‘Knocking on famine’s door’: 41 million people at imminent risk

After declining for several decades, world hunger has been on the rise since 2016, driven by conflict and climate change. Some 41 million people in 43 countries are at imminent risk of famine, with nearly 600,000 others in four countries already experiencing famine-like conditions, the World Food Programme (WFP) has warned. In a statement on […]

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A Russia UN veto on aid for Syria’s Idlib would be deadly

Only a few days separate us from an upcoming UN Security Council meeting which will discuss the authorisation of aid delivery to northwest Syria. First outlined in UN Resolution 2165 of 2014, this mechanism allows for the delivery of aid to territories under the control of Syrian opposition groups through crossings on the Turkish-Syrian border. […]

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Violations against children in conflict ‘alarmingly high’: UN

Grave violations against children in conflict remain “alarmingly high”, with the coronavirus pandemic increasing their vulnerability to abduction, recruitment and sexual violence, a new United Nations report has found. In its annual Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) report (PDF), released on Monday, the UN said at least 19,379 children affected by war in 2020 were […]

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Poorer nations bear brunt of global development fund dry up: UN

The COVID-19 crisis caused global FDI to plummet by a third, threatening sustainable development goals. The COVID-19 crisis has caused a severe fall in global foreign direct investment (FDI), with investment flows dropping by a third – from $1.5 trillion in 2019 to $1 trillion – in 2020, a new report from the United Nations […]

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Venezuela’s Maduro expresses desire for foreign aid, Biden deal

Seated on a gilded Louis XVI chair in his office at Miraflores, a sprawling, neo-Baroque palace in northwest Caracas, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro projects unflappable confidence. The country, he says in an 85-minute interview with Bloomberg Television, has broken free of “irrational, extremist, cruel” U.S. oppression. Russia, China, Iran and Cuba are allies, his domestic […]

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Monsoon delays salvage of fire-ravaged ship off Sri Lanka coast

Sinking container ship could take months to salvage because of rough monsoon seas, says Sri Lanka, as it seeks UN help in assessing damage. A sinking, fire-damaged container ship could take months to salvage because of rough monsoon seas, Sri Lanka says, as authorities investigate whether the deaths of dozens of turtles and dolphins were […]

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UN readies for more displaced Afghans after foreign troops leave

UNHCR chief says contingency plans be prepared for more displaced civilians amid fears of renewed violence. The United Nations is preparing for the expected displacement of more civilians in Afghanistan after troops belonging to the US and other nations leave the country in September, the global body’s refugee agency chief has told Reuters news agency. […]

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HRW says UN shared Rohingya data without their ‘informed consent’

Human Rights Watch says the UN improperly collected and shared data from more than 800,000 Rohingya refugees with their host country Bangladesh, which passed it on to Myanmar, the country they fled, and is calling for an investigation. Over the past three years, the UN refugee agency has registered hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees […]

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UN says ‘global plan’ needed after G7 COVID vaccine pledge

UN chief warns if people in developing countries were not inoculated quickly, the virus could mutate and become resistant to the vaccines. A Group of Seven plan to donate one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to poorer countries lacks ambition, is far too slow and shows Western leaders are not yet on top of tackling the […]

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