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Gazans ‘anxious and living in fear’ of Israeli assault on Rafah, warns top UN aid official

“People are anxious and in fear of a possible large-scale military operation,” Philippe Lazzarini said, after emerging from a briefing with Member States at UN Geneva. “If the assault takes…

Address root causes of Ukraine war, UN official urges, as anniversary of Russian invasion approaches

Miroslav Jenča, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Europe at the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), warned that the fighting risked “further diminishing the prospects for a just and lasting…

First-ever UN report reveals complex threats to migratory species

Of most concern is the threat to migratory fishes, with 97 per cent of the species on the brink of extinction.   The two greatest threats to all migratory species…

World News in Brief: Syria aid lifelines, Sudan telecoms blackout, increased patrols in Abyei, preventing terrorism

The Syrian Government informed the UN on Saturday of its consent to allow humanitarian assistance to be delivered into the region through two border crossings with Türkiye – Bab al-Salam…

Gaza: UN rights chief warns against potential ‘carnage’ in Rafah

Nearly 1.5 million people are now crammed into the southern city on the border with Egypt, and with nowhere further to flee. ‘Terrifying’ situation  A potential full-fledged incursion in Rafah…

Gaza: Relief over rescued hostages as Tedros warns of ‘ocean of need’

“So far, we have delivered 447 metric tons of medical supplies to Gaza, but it’s a drop in the ocean of need, which continues to grow every day,” said Tedros…

Gender bias in science ‘deprives our world of great talent’: Guterres

“Sadly, women and girls continue to face systemic barriers and biases that prevent them from pursuing careers in science,” he noted in a message for the day. Today, women make…

First Person: ‘My eggs are too expensive to eat’ (and that’s a good thing)

Over 80 chicken rearers in Anosy Region have so far received the possibly life-altering birds, which originate in India but which are now thriving in Tanzania.  FAO brought eggs from…

A lullaby for children sleeping under bombs in Gaza

“I endured the artillery’s roar, the fire in the nursery, yet I stand tall,” read the lyrics. “I weathered the paralyzing fear under the covers, felt everyone turn their backs,…

Mongolian dzud: Extreme weather puts 90% of country at ‘high risk’

About 190,000 herder households are struggling with inadequate feed, skyrocketing prices and heightened vulnerabilities, according to the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Mongolia. Herding and livestock have traditionally…

UN Special Adviser ‘horrified’ at suffering of civilians in the Middle East

Alice Wairimu Nderitu also underscored the need to intensify diplomatic efforts to bring the crisis to an end. “Civilians should never pay the price of a conflict for which they…

World News in Brief: Rafah escalation fears, Gaza war’s unprecedented death rate, Pakistan terrorist attacks condemned

More than half of Gaza’s population of over two million is now crammed into the city, which is located on the border with Egypt and originally home to some 250,000 people.…

Haiti: Human rights deteriorating as gang violence spreads

At least 806 people not involved in violent gang wars were killed, injured, or kidnapped in January – the bloodiest month in more than two years. Additionally, some 300 gang…

Sudan war leaves 700,000 children facing life-threatening malnutrition

“The world’s largest displacement of children has been seen in Sudan,” said UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) spokesperson James Elder. “Four million children have been displaced.  That’s 13,000 children every single day,…

Gaza: UN health agency warns over continuing attacks on healthcare

A total of 645 people have died since 7 October and another 818 were injured as a result of these incidents, said WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic, his comments coming amid…