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Sink or swim: Can island states survive the climate crisis? (Sa, 31 Jul 2021)
Small island nations across the world are bearing the brunt of the climate crisis, and their problems have been accentuated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely affected their economies, and their capacity to protect themselves from possible extinction. We take a look at some of the many challenges they face, and how they could be overcome.
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Six months after coup, Myanmar’s political, rights and aid crisis is worsening (Sat, 31 Jul 2021)
It’s been six months since the military coup in Myanmar where there’s grave concern over the widening impact of the deepening political, human rights and humanitarian crisis affecting the country’s people.
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Afghanistan: Attack on UN mission draws global condemnation (Fri, 30 Jul 2021)
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) strongly condemned an attack in its main compound in the western Afghan province of Herat on Friday that left an Afghan police guard dead and other officers injured.  
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Conflict, COVID, climate crisis, likely to fuel acute food insecurity in 23 ‘hunger hotspots’ (Fri, 30 Jul 2021)
Life-saving aid to families on the brink of famine is being cut off in several countries by fighting and blockades, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) said in a new report issued on Friday.
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Delta variant, a warning the COVID-19 virus is getting ‘fitter and faster’ (Fri, 30 Jul 2021)
Cases and deaths resulting from COVID-19 continue to climb worldwide, mostly fuelled by the highly transmissible Delta variant, which has spread to 132 countries, said the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday.
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Mercenaries ‘impede’ peace, must leave Libya to allow elections (Fri, 30 Jul 2021)
The continued recruitment and presence of mercenaries in Libya is impeding “progress in the peace process” and an obstacle to upcoming elections, independent UN human rights experts said on Friday, calling for their “long overdue” departure.  
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100,000 children in Tigray at risk of death from malnutrition: UNICEF  (Fri, 30 Jul 2021)
More than 100,000 children in Tigray, Ethiopia, could suffer from life-threatening severe acute malnutrition in the next 12 months, a tenfold jump over average annual levels, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. 
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From electric dreams to supercharged reality: the road race to a clean energy future (Thu, 29 Jul 2021)
The global Formula E electric race series, a partner with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP),  has grown in popularity since it launched some seven years ago, attracting the attention of major car manufacturers, changing people’s perceptions of electric vehicles, and bringing the world one step closer to a sustainable transport future.
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First Person: ‘I’m not old enough to be a woman’ says trafficked teen (Thu, 29 Jul 2021)
A teenage girl who was sold for sex for the price of a few beers as a twelve-year-old, has told the United Nations how she was trafficked between Burundi and Tanzania in East Africa.
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COVID-19 vaccine shipments boost for Africa  (Thu, 29 Jul 2021)
After a near-halt of COVID-19 vaccine shipments in Africa, delivers have ramped up in recent months, the UN health agency said on Thursday. 
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Yemen: New World Bank funds offer lifeline to most vulnerable (Thu, 29 Jul 2021)
Three UN agencies on Thursday welcomed $127 million in new funding from the World Bank to provide lifesaving support to some of the country’s most hard hit rural families, struggling under the impact of multiple crises.  
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Witchcraft killings of people with albinism have risen during the COVID-19 pandemic, says UN expert (Thu, 29 Jul 2021)
People being plunged into poverty during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in the killing of people with albinism, the outgoing UN appointed independent expert said on Thursday.  
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Human trafficking: UN chief calls for action as COVID leaves ‘many millions’ more vulnerable (Thu, 29 Jul 2021)
UN Secretary General António Guterres on Thursday urged States to take action against human trafficking, where a third of all victims are children.
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Countries urged to develop pandemic preparedness and response treaty (Thu, 29 Jul 2021)
A senior official with the World Health Organization (WHO) has highlighted the need for a global treaty on pandemic preparedness and response, urging countries to “seize the moment” and support its development. 
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Food systems transformation a ‘silver lining’ in COVID crisis: UN deputy chief (Wed, 28 Jul 2021)
A sustainable and prosperous planet can only be achieved through working together and in solidarity, the UN Deputy Secretary-General said on Wednesday at the end of a major global food security meeting.
