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16 stories found over the past 45 days
Political uncertainty forces tens of thousands people to flee The Gambia for Senegal: UN

20 January 2017 – At least 45,000 people – mostly women and children – have arrived in Senegal from The Gambia after former President Yahya Jammeh's decided to not step down, United Nations agencies today said warning that more people may leave if the political situation is not resolved peacefully.


Processed foods drive surge in obesity rates in Latin America and Caribbean – UN-backed report

19 January 2017 – Obesity and overweight are on the rise throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and are prevalent particularly among women and children, according to a new United Nations-backed report.


Donor 'consortium' needed to bolster Haiti's long-term recovery and eradicate cholera, UN adviser says

17 January 2017 – A senior United Nations adviser called today for a new “consortium” of donors committed to improving Haiti's water supply and sanitation services to help finally eradicate cholera from the island, in support of the newly-elected President Jovenel Moïse.


Ethiopia: UN-backed humanitarian appeal launched, seeking $948 million in 2017

17 January 2017 – On the heels of failed rains and a calamitous El Niño in Ethiopia, the country's Government today launched an appeal for $948 million to urgently address food and non-food needs, while the United Nations agriculture agency warned that a new drought may put the East African nation's hard fought gains at risk.


Somalia: Only early action will avert another catastrophe, says senior UN relief official

17 January 2017 – Faced with a 'slight but steady' increase in the number of people in need, the humanitarian community in Somalia launched today an $864 million to reach 3.9 million people with urgent life-saving assistance, the United Nations relief wing reported.


Iraq: Thousands displaced from Mosul in ‘desperate’ need of life-saving aid, UN agency reports

13 January 2017 – Since the start of the Iraqi military operation to retake Mosul in October last year, more than 144,500 people have been displaced and a majority of them are in desperate need of live-saving humanitarian assistance, the United Nations migration agency has warned.