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17 stories found over the past 45 days
Famine can be a war crime and should be prosecuted, says independent UN rights expert

23 October 2017 – Famine can constitute a war crime or crime against humanity, an independent United Nations human rights expert today said, noting that more civilians die from hunger and disease related to conflicts than in direct combat.


UNICEF and partner agencies in South Sudan help reunite 5,000 children with families

18 October 2017 – Since conflict broke out in South Sudan in 2013, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Save the Children and other partners have successfully reunited more than 5,000 children with their families.


South Sudan's leaders must pull country back from 'impending abyss,' UN peacekeeping chief

17 October 2017 – Amid worsening security and the dire humanitarian and human rights situation in South Sudan, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations on Tuesday called on the international community to demand that the country's leadership act in a manner that is expected of them.


At UN event in Rome, Pope Francis urges action on climate change, conflicts to end global hunger

16 October 2017 – Food security for all requires tackling climate change and ending conflicts, His Holiness, Pope Francis, stressed Monday at an official ceremony for World Food Day held at the Rome headquarters of the United Nations agriculture agency.


Relief aid is saving lives, but world must tackle root cause of famine: conflict – UN chief

12 October 2017 – Until fighting stops and development takes root, communities and entire regions will continue to face hunger, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Thursday, underscoring the link between conflict and famine.


FEATURE: A woman’s strength is unlimited, says award-winning UN peacekeeper

11 October 2017 – Growing up in Harare, Zimbabwe, Ms. Chota’s awareness of the inequalities that existed between girls and boys began at an early age. The way society groomed boys for professional careers and steered girls towards domestic chores led her to start dreaming of a more equal world.


UN emergency response fund reaches annual goal of $450 million, but more needed

09 October 2017 – The United Nations global emergency response fund has reached its 2017 funding target of $450 million, but much more is required given that the number of people in need of assistance is at a record high.