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  • Gaza: fresh airstrikes reported in centre, south, as conflict intensifies
    New Israeli airstrikes reportedly struck southern and central areas of Gaza on Monday as UN humanitarians and partners continued to treat the victims of a deadly strike on Al Mawasi in southwest Gaza on Saturday that reportedly left at least 90 dead and around 300 injured.
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  • South Sudan faces growing humanitarian crisis, warns WHO
    Twelve years on from independence the people of South Sudan continue to face huge challenges, exacerbated now by the war in neighbouring Sudan, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.
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  • UN remembers Nelson Mandela’s commitment to fight poverty and inequity
    The UN paid tribute on Monday to the life and legacy of the first democratically elected President of South Africa, the late Nelson Mandela, whose long walk to freedom during the racist apartheid era inspired people across the planet.
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  • UN deputy chief calls for major arms spending cuts and urgent action to save SDGs
    The UN Deputy Secretary-General on Monday urged global leaders to redirect resources from warfare to peace and sustainable development initiatives.
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  • Sustainable development: ‘Be leaders and inspire’ UN deputy chief urges, as 2030 deadline nears
    With only 17 per cent of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on track and just six more years until the 2030 deadline, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed has called for a new era of inspiring leadership, ahead of a special event on Monday to galvanize action.
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  • Childhood immunization levels stalled in 2023
    New data published on Monday by UN agencies shows that immunization coverage for children worldwide stalled during 2023, leaving around 2.7 million lacking the protection they need compared to the pre-COVID-19 levels of 2019.
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  • Philippines: Humane approach to incarceration relieves chronic prison overcrowding
    A more humane approach to dealing with people accused of breaking the law in the Philippines is helping relieve overcrowding in one of the world’s most congested prison systems.
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  • First Person: Filipino elderly ex-prisoner’s joy of ‘sleeping and eating’
    An ex-prisoner in the Philippines, released from jail as a result of a UN-supported Government programme to tackle overcrowding in detention facilities, has spoken of his joy ‘sleeping and eating’ as a free man.
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  • Gaza: Guterres ‘shocked and saddened’ by deadly strikes on Al Mawasi, as WHO and partners aid medical response
    The UN health agency and partners are helping treat many of those injured during Saturday’s deadly airstrikes by Israeli forces on Gaza’s Al Mawasi area which have reportedly left at least 90 dead and around 300 injured, according to figures from the war-torn enclave’s health ministry.
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  • Crushing the scam farms: Southeast Asia’s ‘criminal service providers’
    Transnational organised crime groups based in Southeast Asia are turning into “criminal service providers” selling a range of illegal activities, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
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  • Sudan: UN-hosted talks on aid relief and civilian protection to continue in Geneva
    UN-led talks between Sudan's warring parties were set to continue in Geneva on Friday to advance discussions on humanitarian aid and civilian protection, with “possible local ceasefires” being a means to that end.
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  • DR Congo: Conflict escalation linked to deadly Mpox threat
    At least 25 million people have been caught up in the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where a neglected health emergency continues to unfold at an alarming rate, the UN health agency said on Friday.
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  • Gaza: There is no alternative to UNRWA, Guterres declares
    UN Secretary-General António Guterres, standing alongside top officials in New York on Friday, underscored the essential need to bolster the UN agency assisting Palestine refugees (UNRWA) across the Middle East amid continued attacks on its mandate, staff, premises and operations.
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  • World News in Brief: Sand and dust storm scourge, Mali humanitarian update, moving education online
    Dust levels worldwide decreased slightly in 2023 the UN’s weather and climate agency said on Friday, but they are still well above the long-term average in the worst-hit areas.
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  • Top aid officials call for greater solidarity and support for Haiti
    Three senior humanitarians  appealed on Friday for more support for Haiti, where ongoing gang violence in the capital, Port-au-Prince, is affecting the entire population. 
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  • UN humanitarians report severe displacement and critical needs in Gaza City
    Humanitarians from the UN aid coordination office (OCHA) witnessed severe civilian displacement, a lack of fuel and dire humanitarian needs in three areas in Gaza City while on a mission trip on Friday, according to Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric.  
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  • Top official warns of weakened regional security following withdrawal from West African economic bloc by Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger
    Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger’s decision to pull out of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) “even as terrorism and transnational organized crime remain a pervasive threat”, will be damaging to regional relations all round, said the UN’s top official in the region on Friday.
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  • Growing or shrinking? What the latest trends tell us about the world’s population
    The global population reached nearly 8.2 billion by mid-2024 and is expected to grow by another two billion over the next 60 years, peaking at around 10.3 billion in the mid-2080s.
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  • UN chief calls for ‘dramatic shift’ to transform education worldwide
    The global crisis in education needs a “dramatic shift” to shape a more peaceful, sustainable and just world, the UN Secretary-General said on Thursday.
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  • Gaza: WHO chief highlights health risks of latest evacuation orders
    More Israeli evacuation orders in Gaza are further threatening the health of people in the embattled enclave, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) said during a media briefing in Geneva on Thursday. 
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  • Srebrenica genocide: Mothers send warning to future generations, urging ‘never again’
    The UN on Thursday observed the first International Day of Reflection and Commemoration of the 1995 Genocide in Srebrenica, honouring the memory of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims brutally killed by the Bosnian Serb army.
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  • World News in Brief: Concern mounts over fate of El Fasher, call for consensus over South Sudan elections, indigenous rights in Brazil
    UN humanitarians “remain gravely concerned” over the daily fighting that continues to rage in and around the Sudanese city of El Fasher, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said on Thursday.
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  • General Assembly demands immediate end to Russian aggression in Ukraine
    The UN General Assembly on Thursday demanded that Russia immediately cease its aggression against Ukraine and unconditionally withdraw all military forces from Ukrainian territory.
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  • Insecurity main obstacle to realizing Colombia Peace Agreement, Security Council hears
    Although substantial progress has been made in implementing important aspects of the Peace Agreement in Colombia, challenges still remain, the head of the UN Mission in the country said in a briefing to the Security Council on Thursday. 
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  • Digital boom could well be a bust for the environment, warns UN trade agency
    Did you know that producing a computer weighing two kilogrammes (kg) requires a staggering 800kg of raw materials? Or that the energy required for data mining for bitcoins reached 121 terawatts last year – more than the amount consumed by most small countries?
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  • WHO prequalifies first self-test kit for Hepatitis C virus
    The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Wednesday that it has prequalified the first self-test for the hepatitis C virus (HCV), thus accelerating efforts towards elimination of the viral infection. 
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  • UN emphasizes gender-sensitive approach in response to Hurricane Beryl
    The United Nations has announced a regional response plan to support communities in the islands worst affected by Hurricane Beryl, which swept through the Caribbean last week, leaving a trail of devastation.
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  • UN humanitarians warn against Israeli evacuation orders in Gaza City
    Israel’s order for people to leave Gaza City on Wednesday “will only fuel mass suffering for Palestinian families", many of whom have been displaced multiple times, the UN relief coordination office, OCHA, has warned. 
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  • World News in Brief: Ukraine rescue efforts, Libyan activist abducted, climate impacts on fish stocks, SDG ‘wake-up call’
    The UN and its partners are offering support to Ukrainian authorities as they address the impact of the deadly Russian airstrikes in Kyiv and other cities earlier this week, the UN aid coordination office (OCHA) reported on Wednesday.  
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  • UN rights council condemns Myanmar abuses, urges immediate action
    The UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday reiterated its deep concern over the crisis in Myanmar, amid reports of widespread abuses by the military and opposition armed groups, including forced conscription of Rohingya community members and their use as human shields.
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