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21 stories found over the past 45 days
Senior UN official in South Sudan warns women and girls face 'extremely high risk' of sexual assault

19 April 2017 – Without peace in South Sudan, millions of people will go hungry and millions of women and girls could be raped as they try to go about their daily lives, including as they search for food, a senior United Nations official today warned.


Progress against tropical diseases must be backed by poverty alleviation efforts – UN health agency

19 April 2017 – The United Nations today cited “record-breaking” progress in controlling neglected tropical diseases – which blind, maim, disfigure and debilitate millions of people worldwide, especially in its poorest areas – as an estimated one billion people were reached with treatment for at least one of these diseases in 2015 alone, according to the Organization’s health agency.


Haiti: UN inaugurates water supply system in Lascahobas as part of anti-cholera fight

17 April 2017 – Historically, the people in the Madan Mak and Loncy areas of the Lascahobas Commune have always had serious problems with access to safe drinking water.


Famine looms for millions; UN Member States urged to 'dig deep into reserves of common humanity'

13 April 2017 – Senior United Nations officials today refocused the spotlight on Secretary-General António Guterres’ mid-February 'call to action' on behalf of some 20 million people across four countries that now face the risk of famine.


'Radical' investments needed to meet global water and sanitation targets – UN report

13 April 2017 – Against the backdrop of almost two billion people around the world relying on sources of drinking-water contaminated with faeces, the United Nations has called on countries to “radically” increase investments in water and sanitation infrastructure not only to protect their populations from deadly diseases but also to ensure that they are able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


UN, humanitarian partners to launch $40M appeal for flood-hit Peru

07 April 2017 – The United Nations and humanitarian partners in Peru are expected today to launch an appeal for $39.2 million to provide urgently needed aid to people affected by the latest flooding in Peru.


UN agencies in Colombia stepping up response efforts in aftermath of devastating landslides

07 April 2017 – Responding to the devastating landslides in Colombia's Mocoa municipality that have claimed at least 300 lives, left more than 370 missing, and destroyed hospitals and infrastructure, United Nations relief agencies have stepped up their response to alleviate humanitarian suffering among the affected people.


Bridging global infrastructure gap tops agenda at annual UN Partnership Forum

05 April 2017 – Addressing the Partnership Forum convened by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), senior UN officials today discussed how to promote infrastructure growth in the least developed countries, particularly in Africa, to reach the world's development goals by 2030.


‘We must be resourced to respond, protect and deliver’ for people of Syria, UN aid chief

04 April 2017 – As a major international conference on Syria gets underway in Brussels, United Nations agencies have warned that a sluggish financial support by Member States would put vital assistance for millions of refugees and the communities hosting them at risk.


Children in countries facing famine threatened by lack of water, sanitation – UN agency

29 March 2017 – In African and Middle Eastern countries facing famine, unsafe water is as dangerous for severely malnourished children as lack of food, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today warned, noting that nearly 27 million people are at risk in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.