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UN humanitarian official “deeply disturbed” by unrelenting attacks on civilians in Yemen

13 September 2016 – The top United Nations humanitarian official in Yemen has voiced apprehension over a series of deadly air strikes on a water well which killed and wounded dozens of people in the country’s centre.


Security Council approves proposed structure and size of UN Mission in Colombia

13 September 2016 – The United Nations Security Council today approved the Secretary-General’s recommendations regarding the size, operational aspects and mandate of theUN Mission in Colombia, including the deployment of 450 unarmed observers and the establishment of operation in 40 locations.


At opening of Human Rights Council, UN official warns that rights violations “will not disappear” if access blocked for international observers

13 September 2016 – Addressing the 33rd session of the world body’s Human Rights Council, the United Nations rights chief today highlighted the challenges confronting the international community and expressed particular concern over attempts by countries to block human rights scrutiny.


DRC: UN mission extracts hundreds from national park on humanitarian grounds

11 September 2016 – Acting on humanitarian grounds and at the request of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations mission in the country has extracted hundreds of individuals, including the former Vice-President of South Sudan, Riek Machar, members of his family and aides, as well as a number civilians from a national park in the DRC.


UN expert calls on Ukraine to step up its efforts to protect the rights of the internally displaced

09 September 2016 – At the conclusion of an official visit to Ukraine, a United Nations human rights expert has called on the Government to step up its response to prevent and address internal displacement and to provide durable solutions to the persons already displaced.


UN Special Envoy for Syria welcomes ceasefire understanding; pledges UN support

09 September 2016 – Welcoming a new understanding on cessation of hostilities in Syria, announced today at the end of a marathon meeting between the senior officials from United States and Russia, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan De Mistura has said that the UN would do "whatever it can" to support an early restoration of the cessation of hostilities.


UN concerned about conditions in former Boko Haram stronghold as hundreds of Nigerians return to ravaged villages

09 September 2016 – Today the UN refugee agency expressed concern over basic services and security in a territory formerly controlled by Boko Haram insurgents, as hundreds of internally displaced people are returning to their devastated villages and towns in the north-eastern state of Borno – only recently liberated by the Nigerian armed forces.


UN emergency fund releases $7 million to strengthen protection for Somalis

09 September 2016 – To strengthen protection services to internally displaced people in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, the Somalia Humanitarian Fund recently released $7 million to scale up life-saving and life sustaining assistance.


At regional UN meeting, south-east Asian countries agree to establish dedicated health emergency preparedness fund

09 September 2016 – Countries in the south-east Asian sub-region have agreed to establish a dedicated funding stream to build preparedness for health emergencies in the region, which is also one of the most disaster-prone in the world, the United Nations health agency has said.


New UN-supported water supply system inaugurated in Haiti’s Saut d’eau region

08 September 2016 – As part of its quick impact projects, the United Nations mission Haiti has inaugurated a new water supply system which is expected to provide for more than 13,800 people – more than half of whom are women – in parts of the country’s Central Department (Département du Centre), the mission said today.