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Durable ceasefire needed as ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ leaves millions suffering in Yemen – UN relief chief

28 July 2015 – The conflict in Yemen has brought “appalling damage” on an already suffering people, the top United Nations humanitarian official told the Security Council today, pressing the international community to redouble its efforts to secure a pause in the fighting respected by all parties, thus providing space for relief workers to reach desperate civilians and for the warring sides to agree a durable ceasefire and, ultimately, a political solution.


‘Paralyzing’ funding gap forces shutdown of 80 per cent of frontline health services in war-torn Iraq – UN

27 July 2015 – The top United Nations humanitarian official in Iraq today declared as “devastating” the “inexplicable” closures of life-saving services in Iraq for people in need, citing the most recent shut-downs of basic health care will directly impact more than one million people, including some 500,000 children who now will not be immunized, spreading risk of a measles outbreak and resumption of polio.


Top UN relief official in Yemen warns of conflict’s ‘catastrophic’ consequences; urges humanitarian access

27 July 2015 – Witnessing first-hand the “shocking” devastation in Yemen’s main port city of Aden, the top United Nations relief official in the country today declared that the humanitarian consequences of the conflict are “catastrophic,” making an urgent plea for safe, unhindered access for aid workers and a major scale-up of funding.


Nepal: children still at risk three months after devastating quake, UNICEF warns

27 July 2015 – Three months after Nepal's devastating 25 April earthquake and its aftershocks, children continue to face multiple risks as their families have been pushed deeper into poverty and they remain in need of aid, warned the United Nations's Children Fund (UNICEF).


Funding crisis may force UN agency to delay start of school year for half a million students in Middle East

26 July 2015 – Facing its most severe financial crisis ever, the United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestine refugees throughout the Middle East has today convened an emergency session to weigh the growing risk that it may be forced to delay the start of the academic year in some 700 schools for half a million students across the region.


In quake-stricken Nepal, ‘emergency is not over yet,’ warns senior UN relief official

24 July 2015 – Three months after the first of the devastating earthquakes that hit Nepal, hundreds of thousands of survivors continue to require and rely on urgent humanitarian assistance, the top United Nations humanitarian official in the recovering country said today.


Iraq: funding shortage forces UN to shutter critical water and sanitation responses

20 July 2015 – With more than 74,000 new people displaced by fighting on the move in Iraq, the United Nations humanitarian wing has warned that overall, some 40 per cent of critically needed life-saving water and sanitation programmes will be forced to shut down by the end of the month due to lack of funding.


In Djibouti, UNICEF Ambassador Eddie Izzard visits Yemeni children refugees fleeing war

16 July 2015 – United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) United Kingdom Ambassador Eddie Izzard has met child refugees in Djibouti who have fled the devastating war in Yemen, the country of the comedian's birth.


ADDIS: 'historic' agreement reached on financing for new UN sustainable development agenda

15 July 2015 – Countries agreed today on a series of bold measures to overhaul global finance practices and generate investments for tackling a range of economic, social and environmental challenges at the United Nations Third International Conference on Financing for Development, being held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


ADDIS: Africa's economic transformation in focus at UN development financing conference

15 July 2015 – A lack of industrialization puts Africa's long-term growth at risk, a senior United Nations official said today, as participants at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development discussed the economic transformation of the continent.