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Half the population of Central African Republic faces hunger, UN warns

20 January 2016 – An emergency food security assessment by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners has revealed that half the population of the Central African Republic (CAR) – nearly 2.5 million people – faces hunger.


UN agency calls on donors to support Syrian farmers in their hour of need

20 January 2016 – With the war in Syria now approaching its sixth year, agricultural production has plummeted and food supplies are at an all-time low, pushing millions of people into hunger, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization stressed today, calling on governments to boost funding to help farmers keep their lands in production and prevent the situation from deteriorating even further.


Ban names ‘eminent advocates’ to propel achievement of new Sustainable Development Goals

19 January 2016 – A queen, a crown princess, a president, a prime minister, a Chinese e-commerce pioneer, and a player often ranked as the world’s best footballer are among eminent Advocates appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today to help achieve the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which seeks to eliminate poverty, hunger and a raft of social ills, all within 15 years.


Funding shortfall threatens UN efforts to counter El Niño-exacerbated drought in southern Africa

18 January 2016 – With 14 million people facing hunger in southern Africa as the El Niño weather pattern, the worst in over three decades, exacerbates drought, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today that it faces critical funding challenges in scaling up food and cash-based aid.


‘You cannot let more people die on your watch’ in Syria, deputy UN relief chief tells Security Council

15 January 2016 – With hundreds of thousands of Syrians living in a “nightmarish reality dictated by a conflict that respects few rules and obeys no laws,” the United Nations deputy humanitarian chief told the members of the UN Security Council today that they cannot let more people “die on their watch.”


UN food relief agency boosts efforts to end global hunger by 2030 with new partnerships in India

14 January 2016 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is promoting agreements with the Indian Government and business sector to boost nutrition in the world’s second most populous country, with 1.3 billion people, a vital step in eradicating global hunger by 2030.


‘No-one left behind’ is ethical imperative of new development agenda – UN deputy chief

13 January 2016 – The universal inclusiveness of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an ethical imperative, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told a forum for UN Member States today on ethics for development.


New UN emergency funds seek to aid 1.7 million Africans uprooted by Boko Haram violence

13 January 2016 – With the Lake Chad Basin now the fastest-growing displacement crisis in Africa as 2.7 million people, 1.5 million of them children, have been uprooted by Boko Haram terrorists, the United Nations emergency fund has announced new grants of $31 million to four countries in the region.


UN calls for humanitarian access to besieged areas in Syria, welcomes new approvals from Government

07 January 2016 – The United Nations is calling today for unimpeded humanitarian access to reach people in need in hard-to-reach and besieged areas of Syria, while welcoming the recent approval by the Government to access the towns of Madaya, Foah and Kefraya.


Sustainable Development Goals to kick in with start of new year

30 December 2015 – As 2015 comes to an end, and with it the 15-year cycle of the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the United Nations officially will usher in – on 1 January 2016 – an even more ambitious set of goals to banish a whole host of social ills by 2030.