the clock to provide shelter for thousands of Gazans 

Amid ongoing Israeli reprisals in the Occupied Palestinian Territory following Hamas’s massive attack against Israel at the weekend, more than 73,000 people in Gaza have now sought shelter in UN schools there. That’s the latest from the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which expects the number of new arrivals to increase, while the violence continues to escalate. With more, here’s UNWRA’s chief of communications Tamara Alrifai, whose been speaking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson from Amman. 
10/9/20230
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UN agency working round the clock to provide shelter for thousands of Gazans 

Amid ongoing Israeli reprisals in the Occupied Palestinian Territory following Hamas’s massive attack against Israel at the weekend, more than 73,000 people in Gaza have now sought shelter in UN schools there. That’s the latest from the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which expects the number of new arrivals to increase, while the violence continues to escalate. With more, here’s UNWRA’s chief of communications Tamara Alrifai, whose been speaking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson from Amman. 
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Afghanistan: WHO and partners responding to immense needs

Aftershocks continue to be felt from the deadly earthquake that pummeled parts of western Afghanistan on Saturday, a senior official with the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Monday.Roughly 1,300 people were killed in the disaster, which struck just west of the city of Herat, affecting eight villages. Those injured or otherwise impacted are estimated to be in the tens of thousands.Dr. Alaa Abouzeid, WHO Health Emergency Team Lead in Afghanistan, said some people who were treated for mild injuries are now living in tents because they have nowhere else to go.UN News’s Abdelmonem Makki spoke to Dr. Abouzeid who was in the capital, Kabul. He outlined the magnitude of the emergency and how the UN and partners are responding to the immense needs.
10/9/20230
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Afghanistan: WHO and partners responding to immense needs

Aftershocks continue to be felt from the deadly earthquake that pummeled parts of western Afghanistan on Saturday, a senior official with the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Monday.Roughly 1,300 people were killed in the disaster, which struck just west of the city of Herat, affecting eight villages. Those injured or otherwise impacted are estimated to be in the tens of thousands.Dr. Alaa Abouzeid, WHO Health Emergency Team Lead in Afghanistan, said some people who were treated for mild injuries are now living in tents because they have nowhere else to go.UN News’s Abdelmonem Makki spoke to Dr. Abouzeid who was in the capital, Kabul. He outlined the magnitude of the emergency and how the UN and partners are responding to the immense needs.
10/9/20230
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News in Brief 9 October 2023

Top rights body observes minutes of silence for Israel/Gaza, AfghanistanUkraine: “blatant and unabated” violations of human rights continue: UN deputy rights chiefHumanitarian funding shortfall to get worse in 2024: UN refugee chiefChina: rights experts concerned over Hong Kong mass trial, arrests
10/9/20230
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News in Brief 9 October 2023

Top rights body observes minutes of silence for Israel/Gaza, AfghanistanUkraine: “blatant and unabated” violations of human rights continue: UN deputy rights chiefHumanitarian funding shortfall to get worse in 2024: UN refugee chiefChina: rights experts concerned over Hong Kong mass trial, arrests
10/9/20230
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News in Brief 9 October 2023

Top rights body observes minutes of silence for Israel/Gaza, AfghanistanUkraine: “blatant and unabated” violations of human rights continue: UN deputy rights chiefHumanitarian funding shortfall to get worse in 2024: UN refugee chiefChina: rights experts concerned over Hong Kong mass trial, arrests
10/9/20234 minutes, 18 seconds
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UNFPA delivers support and dignity for women refugees in Armenia

Needs are immense among people who fled Karabakh for Armenia, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) reports.The UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency has rushed to support women and girls, helping them to maintain their dignity amidst the chaos of displacement.More than 2,000 pregnant women are among the refugees and UNFPA is also making sure that hospitals and health facilities can assist them, especially with some 230 women set to deliver next month.UN News’s Dianne Penn spoke to Emmanuel Roussier, Humanitarian Coordinator for UNFPA’s Emergency Response in Armenia, about its work there.
10/6/20230
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UNFPA delivers support and dignity for women refugees in Armenia

