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Ban urges ‘bold changes’ to aid action as States prepare for World Humanitarian Summit

20 April 2015 – Looking ahead to the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul next year, the United Nations Secretary-General today stressed how news stories were serving to compel the international community into agreeing to align major global commitments to support the world’s most vulnerable people.


Vanuatu: UNICEF launches birth registration campaign as recovery from Cyclone Pam continues

20 April 2015 – Thousands of children affected by the devastation of last month’s Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu are slated to receive new birth certificates through a United Nations-supported campaign, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today.


UN urges ‘robust’ rescue operations for refugees following largest migrant catastrophe in Mediterranean

19 April 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed shock and deep sadness at the news of the latest boat capsizing in the Mediterranean Sea in which hundreds of people are feared lost, adding that such a catastrophic event provides yet another indication of the need for a “robust” rescue-at-sea mechanism aimed at preventing future tragedies.


DOHA: Human rights, rule of law vital for sustainable development, Ban tells UN Crime Congress

12 April 2015 – Kicking off the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha, Qatar, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon along with several other top UN officials today spotlighted the critical connection between rule of law and sustainable development.


UN official ‘shocked’ by killing of aid workers in Afghanistan

11 April 2015 – The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan today expressed sadness for the death of five staff members of Save the Children International, found dead on 10 April, after being abducted on 3 March in Uruzgan province.


Vanuatu: UN urges support for Government-led relief efforts one month after Cyclone Pam

10 April 2015 – The Government of Vanuatu urgently needs funding to continue basic humanitarian relief efforts such as food, safe drinking water and shelter, according to the United Nations humanitarian mission helping the country respond to the effects of Cyclone Pam.


UN calls for $111 million to address urgent humanitarian priorities in DPR Korea

08 April 2015 – The United Nations today called for some $111 million to fund its humanitarian operations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DRPK) in 2015, covering activities in food and agriculture, health and nutrition, and water and sanitation.


UN disaster risk chief highlights existential threat facing small island States

04 April 2015 – The head of the United Nations office dealing with disaster risk mitigation has today underlined her concerns about the future development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the face of extreme weather events.


UN agency launches project to boost agricultural production in northern Mali

01 April 2015 – A new project aimed at restoring the livelihoods of some 33,000 households affected by armed conflict and climate change in northern Mali has been launched today by the country’s Government and the United Nations agriculture agency.


Donors pledge $3.8 billion in aid to people affected by Syria crisis at UN-backed conference

31 March 2015 – In an expression of solidarity with the millions of children, women and men affected by the devastating conflict in Syria, now in its fifth year, international donors today pledged $3.8 billion at a United Nations-backed conference held in Kuwait.