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17 stories found over the past 45 days
Yemen: UN emergency fund releases $15 million for critical aid operations

04 September 2015 – The head of the United Nations humanitarian wing today released an emergency allocation of $15 million to help alleviate the “almost incomprehensible” scale of human suffering in Yemen where a “shocking” four out of every five Yemenis are lacking in such basic items for survival as clean water, food, fuel, and medicines.


UN food relief now reaching more than 400,000 flood victims in Myanmar

26 August 2015 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is now delivering rice, beans, cooking oil and salt to more than 400,000 people affected by flooding in Myanmar and “reachable only on foot, after floods and landslides destroyed roads across the country,” the agency said today.


UN atomic energy watchdog will need more than $10 million a year to assess Iran’s nuclear capacity

25 August 2015 – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today presented to its member States for approval a report outlining a 9.2 million euros-a-year (roughly $10.5 million) programme to carry out the verification and monitoring of Iran’s nuclear-related commitments as set out in the landmark international agreement reached last month with the Government of Iran.


UN and partners urge resolution to crisis after Somali legislators approve motion to impeach President

19 August 2015 – Envoys from the United Nations and other international organizations today joined to express deep concern that a parliamentary motion to impeach Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud would impede progress on the country’s peace and State-building goals.


Half a million Palestinian children can return to UN-run schools this year thanks to ‘tireless’ fund-raising

19 August 2015 – The United Nations relief agency dealing with Palestinian refugees has declared the school year open will on time today for the 500,000 boys and girls in the increasingly unstable Middle East, where multiple crises and a major funding shortage nearly forced the delayed of the opening of 685 schools in the region.


At Security Council, top UN health officials spotlight role of emergency preparedness in Ebola fight

13 August 2015 – The deadly Ebola outbreak which ravaged West Africa for more than a year has demonstrated the increasing importance of emergency preparedness both in Africa and across the world, said two senior United Nations health officials who noted that if the current intense focus on case detection and contact tracing is maintained, the virus could be “soundly defeated” by year's end.


UN and international envoys urge Burundi Government to forge ‘new path’ through dialogue

12 August 2015 – The Government of Burundi should immediately seize the opportunity for dialogue and forge a “new path,” United Nations and international envoys declared today, condemning the wave of recent attacks in the crisis-torn country and urging parties to show “restraint, leadership, and vision.”


UN body stresses vital role of geospatial data to achieving sustainable development goals

11 August 2015 – Geographic information about people and the planet is critical to making better decisions and using resources more wisely, and will be vital to achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals that countries have recently agreed on, according to a United Nations expert on the issue.


Head of UN watchdog discusses Iranian nuclear issues with US lawmakers

05 August 2015 – The head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) met with United States lawmakers today in Washington, D.C. to discuss the important role the Agency can play in monitoring and verifying nuclear activities in Iran.


US leadership, support vital to host of global issues, UN chief stresses at White House

04 August 2015 – The United Nations counts on the leadership and support of the United States on a range of critical issues, from climate change and sustainable development to resolving crises such as those in Syria and Yemen, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, following a meeting at the White House with President Barack Obama.