UN appoints first independent expert on climate change and human rights

Demonstrating the wide-ranging consequences of the climate crisis, the UN Human Rights Council has appointed the first-ever Special Rapporteur on the P

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‘Ripple effect’ from Ukraine war being felt in South Sudan: WFP

The war in Ukraine is having a “ripple effect” in South Sudan, where the World Food Programme (WFP) is working to feed millions of people battered by conflict, unprecedented flooding, and displacement.  

Matthew Hollingworth, WFP Country Director in South Sudan, explained to UN News’s Dianne Penn why the agency is being forced to make some tough decisions around aid distribution. 

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Better digital governance needed to balance data opportunities and risks

How can we tackle the lack of digital access that many developing countries face?

And how can we use digital tools to save our environment, fight inequality and help all nations benefit from the online economy? These are some of the challenges that the UN trade and development body, known as UNCTAD, is focusing on during this year’s eCommerce Week, from 25 to 29 April.

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Torres Strait rights activist on the desperate fight to save the islands

Yessie Mosby is best known as one of the “Torres Strait Eight”, the activists from the islands north of the Australian mainland, who complained to the UN Human Rights Council that the government was not doing enough to protect them from the effects of the climate crisis.

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Forced to beg on the streets of Senegal

In the West African country of Senegal, the most common form of human trafficking among children is forced begging.

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UN tackling ‘multitude of crises’ in Horn of Africa: UN deputy relief chief

Repeated warnings of the effects of the war in Ukraine on developing countries reached a new pitch on 13 April, when UN humanitarian agencies said that millions of displaced families across eastern Africa will fall deepe

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No-one should have to live through Ukraine horrors – UNDP

Resilience among ordinary Ukrainians is remarkable but if the war goes on much longer, it threatens 20 years of development gains, the UN Development Programme (or UNDP), has warned.

From Lviv in western Ukraine, here’s Manal Fouani, UNDP lead in the country, describing to UN News’s Daniel Johnson the many and varied challenges that the country faces, seven weeks since the Russian invasion began.

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‘Perfect storm of horror’ facing Horn of Africa: UNICEF director

As UN agencies warn of an impending famine situation in Somalia, a prolonged drought crisis in the entire Horn of Africa region is threatening to turn into a catastrophe.

A combination of the impacts of climate change, conflict and COVID-19 has created ‘the perfect storm of horror’, with the war in Ukraine pushing food and fuel prices up, according to UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Mohamed M. Fall. He’s been in Ethiopia this week, and spoke to UN News’s Joshua Mmali.

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War crimes probe for victims of Ukraine atrocity

A new low in the war in Ukraine has made headlines around the world this week, with the discovery that hundreds of civilians have been killed in the city of Bucha, in areas previously controlled by Russian troops.

Early testimonies from survivors indicate that the victims were “directly targeted” and killed, according to the UN rights office, OHCHRResponding to claims from Russia that the incident is nothing more than fake news, here’s spokesperson Liz Throssell, talking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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Better planning can ease Africa’s climate change suffering, argues UN expert

Ibrahima Cheikh Diong, a UN Assistant Secretary-General, and Director-General of the African Risk Capacity Group, a specialised agency of the African Union (AU) managed by the World Food Programme (WFP), was recently in Dubai taking part in the Entrepreneurship and Investment Forum there. UN News’s Anshu Sharma caught up with him on the sidelines of the event.

In this interview, he speaks about what the region needs to do in terms of disaster risk reduction and the five-year early warning plan to boost climate action in the African continent.

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