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Nigerian refugees returning to “dangerously unprepared” situation, UN agency chief warns

21 June 2017 – Large numbers of Nigerian refugees hosted in Cameroon are returning to northeast Nigeria, into a situation the United Nations refugee chief calls “dangerously unprepared to receive them.”


As South Sudan famine ebbs, UN warns millions still face 'extreme hunger on the edge of a cliff'

21 June 2017 – While famine has eased in South Sudan, the situation across the crisis-torn country remains dire, as the number of people struggling to find food each day has grown from 4.9 million in February to six million today – the highest level of food insecurity the young nation has ever experienced, according to the United Nations.


Aid workers race to contain Yemen cholera outbreak, UN agencies report

20 June 2017 – A “race” is under way to contain the cholera epidemic in Yemen where 20 out of 22 governorates are affected, United Nations agencies said today.


UN chief appoints new envoys on youth; accessibility; and for Haiti

20 June 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of senior officials as his envoys, respectively, for promoting universal accessibility, on the rights of young people, and to guide the implementation of the Organization's new approach to tackle cholera in Haiti.


Africa's largest refugee crisis now a 'children's crisis' – UNICEF

20 June 2017 – Raising alarm over the plight of refugees, in particular the situation of women and children, arriving in Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya having fled violence and instability in South Sudan, the United Nations Children's Fund has called on governments to do more to ensure that the most vulnerable are protected.


Ukraine: 750,000 children at risk of losing access to safe drinking water, warns UN

16 June 2017 – With the recent escalation of hostilities damaging vital water infrastructure in eastern Ukraine, at least 750,000 children are at imminent risk of being cut off from safe drinking water, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today.


UNICEF-backed projects for millions of children in Syria on verge of being 'cut off'

16 June 2017 – Programmes supported by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to assist more than nine million children in Syria and neighbouring countries are on the verge of being cut off due to a critical funding shortage.


Political will, financial support needed to bolster new approach to cholera in Haiti – UN deputy chief

14 June 2017 – The United Nations deputy chief today called on Member States to fund the Organization's new strategy to counter cholera in Haiti, stressing that the initiative is facing a critical shortage of resources.


Children hardest hit as cholera spreads in war-torn Yemen – UNICEF

14 June 2017 – As the outbreak of cholera in Yemen continues to spread at an alarming rate – with terrible impact on children – the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called for immediate support to enable the country's health workers respond or risk even more deaths from the deadly disease.


Sharp increase in money migrants send home lifts millions out of poverty – UN report

14 June 2017 – A dramatic up tic in the amount of money migrants send home to their families in developing countries is helping to lift millions out of poverty, according to a new report out today from the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).