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Drought in Botswana is learning opportunity to achieve water security – UN rights expert

17 November 2015 – A United Nations human rights expert today urged Botswana to take the current extreme drought in the southern African country as an opportunity to develop a strategy for providing access to safe drinking water and sanitation for all as “a short-cut to prevent illnesses and deaths” in the long run.

Central African Republic: UN relief coordinator strongly condemns attacks on sites for internally displaced

17 November 2015 – The top UN relief official in the Central African Republic (CAR) has condemned repeated and deadly attacks that took place last week on sites for internally displaced people (IDPs) in the towns of Batangafo and Bambari.

'Status quo simply cannot continue in Syria' – UN humanitarian chief

16 November 2015 – More than five years since the unrest in Syria began, senior United Nations officials today stressed to the Security Council that the status quo in the war-torn country cannot continue, highlighting the effects of the conflict on civilians, especially women and children.

Ukraine: as winter closes in, UN warns 700,000 children at risk due to severely damaged heating systems

13 November 2015 – About 700,000 children in Donetsk and Luhansk in Eastern Ukraine are in danger of the potential failure of the heating systems during the winter months, said United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today adding that conflict in the region has heavily damaged the interlinked water, heating and electricity service.

South Sudan: UN relief wing warns of 80 per cent increase in food insecurity over past year

09 November 2015 – South Sudan remains engulfed in a spiral of violence – with clashes in southern and central Unity state having “intensified with grave consequences for civilians” – leaving at-risk populations food insecure and vulnerable to diseases, the United Nations humanitarian wing has warned, announcing that relief organizations on the ground are boosting efforts there despite access challenges and lagging funding.

Two years after super typhoon in Philippines, UNICEF lauds 'tremendous' recovery efforts

08 November 2015 – On the second anniversary of Super Typhoon Haiyan, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has commended the significant progress made in recovery and rehabilitation efforts in the Philippines, but remains concerned about the unmet needs of children and their families, some still living in temporary housing.

‘Boats packed with thousands of new arrivals’ continue to land in Greek Islands – UN refugee agency

06 November 2015 – Despite a four-day shipping strike that affected refugees, migrants and host communities, the United Nations refugee agency has continued its work in the Greek Islands, where an estimated 20,000 refugees and migrants are currently staying, placing considerable strain on the limited reception facilities of several islands.

More funds needed to cope with 5,000 daily refugee arrivals as winter hits Europe – UN agency

05 November 2015 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today appealed to donors for more than $95 million to make sure emergency shelters are equipped with heating and ensure other measures are in place to protect from the harsh winter weather the unrelenting flow of refugees and migrants arriving in Greece and travelling through the Balkan countries.

Iraq: UN health agency mobilizes immunization campaign to help control cholera outbreak

03 November 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) has mobilized 510,000 dozes of oral cholera vaccine (OCV) to be administered to an estimated 250,000 displaced persons in Iraq, in an effort to curtail the cholera outbreak which is now feared to be spreading to neighbouring countries.

South Sudan: UN launches mass nutrition screening as hunger threatens lives of thousands of children

29 October 2015 – The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have stepped up their activities in South Sudan after the recently released Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) today revealed that nearly 237,000 children in the country are estimated to be suffering from severe acute malnutrition.