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Much of the planet’s land severely degraded owing to increased consumption, UN warns

12 September 2017 – A new United Nations report warns that a third of the planet’s land is now severely degraded thanks to a doubling in the consumption of natural resources over the past 30 years.


UN and partners aiding ‘unprecedented’ flow of refugees from Myanmar

12 September 2017 – The flow of desperate Rohingya fleeing across the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh is unprecedented in terms of volume and speed, United Nations humanitarian agencies said today, amid calls for international support for the emergency response.


‘Robust action’ required to assist growing number of refugees on Greek islands – UN

08 September 2017 – The United Nations refugee agency today urged “robust action” to improve conditions on Greece’s eastern Aegean islands, where the number of new refugee arrivals increased last month.


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.


'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.


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.


'Civilians are Not a Target,' says UN chief on World Humanitarian Day

19 August 2017 – On World Humanitarian Day, the United Nations and its partners are calling on all global leaders to do everything in their power to protect people caught up in conflict, and to stand with the health and aid workers who risk their lives to help them.


Protecting aid workers ‘paramount,’ UN relief chief says ahead of World Humanitarian Day

17 August 2017 – As conflicts around the world continue to take a massive toll on people’s lives, the top United Nations relief official stressed the importance of ensuring that the brave men and women who risk their lives to help those in need are not themselves a target.


Pregnant, breastfeeding women among most at risk in Yemen's cholera outbreak

17 August 2017 – In the midst of the cholera outbreak in Yemen, where an average 5,000 people fall sick every day, the United Nations population agency is warning about the dangers to pregnant and breastfeeding women.