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Yemen: UN official calls for scaling up efforts to meet 'staggering' humanitarian needs

09 August 2015 – The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen is appealing for significant contributions to scale up efforts to meet the “staggering” needs across the country, where some 21 million people, or 80 per cent of the population, require live-saving assistance.


UN chief urges greater efforts to improve health and well-being of indigenous peoples

09 August 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the international community to commit to do more to improve the health and well-being of indigenous peoples, who face a wide range of challenges from inadequate sanitation and housing to high rates of diabetes, drug and alcohol abuse.


UN allocates $70 million from emergency fund to assist millions uprooted by crises

05 August 2015 – The United Nations humanitarian chief today allocated $70 million to help provide a lifeline to millions of men, women and children forced from their homes by violence and instability.


UN marks World Breastfeeding Week with call for stronger workplace policies for nursing mothers

03 August 2015 – United Nations officials are marking the annual World Breastfeeding Week by highlighting the vital importance of a practice that gives children the healthiest start in life and the need to strengthen policies to promote nursing with stronger workplace policies.


With 99 days to go before Myanmar elections, UNICEF urges candidates make children the clear winner

01 August 2015 – The top representative for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)in Myanmar has reminded candidates from more than 80 political parties running in historic elections 99 days from today “to make new commitments for children” to improve spending for health, education and social welfare that remains the lowest in the Southeast Asian region.


UN refugee agency envoy Angelina Jolie visits displaced people in Myanmar’s Kachin state

31 July 2015 – Oscar-winning actress and United Nations refugee agency Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie, travelled yesterday to Myanmar’s Kachin state, where internally displaced persons (IDPs), including a number of women, told her their stories.


‘Paralyzing’ funding gap forces shutdown of 80 per cent of frontline health services in war-torn Iraq – UN

27 July 2015 – The top United Nations humanitarian official in Iraq today declared as “devastating” the “inexplicable” closures of life-saving services in Iraq for people in need, citing the most recent shut-downs of basic health care will directly impact more than one million people, including some 500,000 children who now will not be immunized, spreading risk of a measles outbreak and resumption of polio.


Top UN relief official in Yemen warns of conflict’s ‘catastrophic’ consequences; urges humanitarian access

27 July 2015 – Witnessing first-hand the “shocking” devastation in Yemen’s main port city of Aden, the top United Nations relief official in the country today declared that the humanitarian consequences of the conflict are “catastrophic,” making an urgent plea for safe, unhindered access for aid workers and a major scale-up of funding.