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23 stories found over the past 45 days
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.


UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Katy Perry calls for increased focus on children in Viet Nam

01 June 2016 – Following a visit to Viet Nam, singer-songwriter Katy Perry, a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has called for an increased focus on children being left behind in one of Asia’s fastest-growing economies.


No need to cancel or postpone Olympics due to Zika, says UN health agency

31 May 2016 – The World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that based on the current assessment of the Zika virus circulating in almost 60 countries globally and 39 countries in the Americas, there is no public health justification for postponing or cancelling the 2016 Olympic Games.


On Africa Day, Ban urges leveraging gains to ensure ‘no African is left behind’

25 May 2016 – Despite an uncertain global economic landscape, Africa’s prospects are positive, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging the continent’s leaders to use recent gains to address rising social and economic inequalities.


Haiti: UN agencies support Government in vaccination campaign against cholera

25 May 2016 – Two United Nations agencies said today they are supporting the Government of Haiti in a vaccination campaign against cholera that aims to reach 400,000 people in 2016.


Sri Lanka: Deadly tropical storm displaces more than 230,000, UN relief wing reports

24 May 2016 – The United Nations humanitarian wing has reported that at least 84 people have died, another 116 are missing, and more than 230,000 are displaced following a severe tropical storm this past week that caused widespread flooding and landslides in 22 districts of Sri Lanka.


Amid Boko Haram violence, situation worsens for displaced in southeast Niger – UN

24 May 2016 – Security and humanitarian conditions are deteriorating in southeast Niger, where hundreds of thousands of people settled after fleeing Boko Haram insurgents, the United Nations refugee agency warned today.


WHS: World Humanitarian Summit will be 'wake-up call' for action and 'launch pad' for new initiatives

22 May 2016 – Just hours away from the opening of the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), United Nations senior officials today highlighted that the global event is to serve as a wake-up call for action in the service of common humanity, providing a launch pad for new initiatives.


FEATURE: Between protracted and emergency crises – a case study of the humanitarian funding conundrum in Sudan

20 May 2016 – One of the expected outcomes of the first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), which will take place next week in Istanbul, Turkey, is a commitment from the international community to dedicate more resources to prevent and reduce human suffering.