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Some 500,000 homes and temples across Nepal damaged by earthquake, UN official says

26 May 2015 – As teams of trekkers and Nepalese sherpas are now reaching remote, high-altitude villages with humanitarian aid, a senior United Nations development official today drew attention to the post-earthquake recovery and reconstruction needs of more than 500,000 homes and cultural heritage sites in the rural areas.


Security Council extends UN mission in Somalia until August

26 May 2015 – The Security Council today adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) as the Horn of Africa country continues down its road towards political recovery and increased security.


Nigeria: UN warns of ‘alarming’ spike in suicide attacks by women and girls

26 May 2015 – Northeast Nigeria has witnessed a sharp increase in suicide attacks involving women and girls this year, the United Nations children’s agency warned today, calling on the country’s incoming Government make the safety and well-being of children a political priority.


UN South Sudan envoy describes ‘great challenge’ of protecting civilians on visit to renovated camp

26 May 2015 – Travelling around South Sudan to see efforts made by the United Nations to protect civilians in the country, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Ellen Margrethe Løj, who also heads the UN Mission (UNMISS), visited Bentiu in Unity state this weekend.


Pause in Syria fighting critical for farmers to harvest crops, get it to those in need – UN

26 May 2015 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has called for humanitarian pauses in Syria so farmers can safely harvest and transport crops within the country to reach all Syrians in need.


Ban praises Ireland’s ‘compassionate leadership’ on migration and refugees

26 May 2015 – As he wrapped up a visit to Ireland today, the Secretary-General congratulated the country on its “fruitful and strong” relationship with the United Nations over the past 60 years and looked forward to a continued partnership as the world tackled several significant challenges.


Tanzania cholera epidemic improving but ‘significant challenges’ still remain – UN

26 May 2015 – United Nations-backed containment measures aimed at stemming the deadly cholera epidemic in western Tanzania's Lake Tanganyika region appear to be working, the Organization's refugee agency (UNHCR) announced today amid a tapering off in the number of reported deaths among both Burundian refugees and locals.


Lebanon: as security challenges grow, top UN official in country urges end to political vacuum

25 May 2015 – The vacuum in the post of Lebanon's presidency has undermined the country's ability to address a range of growing security, economic and social challenges, the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Sigrid Kaag, warned today.


At UN meteorological forum, experts meet to discuss post-2015 action plan, climate change

25 May 2015 – With a welcoming 'tweet' from the International Space Station and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's renewed appeal for “bold climate action,” the United Nations-backed World Meteorological Congress opened its seventeenth session today as international delegates will seek to address continuing concerns over global warming.


Concluding Ireland visit, UN chief tells refugee community world must provide ‘safe avenues of migration’

25 May 2015 – The international community must intensify efforts to provide regular and safe avenues of migration and access to protection, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today as he wrapped up his trip to Ireland with a visit to a community of resettled refugees.