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UN emergency fund allocates $15 million to support people fleeing Fallujah

20 June 2016 – The top United Nations relief official chief today released $15 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to provide urgent life-saving assistance for people affected by the recent fighting and military operations in Fallujah.


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.


Some 13 million Yemenis need immediate help amid bleak conditions – senior UN relief official

16 June 2016 – The top United Nations relief official for Yemen has reported that more than 13 million Yemenis are in need of immediate life-saving assistance as a result of a bleak humanitarian situation in the country that continues to worsen.


INTERVIEW: UN envoy spotlights improvements in water and sanitation as critical to tackling cholera in Haiti

13 June 2016 – Incidence of cholera has gone down by 90 per cent in Haiti from 2011 to last year, and the United Nations will continue to help the country tackle the root causes of the disease, such as lack of clean water and sanitation services, the deputy head of the UN mission there has said.


UN rights chief warns of 'preventable calamities' and 'worrying' trends in more than 50 countries

13 June 2016 – In a wide-ranging opening speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, the UN rights chief sheds a light on “preventable calamities” and worrying trends around the world, including detailed concerns about the situation in more than 50 countries.


Haiti: UN supports Government in potable water campaign reaching 30,000 residents

10 June 2016 – Some 30,000 residents of three localities in Haiti now have access to potable water, thanks to a sanitation campaign launched by the Government and supported by the United Nations following a cholera epidemic that killed almost 100 people in the community.


UN and partners in ‘race against time’ to provide life-saving assistance to people fleeing Fallujah

06 June 2016 – The United Nations and partners today warned they are “in a race against time” to provide life-saving assistance to people fleeing escalating violence in Anbar, particularly around the battle for Fallujah, while the UN envoy for Iraq reiterated his call to ensure civilians have unhindered access to medical facilities and humanitarian assistance.


Benefits of technology and innovation must be shared ‘with those who stand to gain most’ – Ban

06 June 2016 – Speaking at the first multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged leaders to share their benefits with those who stand to gain most.


Attacks by Boko Haram continue in Niger’s Diffa region, forcing more people to flee – UN

06 June 2016 – People living in the region of Diffa in Niger continue to be affected by insecurity related to activities by the terrorist group Boko Haram around the Lake Chad, according to reports by the United Nations relief wing.


UNICEF Ambassador Ricky Martin calls for greater efforts for children fleeing Syria conflict

03 June 2016 – Following a two-day visit to Lebanon, singer Ricky Martin, a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), has called for greater efforts to safeguard the futures of millions of children affected by the Syrian conflict, whose lives have been shaped by displacement, violence and a persistent lack of opportunities.