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West Africa declared free of Ebola transmission, but UN health agency warns new flare-ups possible

14 January 2016 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today declared the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia, announcing that all known chains of transmission have been stopped in West Africa, but the job is not yet over.


With West Africa set to be declared free of Ebola virus transmission, UN chief calls for vigilance

13 January 2016 – On the eve of West Africa being declared free of Ebola virus transmission, top United Nations officials today highlighted the “extraordinary” global cooperation mustered to tackle an epidemic that killed over 11,300 people, at the same time calling for vigilance against future flare-ups.


Donor support helps UN agency continue Humanitarian Air Service across Sudan

13 January 2016 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed significant contributions from donors towards the operation in Sudan last year of the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), which serves as a vital aid link in the country.


‘No-one left behind’ is ethical imperative of new development agenda – UN deputy chief

13 January 2016 – The universal inclusiveness of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an ethical imperative, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told a forum for UN Member States today on ethics for development.


New UN emergency funds seek to aid 1.7 million Africans uprooted by Boko Haram violence

13 January 2016 – With the Lake Chad Basin now the fastest-growing displacement crisis in Africa as 2.7 million people, 1.5 million of them children, have been uprooted by Boko Haram terrorists, the United Nations emergency fund has announced new grants of $31 million to four countries in the region.


Syria: UN officials give first-hand accounts of ‘horrible, terrible’ desperation in besieged towns

12 January 2016 – As United Nations officials gave on-site accounts of the “horrible and terrible” situation in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya, from 400 critically ill people facing death without immediate medical care to a kilo of rice costing $300, the first emergency evacuation took place today – a five-year-old girl rushed through pro-Government roadblocks for urgent surgery in Damascus.


Yemen’s war-weary children face ‘new year of pain and suffering’ – UNICEF official

12 January 2016 – The ongoing deadly violence in Yemen has left nearly 10 million children facing threats of malnutrition and disease, lack of education, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative to the country warned today, calling for unhindered humanitarian access to all those in need and an end to the conflict.


Iraq: UN envoy calls on all sides to shun cycle of reprisals following mosque attacks

12 January 2016 – The top United Nations official in Iraq today appealed to all parties in the strife torn-country to avoid being drawn into a vicious cycle or reprisal attacks following the “outrageous” bombing of six mosques in Muqdadiya in Diyala Province.


Challenges in Mali need to be ‘urgently defeated’ – UN peacekeeping chief

11 January 2016 – Despite considerable progress in Mali, the United Nations peacekeeping chief today warned that the peace process in the country remains fragile, and stressed the need to urgently defeat political, security and humanitarian challenges.


Syria: UN and partners get relief convoy into besieged town of Madaya

11 January 2016 – A humanitarian convoy has finally reached the besieged Syrian town of Madaya with life-saving health and food supplies from the United Nations and its partners for the 42,000 desperate residents after reports of people starving to death under encirclement by pro-Government forces.