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23 stories found over the past 45 days
Nigeria’s humanitarian crisis ‘can no longer be ignored,’ UN says, launching $1 billion appeal

02 December 2016 – With the scale of human suffering in north-eastern Nigeria becoming clearer as the Government has pushed Boko Haram insurgents from more and more areas, the United Nations today launched a $1 billion funding appeal to address the needs of those in crisis, and announced that nearly 75 partner agencies are on standby to respond where areas are accessible.


Already overstretched, aid agencies in Somalia need more resources to tackle severe drought – UN

02 December 2016 – The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, appealed today for an urgent scale-up in humanitarian assistance, with relief agencies already overstretched as the country faces severe drought conditions, including food and water shortages.


Syria: With winter closing in, UN envoys highlight humanitarian urgency of situation in Aleppo

01 December 2016 – With the humanitarian crisis in Syria’s devastated city of Aleppo deteriorating by the day, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country appealed for a pause in fighting so that much needed relief can reach the city’s population and those with urgent medical emergencies can be evacuated.


International community has obligation to prevent ‘ethnic cleansing’ in South Sudan – UN rights experts

01 December 2016 – With “many of the warning signals of impending genocide” already present in South Sudan and amid a “mindboggling” scale of rape of women and girls, a team of United Nations human rights experts called on the international community to take immediate action to avert mass bloodshed, as they wrapped up a 10-day visit to the crisis-riven country.


Cambodia: UN-backed court upholds life sentences for former Khmer Rouge leaders

23 November 2016 – The United Nations-backed court set up to bring to trial those most responsible for crimes committed during Cambodia’s brutal Khmer Rouge regime today upheld life sentences for two top former Khmer Rouge leaders on Wednesday for crimes against humanity.


Damages to agricultural sector in storm-hit Haiti estimated at $580 million – UN agency

23 November 2016 – Post-disaster assessments by the United Nations food security and emergency food relief agencies in hurricane-hit Haiti have revealed “extensive” damage to crops, livestock and fisheries as well as to infrastructure such as irrigation – with the most affected areas having up to 100 per cent crop damage or destruction.


UN agencies call for immediate support amid deepening food crisis in southern Madagascar

18 November 2016 – United Nations agencies are calling for immediate financial support for farmers and families in Madagascar in order to address the growing food crisis that could worsen if crops are not planted by December and January.


Myanmar: UN urges aid access, warns of rights violations after 'lockdown' in northern Rakhine state

18 November 2016 – Deeply concerned about the safety and wellbeing of civilians in the northern part of Rakhine state in Myanmar, United Nations entities today urged the country's authorities to take immediate actions to address humanitarian and human rights situations.


‘Great Green Wall’ initiative offers unique opportunity to combat climate change in Africa – UN agency

17 November 2016 – At the United Nations Climate Conference (COP 22) under way in Marrakech, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) participated in the launch of a ground breaking map of restoration opportunities to combat climate change in Africa, an area being called the ‘Great Green Wall.’


One month into Mosul battle, UN and partners ‘profoundly concerned’ for civilian safety

17 November 2016 – At the one-month mark of Iraqi military operations to oust terrorists from Mosul, the United Nations and its partners today said tens of thousands of families in newly retaken areas urgently requiring life-saving assistance and warned that the humanitarian community in Iraq faces a “massive scope” of need.