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As flood of child refugees and migrants into Europe soars, UN calls for enhanced protection

02 February 2016 – Child protection systems across Europe are completely overwhelmed as the rate of youngsters in the flood of refugees and migrants has soared to one in three compared with one in 10 less than a year ago, the United Nations warned today, calling for strengthened steps to prevent exploitation and abuse.

Zika virus: UN agencies step up response measures following declaration of public health emergency

02 February 2016 – Following yesterday’s declaration of a public health emergency of international concern regarding the cluster of microcephaly and other neurological disorders in relation to the Zika virus, United Nations agencies today highlighted their actions to support affected communities.

UN in Central African Republic releases $9 million to respond to urgent needs

02 February 2016 – The United Nations announced today that the Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) in the Central African Republic (CAR) released $9 million for life-saving assistance to 2.3 million people who need urgent support, including those displaced by violence, returnees, refugees and vulnerable host communities.

Zika virus an ‘international public health emergency,’ UN health agency declares

01 February 2016 – Meeting today on the Zika virus outbreak, the World Health Organization announced that the recent cluster of neurological disorders and neonatal malformations reported in the Americas region constitutes a public health emergency of international concern.

Films with on-screen smoking should carry warnings to protect children – UN health agency

01 February 2016 – Noting that films showing on-screen smoking have enticed millions of young people around the world into tobacco addiction, the United Nations health agency today called for them to be rated and display warnings to save children from subsequent disability and death.

Visiting drought-hit region of Ethiopia, Ban urges support to Government-led humanitarian efforts

31 January 2016 – The international community must stand with the people of Ethiopia in their time of need, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging donors gathered in Addis Ababa to step up assistance to the country, before heading to the drought-stricken region of Oromia where he witnessed first-hand efforts under way to battle the effects of one of the most powerful El Niño events in recorded history.

Dire health situation of 2 million Libyans ‘cannot wait for political solution’ to conflict – UN agency official

28 January 2016 – With a political deal among Libya’s numerous factions in flux, some $50 million is urgently needed to meet the life-saving needs of nearly 2 million people in crisis-torn country, as the conflict lingers and the yearlong peace process has again hit stumbling blocks, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.

Announcing political ‘breakthrough,’ UN envoy says Somalia’s success depends on managing threats

28 January 2016 – The Security Council heard today from the top United Nations official in Somalia that success in the country this year will depend upon managing threats, notably those posed by the terrorist groups Al-Shabaab, while announcing a “breakthrough” political achievement.

UN health agency convenes emergency meeting to address 'dramatic' spread of Zika virus

28 January 2016 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today called an emergency meeting for Monday on the “dramatic” rise in Zika virus infection – strongly suspected of causing birth malformations – warning that its “explosive” spread could eventually infect up to four million people before it is brought under control.

In Eritrea, UN deputy relief chief urges support for vulnerable communities

27 January 2016 – The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Kyung-wha Kang, wrapped up a three-day visit to Eritrea today, where she urged broader support for the Government's efforts to meet basic needs and build resilience of the country's most vulnerable communities.