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Yemen at ‘critical crossroads,’ Security Council told ahead of face-to-face peace talks

15 April 2016 – Yemen is now at a critical crossroads, the United Nations Security Council heard today from the UN special envoy for the country, with one path leading to peace while the other can only worsen the security and humanitarian situation.

UN agency boosts efforts to detect and prevent spread of damaging wheat rusts

15 April 2016 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said today it is expanding a partnership to inhibit the ongoing spread of wheat rusts, a group of fungal plant diseases that block the production of the staple grain and other crops, which is raising concern in Central Asia and the Middle East.

Desert Locust outbreak in Yemen leaves surrounding countries potentially at risk

12 April 2016 – The presence of recently discovered Desert Locust infestations in Yemen, where conflict is severely hampering control operations, poses a potential threat to crops in the region, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.

Yemen: UN officials welcome cessation of hostilities

11 April 2016 – The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen has welcomed the start of the cessation of hostilities that began at midnight, 10 April, urging all parties to work to ensure that the terms are fully respected and create a conducive environment for the peace talks scheduled to resume next week.

Yemen: UN official expresses hope warring parties abide by cessation of hostilities

09 April 2016 – Ahead of a cessation of hostilities set to start on 10 April, the senior United Nations relief official for Yemen today expressed hope that all parties to the conflict in that country abide by the ceasefire agreement, noting that only a political solution can bring the lasting peace Yemenis deserve and are demanding.

Preparations underway 'at full speed' for intra-Yemeni peace talks, says UN envoy

01 April 2016 – Preparations are underway “at full speed” for the next round of United Nations-brokered intra-Yemeni peace talks to start on 18 April in Kuwait, a UN envoy said today.

Yemen: year of conflict puts 3.4 million women of reproductive age at risk, UN reports

31 March 2016 – A year of conflict in Yemen has left an estimated 3.4 million women of reproductive age between 15 and 49 years in need of humanitarian assistance, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has reported, expressing growing concern about the situation.

New UN-Arab League agreement aims to prevent conflict-related sexual violence

29 March 2016 – The United Nations and the League of Arab States today signed an agreement to strengthen collaboration on prevention of conflict-related sexual violence in the Arab region.

Yemen's children 'locked in a vicious cycle of violence, loss and uncertainty,' UN warns

29 March 2016 – Six children are killed or injured every day and children as young as 10 years old are recruited to fight in conflict-torn Yemen, according to a United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) report, which also underscored that child recruitment has risen exponentially during the fighting and that the country is at risk of becoming a failed State.

UN health agency calls for funding, access to Yemenis as conflict rages for second year

28 March 2016 – As the conflict in Yemen this week enters its second year, the United Nations health agency is calling for additional funding and access to the more than 80 per cent of the population in urgent need of humanitarian aid.