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UN environment chief warns of ‘tsunami’ of e-waste at conference on chemical treaties

04 May 2015 – The head of the United Nations body tasked with setting the global environmental agenda today stressed the need to limit the use of dangerous chemicals and to find a solution to the masses of electronic waste building up around the world, as a Conference of Parties to three major Conventions on the subject began in Geneva today.


'Nepal is not alone,' UN and EU aid chiefs say, reaffirming commitment to assist quake-hit country

02 May 2015 – Wrapping up their visit to Nepal, the United Nations and European Union aid chiefs stressed that while relief teams are working around the clock to assist the thousands of people affected by the devastating earthquake that struck the tiny Himalayan nation one week ago today, aircraft and helicopters are urgently needed, as are emergency shelters, particularly for people in hard-hit rural areas.


UN-backed Expo in Milan spotlights need to ensure healthy, safe and sufficient food for all

01 May 2015 – The world produces more than enough food to “feed every member of the human family,” yet one in nine people still go hungry, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored today in a message for the opening ceremony of a six-month long expo in Milan, Italy, in which the UN is participating to demonstrate that ending hunger in our lifetime is possible.


In Nepal, top UN official urges continued funding for earthquake relief efforts

01 May 2015 – Emergency funding for relief efforts are streaming into Nepal as the country begins to recover from last Saturday’s devastating earthquake, the top United Nations humanitarian official said today as she urged the international community to increase its support for the landlocked Himalayan nation.


Ban condemns attack on Yarmouk, as UN agency delivers 'critical' relief to displaced in camp

29 April 2015 – The Secretary-General has today strongly condemned the shelling and aerial bombardment of the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, which occurred despite assurances from the Syrian Government that the camp would not be targeted while civilians remained inside.


UN agency alarmed by malnutrition among children displaced from Yarmouk camp

26 April 2015 – As the United Nations agency tasked with supporting Palestine refugees continued today to provide essential humanitarian assistance to civilians who have been displaced from Yarmouk and to those hosting them, evidence of acute malnutrition was found in a large number of children.


UNICEF welcomes final release of child soldiers by armed group in South Sudan

24 April 2015 – Militants in South Sudan have handed over to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) a final group of 283 children in what the agency described as “a small piece of good news in what is otherwise a terrible situation for children in other parts of [the country],” where many boys and girls have been abducted and forcibly recruited as child soldiers.


Security Council must match scale of Syria crisis with 'bold response' – UN relief officials

24 April 2015 – The Syrian crisis is getting worse and civilians are paying the price, senior United Nations humanitarian officials said today as they called for an end to the “numbness to the senseless violence”, while the Security Council demanded parties to the conflict facilitate expanded aid operations and immediate delivery of life-saving supplies to hard-to-reach and besieged areas.


UN relief workers press ahead with effort to reach Yarmouk camp in Syria

23 April 2015 – United Nations relief workers today provided drinking water, bread and recreational kits for children in displaced communities outside Yarmouk camp, the former heart of Palestine refugee community, and sought access to the besieged suburb itself, where the basic humanitarian needs of some 18,000 Palestinian and Syrian civilians are left unmet.


Conflict taking ‘immense’ toll on Yemen civilians, UN relief official warns

23 April 2015 – Escalating conflict in Yemen over the past month has worsened the already large-scale humanitarian crisis, the top United Nations relief official for the country said today, warning that the upsurge in violence has further deepened the hardships faced by ordinary Yemenis.