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PHOTO FEATURE: Mosul – 100 days on, and the UN’s humanitarian response

24 January 2017 – Armed conflict in Iraq has caused the displacement of more than three million people since June 2014 – one million of those displaced may be as a direct result of the Iraqi military's efforts to liberate Mosul and surrounding areas from the control of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh), according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.


In Helsinki, UN appeals for nearly $5 billion to help Syrian refugees and host communities

24 January 2017 – The United Nations and partners today appealed at an aid conference in Finland for $4.63 billion to help Syrians who fled the country and the communities hosting them.


UN, partners voice deep concern about 750,000 civilians as battle expands to western Mosul

24 January 2017 – A hundred days after the start of military operations to retake Mosul from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) militants, humanitarian partners are expressing deep concern about the plight of the estimated 750,000 civilians who are currently living in the western sections of the city where fighting is expected to start in coming weeks.


Backlogs and brutal weather put refugee and migrant children at risk in Europe – UNICEF

20 January 2017 – As the extreme cold weather and storms continue to sweep Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, refugee and migrant children are threatened by respiratory and other serious illnesses, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund.


Political uncertainty forces tens of thousands people to flee The Gambia for Senegal: UN

20 January 2017 – At least 45,000 people – mostly women and children – have arrived in Senegal from The Gambia after former President Yahya Jammeh's decided to not step down, United Nations agencies today said warning that more people may leave if the political situation is not resolved peacefully.


Processed foods drive surge in obesity rates in Latin America and Caribbean – UN-backed report

19 January 2017 – Obesity and overweight are on the rise throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and are prevalent particularly among women and children, according to a new United Nations-backed report.


Yemen: Ongoing humanitarian crisis adding to migrants woes, says UN migration agency

18 January 2017 – Highlighting the plight of migrants from the Horn of Africa arriving in Yemen – which itself has seen more than 2.1 million people internally displaced due to ongoing conflict and the resulting humanitarian crisis – the United Nations migration agency has called for additional support for the vulnerable.


UN agencies assess dire hygiene, protection needs for women in Syria’s war-ravaged Aleppo

13 January 2017 – The health, hygiene and protection needs of women and girls displaced in Aleppo are staggering, the United Nations has observed, voicing concern for civilians in the Syrian city that has endured intense fighting for about four years.


Iraq: Thousands displaced from Mosul in ‘desperate’ need of life-saving aid, UN agency reports

13 January 2017 – Since the start of the Iraqi military operation to retake Mosul in October last year, more than 144,500 people have been displaced and a majority of them are in desperate need of live-saving humanitarian assistance, the United Nations migration agency has warned.


INTERVIEW: Space technology can help create a better world – Simonetta Di Pippo, UN Office for Outer Space Affairs

13 January 2017 – The heads of national space agencies, government officials and representatives from the space community worldwide are being challenged to get more women into the aerospace industry.