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19 stories found over the past 45 days
South Sudan: UN food relief agency warns of worsening food, nutrition status

24 June 2016 – Despite some recent political progress in South Sudan, a deteriorating food and nutrition situation, economic decline and sporadic violence are continuing to significantly impact the humanitarian needs within the country, the United Nations food relief agency cautioned today.


More than half of Yemen’s population now food insecure – UN

21 June 2016 – Vast swathes of war-torn Yemen – 19 out of 22 governorates – are facing severe food insecurity, and the situation within affected areas is likely to deteriorate if conflict persists, according to a new assessment by the United Nations and partners.


New Zika response strategy to focus on preventing, managing medical complications – UN health agency

17 June 2016 – The United Nations health agency today issued a revised strategic response plan for the next one and a half years to combat the transmission of the Zika virus, which has now spread to 60 countries.


UN health agency expresses concern over disease outbreaks in besieged city of Fallujah

16 June 2016 – The low level of immunity coupled with poor hygiene conditions raises the risk of disease outbreaks, such as measles, in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, where more than 42,000 people have been displaced since the beginning of military operations in May.


South Sudan: UN relief wing reports increase in violence against aid workers

15 June 2016 – While thousands of vulnerable people in South Sudan have been reached with assistance and protection in recent months, violent incidents against aid workers increased during the month of May, the United Nations humanitarian wing reported today.


UN health agency panel sees 'very low' risk of Zika spread from Olympics

14 June 2016 – An expert panel of the World Health Organization (WHO) today concluded that while the Zika virus and its associated disorders continue to be a public health emergency of international concern, there is a “very low” risk of further international spread of the virus as a result of the upcoming Olympic Games.


UNICEF warns of growing exploitation risk for refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe

14 June 2016 – More than nine out of 10 refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe this year through Italy are unaccompanied, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported today, warning of the growing threats of abuse, exploitation and death that such children are facing.


UN refugee agency modifies response plan for Mediterranean and Western Balkans

10 June 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today announced a revision to the regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan, involving 60 partner organizations and covering the eastern Mediterranean and Western Balkans route, in order to focus on the static population in Greece and on protection activities.


Ireland: UN experts urge amending abortion ban subjecting women to suffering and discrimination

09 June 2016 – A woman in Ireland who was forced to choose between carrying her foetus to term, knowing it would not survive, or seeking an abortion abroad was subjected to discrimination and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment as a result of Ireland’s legal prohibition of abortion, United Nations experts have found.


Burundi: UNICEF concerned over arrests, school expulsion of students

07 June 2016 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today it is concerned about the arrests, expulsions from school and injuries of students in Burundi schools, and has called for all parties involved in the political conflict in the country to fully respect the rights of children to education and to protect them from violence.