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22 stories found over the past 45 days
Children's access to safe water and sanitation is a right, not a privilege – UNICEF

29 August 2017 – In countries beset by violence, displacement, conflict and instability, children's most basic means of survival – water – must be a priority, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today, warning that children living in fragile situations are four times more likely to lack access to drinking water.


At start of World Water Week, UN Assembly President says water and sanitation goals need 'major push'

28 August 2017 – Encouraging global action to support clean water and sanitation, United Nations General Assembly President Peter Thomson today underscored that when it comes to the environment, everything is connected.


Cholera spread slows in Yemen; locals pitch in to help curb outbreak – UN agency

28 August 2017 – The weekly number of reported new cholera cases in Yemen has declined by one third since late June, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today said, praising Yemenis for leading a “heroic daily fight” against the outbreak, which remains the worst in the world.


UN agencies aid millions affected by flooding, landslides in South Asia

24 August 2017 – United Nations humanitarian agencies are working with the Government and partners in Nepal to bring in clean water, food, shelter and medical aid for some of the 41 million people affected by flooding and landslides in South Asia.


UN releases $2.5 million from pooled fund to tackle energy crisis in Gaza

24 August 2017 – With Gaza entering its fourth month of a serious energy crisis, the United Nations today released a further $2.5 million from a pooled humanitarian fund to cover urgent needs in the Palestinian enclave.


UN health agency rushes to prevent malaria, cholera outbreaks in flood-hit Sierra Leone

21 August 2017 – The United Nations health agency is working closely with the Government of Sierra Leone to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as malaria and cholera in the wake of last week's mudslides and flooding in the country's capital, Freetown.


Yemen's 'man-made catastrophe' is ravaging country, senior UN officials tell Security Council

18 August 2017 – Warning about escalating suffering in Yemen's man-made catastrophe, senior United Nations officials today addressed the Security Council, calling on the international community to push for a political solution to the more than two-year-old conflict.


UN agencies rushing aid to more than 3,000 displaced in flood-hit Sierra Leone

17 August 2017 – United Nations agencies are stepping up efforts to aid displaced families affected by the deadly flooding and landslides in Sierra Leon's capital, Freetown, and surrounding areas.


Pregnant, breastfeeding women among most at risk in Yemen's cholera outbreak

17 August 2017 – In the midst of the cholera outbreak in Yemen, where an average 5,000 people fall sick every day, the United Nations population agency is warning about the dangers to pregnant and breastfeeding women.


Yemen's cholera epidemic surpasses half-million suspected cases, UN agency says

14 August 2017 – More than 500,000 people in Yemen are suspected of having cholera, the United Nations health agency today said, warning that the disease is spreading quickly due to a lack of clean water or health access.