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# UN

Last month
November 2023
WHO makes official request to China for information on rise in illnesses and pneumonia clusters
Both Sars and Covid-19 were first reported as unusual types of pneumonia.
Gas and oil industry faces ‘moment of truth’ ahead of COP28, report states
The report says the industry’s emissions need to drop by 60% by 2030 to keep global warning to an increase of 1.5 degrees “within reach”.
COP28 turns attention to potent methane emissions, as UN warns about rising temperatures
The crucial summit will start in Dubai next week.
UN says Israeli strikes on Gaza refugee camp, the second in two days, could be war crimes
Israeli strikes have targeted the Jabalia refugee camp twice in two days, killing and wounding dozens.
October 2023
Israel accuses UN Secretary General of justifying terrorism with Hamas attack comment
While condemning it, Guterres said the deadly Hamas attack on southern Israel “did not happen in a vacuum”.
Israeli UN ambassador calls for resignation of UN chief after rejecting ceasefire
The UN secretary-general had earlier said that it was important to recognise that ‘the attacks by Hamas did not happen in a vacuum’.
Higgins says blocking of essential food is 'criminal' as aid trucks wait to cross into Gaza
President Higgins has criticised Israel on several occasions during his five-day visit to Rome.
The amount of dust in the air worsened in 2022, UN says
The report looked at the incidence and hazards of dust storms and their impact on society.
President Higgins hits out at ‘dysfunctional food systems’ in World Food Forum address in Rome
President Higgins will deliver remarks at the opening and closing sessions of the World Food Forum.
Israel orders 1.1 million to flee northern Gaza, as UN warns mass relocation 'impossible'
The UN said the mass relocation of the entire population in northern Gaza to the south of the enclave was ‘impossible’.
UN Security Council approves multi-national force to stabilise Haiti after year of pleas
A breakthrough in plans came in July, when Kenya volunteered to lead the force and send 1,000 personnel.
September 2023
More than 2,500 migrants dead or missing in Mediterranean in 2023
The migrants and refugees “risk death and gross human rights violations at every step”.
Poland halts weapon transfers to Ukraine amid diplomatic row over grain imports
The grain issue is particularly sensitive in Poland, where elections take place next month.
Catherin Martin: President Higgins 'absolutely entitled' to his opinion on UN
While criticising countries who have not achieved global sustainability goals, Higgins claimed the UN was “falling”.
Varadkar tells CNN that Ireland's fight for independence shows why nations should 'stand by' Ukraine
Varadkar spoke to a CNN reporter at the UN building in New York last night.
Taoiseach 'not afraid' to raise LGBT rights with world leaders rolling out draconian laws
Speaking at the UN yesterday the Taoiseach said he was concerned about the ‘alarming pushback against LGBTI rights’.
President Higgins accuses UN of ‘losing credibility’ amid warning over climate change
Higgins also criticised the EU for promoting a “US style” of agriculture addressing the National Ploughing Championships.
Biden warns against appeasing Russia as Zelensky takes UN stage
The US President said the United Nations must take a stand against Russia’s “naked aggression”.
Taoiseach tells UN ‘we are not where we would wish to be’ on Sustainable Development Goals
Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste Micheál Martin and Environment Minister Eamon Ryan are all attending the UN General Assembly this week.
Nearly 4,000 dead after Libya floods and thousands more missing
The Mediterranean coastal city of Derna was hit by a huge flash flood late on Sunday.
UN progress report warns that the World is falling dangerously short of meeting climate goals
‘Much more is needed now on all fronts,’ said the report, which will underpin a crucial climate summit in Dubai at the end of the year.
August 2023
Four peacekeepers injured in attack in Cyprus
The peacekeepers were attempting to block road construction in the divided island’s buffer zone.
UN condemns 'heinous' Russian attack on Ukraine city
The strike, which killed seven, came during an Orthodox holiday as some attended morning church services in the city.
West African military chiefs prepare for possible armed intervention in Niger
The president of Nigeria has warned that ‘any further deterioration’ to his well-being of ousted President Mohamed Bazoum will have ‘grave consequences’.
41 migrants missing and feared dead after Mediterranean shipwreck last week
The shipwreck is one of several deadly incidents reported in recent days after a period of bad weather.
North Korea 'responds' to UN efforts to discuss detained American soldier Travis King
King ran across the demilitarised zone and over the border into North Korea last month.
This year
UN's cultural agency recommends putting Venice on heritage danger list
UNESCO said Venice risks ‘irreversible’ damage due to a string of issues ranging from climate change to mass tourism.
Russia urged to avert global food crisis at UN after pulling out of Black Sea grain deal
Moscow was criticised by China as well as Western nations over the decision, with some warning that it could have “catastrophic consequences”.
Sudan on brink of 'full-scale civil war', UN warns, as air raid kills 22 people
After nearly three months of war between Sudan’s rival generals, the air strike is the latest incident to provoke outrage.
AI robots tell UN they could run the world: 'Together, we could achieve great things'
‘What a silent tension,’ one robot said before addressing the UN conference.
UN Security Council ends Mali peacekeeping mission at government's insistence
The vote comes two weeks after Malian foreign minister Abdoulaye Diop stunned the Security Council by calling the UN mission a “failure” .
UN countries pledge $1.5 billion to save Sudan from humanitarian crisis
More than two months into the fighting, the United Nations is worried the crisis could spill over and destabilise neighbouring African states.
UN finds no progress on biases against women in a decade despite global rights movements
The report found that amongst both men and women biased gender norms are prevalent worldwide.
UN and AU call for calm in Senegal as violence continues after opposition leader's sentencing
There was extensive destruction on the main university campus, where prolonged clashes took place yesterday.
WHO to expand support for farmers to grow food instead of tobacco
Following a successful pilot scheme in Kenya, the UN wants to expand it to other countries and continents.
Fighting in Sudan has displaced more than 1.3 million people, says UN
Violence erupted in April after months of escalating tensions between rival generals Abdel-Fattah Burhan and Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.
Russia agrees two-month extension to deal allowing Ukrainian grain to be exported
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the two sides had agreed to extend the deal.
UN chief slams Taliban over 'unprecedented' curbs on Afghan women's rights
The Taliban government has firmly rejected criticism of the curbs on women.
Sudan conflict could force 800,000 people to flee, says UN
Fighting between the Sudanese army and a paramilitary group is in its third week.
Close to 90 Irish citizens evacuated from Sudan as fears mount for current ceasefire
The 88 Irish citizens have been evacuated on flights by EU partners and the UK.
Tánaiste Michéal Martin has thanked "our international partners for continued support" in so far evacuating 88 Irish citizens.
Irish Embassies in Jordan, Egypt, and Cyprus are providing consular assistance to people arriving into these countries.
The British evacuation mission from Sudan has lifted 301 people to safety over four flights.
‘Don't take it as fact’: Irish citizens in Sudan urged to ‘clarify’ information on social media
More than 70 Irish citizens evacuated from Sudan as sporadic gunfire dents 72-hour ceasefire