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27 stories found over the past 45 days
Iraq: UN food relief agency’s supplies reach Qayyarah’s 30,000 people under 2-year siege

06 September 2016 – The United Nations food relief agency has delivered urgently-needed aid to more than 30,000 people in and around the northern Iraqi town of Qayyarah in the past week, reaching an area that been under siege and inaccessible for more than two years.


UN agriculture chief stresses role of healthy oceans as drivers of Africa’s prosperity

01 September 2016 – Addressing an African ministerial conference, the head of the United Nations agricultural agency today stressed the need to mitigate the impacts of climate change and illegal fishing on oceans and coastal communities as fisheries and aquaculture emerge as driving forces behind the transformation of the continent’s economies.


UN food relief agency needs $48 million for school meals programme in West and Central Africa

30 August 2016 – The United Nations food relief agency today warned that it urgently needs $48 million for its school meals assistance programme in West and Central Africa to avoid having more than 1.3 million children across West and Central Africa risk missing out its school meals as widening financial constraints force it to reduce its reach in the region.


Sudan: Two UN agencies team up to help smallholder farmers, promote food security

29 August 2016 – Two United Nations agencies – the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) – today agreed to strengthen their efforts in Sudan to help smallholder farmers improve their production and thus promote food security.


UN human rights office concerned for the health of protestor in Israel

23 August 2016 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today expressed concern over the deteriorating health of a 35-year-old Palestinian man who has been on a hunger strike against his administrative detention since 15 June, after having already completed his 14-and-a-half years prison sentence.


UN sounds alarm as 4.5 million people need food aid in Boko Haram-hit north-east Nigeria

23 August 2016 – The number of people in need of food assistance in north-eastern Nigeria has nearly doubled to 4.5 million from March, according to a mid-August analysis by various agencies including the World Food Programme (WFP).


UN official 'deeply concerned' about health of detained Palestinian hunger striker

20 August 2016 – A senior United Nations official today expressed a deep concern about the deteriorating health of a Palestinian detainee on hunger strike for more than two months in protest of his detention after completing a 14.5-year prison sentence.