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12 stories found over the past 45 days
UN and World Bank sign new partnership to build resilience for the most vulnerable

22 April 2017 – Building resilience for the world's most vulnerable people by reducing poverty, promoting shared prosperity, enhancing food security, and sustaining peace in crisis-affected situations will be the focus of a new partnership framework agreed by the United Nations and World Bank.


Money migrants send home a ‘critical lifeline’ for one in seven people worldwide

10 April 2017 – Despite the political fire drawn by the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe and beyond, a senior official from the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today highlighted the vital development benefit of the nearly half a trillion dollars that migrants send home each year to poor families and countries.


UN, humanitarian partners to launch $40M appeal for flood-hit Peru

07 April 2017 – The United Nations and humanitarian partners in Peru are expected today to launch an appeal for $39.2 million to provide urgently needed aid to people affected by the latest flooding in Peru.


UN agencies in Colombia stepping up response efforts in aftermath of devastating landslides

07 April 2017 – Responding to the devastating landslides in Colombia's Mocoa municipality that have claimed at least 300 lives, left more than 370 missing, and destroyed hospitals and infrastructure, United Nations relief agencies have stepped up their response to alleviate humanitarian suffering among the affected people.


Weather, existing socio-economic factors compounded Colombian landslide tragedy – UN agency

04 April 2017 – Very heavy rainfall triggered the landslides that hit Colombia over the weekend, but “exceptional” level of rains were not the sole cause, the United Nations weather agency said today, noting that many other factors, such as loss of forest cover, added to the devastation.


INTERVIEW: Mark Bowden on his time in Afghanistan and on revamping international aid

31 March 2017 – The conflict in Afghanistan is “partially forgotten,” the former United Nations Deputy Special Representative for the country has warned, calling for more aid for displaced families and a greater focus on bridging the poverty gaps.


Half of all health facilities in war-torn Yemen now closed; medicines urgently needed – UN

28 March 2017 – More than 14 million people in Yemen have no access to health services, the United Nations health agency today said, warning that transportation of medical personnel and treatment for the injured is getting increasingly difficult as this week the fighting enters its third year.


DPR Korea facing ‘entrenched, largely forgotten’ humanitarian crisis, senior UN official warns

21 March 2017 – Over two-thirds of the population in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) suffers from food insecurity, malnutrition, and a lack of access to basic health and sanitation services, according to a latest humanitarian report, which also appeals for $114 million to meet the urgent need of the most vulnerable.


UN appeals for nearly $170 million to aid pastoralists in northern Kenya

16 March 2017 – The United Nations and its humanitarian partners today appealed for $166 million to aid Kenyan pastoralists and farmers whose livestock and crops are suffering amid what the Government declared a “national drought disaster.”


Somalia: UN-backed cholera vaccination campaign targets 450,000 people

16 March 2017 – The Government of Somalia has launched an oral cholera vaccination (OCV) campaign today with the support of the United Nations health agency, targeting over 450,000 people in seven high-risk areas around the country.