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World Humanitarian Summit must be 'turning point' in cooperation to tackle crises – UN chief

09 February 2016 – World leaders must come together in 2016 to renew their commitments to humanity and unite to prevent and end crisis and reduce vulnerability, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, telling UN Member States that the World Humanitarian Summit will provide an opportunity for “concrete steps towards ending the suffering experienced by billions of people today.”

UN emergency fund allocates $8 million to assist vulnerable women and children in DPR Korea

03 February 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released eight million dollars from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for severely underfunded aid operations in the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK), to enable life-saving assistance for more than 2.2 million people most vulnerable and at risk of malnutrition.

Citing 'new agenda for humanity,' UN deputy chief urges bold action on humanitarian funding

03 February 2016 – Maintaining the United Nations momentum towards the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit – set for 23 and 24 May in Istanbul, Turkey – Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson today urged bold action to alleviate the suffering of 125 million people who depend on the international community to survive.

Dire health situation of 2 million Libyans ‘cannot wait for political solution’ to conflict – UN agency official

28 January 2016 – With a political deal among Libya’s numerous factions in flux, some $50 million is urgently needed to meet the life-saving needs of nearly 2 million people in crisis-torn country, as the conflict lingers and the yearlong peace process has again hit stumbling blocks, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.

Science and technology can help save lives, livelihoods when disasters strike – senior UN official

27 January 2016 – The first-ever United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) gathering of scientists to discuss disaster risk management kicked off today in Geneva, Switzerland, seeking to map out a scientific and technological approach to the issue while addressing the importance of partnership.

Global investors must play full role in shifting world to clean energy, says UN chief

27 January 2016 – More than 500 global investors gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York today to mobilize the trillions of dollars needed to move the world onto the path of clean energy, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon challenging them to, at a minimum, double clean energy investments to $660 billion by 2020.

As food emergency intensifies in drought-hit Ethiopia, UN appeals for more resources

26 January 2016 – Despite the well-coordinated response already under way to offset the impacts of an El Niño-induced drought in Ethiopia, the United Nations humanitarian wing has warned that the scale of the developing emergency exceeds resources and that more funding is urgently needed to ensure food distribution and child protection amid ongoing malnutrition and water shortages.

Senior UN official points to science as ‘vital’ in managing disaster risk, promoting development

26 January 2016 – On the eve of the first-ever gathering of scientists to discuss disaster risk management, the head of the United Nations office tasked with synergizing disaster reduction activities emphasized today the importance of government leaders and decision makers’ attention to the role of science in lowering the exposure to extreme disaster events and promoting sustainable development.

‘2015 is hottest year on record’ – UN weather agency

25 January 2016 – The global average surface temperature in 2015 broke all previous records by a strikingly wide margin, according to the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which announced today that for the first time on record, temperatures were about 1 degree Celsius above the pre-industrial era.

UN agricultural agency helps Pakistan cope with natural disasters such as floods, quakes, droughts

24 January 2016 – With Pakistan suffering a multitude of natural disasters each year, including floods, earthquakes, droughts, landslides and avalanches, a United Nations development agency is teaming up with State and provincial authorities to shore up the country's agriculture, among the sectors most affected