Needs are immense among people who fled Karabakh for Armenia, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) reports.The UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency has rushed to support women and girls, helping them to maintain their dignity amidst the chaos of displacement.More than 2,000 pregnant women are among the refugees and UNFPA is also making sure that hospitals and health facilities can assist them, especially with some 230 women set to deliver next month.UN News’s Dianne Penn spoke to Emmanuel Roussier, Humanitarian Coordinator for UNFPA’s Emergency Response in Armenia, about its work there.
10/6/20230
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News in Brief 6 October 2023

Nobel Peace Prize choice of Narges Mohammadi highlights “courage and determination” of Iranian women: OHCHRUkraine: UN rights chief condemns deadly strike in HrozaEach day 20,000 children displaced by weather-related disasters: UNICEFRights expert warns about child sexual abuse risks from “voluntourism” 
10/6/20230
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News in Brief 6 October 2023

Nobel Peace Prize choice of Narges Mohammadi highlights “courage and determination” of Iranian women: OHCHRUkraine: UN rights chief condemns deadly strike in HrozaEach day 20,000 children displaced by weather-related disasters: UNICEFRights expert warns about child sexual abuse risks from “voluntourism” 
10/6/20230
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News in Brief 6 October 2023

Nobel Peace Prize choice of Narges Mohammadi highlights “courage and determination” of Iranian women: OHCHRUkraine: UN rights chief condemns deadly strike in HrozaEach day 20,000 children displaced by weather-related disasters: UNICEFRights expert warns about child sexual abuse risks from “voluntourism” 
10/6/20234 minutes, 42 seconds
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UNICEF in Armenia creates safe spaces for children from Karabakh

In one week, more than 100,000 people arrived in Armenia from Karabakh, including around 30,000 children. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is among humanitarian agencies mobilized to help the refugees.UNICEF Representative in Armenia Christine Weigand said children arrive there very tired, hungry and in a state of shock. Their immediate needs are very much linked to health issues. Speaking to UN News’s Anton Uspensky, she explained that in the long run, assistance will be provided to support children’s integration into the educational system. They will also receive psychological support to help them overcome the shock and trauma.
10/5/20230
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UNICEF in Armenia creates safe spaces for children from Karabakh

In one week, more than 100,000 people arrived in Armenia from Karabakh, including around 30,000 children. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is among humanitarian agencies mobilized to help the refugees.UNICEF Representative in Armenia Christine Weigand said children arrive there very tired, hungry and in a state of shock. Their immediate needs are very much linked to health issues. Speaking to UN News’s Anton Uspensky, she explained that in the long run, assistance will be provided to support children’s integration into the educational system. They will also receive psychological support to help them overcome the shock and trauma.
10/5/20230
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News in Brief 5 October 2023

Ban autonomous weapons now, UN and Red Cross chiefs tell countriesStates ‘can and must do more’ to counter religious hatred: TürkSudan: humanitarians call for ‘much more’ international solidarity, slam interference from warring partiesSouth Sudan: rights probe calls out media censorship, civil society 
10/5/20230
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News in Brief 5 October 2023

Ban autonomous weapons now, UN and Red Cross chiefs tell countriesStates ‘can and must do more’ to counter religious hatred: TürkSudan: humanitarians call for ‘much more’ international solidarity, slam interference from warring partiesSouth Sudan: rights probe calls out media censorship, civil society 
10/5/20230
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News in Brief 5 October 2023

Ban autonomous weapons now, UN and Red Cross chiefs tell countriesStates ‘can and must do more’ to counter religious hatred: TürkSudan: humanitarians call for ‘much more’ international solidarity, slam interference from warring partiesSouth Sudan: rights probe calls out media censorship, civil society 
10/5/20234 minutes, 56 seconds
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‘Huge’ challenges facing sustainable development in Lebanon

