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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...
Dr. Rinchen Chophel was elected as a member of the United Nations’ Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
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Dr. Rinchen Chophel was elected as a member of the United Nations’ Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

At the election held during the 20th Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of the Child at UN Headquarters in New York this morning, Dr. Rinchen Chophel, Bhutan's candidate for membership in the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), was re-elected to serve a four-year term from 2025 to 2029. The Committee also opted to include independent experts recommended by the governments of Mauritania, Kenya, Zambia, Belgium, Ethiopia, Georgia, Moldova, and Malta. The CRC, a group of eighteen independent specialists, oversees the CRC's execution. In addition, it is in charge of enforcing the Convention's two Optional Protocols, which address the selling, prostitution, and pornography of minors as well as their involvement in armed conflict. Dr. Rinchen Chophel curre...
Hearings on the Israeli military’s entry into Rafah are being held before the highest court of the UN.
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Hearings on the Israeli military’s entry into Rafah are being held before the highest court of the UN.

In response to a request from South Africa to put pressure on Israel to end its military operation in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, where more than half of the population has sought refuge, the top court of the United Nations will begin two days of hearings on Thursday. Since initiating proceedings, South Africa has requested the International Court of Justice four times for emergency measures, claiming that Israel's military behavior in its conflict with Hamas in Gaza amounted to genocide. The most recent motion claims that the court at The Hague's prior preliminary decisions were insufficient to deal with "a brutal military attack on the sole remaining refuge for the people of Gaza." Israel has dismissed warnings from the US and other partners that any significant action ...
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...
UN reports that despite debate over updated numbers, the overall number of casualties in Gaza has not changed.
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UN reports that despite debate over updated numbers, the overall number of casualties in Gaza has not changed.

On Monday, the UN made it clear that the total number of deaths in Gaza recorded by the Ministry of Health since the conflict between Israel and Hamas began on October 7 has remained constant at over 35,000. The explanation follows the publication of a report on May 8 by the UN humanitarian agency OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), which included updated information about the number of Palestinian deaths in the conflict. The UN agency cut the number of women and children thought to have died in the conflict in half in its study. The UN claims that rather than counting the overall number of women and children slain, it is now depending on the number of deceased women and children whose names and other identifying information have been thorou...
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...
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 ...
The UN Environment Programme and World Scouting reaffirm their commitment to climate action and education.
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The UN Environment Programme and World Scouting reaffirm their commitment to climate action and education.

In celebration of their 20 years of cooperation, World Scouting and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have extended their long-standing alliance to involve youth in climate action and education in response to the global climate emergency. Together, the two organizations will support youth in gaining the knowledge and abilities necessary to become environmental leaders who take decisive action to advance sustainability and make significant progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals. Renewing their long-standing partnership to involve youth in climate action and education in response to the global climate emergency, World Scouting and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) are commemorating 20 years of collaboration. In order to support young people...
At the UN meeting, the inspiring voices of India’s female panchayat leaders are heard.
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At the UN meeting, the inspiring voices of India’s female panchayat leaders are heard.

May 4, New York (IANS) Three eminent grassroots leaders took center stage on Friday at the Side Event titled "Localising the SDGs: Women in Local Governance in India Lead the Way," as the moving tales of India's elected women representatives of the Panchayati Raj institutions reverberated throughout the UN Headquarters' hallowed halls. The experiences and innovations of Supriya Das Datta from Tripura, Kunuku Hema Kumari from Andhra Pradesh, and Neeru Yadav from Rajasthan were exchanged regarding local governance and the advancement of the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across various themes. These included encouraging health, education, opportunities for livelihood, and environmental sustainability in addition to opposing child marriage. The trio's de...
Addressing global concerns requires higher education to step up immediately.
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Addressing global concerns requires higher education to step up immediately.

As voters in thirteen Commonwealth nations this year decide which issues to prioritize for the next ten years, focus shifts to the global effort to address global issues as outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, which are expected to be fulfilled by 2030 and beyond. Higher education is at the vanguard of this enormous undertaking, playing a crucial role in influencing how the world responds through research, leadership, and the facilitation of teaching and learning. At the invitation of the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) has taken a proactive stance, establishing a higher education taskforce comprised of 20 vice-chancellors across our 400+ institutional membership to address key challenges and recommendat...