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18 stories found over the past 45 days
Children increasingly targeted for murder, rape in Central African Republic – UNICEF

18 July 2017 – Renewed fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR) is increasingly targeting children, while there are concerns that the humanitarian needs in the country could escalate to levels not seen since the crisis four years ago, United Nations humanitarian officials today said.


Despite some improvements, food security remains dire in Syria – UN agencies

18 July 2017 – In spite of improvements in wheat production in war-torn Syria – about 12 per cent more than last year's record low – the overall food security situation remains far worse than before the conflict, the United Nations food security and emergency food relief agencies have said.


After Mosul victory, senior UN officials detail Iraq’s political and humanitarian needs

17 July 2017 – Senior United Nations officials today called for regional and international support to stabilize newly liberated Mosul and to create conditions for peace and development throughout Iraq.


Senior UN officials urge concrete action to end Yemen conflict, ease ‘appalling’ humanitarian situation

12 July 2017 – As the war in Yemen grinds on, the increasing battles of attrition are extracting a terrible toll on the country’s women, men and children, senior United Nations officials told the Security Council, calling for concrete action to end the fighting.


Guterres pledges UN support to Iraqi Government, people in Mosul; $562M needed in aid

10 July 2017 – Following Iraqi Government’s declaration that its forces have liberated the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters, Secretary-General António Guterres today paid tribute to the country’s people and Government and vowed United Nations’ support to aid the displaced communities and restore rule of law in the freed areas.


UN, partners seek $25 million to stabilize Gaza's worsening humanitarian conditions

03 July 2017 – United Nations relief agencies and their partners in the occupied Palestinian territory are calling on the international community to provide $25 million in new funding to stabilize the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, including the effects of deep power cuts and lack of fuel for generators for hospitals.


Turning national pledges into action crucial in fight against hunger, stresses head of UN agency

03 July 2017 – Highlighting that the number of people going hungry across the world has increased since 2015, threatening to undo years of progress, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for translating commitments into action at the national level.


Delays in access in Syria ‘will mean further death,’ warns top UN relief official

29 June 2017 – Citing attacks against aid workers in Syria, the removal of live-saving supplies from convoys and bureaucratic impediments restricting access, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator has called for ensuring immediate and safe humanitarian access to save lives that are dependent on assistance.


Food insecurity threatens children in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia – UNICEF

23 June 2017 – Calling for immediate humanitarian action amid rising malnutrition, thirst and disease, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today that millions of lives are at risk in four countries stretching from Africa to the Middle East.


Sri Lanka's food gap widens in wake of regional floods and drought, UN agencies warn

22 June 2017 – An extreme drought followed by floods has affected large swathes of cropland in Sri Lanka, United Nations agencies reported today, warning that the disaster threatens the food security of some 900,000 people.