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World Migratory Bird Day highlights deadly risks of plastic pollution

Saturday marks World Migratory Bird Day which, this year, is raising awareness about the serious threats that plastic pollution poses to bird life, with a call for urgent measures to end the problem. These include getting caught up in fishing gear and other plastic debris; confusing plastic waste with food and eating it, which fills their […]

Around 52 million in Near East, North Africa, suffering chronic undernourishment, new UN food agency report reveals

Hunger continues to rise as conflicts and protracted crises have worsened in the Near East and North Africa region (NENA), which is likely to affect food security for years to come, warned the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Wednesday. “Conflicts and civil instability have long-lasting impacts on the food and nutrition security of both affected […]

UN and African Union in ‘common battle’ for development and climate change financing

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for a “quantum leap” in funding for development and climate change for Africa, speaking to journalists on Monday, following the plenary meeting of the latest United Nations-African Union (AU) Conference, which took place in New York. Mr. Guterres declared that the Organization’s work to promote peace and security, human […]

Escalation in Syria fighting cause for ‘great concern’ says UN chief, dozens more civilians dead or injured

UN chief António Guterres has said that he’s following “with great concern” intensifying clashes in north-western Syria that have claimed yet more civilian lives and displaced thousands in recent days. The Secretary-General’s comments come amid reports of aerial attacks on population centres and civilian buildings within a demilitarized zone that has been guaranteed since last […]