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Political impasse in Haiti, amid rising humanitarian needs, ahead of crucial elections

Amid worsening socioeconomic conditions, rising criminal gang violence and a resurgence of COVID-19, Haiti’s leaders must commit to good-faith dialogue aimed at ending a longstanding and damaging political impasse, the UN’s senior official in the country told the Security Council today.

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Women sort plastic at a recycling plant in Jordan.
UNDP/Sumaya Agha
Women sort plastic at a recycling plant in Jordan.

Turning to sustainable global business: 5 things to know about the circular economy

Climate and EnvironmentDue to the ever-increasing demands of the global economy, the resources of the planet are being used up at an alarming rate and waste and pollution are growing fast. The idea of a more sustainable “circular economy” is gaining traction, but what does this concept mean, and can it help save the planet?

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Portuguese UN peacekeepers stand in honour guard formation at the MINUSCA base in Bangui in the Central African Republic.
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Portugal’s UN peacekeepers: serving the people of the Central African Republic

Portuguese peacekeepers are playing a key role in protecting civilians in the Central African Republic as part of the UN’s mission in the country, MINUSCA

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A family in the Al Dhale'e camp for people displaced by the conflict in Yemen.
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Yemen ‘a tale of missed and then lost opportunities’, outgoing envoy tells Security Council

Peace and Security Yemen’s warring sides have been unable to overcome their differences, dashing hopes for peace, the UN Special Envoy for the country said on Tuesday in his final briefing to the Security Council in the role. 

A UN-supported polio worker in Afghanistan administers a polio vaccine to a young child (file).
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Five polio vaccination workers shot dead in Afghanistan; UN condemns ‘brutal’ killings

Peace and Security Five health workers carrying out a polio vaccination campaign in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province were killed on Tuesday, and four others injured, during a series of attacks condemned by a senior UN official on the ground as brutal and “senseless”.