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30 stories found over the past 45 days
Ban, Red Cross chief voice concern over ‘brazen and brutal erosion’ of respect for humanitarian law

31 October 2015 – Warning of rising number of 'deliberate' attacks on civilians across the world, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the international community to end the 'callous disregard for human life' and stressed on stronger commitment from Member States to bring perpetrators of such attacks to account.

Senior UN relief official urges more support for people in protracted crises in central and eastern Africa

29 October 2015 – Warning of worsening violence and humanitarian crises across areas of East and Central Africa, the Head of Operations for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), John Ging, today called for additional support to “people and communities who have faced years of crisis in Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia.”

Health and safety of women and children in disaster-prone areas ‘must be a priority,’ says UN relief wing

29 October 2015 – Disaster response specialists, including from the United Nations and other organizations, gathered in Suva, Fiji this week for the annual Pacific Humanitarian Partnership meeting, where the focus has been on high rates of preventable mortality and morbidity among women and children in the disaster-prone region.

Senior UN official pleads for access to Yemeni city of Taiz to avert humanitarian tragedy

29 October 2015 – The World Food Programme (WFP) today pleaded for the “‘safe and immediate access” to Taiz, where food aid last reached the besieged city in southern Yemen five weeks ago, warning that “if this situation continues the damage from hunger will be irreversible.”

Social protection systems should be more inclusive of persons with disabilities – UN rights expert

28 October 2015 – States should make their social protection systems more inclusive for persons with disabilities, rather than pursuing models that often lock them into a cycle of dependence and poverty, a UN expert on the rights of persons with disabilities has said.

Two-thirds of world’s population is infected with herpes, says new UN health agency report

28 October 2015 – More than 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 are infected with herpes simplex virus type 1, which in most cases causes “cold sores” around the mouth, according to the first global estimates of the infection by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Tuberculosis deaths nearly halved since 1990, but 4,400 dying daily from disease – UN health agency

28 October 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that the fight against tuberculosis (TB) is paying off, with this year’s death rate nearly half of what it was in 1990, but 1.5 million still people died from the disease last year, with more than half occurring in China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria and Pakistan.

‘UN charter enshrines our common values’ today as ever, General Assembly declares, marking ‘UN70’

23 October 2015 – As the United Nations prepares for the official celebration of its 70 anniversary tomorrow, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the General Assembly to “unite our strength” and serve “we the peoples,” as the 193-member body adopted by consensus a resolution declaring a recommitment to the aims and principles of the UN Charter.

New UN health agency report cites measures to reduce risks from climate pollutants

22 October 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today spotlighted the need to reduce short-lived climate pollutants like black carbon, ozone, methane and carbon dioxide that contribute to climate change and lead to more than 7 million deaths linked to air pollution each year.

Senior UN official warns funding shortages could be disastrous for chronically food-insecure Mauritania

22 October 2015 – On her two-day visit to Mauritania, Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the World Food Program (WFP), saw at first hand the challenges faced by nearly 1 million food insecure people amid rising malnutrition in the country.