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Bangladesh: Deadly flooding, landslides devastate Rohingya refugees   (Wed, 28 Jul 2021)
Three days of strong winds and heavy monsoon rain on sprawling refugee sites in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar have taken Rohingya refugee lives and wreaked havoc and destruction, the UN refugee agency said on Wednesday.
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Gaza: Humanitarian response underway, but political solutions still needed  (Wed, 28 Jul 2021)
Although the international community is providing urgent assistance to Gaza in the wake of the most recent round of hostilities, a political solution is still needed to end the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, a senior UN official in the region said on Wednesday. 
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On World Hepatitis Day, WHO calls for elimination of the disease by 2030  (Wed, 28 Jul 2021)
The UN health agency pointed out on Wednesday, World Hepatitis Day, that every 30 seconds a person dies from a hepatitis-related illness and called for all countries to work together to eliminate this preventable disease as a public health threat by 2030.  
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COVID-19 infections rise, Delta variant spreads to 132 countries  (Wed, 28 Jul 2021)
COVID-19 infections rose eight per cent last week to more than 3.8 million, the UN health agency reported on Wednesday.  
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Cornerstone treaty of refugee protection turns 70 (Wed, 28 Jul 2021)
It has never been more urgent to recommit to the spirit and fundamental principles of the 1951 Refugee Convention, the UN refugee agency said on Wednesday as it marked the 70th anniversary of the key international treaty. 
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UN-African Union Mission in Darfur in final shutdown phase (Tue, 27 Jul 2021)
Practically all peacekeepers and staff have now left the hybrid UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), in line with its drawdown plan, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Tuesday. 
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Progress on tobacco fight, but new nicotine products pose increasing threat (Tue, 27 Jul 2021)
While many countries are making progress in the fight against tobacco use, a new World Health Organization (WHO) report shows some are failing to address the problem of emerging nicotine and tobacco products.
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COVID-19: Education replaced by shuttered schools, violence, teenage pregnancy (Tue, 27 Jul 2021)
A culture of “safety, friends and food” at school has been replaced by “anxiety, violence, and teenage pregnancy”, with remote learning out of reach for millions, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Tuesday.
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Myanmar: Rights expert calls for ‘COVID ceasefire’, urges UN action (Tue, 27 Jul 2021)
The UN independent expert on the human rights situation in Myanmar on Tuesday called for a “COVID ceasefire” for the country, as infections and deaths soar even as the military junta escalates attacks against healthcare workers. 
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Child malnutrition expected to quadruple in Southern Madagascar   (Mon, 26 Jul 2021)
At least half a million children under five in drought-afflicted southern Madagascar are on the verge of acute malnourishment, two UN agencies warned on Monday. 
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Outstanding sites added to UNESCO World Heritage List  (Mon, 26 Jul 2021)
An ancient temple in India and a “cultural landscape” in Spain have become two of the latest sites to be registered on the UN’s prestigious World Heritage List. 
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Free, fair Palestinian elections, must include East Jerusalem: UN experts (Mon, 26 Jul 2021)
Landmark elections in the Occupied Palestinian territory must be rescheduled soon and include East Jerusalem, three UN independent human rights experts said in a statement on Monday. 
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UN climate science talks open amid heatwaves, floods and drought (Mon, 26 Jul 2021)
Negotiations began on Monday to approve a UN science report which will anchor high level summits later this year, charged with boosting climate action worldwide.
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Support mangrove conservation, UNESCO chief says (Mon, 26 Jul 2021)
The world is waking up to the importance of mangroves, a senior UN official said on Monday, underscoring the need for everyone to support restoration and protection of these crucial habitats. 
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Together, we must tackle growing hunger, urges Guterres   (Mon, 26 Jul 2021)
Inefficient global food production is at the root of a huge rise in hunger as well as one-third of all emissions and 80 per cent of biodiversity loss, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned, in a call to all countries to transform food systems to speed up sustainable development. 
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