• December 19, 2023

World News in Brief: Wave of ‘fear and dread’ in Ukraine, UN expert slams Navalny disappearance, youth leaders for nuclear disarmament meet

That’s according to UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Regional Director Regina De Dominicis who said in a statement on Monday that bombardment was “particularly unrelenting” in the east and south of the country. The UNICEF official said the past week provided a concerning trend with an increase in ballistic missiles and mass drone attacks, including widespread…

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Gaza fighting continues amid ‘apocalyptic’ conditions; Security Council to meet Friday

In a joint statement 27 aid organisations including UN agencies and their partners issued a call for an immediate stop to the fighting, stressing that conditions in Gaza are “amongst the worst we have witnessed”. Emergency meeting in New York Meanwhile, in New York, Ecuador – which holds the presidency of the Security Council, announced…

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Humanitarian ceasefires critical to meet immense needs in Gaza

Their humanitarian update opened with a moment of silence for all those who have lost their lives since the start of the conflict on 7 October, and for the 240 Israeli men, women and children still being held hostage by Hamas. “What we’ve seen unfold over the last 26 days in Israel and in the…

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UN calls for ‘clear-eyed’ vision for peace and security, as peacebuilders meet in New York

The Secretary-General’s New Agenda for Peace aims to address these complex challenges through multilateralism, rooted in the UN Charter and international law, centred on trust, solidarity, and universality. It comes amid criticism from some Member States that the UN is no longer playing an effective role in peacebuilding and peacekeeping, as calls for overall reform…

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Meet the robots who are making the world a better place

As artificial intelligence (AI) sprouts new, powerful learning abilities, nations are working on strategies to govern it, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which is hosting the two-day summit to showcase a bevy of new technologies, including a range of robots who can handle everything from healthcare to rock music. Prospering from a machine-assisted…

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Mayors from around the world to meet for first ever ‘healthy cities’ summit

The Summit will bring together mayors and city leaders to discuss strategies to combat the global burden arising from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and the increasing toll on urban health systems caused by injuries. NCDs, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases, and injuries arising from varied causes such as street violence, car crashes and falls,…

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UN Emergency Response Fund, a ‘lifeline of hope’ to meet record needs 

“CERF is a United Nations success story,” Secretary-General António Guterres said at a major pledging event. “The funds are flexible and give our partners in the field the freedom to provide the kind of assistance that is most needed”.  Prioritizing the marginalized   CERF prioritizes those most likely to be marginalized and left behind, including people…

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UN and partners meet to address ‘critical’ state of global food crisis |

Factors including the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and ongoing conflicts resulted in nearly a billion people going hungry last year, he said.  Meanwhile, the World Bank has warned that the conflict in Ukraine will plunge an additional 95 million people into extreme poverty, and 50 million into severe hunger, this year.   Already falling short …

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