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Ecuador: UN agency to scale up emergency operation to reach 260,000 in earthquake zone

25 April 2016 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today the start of an emergency operation to assist 260,000 vulnerable and food insecure people seriously affected by the earthquake in Ecuador and in desperate need of food and other basic necessities.


Nepal: UN continues to support sustainable post-disaster earthquake recovery

25 April 2016 – A year after a series of major earthquakes devastated large areas of Nepal, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners are continuing to support green and sustainable post-disaster recovery in the country.


UN says Paris Agreement on climate change must aim for long-term environmental stability

21 April 2016 – As global leaders prepare to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change tomorrow at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction today called on signatories to go beyond their existing commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions if the world is to avoid catastrophic future weather events.


UN urges action on sustainable development to create pathways for global 'transformation'

21 April 2016 – The President of the United Nations General Assembly today called on the international community to take action on the new UN sustainable development agenda in order to begin a transformation for the benefit of all people and the planet, or risk failure that will be felt for generations to come.


Nepal: one year after earthquake, UN food relief agency focuses on most vulnerable

21 April 2016 – A year after an earthquake in Nepal that killed more than 9,000 people and led to damages and losses estimated at $7 billion, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that it is working with the Government so those most vulnerable to food insecurity are not left behind.


Ecuador: top UN relief official stresses ‘solidarity’ as earthquake recovery efforts continue

20 April 2016 – United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien said that more than 21,000 people are in need of immediate shelter following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador on Saturday night, while the Government has stepped up recovery efforts in conjunction with several UN agencies.


Fiji: humanitarian work ‘far from over’ two months after storm, UN reports

20 April 2016 – Marking two months since Tropical Cyclone Winston hit Fiji, the United Nations senior humanitarian official in the South Pacific has said that “work is far from over” and that there are significant needs for continued relief efforts.


Deadly quakes in Japan and Ecuador spotlight need for rigorous structural safety standards – UN

19 April 2016 – The Head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) said today that the deaths in Ecuador and the dozens of victims in Japan spotlighted a basic fact about earthquakes; that buildings, and not the shake itself, claim most lives.


FEATURE: Ahead of Paris Agreement signing, cyclone-hit Fiji champions climate change action

18 April 2016 – As Fiji and Governments of more than 100 other United Nations Member States are preparing this week for the historic signing of the Paris Agreement, back in Fiji, residents of the South Pacific country are clearing debris and trying to recover from one of the region's fiercest storms.


UN food relief agency to assist one million Haitians hit by three-year drought

18 April 2016 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today it will launch an emergency operation in Haiti to assist one million people devastated by three years of prolonged drought exacerbated by the El Niño weather phenomenon.