Lebanon’s refugee population is especially vulnerable to misinformation and disinformation campaigns, making navigating the country’s multi-layered humanitarian crises increasingly challenging.That's according to Imran Riza, UN Resident Coordinator in Lebanon, who has overseen the UN humanitarian mission in Lebanon since September last year. He told UN News’ Khaled Mohamed that progress has “regressed incredibly” in the last four years, emphasising the need for increased international support for refugee populations in areas such as health, education, and social protection.
10/4/20230
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‘Huge’ challenges facing sustainable development in Lebanon

Lebanon’s refugee population is especially vulnerable to misinformation and disinformation campaigns, making navigating the country’s multi-layered humanitarian crises increasingly challenging.That's according to Imran Riza, UN Resident Coordinator in Lebanon, who has overseen the UN humanitarian mission in Lebanon since September last year. He told UN News’ Khaled Mohamed that progress has “regressed incredibly” in the last four years, emphasising the need for increased international support for refugee populations in areas such as health, education, and social protection.
10/4/20230
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News in Brief 4 October 2023

Global economy a mixed bag, high debt stifles development in poorer countries: UNCTAD World needs millions more teachers but profession deemed ‘unattractive’: UNESCO‘Stop taking water for granted’: FAO chief India: Nipah virus outbreak latest: WHO
10/4/20230
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News in Brief 4 October 2023

Global economy a mixed bag, high debt stifles development in poorer countries: UNCTAD World needs millions more teachers but profession deemed ‘unattractive’: UNESCO‘Stop taking water for granted’: FAO chief India: Nipah virus outbreak latest: WHO
10/4/20230
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News in Brief 4 October 2023

Global economy a mixed bag, high debt stifles development in poorer countries: UNCTAD World needs millions more teachers but profession deemed ‘unattractive’: UNESCO‘Stop taking water for granted’: FAO chief India: Nipah virus outbreak latest: WHO
10/4/20234 minutes, 22 seconds
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DR Congo: Combatting misinformation in the field

Misinformation poses a significant risk to UN peacekeeping. If left unchecked, it damages how the mission is perceived, creates confusion about its role, and puts lives of ‘blue helmets’ in danger.MONUSCO, the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was recently a target of fake news, according to Bintou Keita, head of the operation.She told UN News’ Jerome Bernard what motivates those spreading malicious information, and how the mission is combatting it.But she began, by addressing the DRC president’s call at the UN General Debate for the mission to speed up its withdrawal from the country.
10/3/20230
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DR Congo: Combatting misinformation in the field

Misinformation poses a significant risk to UN peacekeeping. If left unchecked, it damages how the mission is perceived, creates confusion about its role, and puts lives of ‘blue helmets’ in danger.MONUSCO, the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was recently a target of fake news, according to Bintou Keita, head of the operation.She told UN News’ Jerome Bernard what motivates those spreading malicious information, and how the mission is combatting it.But she began, by addressing the DRC president’s call at the UN General Debate for the mission to speed up its withdrawal from the country.
10/3/20230
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News in Brief 3 October 2023

Armenia: urgent health assistance required for Karabakh refugees: WHO‘We need to stop deaths of people on the move’: IOM, UNHCR chiefsHundreds of thousands of South Sudanese fleeing Sudan face hunger emergency: WFPLibya: Storm Daniel’s heavy toll on health workers: WHO
10/3/20230
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News in Brief 3 October 2023

Armenia: urgent health assistance required for Karabakh refugees: WHO‘We need to stop deaths of people on the move’: IOM, UNHCR chiefsHundreds of thousands of South Sudanese fleeing Sudan face hunger emergency: WFPLibya: Storm Daniel’s heavy toll on health workers: WHO
10/3/20230
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News in Brief 3 October 2023

Armenia: urgent health assistance required for Karabakh refugees: WHO‘We need to stop deaths of people on the move’: IOM, UNHCR chiefsHundreds of thousands of South Sudanese fleeing Sudan face hunger emergency: WFPLibya: Storm Daniel’s heavy toll on health workers: WHO
10/3/20234 minutes, 32 seconds
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Haiti: Multinational mission will reinforce police efforts to end gang violence

