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UN agencies weigh in on climate change impacts ahead of Paris conference

27 November 2015 – In the weeks leading up to the United Nations climate change conference (COP21), which begins in Paris on Monday and aims to reach a new universal climate agreement, many of the Organization’s agencies and programmes announced their latest climate-related findings, bringing to light new data, major concerns, and underlining existing and potential opportunities to preserve the planet.

Ban appoints experienced Australian national as new UN disaster risk reduction chief

27 November 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Australia’s Robert Glasser as Assistant Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

Surge in climate change-related disasters poses growing threat to food security – UN

26 November 2015 – Droughts, floods, storms and other disasters triggered by climate change have risen in frequency and severity over the last three decades, increasing the damage caused to the agricultural sectors of many developing countries and putting them at risk of growing food insecurity, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today in a new report.

Africa’s Sahel region can become hotbed for terrorist recruitment, UN official warns

25 November 2015 – Without international aid to improve education and jobs, the Sahel region of sub-Saharan Africa will become fertile ground for recruiting terrorists among its tens of millions of disadvantaged people, the top United Nations official for the region warned the Security Council today.

Recent floods damage supply routes, vital infrastructure in Somalia, UN relief wing warns

23 November 2015 – The floods caused by recent heavy rainfalls in South Central Somalia have led to an interruption of humanitarian aid delivery, an escalation of local commodity prices, and an epidemic in water-borne diseases, the United Nations relief wing has warned in the latest situation update on the country.

UN agency partners with IKEA to raise funds to ‘brighten lives' for refugees

23 November 2015 – Amid the deepening global refugee crisis, the IKEA Foundation will restart its ‘Brighter Lives for Refugees’ campaign between November 29 and December 19 in 40 countries, through which the Foundation will donate €1 to the United Nations refugee agency for every light-emitting diode (LED) product sold in all the big-box retailer’s stores and online.

UN report finds 90 per cent of disasters are weather-related

23 November 2015 – A new report issued today by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) shows that over the last 20 years, 90 per cent of major disasters have been caused by 6,457 recorded floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events.

Senior UN relief official warns health and education systems in war-torn Yemen ‘near collapse’

19 November 2015 – Warning that “humanitarian agencies cannot be a substitute for [Yemen’s] basic services,” a senior United Nations relief official wrapped up a three-day visit to the country stressing that its health and education systems in the country are on the brink of collapse and stressed that “peace is the only solution to prevent a humanitarian disaster.”

Special UN event stresses key role of water management in tackling challenges of climate change

18 November 2015 – The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted a meeting on the links between water management and disaster risk reduction today, stressing that floods, droughts and cyclones have caused more than $1 trillion in damages and affected over 4 billion people since 1990.

El Niño on track to be among worst ever, but world better prepared for fallout – UN

16 November 2015 – The current El Niño, a weather pattern of devastating droughts and catastrophic floods that can affect tens of millions of people around the globe, is expected to strengthen further by year's end, on track to be one of the three strongest in 65 years, according to the latest update from the United Nations weather agency.