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Yemen facing serious food insecurity as conflict deteriorates, new UN study finds

18 June 2015 – Six million people in Yemen are slipping towards severe hunger and now need emergency food and life-saving assistance, “a sharp increase” from the last quarter of 2014, according to a new joint study by two United Nations organizations.


Humanitarian needs at ‘all-time high,’ top UN relief official tells Economic and Social Council

17 June 2015 – Humanitarian needs are at an all-time high, the top United Nations relief official declared today, stressing that while the Organization needs no less than $18.8 billion to meet the needs of nearly 80 million people, it has received only 26 per cent of that amount.


At Conference, UN agriculture agency chief highlights need to ‘do more and better with less’

13 June 2015 – The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) closed its week-long governing Conference today with a billion-dollar budgetary boost and a call to renew its efforts towards geographical decentralization – a step that will bring the United Nations agency in closer contact with those populations it is mandated to support.


At UN-backed forum, Africa's least developed countries pledge to transform their economies

09 June 2015 – Voicing determination to transform the structure of their economies and graduate from their status as some of the world's poorest nations, Ministers from the least developed countries (LDCs) in Africa at a United Nations-supported meeting in Milan have pledged to draw on their countries' great potential to boost growth and lock in sustainable development.


Ending hunger, boosting nutrition and tackling climate change top priorities – UN agriculture agency chief

08 June 2015 – José Graziano da Silva, two days after his re-election as the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for another four years, today announced that eradicating hunger, raising levels of nutrition and addressing climate change are among the agency’s top priorities during his second term.


José Graziano da Silva re-elected as head of UN Food and Agriculture Organization

06 June 2015 – Incumbent Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) José Graziano da Silva was today re-elected to a second term in the agency's top post with the highest number of votes ever in the history of the FAO.


Senior UN official calls for global movement to end hunger once and for all

04 June 2015 – The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for a global movement to eradicate hunger as countries look ahead to the new set of development goals that will be adopted in September.


After 65 years, UN agency remains ‘vital stabilizing factor’ for Palestine refugees in Middle East – Ban

02 June 2015 – Marking 65 years since the inception of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called it more than just an agency but a “lifeline,” as he paid tribute to its staff especially those who have lost their lives trying to serve others.


Amid reports of fighting, UN ship with vital food aid for Yemen diverted from Aden

01 June 2015 – A United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) chartered ship carrying vital food assistance destined for the Yemeni port of Aden was diverted yesterday to the port of Hudaydah following reports of ongoing fighting and security threats.


Joint UN report says rate of world hunger dropping amid wider eradication efforts

27 May 2015 – The number of the world's chronically undernourished has dropped below the 800 million mark as an increasing number of countries hit their Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets on hunger, according to a new United Nations report released today by the Organization's three food agencies.