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UN deputy aid chief calls for strengthened response to upcoming La Niña weather event

27 July 2016 – Following a week-long visit to southern Africa, the United Nations deputy humanitarian chief has called for increased efforts to help mitigate the impact of the La Niña weather phenomenon occurring towards the end of the year.


FEATURE SERIES: What is UN peacebuilding and its role in preventing conflicts?

27 July 2016 – In conflicts, the United Nations is commonly associated with peacekeeping and UN ‘blue helmets,’ but increasingly the international community’s focus is on “peacebuilding” – the idea of supporting a country throughout all stages of a conflict, including post-conflict recovery and socio-economic development, and on preventing the outbreak of fighting.


FEATURE: Tackling cholera in Haiti by building sanitary cordons

27 July 2016 – “Wash my hands before eating and nursing the baby, wash my hands after relieving myself, use Aquatabs to purify the water…” and so, Sherline Deus lists the steps she must take to protect herself and her children from cholera in the town of Grand Bois, located in in north-eastern Haiti, near the country's border with the Dominican Republic.


UN rushes to ramp up support for South Sudan's battle against cholera outbreak

27 July 2016 – The United Nations and its partners are rushing to ramp up support for South Sudan's fight to contain a cholera outbreak through measures, including an oral vaccination campaign to reach over 14,000 people and the creation of treatment and rehydration centres.


UN agency steps up operations in South Sudan to thwart possible cholera outbreak

20 July 2016 – Dozens of people in South Sudan may have cholera, the United Nations children’s agency today announced, saying it is working with partners to step up its operations to avoid a possible cholera outbreak in the country.


First progress report on Sustainable Development Agenda aims to leave no one behind

20 July 2016 – The first ever progress report on the new global development agenda provides the most up-to-date statistics on poverty, hunger, education and sanitation, among others, so that the world can address urgent global challenges over the next 15 years.


Ban urges burden-sharing, solidarity to combat effects of El Niño and mitigate climate change

19 July 2016 – The lives and livelihoods of more than 60 millions people around the world have been turned upside down by the extreme weather events linked to the El Niño phenomenon, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said, calling for a scaled-up, unprecedented response that goes beyond humanitarian action.


Syria: Food convoy reaches Serghaya, as UN agencies urge protection of aid workers and sites

19 July 2016 – As humanitarian convoys gain access to hard-to-reach areas in Syria, some United Nations agencies are speaking out about fresh dangers to aid workers.


Children starving in parts of Nigeria held by Boko Haram, UN children’s agency warns

19 July 2016 – About a quarter of a million children in Borno state, north-eastern Nigeria, are suffering from severe malnutrition, the United Nations children’s agency today announced. Of those, about one in five will die if they do not receive treatment.


UN: Strong donor support for Lebanon positively impacts food, children and infrastructure

18 July 2016 – High donor commitments continued to help Lebanon in mitigating the impact of the Syrian crisis by bolstering food assistance, education, water and sanitation, according to a United Nations mid-year update on donor support to the country.