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The head of UN human rights reports that in 2023, the number of children murdered in violent conflicts quadrupled.
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The head of UN human rights reports that in 2023, the number of children murdered in violent conflicts quadrupled.

During his worldwide briefing to the 56th session of the Human Rights Council on Tuesday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk claimed in a statement that the number of children murdered in international armed conflicts increased in 2023. In his opening remarks, the UN human rights commissioner said that in 2023, there were 72% more civilian casualties in armed conflicts, with children being slain than in 2022. "Warriors have pushed beyond the boundaries of what is acceptable - and legal - on many fronts, with utter contempt for the other, trampling human rights at their core," said Türk, expressing his shock at this development. Volker Türk condemned the reality that murdering adults and children had become routine. He listed the numerous transgressions of international...
Gaza War: According to the UN, almost 450,000 Palestinians have left Rafah in just one week.
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Gaza War: According to the UN, almost 450,000 Palestinians have left Rafah in just one week.

The UN reports that during the past week, over 450,000 Palestinians have left Rafah as Israeli tanks are allegedly moving forward into the southern Gaza city. "People are always tired, hungry, and afraid," UNRWA, the agency that works with Palestinian refugees, issued a warning. In the eastern part of the city, where over a million civilians have sought refuge, the Israeli military claims to be carrying out "operations against terror targets". Another 100,000 Palestinians have been displaced by new Israeli operations in the northern Gaza area. Seven months after Hamas declared it had destroyed its local battalions, Israeli forces have returned to Zeitoun and Jabalia, where they believe the terrorist organization has reorganized. Before beginning the attacks, the military urg...
Following intense rains, flash floods claim more than 300 lives in northern Afghanistan, according to the UN
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Following intense rains, flash floods claim more than 300 lives in northern Afghanistan, according to the UN

According to the UN food agency, flash floods caused by exceptionally strong seasonal rains in Afghanistan have claimed over 300 lives and damaged 1,000 homes. According to the World Food Programme, those who have survived one of the several floods that have affected Afghanistan in recent weeks—mostly the northern province of Baghlan, which was most struck on Friday—will be receiving reinforced biscuits. According to state-run media, the floods in the neighboring province of Takhar claimed the lives of at least 20 people. Numerous individuals gathered on Saturday in front of the Baghlan hospital in search of their loved ones were seen in videos shared on social media. They are informed by an authority that while their employees are busy getting the remains ready for burial, th...
The UN reports that flash flooding in northern Afghanistan caused hundreds of deaths following intense rains.
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The UN reports that flash flooding in northern Afghanistan caused hundreds of deaths following intense rains.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The U.N. food agency reported on Saturday that flash floods caused by abnormally heavy seasonal rains in Afghanistan have killed over 300 people and destroyed over 1,000 homes. According to the World Food Program, those who survived one of the numerous floods that have affected Afghanistan in recent weeks—mostly the northern province of Baghlan, which was hardest hit on Friday—were receiving fortified biscuits. According to state-run media, the floods in the neighboring province of Takhar killed at least twenty people. Numerous people gathered Saturday behind the Baghlan hospital in search of their loved ones, as seen in videos shared on social media. They are informed by an official that while their employees are busy getting the bodies ready for burial, they s...
UN Tourism and ICCA Collaborate on the Meetings Industry’s Sustainable Development
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UN Tourism and ICCA Collaborate on the Meetings Industry’s Sustainable Development

After an ICCA delegation visited UN Tourism headquarters recently, an MOU (memorandum of understanding) was signed, signifying the two organizations' growing cooperation. The objective of this collaboration is to augment the activity and influence of the business tourism sector, conforming to wider worldwide sustainability objectives. The MOU outlines a number of areas of cooperation, such as promoting education, encouraging collaboration, amplifying visibility for entrepreneurs, showcasing best practices, advocating for the industry's economic significance, and increasing awareness of the value of business tourism. "The partnership between UN Tourism and ICCA recognizes the growing economic importance of business events for our sector," says Zurab Pololikashvili, secretary-general ...
Afghan humanitarian crisis: UN Signs three agreements with Islamic Development Bank to address
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Afghan humanitarian crisis: UN Signs three agreements with Islamic Development Bank to address

The group announced in a press release on January 6th that it had reached agreements worth $10 million to address the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. The UNHCR High Commissioner for Refugees is leading the project, which aims to increase access to livelihood opportunities, healthcare, and education in Afghanistan. Under these agreements, the UNHCR reaffirms its commitment to providing education for over 30,000 school-age children in Afghanistan in coordination with initiatives that support education in the country. This includes building sixteen schools that will serve both male and female students. With an emphasis on improving and growing healthcare services, the extensive projects also include the opening of eight healthcare facilities. Programs to improve vocational skills ...
Take steps to renew commitment to democracy and human rights: UN rights chief to Bangladesh government
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Take steps to renew commitment to democracy and human rights: UN rights chief to Bangladesh government

On Monday, January 8, UN Human Rights Chief Volker Türk urged Bangladesh's recently elected government to move quickly to rekindle the nation's commitment to democracy and human rights. Türk expressed concern about the violence and repression that opposition candidates and supporters were reportedly subjected to during Sunday's poll. He also emphasized that during the pre-election phase, thousands of opposition supporters were subjected to intimidation and arbitrary detentions, which undermined the legitimacy of the electoral process. "Thousands of supporters of the opposition have faced intimidation or arbitrary detention in the months preceding the vote. Such strategies do not support a really authentic process, according to Türk. He called on the government to uphold the princip...
Israel Conducts 600 Attacks on Gaza Hospitals Since Oct 7: WHO
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Israel Conducts 600 Attacks on Gaza Hospitals Since Oct 7: WHO

According to UN estimates, since the conflict began on October 7, Israeli military forces have targeted Gaza hospitals and other critical medical facilities nearly 600 times. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a UN health agency, over 770 people have been injured and 613 people have died inside of hospitals during this time. The World Health Organization has condemned the ongoing attacks on Gaza's healthcare facilities. Spokesman Christian Lindmeier expressed concern about the impact on the people of Gaza as well as the shrinking humanitarian space. With disease cases on the rise, nutrition levels falling, and hostilities approaching their fourteenth week, children in the Gaza Strip are facing a triple threat. Living conditions are rapidly deteriorating, and thousand...
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals have a deadline approaching for everything from internet access to clean water
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The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals have a deadline approaching for everything from internet access to clean water

Many international development officials wear a rainbow crescent in their lapels as a symbol of their dedication to meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Although it is acknowledged that the goals are not being met, there is a shared resolve to pick up the pieces and finish the cycle in the ensuing six years. This autumn, world leaders will gather in New York to create a "Pact for the Future," which will cover issues related to youth, science and technology, development, peace and security, and global governance. This agreement, according to the UN, is a "once-in-a-generation opportunity" to show off international cooperation. The UN highlights the urgent need for a comprehensive initiative to fulfill the SDGs, given the current difficult situation, while ...
South Africa Accuses Israel of Genocide at UN Court
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South Africa Accuses Israel of Genocide at UN Court

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has received a case from South Africa accusing Israel of "genocidal" acts in Gaza and requesting an urgent ruling that Tel Aviv violated its obligations under the 1948 Genocide Convention by acting against the Palestinian organization Hamas. According to South Africa, Israel has been working specifically to exterminate Palestinians in Gaza who belong to the larger national, racial, and ethnic group of Palestinians. Israel has categorically denied these accusations, with a spokesman for the foreign ministry characterizing the claim as a "blood libel" propagated by South Africa. South Africa has asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to safeguard the rights of the Palestinian people from additional grave and irreversible harm. Stat...