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  • Stop ‘vandalising’ Earth and help the planet thrive, UN chief urges
    As nearly 40 per cent of land across the planet is degraded with more acres lost every second, governments, businesses and communities must galvanize action to reverse the damage and protect Earth, the UN chief said in a strong message for the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, marked annually on 17 June.
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  • Global efforts to end female genital mutilation undermined by ‘vacation cutting’
    The global fight to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM) is being undermined by the movement of some girls across national borders and beyond to undergo the procedure, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) warned in a new report published on Friday. 
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  • Conflict and lawlessness hamper food aid delivery in Gaza: WFP
    Escalating fighting in the south and centre of Gaza makes it near-impossible for humanitarians to deliver desperately needed food aid, the Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Carl Skau, said on Friday at the end of a two-day mission to the enclave. 
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  • ‘Better late than never’: Gazans react to Security Council ceasefire resolution
    A cautious welcome was given by civilians in Gaza to this week’s Security Council resolution endorsing a ceasefire for hostages deal - mixed with frustration that the fighting continues with both Hamas and the Israeli Government signalling that the three phase plan falls short.
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  • War in Ukraine should not be ‘new normal’, warns top humanitarian there
    A surge of attacks by Russian forces on the Kharkiv area of Ukraine is causing significant civilian casualties, as well as the destruction of homes and crucial infrastructure, the top UN official in Ukraine said today, in a plea not to “normalize” the dire conditions for Ukrainian civilians.  
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  • Genocide prevention adviser warns of global threat posed by hate speech
    The UN’s top genocide prevention official warned on Friday that hate speech remains a significant threat to global peace and security, often targeting society’s most vulnerable.
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  • World News in Brief: Rights abuses in Ethiopia must end, El Fasher crisis update, UN stands with Niger
    The head of the UN human rights office (OHCHR) Volker Türk on Friday called for serious measures to be taken to end human rights violations that are jeopardizing reconciliation and peace efforts in Ethiopia. 
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  • Climate change fuels tensions in Nigeria
    Despite its huge potential, Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, continues to grapple with a host of challenges which are impacting people’s lives and triggering conflict over key resources, a senior UN official in the country said on Friday.
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  • Stories from the UN Archive: Nigerian Nobel Laureate condemns online hate
    When the world celebrates the Day for Countering Hate Speech, we are looking back at how Nobel Laureate for Literature,  Wole Soyinka, wielded powerful words to clobber online hate speech, call out religious extremism and refute the notion that human rights are imposed by the West.
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  • Gaza: 8,000 children diagnosed with malnutrition amid ongoing shelling
    Heavy shelling reported in the so-called safe zone of Al-Mawasi in southern Gaza on Thursday came despite the ongoing international push for a ceasefire and as the UN health agency reported 32 deaths from malnutrition “including 28 among children under five years old”.
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  • UN reports ‘shocking’ rise in violations against children in conflict in 2023
    Violence against children caught in armed conflict reached “extreme levels” last year, with a “shocking” 21 per cent increase in extreme violations, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a report published on Thursday. 
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  • Taliban assault on women’s rights continues in Afghanistan
    It has been almost three years since the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan and women’s rights continue to be under attack.  
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  • UN envoy warns Yemenis not to return to the battlefield
    After months of relative stability in Yemen between Government and Houthi forces, a return to all-out war is looking inevitable unless the current escalation in violence is halted, the top UN envoy for the country said on Thursday.
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  • Security Council demands end to siege of El Fasher in Sudan
    The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on Thursday that calls for the paramilitary Rapid Security Forces (RSF) in Sudan to halt their siege on El Fasher, capital of North Darfur state. 
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  • World News in Brief: Ukraine attacks continue, education in Africa, Albinism update
    The UN humanitarian coordinator for Ukraine Denise Brown on Thursday said she was ‘appalled’ by the scale of Russia’s overnight attack on Kryviy Rih City in the Dnipro Region. 
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  • Haiti: UN chief welcomes new government amid ongoing challenges
    UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday welcomed the swearing in of Haiti’s new Government, urging stakeholders to continue making progress towards restoring democratic institutions through elections.
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  • Gaza: Hamas, Israel committed war crimes, claims independent rights probe
    Palestinian armed groups and Israeli authorities have both committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during the attack on 7 October and the subsequent military operations, according to a new report by a UN independent human rights body.
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  • Guterres hails 60 years of UN trade and development action
    The right to development is inextricably linked with trade which the world’s poorest countries - now “mired in debt” through no fault of their own - have every right to pursue on much fairer terms, UN chief António Guterres insisted on Wednesday.
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  • Ukraine Recovery Conference: UN sounds alarm over humanitarian funding
    The UN is becoming increasingly concerned over falling levels of humanitarian funding for civilians across war-torn Ukraine, the head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) told delegates to the Ukraine Recovery Conference in Berlin on Wednesday.
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  • Life in DPR Korea still ‘daily struggle devoid of hope’ warns human rights chief
    The international community must continue to pay close attention to the troubling human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and find ways to revive dialogue with the Government, the UN Security Council heard on Wednesday. 
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  • Guterres highlights ‘unique level of destruction’ in Gaza ahead of G7 summit
    UN Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated his solidarity with the people of Gaza and the global body’s deep commitment to the UN agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) on Wednesday, while also issuing a stark message to the world’s richest nations ahead of the G7 Summit in Italy to do more to help emerging economies crippled by debt repayments.
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  • Waiting would be ‘death sentence’ for millions on brink of starvation: Relief chief
    Millions of people are teetering on the brink of starvation as conflict rages across many corners of the world. Nowhere is this more evident than in Sudan and Gaza, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths said on Wednesday. 
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  • Tunisian change maker invents a sustainable vehicle
    Khadija Jallouli, a young Tunisian entrepreneur with a disability, has called for redoubling international efforts aimed at integrating people with disabilities and involving them in decisions related to finding solutions to the challenges they face.
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  • Worldwide levels of forced displacement hit new high: UNHCR
    This year and last have seen historically high levels of forced displacement worldwide according to the UN refugee agency’s (UNHCR) 2024 flagship Global Trends Report published on Thursday in Geneva.
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  • Gaza: ‘high time’ for ceasefire and hostage release, says Guterres
    A comprehensive ceasefire in Gaza linked to the release of all remaining hostages cannot come too soon, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, as he welcomed the Security Council resolution adopted a day earlier seeking an end to the war there.
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  • UNDP supports innovative solution to ‘war waste’ in Ukraine
    The UN Development Progamme (UNDP) is helping to tackle the mountain of rubble and waste in Ukraine - one of the fallouts from the full-scale Russian invasion of the country, now in its third year. 
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  • 400 million under-fives regularly experience violent discipline at home
    Six in ten children under five years old worldwide regularly endure psychological aggression or physical punishment at home, according to new UNICEF estimates. Of these nearly 400 million under-fives, 330 million are punished by physical means. 
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  • Over 180 migrants dead or missing in latest tragedy off Yemen, UN agency reports
    At least 49 migrants have been killed, including many women and children, and a further 140 are missing after the boat they were on capsized off the coast of Yemen on Monday, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported.
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  • UN war crimes tribunals move closer to completion
    All of the 253 people indicted by UN tribunals for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed decades ago in Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia, have now been accounted for, the Security Council heard on Tuesday. 
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  • ICC Prosecutor appeals for evidence of Darfur atrocities
    The Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) launched a campaign on Tuesday to address the unfolding crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan, amid the going war between rival military forces that erupted last April. 
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