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Continued risk of catastrophic damage as Irma traverses path of destruction, warns UN

08 September 2017 – Hurricane Irma continues to wreak havoc in the Caribbean, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake, the United Nations humanitarian wing said today, warning that areas along its path continue to remain at risk of significant damage.


UN scales up response as 270,000 flee Myanmar into Bangladesh in two weeks

08 September 2017 – The United Nations migration agency today confirmed that 270,000 people have fled violence in Myanmar for safety in Bangladesh over the past two weeks, and the number of new arrivals continues to increase.


At high-level forum, UN stresses importance of education in building ‘culture of peace’

07 September 2017 – Education can promote ideals of non-violence, equality and mutual respect, United Nations officials said today at a high-level event on how to achieve a culture of peace amid current global challenges and threats to stability, prosperity and the planet.


UN supporting national relief efforts as Hurricane Irma threatens nearly 50 million people

07 September 2017 – United Nations agencies are supporting relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma, which has already wreaked havoc on Antigua and Barbuda and other Caribbean islands and is en route towards the United States.


UN summit spotlights financial need to combat land degradation

06 September 2017 – The head of the United Nations body tasked with addressing desertification today stressed the importance of financing for national commitments to combat land degradation, as a global summit on the issue got underway in China.


Syria: UN probe documents use of chemical weapons and other crimes against civilians

06 September 2017 – Despite reduced violence in some places in Syria, warring parties continued to perpetrate unthinkable crimes against civilians, including the use of chemical weapons by Government forces, a group of United Nations investigators said today as they released a new report.


Afghanistan: UN mission confirms at least 44 civilians killed, injured in latest airstrikes

01 September 2017 – At least 28 women and children were killed and an additional 16 injured in air strikes this week in Afghanistan, the United Nations political mission in the country said in initial findings of its probe into the deaths.


'Time to shift from logic of war,' put interests of Syrian people first, UN Security Council told

30 August 2017 – Calling for creative ways to work towards peace in Syria, the United Nations Special Envoy today outlined the political path forward, which includes holding another round of the so-named Astana talks and behind-the-scenes efforts by the international community.


UN agriculture chief says Uganda 'leading example' of sustainable refugee response

30 August 2017 – The head of the United Nations agriculture agency today called for greater funding for a sustainable response to the refugee crisis in Uganda, as he concluded a visit to the country's north hosting those crossing the border for safety.


In conflict-affected Nigeria, UN agency teams with health workers to help the displaced

30 August 2017 – Skilled health personnel are desperately needed in north-eastern Nigeria, the United Nations population agency today said, after training hundreds of health providers in Borno State on the basics of reproductive health needs.