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On International Day, Ban says biodiversity is essential to sustainable development, eradicating poverty

22 May 2015 – Variety of life on Earth is essential for the welfare of current and future generations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today on the International Day for Biological Diversity, as he called on the international community to recommit to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss particularly as the United Nations prepares to adopt a new set of development goals.


UN agency brings relief supplies to people displaced by conflict in western Libya

21 May 2015 – Ten trucks carrying vital relief supplies have crossed the border between Tunisia and Libya, as the United Nations hunger relief agency said today that it has resumed providing assistance in support of displaced people affected by the ongoing conflict in Libya.


Amid ongoing fighting in Yemen, UN agencies urge ‘predictable pauses’ for humanitarian aid

19 May 2015 – Yemen’s five-day ceasefire aimed at allowing the delivery of critical aid to the country’s beleaguered civilian population did not last long enough for providing the necessary relief, according to the United Nations humanitarian agencies.


Citing ‘defining moment’ sparked by Ebola outbreak, UN health agency chief pledges key reforms

18 May 2015 – The head of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today promised a new $100 million emergency fund and a global health crisis workforce as part of a reform package prompted by the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, saying: “I do not ever again want to see this organization faced with a situation it is not prepared, staffed, funded, or administratively set up to manage.”


South Sudan: UN ramps up airlifts to reach conflict-hit farmers ahead of planting season

14 May 2015 – As the main planting season begins in South Sudan, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced today that it is accelerating its efforts to get vital seeds, tools and other materials to some of the country's most vulnerable farmers.


Yemen humanitarian pause ‘a lifeline’ for civilians trapped by fighting – top UN relief official

11 May 2015 – The top United Nations relief official today welcomed the announcement of a humanitarian pause in Yemen, set to start tomorrow, as aid operations resume in the embattled country following the arrival of two World Food Programme (WFP) cargo ships in Hudaydah over the weekend carrying fuel, food, water, and nutritional supplies.


Yemen’s children at immediate risk of severe malnutrition as fighting continues – UNICEF

08 May 2015 – More children in Yemen are at risk of dying from hunger and lack of health services than from bombs and bullets, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today amid ongoing fighting across the Gulf country.


‘Gruelling’ lean season ahead for areas of Sahel impacted by Boko Haram violence – UN agency

07 May 2015 – Thousands of women and children in regions where Boko Haram violence has spilled into Cameroon, Niger and Chad, face a gruelling lean season and worsening malnutrition, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today.


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.