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34 stories found over the past 45 days
Millions worldwide trapped in vicious cycle of violence and hunger – UN

29 July 2016 – Two United Nations agencies warned the UN Security Council today that ongoing conflicts around the world have pushed more than 56 million people into “crisis” or “emergency” levels of food insecurity and are hindering efforts to eradicate malnutrition.


With planting season weeks away, millions in drought-hit southern Africa need support – UN

28 July 2016 – Some 23 million people in southern Africa are in need of urgent support to be able to produce enough food to feed themselves and avoid being dependent on humanitarian assistance until mid-2018, the United Nations agricultural agency has warned.


Root causes of Boko Haram threat in Lake Chad Basin must be tackled – UN political chief

27 July 2016 – To bring an end to the Boko Haram threat in the Lake Chad Basin region, affected countries must address the root causes that contributed to the emergence of the group, including the social, economic and political grievances of marginalized communities, the top United Nations political affairs official said today.


UN deputy aid chief calls for strengthened response to upcoming La Niña weather event

27 July 2016 – Following a week-long visit to southern Africa, the United Nations deputy humanitarian chief has called for increased efforts to help mitigate the impact of the La Niña weather phenomenon occurring towards the end of the year.


Ban welcomes new agreement with Inter Parliamentary Union; reiterates concern at South Sudan crisis

21 July 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today signed a new partnership agreement with the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) that will further strengthen the collaboration between the two organizations in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change.


Iraq: UN seeks $284M to start aid response ahead of Mosul military operation

20 July 2016 – One of the top United Nations officials in Iraq is warning that an expected military operation in Mosul will lead to the largest and most dramatic humanitarian crisis in the world, which could impact as many as 1.5 million civilians.


UN agency starts food aid to 6.5 million people affected by severe drought in Malawi

20 July 2016 – The United Nations food relief agency has launched what is set to become the largest ever emergency food relief operation in Malawi, where an unprecedented El Niño-related drought has left nearly 40 per cent of the population in need of emergency assistance.


Children starving in parts of Nigeria held by Boko Haram, UN children’s agency warns

19 July 2016 – About a quarter of a million children in Borno state, north-eastern Nigeria, are suffering from severe malnutrition, the United Nations children’s agency today announced. Of those, about one in five will die if they do not receive treatment.


UN: Strong donor support for Lebanon positively impacts food, children and infrastructure

18 July 2016 – High donor commitments continued to help Lebanon in mitigating the impact of the Syrian crisis by bolstering food assistance, education, water and sanitation, according to a United Nations mid-year update on donor support to the country.


Senior UN relief official welcomes US and EU funding for emergency response in Lake Chad Basin

18 July 2016 – The top United Nations humanitarian official for Africa’s Sahel region has expressed gratitude to the United States and the European Union for their financial support for people affected by violence in countries surrounding the Lake Chad Basin region – and called for greater international support.