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World News in Brief: Looming famine threat for Sudan, 3.3 million in need near Ukraine frontline, there’s a place for all in outer space

“Displaced people and host communities need urgent assistance as they continue to endure missile strikes, destruction of infrastructure and frequent power cuts” Ms. Pope said.More than eight million people are believed to have been uprooted from their homes with tens of thousands killed or wounded.He said around 230,000 children, pregnant women and new mothers could die in the coming months due to hunger unless urgent lifesaving funding can be provided.Humankind must get away from the Cold War concept of a ‘space race’, even as commercial competition hots up to exploit the potential of the cosmos, the head of the UN agency for outer space affairs (UNOOSA) has told UN News.Ukrainians remain under “constant attack” and 3.3 million living on the frontline need emergency assistance urgently, the UN migration agency, IOM, said on Friday.

Hundreds of thousands of lives at stake

Days after rocket fire killed dozens in the east and south of the country, IOM chief Amy Pope warned that the situation is worsening for many in Ukraine.Listen to her full interview on the exciting possibilities of reaching further for the stars, with UN News’ Anton Uspensky here:“Now, we’re really looking at space science and space exploration and looking for the most innovative and pragmatic approaches to that, and that is why we are seeing more commercial companies getting involved.”Marking Friday’s International Day of Human Space Flight, when the former Soviet Union’s Yuri Gagarin reached orbit back in 1961, UNOOSA Director Aarti Holla-Maini told us that everybody has a role to play in the peaceful exploration of space – “it’s not just for the geeks and the nerds who like engineering.”

Ukraine war leaves 3.3 million in dire need on frontlines: IOM

The agency estimates that some 800,000 children live on the frontlines, just some of the more than 14.6 million people in Ukraine who need humanitarian aid amid Russia’s continuing invasion.The UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space is the birthplace of all space regulation and treaties, “which underpin everything that we see happening in the space economy today”, she said, urging a continuation of a “global convening dialogue” in both the public and private sectors.

Frequent power cuts

She said the private sector allows national space agencies like NASA in the United States, to spread their risk, keep costs down, be bolder in their ambition and increase the chances of success.“With the lean season expected to start soon and without unhindered access for aid, the situation will only worsen in the coming months”, he added.WHO spokesperson Christian Lindmeier said that five million people were “on the brink of famine” in areas affected by conflict:

World must move on from ‘space race’ and embrace outer space for all

The UN agency has helped thousands of displaced people near the frontline and elsewhere in Ukraine with immediate and longer-term needs, including restoring livelihoods and supporting community resilience.
New data from the UN Development Programme, UNDP, also highlighted the accelerating hunger crisis in Sudan on Friday, with famine expected this year.

Boldly going

The World Health Organization (WHO) meanwhile has warned that every seventh child under five is acutely malnourished and 70 to 80 per cent of health centres are no longer functioning.After nearly a year of brutal civil war between rival militaries, food production has been hit and communities face acute shortages of other essential resources such as water and fuel.Moderate or severe food insecurity already affects nearly six in 10 households, with West Kordofan, South Kordofan and Blue Nile states worst-hit.UNDP urged immediate food aid assistance for the most vulnerable in Sudan where more than half of the rural households contacted for its research reported that farming work has been disrupted significantly in the states of Khartoum, Sennar and West Kordofan.She said as space debris increases in the Earth’s orbit and beyond, the UN will bring stakeholders together to discuss potential new guidelines for international oversight.


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