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Gaza: Efforts to deliver food aid to stricken north ‘largely unsuccessful’

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 4:00am
Efforts by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to deliver desperately needed food supplies to northern Gaza resumed on Tuesday but were largely unsuccessful, the agency reported.

UN rights expert condemns ‘systematic’ war-time mass destruction of homes

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 4:00am
An independent UN housing rights expert condemned on Tuesday the arbitrary destruction of civilian homes and infrastructure during conflicts, comparing the ongoing bombardment of Gaza with strikes against Dresden during the Second World War.

South Sudan: Top UN official calls for greater political investment as polls loom

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 4:00am
With only nine months remaining before the polls in December, South Sudan is not ready to hold elections and a lot more needs to be done, the head of UN peace operations said on Tuesday.

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

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 4:00am
The UN Secretary-General reiterated his deep concern on Tuesday over the “rapidly deteriorating” security situation in Haiti as violent gangs tighten their grip on the country in the wake of a jailbreak at the weekend which saw nearly 4,000 criminals return to the streets.

‘Widespread’ sexual abuse of children in entertainment business revealed

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 4:00am
Widespread sexual abuse of children in the entertainment industry must be urgently stamped out, an independent UN expert told the Human Rights Council on Tuesday, presenting hard-hitting findings and recommendations on how to end the scourge.

Drugs online: UN-backed body offers solutions to counter narcotics surge

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 4:00am
Drug dealers have continued to use cutting-edge digital technology, social media platforms and disinformation to sell their illegal produce, fuelling narcotics consumption globally, a UN-backed report launched on Tuesday showed. 

Women in parliament: Slow progress towards equal representation

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 4:00am
Progress on women’s representation in national legislatures was “slow and mixed” in 2023, registering a growth of 0.4 per cent over the preceding year, the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) reported on Tuesday.

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

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 4:00am
Climate change is disproportionately affecting the incomes of rural women, the poor and older populations, who also have the least capacity to adapt to extreme weather events, a new report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) revealed on Tuesday.

North Gaza aid mission reveals more infants may die from hunger

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 4:00am
A rare opportunity to deliver desperately needed supplies to hospitals in northern Gaza for the first time in months has been welcomed by UN humanitarians who on Tuesday issued a fresh alert about “appalling” conditions in medical facilities where more children risk are battling life-threatening malnutrition.

UN crime prevention chief pledges enhanced cooperation in Somalia

Mon, 03/04/2024 - 4:00am
The Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Ghada Waly has highlighted the threats of transnational organized crime, terrorism and corruption that is plaguing Somalia.

‘Clear and convincing information’ that hostages held in Gaza subjected to sexual violence, says UN Special Representative

Mon, 03/04/2024 - 4:00am
Following a 17-day visit to Israel, the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict reported on Monday that she and a team of experts had found “clear and convincing information” of rape and sexualized torture being committed against hostages seized during the 7 October terror attacks.

‘Mega election’ 2024 could be a landmark for democracy: UN rights chief

Mon, 03/04/2024 - 4:00am
Dozens of elections taking place this year around the world will likely be “free from hatred” and respect the will of the people, but there are warning signs that several polls may not, including Bangladesh, Chad, Hungary, Russia and Senegal, UN rights chief Volker Türk warned on Monday.

General Assembly President condemns ‘catastrophic, unconscionable, shameful’ conditions in Gaza

Mon, 03/04/2024 - 4:00am
Ambassadors in the UN General Assembly again discussed on Monday the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza and the critical work of the UN agency for Palestine refugees, UNRWA, which is facing an existential threat, hearing a briefing by its Commissioner-General, Philippe Lazzarini, and holding a heated debate on the US veto of the latest Security Council draft resolution calling for a ceasefire in the war-torn enclave.

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

Mon, 03/04/2024 - 4:00am
Negotiations for a ceasefire in Gaza continued in Egypt for a second day on Monday as the UN’s top rights official warned that the war there risked morphing into a much “wider conflagration” enveloping every country in the Middle East and beyond. 

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

Sun, 03/03/2024 - 4:00am
UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for action now to protect nature in his message to mark World Wildlife Day on Sunday.

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

Sun, 03/03/2024 - 4:00am
A senior official with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has appealed for wider and safer humanitarian access in Gaza, where malnourished babies are slowly dying while the world watches.

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

Sat, 03/02/2024 - 4:00am
More funding is needed to support small island developing States (SIDS) on the frontlines of climate change, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Saturday in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Security Council reiterates call for immediate and safe aid delivery to Gaza

Sat, 03/02/2024 - 4:00am
The UN Security Council has underscored the need to protect civilians in Gaza in the wake of the deadly incident at an aid convoy on Thursday. 

WHO: Investments and myth-busting to improve hearing

Sat, 03/02/2024 - 4:00am
Over 400 million people globally need hearing aids, a study by the World Health Organization (WHO) reveals, but only 20 per cent get them due to lack of financial and human resources, as well as stigma. 

Roughly 9,000 women killed so far in Gaza war: UN Women

Sat, 03/02/2024 - 4:00am
The Gaza conflict “is also a war on women”, who continue to suffer its devastating impacts, the UN agency championing gender equality has said.

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