The UN Security Council took a historic step on Monday by authorizing the deployment of a multinational security mission to help the Haitian police combat rampant gang violence.Kenya has offered to lead the force, which is not a UN operation, and other countries have signalled their participation.Ahead of the Council vote, UN News’s Cristina Silveiro spoke to Ambassador Bob Rae of Canada, Chair of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti.He said the mission “is not going to be a walk in the park” and began by explaining the force’s relationship with the UN Office in Haiti, BINUH. 
10/2/20230
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Haiti: Multinational mission will reinforce police efforts to end gang violence

The UN Security Council took a historic step on Monday by authorizing the deployment of a multinational security mission to help the Haitian police combat rampant gang violence.Kenya has offered to lead the force, which is not a UN operation, and other countries have signalled their participation.Ahead of the Council vote, UN News’s Cristina Silveiro spoke to Ambassador Bob Rae of Canada, Chair of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti.He said the mission “is not going to be a walk in the park” and began by explaining the force’s relationship with the UN Office in Haiti, BINUH. 
10/2/20230
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Karabakh: After the exodus, ‘hidden humanitarian emergency’ unfolds

After around 100,000 refugees left the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan in the past few days, there is now a “hidden humanitarian emergency” unfolding across Armenia.That’s according to Joe Lowry a Spokesperson with the UN migration agency IOM based in Vienna, who has been on the ground in Armenia as part of the UN relief operation.He told UN News's Vibhu Mishra that many have lived through a “nightmare” and UN humanitarians are already focusing on the need to support the Armenian Government with providing mental health services for new arrivals.
10/2/20230
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Karabakh: After the exodus, ‘hidden humanitarian emergency’ unfolds

After around 100,000 refugees left the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan in the past few days, there is now a “hidden humanitarian emergency” unfolding across Armenia.That’s according to Joe Lowry a Spokesperson with the UN migration agency IOM based in Vienna, who has been on the ground in Armenia as part of the UN relief operation.He told UN News's Vibhu Mishra that many have lived through a “nightmare” and UN humanitarians are already focusing on the need to support the Armenian Government with providing mental health services for new arrivals.
10/2/20230
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We need to think about migrants, not just when they’re stranded at sea: New IOM chief

Amy Pope took office as the chief of UN migration agency IOM on 1 October, becoming the first woman to lead the organisation.In her very first week on the job, she sat down with UN News’s Dominika Tomaszewska-Mortimer to talk about a comprehensive view of migration and its causes.She insisted on the urgent need for more regular pathways for people whose lives are uprooted because of poverty, gang violence or climate change. She’s also advocating for a new narrative around the issue, arguing that in an ageing world, “ultimately, countries will be competing for migrants”.
10/2/20230
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We need to think about migrants, not just when they’re stranded at sea: New IOM chief

Amy Pope took office as the chief of UN migration agency IOM on 1 October, becoming the first woman to lead the organisation.In her very first week on the job, she sat down with UN News’s Dominika Tomaszewska-Mortimer to talk about a comprehensive view of migration and its causes.She insisted on the urgent need for more regular pathways for people whose lives are uprooted because of poverty, gang violence or climate change. She’s also advocating for a new narrative around the issue, arguing that in an ageing world, “ultimately, countries will be competing for migrants”.
10/2/20230
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News in Brief 2 October 2023

Cities can be key players on the road to sustainability: UN chiefNew IOM chief pledges to help world ‘harness benefits and promise of migration’Myanmar: humanitarian needs, landmine threats surge: OCHA
10/2/20230
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News in Brief 2 October 2023

Cities can be key players on the road to sustainability: UN chiefNew IOM chief pledges to help world ‘harness benefits and promise of migration’Myanmar: humanitarian needs, landmine threats surge: OCHA