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UN migration chief visits Nigeria's northeast; new fund allocates $10.5 million

01 August 2017 – The United Nations has scaled up its efforts to tackle the humanitarian crisis in northeast Nigeria, through a visit by its top migration official and the allocation of $10.5 million from a new fund.


In Central African Republic, UN peacekeeping chief underscores political solution to end violence

31 July 2017 – The top United Nations peacekeeping official is in the Central African Republic where he today discussed the security situation and the political process, while paying homage to three UN 'blue helmets' killed in the line of duty in recent days.


In DR Congo, UN aid chief says world must 'not let down' millions of people in need

21 July 2017 – Wrapping up a four-day mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations humanitarian chief today urged the world “not to forget the DRC,” and called for scaled-up relief funding to help millions of people suffering from violence, diseases, and malnutrition.


Change in behaviour for South Sudan actors 'long overdue,' Security Council told

20 July 2017 – Highlighting challenges facing South Sudan, a senior United Nations official today underlined that overcoming obstacles borne of a volatile combination of insecurity and political uncertainty is critical for the war-torn country to be put on the track to peace and stability.


South Sudan: UN agency scales up cholera response with 500,000 doses of oral vaccine

20 July 2017 – The United Nations health agency is scaling up cholera response in South Sudan, where 17,785 cases, including 320 deaths, have been reported since the outbreak in June 2106.


International community needs to 'change narrative' about Africa – UN chief Guterres

19 July 2017 – Briefing the Security Council on their strengthened collaboration, top officials from the African Union (AU) and the United Nations today highlighted their joint work on peace and security in the Gambia, Somalia and South Sudan, as well as other African countries, and urged adequate, timely and predictable funding.


Health services, especially vaccines, must ‘reach the unreached,’ stress UN agencies

17 July 2017 – Globally, nearly 13 million infants – almost one in ten – did not receive any vaccinations last year, putting them at serious risk of potentially fatal diseases, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) said today, urging greater efforts to extend the reach of health services.


UN in South Sudan concerned about civilians fleeing clashes in Upper Nile

12 July 2017 – Thousands of South Sudanese civilians are fleeing to neighbouring Ethiopia as Government troops advance on a rebel stronghold in the Upper Nile region, a senior United Nations official today said, expressing grave concern about what is already the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.


Five years into South Sudan's independence, children denied childhoods – UNICEF

08 July 2017 – As South Sudan enters its sixth year of independence, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is calling the situation in the country “a catastrophe for children” and cautioned that they are being denied a childhood in nearly all aspects of their lives.


Strengthening UN peacekeeping tops agenda as chiefs of defence meet in New York

07 July 2017 – In the ongoing effort to improve the overall performance of United Nations peacekeeping missions, the heads of the armed forces of around 100 countries met at UN Headquarters in New York today to discuss issues such as rapid deployment, training, increasing the number of female peacekeepers, and conduct and discipline.