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UN humanitarian wing and partners respond to unprecedented suffering in 2015

21 June 2016 – The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has released its 2015 annual report, articulating its response to the humanitarian challenges and human suffering, in all corners of the world that have overstretched the UN relief arm.


Despite positive talks, delays over peace roadmap ‘needlessly extending Yemen’s agony’– UN envoy

21 June 2016 – The United Nations–supported Yemeni peace talks under way in Kuwait have progressed “slowly, yet constructively,” over the last two months, with agreement still to be reached on the sequencing of the various steps proposed, including the timing of establishing a national unity government, the UN envoy for the country said today.


More than half of Yemen’s population now food insecure – UN

21 June 2016 – Vast swathes of war-torn Yemen – 19 out of 22 governorates – are facing severe food insecurity, and the situation within affected areas is likely to deteriorate if conflict persists, according to a new assessment by the United Nations and partners.


Some 13 million Yemenis need immediate help amid bleak conditions – senior UN relief official

16 June 2016 – The top United Nations relief official for Yemen has reported that more than 13 million Yemenis are in need of immediate life-saving assistance as a result of a bleak humanitarian situation in the country that continues to worsen.


Rocket and mortar attacks in Yemen’s Taiz condemned by UN rights office

10 June 2016 – The United Nations human rights office today strongly condemned a series of rocket and mortar attacks against several residential areas and markets in Taiz between since last Friday, which killed 18 civilians, including seven children, and injured 68 others.


Content of report on conflict-affected children 'will not change,' asserts Ban

09 June 2016 – Standing by his decision to remove the Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen from his latest report on conflict-affected children, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said it was one of the most “painful and difficult decisions” he has ever had to make, and that it is “unacceptable” for Member States to exert undue pressure as scrutiny is necessary part of the work of the UN.


Unity at the core of global peace and security, top EU official tells Security Council

06 June 2016 – In order to face and overcome the various political and humanitarian crises occurring around the world, working together in a spirit of cooperation and multilateralism must be a priority for both the United Nations and the European Union (EU) – and indeed, all countries worldwide – a top EU official told the Security Council today.


Yemen: Ban removes Saudi-led coalition from report on conflict-affected children, pending joint review

06 June 2016 – In the wake of the release of his latest report on the situation of 'Children in Armed Conflict,' United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has accepted a proposal by Saudi Arabia that the United Nations and the Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen review jointly the cases and numbers cited in the text.


UN chief condemns attacks in Yemen's Taiz, calls on parties to negotiate 'in good faith'

04 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned attacks in the Yemeni city of Taiz, which were carried out with heavy weapons, including rockets, mortars and artillery.


Ban ‘shocked’ at scale of grave violations against children detailed in latest report

03 June 2016 – In his annual report on children and armed conflict covering the year 2015, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his shock at the scale of grave violations against children in countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.