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  1. UN rights chief deplores ‘entrenched impunity’ by all parties in Israel, OPT

    - UN News

    The UN’s top human rights official on Friday made a strong call for accountability for serious violations committed by all parties in Gaza, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Israel.

  2. General Assembly President calls for solidarity with Ukraine as ‘needless war’ reaches two-year mark

    - UN News

    UN General Assembly President Dennis Francis urged countries to stand with the people of Ukraine “in their quest for justice and peace” during a meeting on Friday to mark two years of Russia’s full-scale invasion of the country.

  3. Rights violations ripple across war-torn Sudan

    - UN News

    The armed conflict in Sudan has resulted in thousands of civilians killed, millions displaced, property looted and children conscripted, as fighting has spread to more regions of the country since the conflict began last April, according to a wide-ranging report from the UN Human Rights Office released on Friday.

  4. Ukraine: Bucha and Irpin rise from the ashes of Russian military occupation

    - UN News

    When the Russian occupation of Bucha in the early days of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine ended in March 2022, widespread destruction was revealed, and a UN commission concluded that war crimes had been committed against the civilian population. Two years on, life is returning to the town on Kyiv’s outskirts and nearby Irpin, which have been restored with UN support.

  5. Unpacking 2023, the Warmest Year on Record

    - Inter Press Service

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Feb 22 (IPS) - 2023 was the warmest year on record. The latest Copernicus Climate Change Service highlights that February 2023 to January 2024 was the first time that we experienced 12 consecutive months of temperatures 1.5-degree hotter than the pre-industrial era.

  6. Pakistan’s Election Outcomes Leave Many Unhappy

    - Inter Press Service

    LONDON, Feb 22 (IPS) - Pakistan’s 8 February election has resulted in an uneasy compromise that few wanted or expected. There’s little indication the outcome is going to reverse recent regression in civic freedoms.

  7. #UNmute: Over 350 Civil Society Organizations Ask for Real Inclusion in UN Summit of the Future Negotiations

    - Inter Press Service

    NEW YORK, Feb 22 (IPS) - A coalition of over 350 civil society organisations part of the #UNmute initiative, shared concerns over the current engagement mechanisms for civil society at the UN – particularly in light of the upcoming Summit of the Future.

  8. Coastal Indigenous and Minority Women Driving Kenya’s Blue Forest Conservation Efforts

    - Inter Press Service

    TSUNZA, Kenya, Feb 22 (IPS) - Fish vanished from the sea near Tsunza, a village on Kenya’s coast, after several oil spills between 2003 and 2006. The impact of this and the vanishing mangroves badly affected the livelihoods of women. Now they are the champions of the restoration of one of the global warming mitigation superheroes—mangroves.

    Tsunza Peninsula is a natural wonder that sits just inside the many inlets of Mombasa Island on the border between Mombasa and Kwale Counties—a little-known spectacle of lagoons, islands, and thick mangroves in Kinango Sub-County, Kwale County, on Kenya’s coastal region. 

  9. Inside Kenya’s Seed Control Battle: Why Smallholder Farmers Want to Share Indigenous Seeds

    - Inter Press Service

    NAIROBI, Feb 22 (IPS) - A group of 15 smallholder farmers in Kenya petitioned the country’s High Court, seeking to compel the government to review sections of a law that bans the sharing and exchange of uncertified and unregistered seeds.

  10. UNRWA at ‘breaking point’ warns agency chief

    - UN News

    The UN agency serving Palestine refugees (UNRWA) has reached breaking point due to Israeli calls for its abolition and the associated funding freeze, just when it is needed most, said UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini.

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