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Hi, this is Paula. Following the withdrawal of funding to the United Nations’ main aid group in Gaza by key donor states, heads of relief organisations warned the move “would result in the collapse of the humanitarian system in Gaza”.

Meanwhile, Geneva received its first young victims of the war in Gaza for medical care, and in South Sudan, Médecins Sans Frontières is facing new challenges to deliver hepatitis H jabs to remote areas.

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Paula Dupraz-Dobias


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United Nations secretary general António Guterres meets with representatives of Unrwa donor countries in New York, 30 January 2024. (UN Photo/Mark Garten)

⛑️UN agencies rally around agency for Palestinian refugees in Gaza as some top donors cut funding. A joint statement by heads of the World Health Organization, the International Organization for Migration, the World Food Programme and others said Unrwa must not be hindered from delivering aid.

Associated Press (EN)

🚑Four children from Gaza arrive in Geneva for treatment, a first in Switzerland. The coordinated work of three NGOs facilitated the transfer of the children, aged between 14 months and 17 years, to Geneva for medical care.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

💉IFRC global Covid-19 study: vaccine bank an ‘essential element’ of next pandemic response. he recommendations by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies came as it published a report on the effects of the pandemic on populations around the world.


🚣🏽‍♂️South Sudan flooding hampers efforts to contain hepatitis E outbreak. A pioneering vaccination drive led by MSF against a disease that kills thousands of pregnant women is being hindered by repeated flooding in the north of the country.

The Guardian (EN)

🌳Q&A: what progress has been made on protecting nature a year on from Cop15? Ahead of the next UN biodiversity summit in October, where a stocktake of progress will be carried out, positive signs include a new biodiversity fund and science showing the impacts of human life on nature.

Carbon Brief (EN)

💸Russia is spending so much invading Ukraine that the war is actually good for its economy now. The International Monetary Fund’s latest world economic outlook revised the country’s growth forecast for 2024 from 1.1 per cent to 2.6 per cent.

Quartz (EN)

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