Idai disaster: Stranded victims still need rescue from heavy rains as UN scales up response

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Dire conditions persist in vast areas of southern Africa affected by Cyclone Idai as heavy rain continues to cause “massive destruction”, the UN said on Thursday, while aid teams scale up efforts to reach those most in need.

‘Growing alarm’ over Fall Armyworm advance, with cash crops ‘under attack’ across Asia

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Libya stands at a ‘critical juncture’, UN mission head tells Security Council

Predicting that the “days ahead will prove foundational to the years ahead for Libyans and the region”, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday, that it was no exaggeration to describe the oil-rich nation as having reached “a crucial juncture”.

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UN launches ‘South-South Galaxy’ knowledge-sharing platform in Buenos Aires

When countries of the Global South forged an historic technical cooperation deal among themselves 40 years ago, digital technology was a thing of the future, but developing nations have come a long way since then.

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Cyclone Idai: emergency getting ‘bigger by the hour’, warns UN food agency

The full scale of the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Idai in south-west Africa is becoming clearer, the UN said on Tuesday, warning that the emergency “is getting bigger by the hour”.

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Safe drinking water, sanitation, are ‘basic human rights’: new UN Water Development report

Safe water and access to proper sanitation are essential to eradicate poverty, build peaceful societies and ensure that no one is left behind on the path towards sustainable development, according to the 2019 UN World Water Development Report, launched on Tuesday in Geneva. 

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First peaceful transfer of power in DR Congo ‘an extraordinary opportunity’ for advancing rights

The election of President Felix Tshisekedi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), marks “an extraordinary opportunity” for the country to advance civil and political rights, said a senior UN official, on Tuesday at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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