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23 stories found over the past 45 days
Sexual violence in conflict ‘legitimate threat’ to peace and security – UN deputy chief

15 May 2017 – Although global understanding of sexual violence in conflict is shifting, there remains the need to tackle the root causes of such violations that lie in fundamental inequality and discrimination against women, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told the United Nations Security Council today.


Amid widening needs for displaced Somalis, UN refugee agency revises funding appeal

12 May 2017 – The United Nations refugee agency has increased its funding appeal by $91 million to meet the humanitarian needs of Somali refugees in the region and the people displaced inside the Horn of Africa country.


Attack on Yemeni city could overwhelm humanitarian capacity, warns UN migration agency

12 May 2017 – Warning of the disastrous impact of an imminent attack on a western city and port and Yemen, the United Nations migration agency has called on all actors to use dialogue and talks rather than military force, which will put more civilians in danger.


Unimpeded access, humanitarian funds urgently needed in Yemen – senior UN relief official

08 May 2017 – Voicing concern over lack of humanitarian access – particularly for medicine and medical supplies – in war-torn Yemen, a senior United Nations relief official has called on all parties to the conflict to ensure urgent and unrestricted access to people in need across the country.


Saudi Arabia must reform 'unacceptably broad' counter-terrorism law – UN rights expert

05 May 2017 – Saudi Arabia must stop using its anti-terror law to violate the right to free speech of its people, and end the use of torture terrorist suspects during investigations, a United Nations human rights expert urged at the end of his mission to the country.


Abuses by non-State actors no justification for rights violations by Governments – UN rights chief

01 May 2017 – Raising alarm over use of rhetoric by States that they can “solve problems” and find ways around lawful safeguards, the United Nations rights chief today urged vigilance to protect and promote human rights of everyone.


UN food agencies urge Governments to step up food action in African countries facing famine

28 April 2017 – Unless urgent action is taken to feed people in north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, more than 20 million people will not find enough food to eat, the heads of the United Nations food agencies today warned.


Nearly $1.1 billion pledged for beleaguered Yemen at UN-led humanitarian conference

25 April 2017 – With nearly two-thirds of war-torn Yemen – about 19 million people – in need of emergency support, the international community today raised $1.1 billion at a pledging event in Geneva to aid what the United Nations chief calls “the world’s largest hunger crisis.”


UN-led conference to mobilize global action to avert 'humanitarian catastrophe' in Yemen

24 April 2017 – The United Nations together with the governments of Sweden and Switzerland will convene a one-day conference in Geneva, tomorrow, to draw global attention to the deepening humanitarian crisis in war-torn Yemen where millions are “close to a breaking point.”


Starvation looms for 20 million, UN agricultural advisory group told at opening session

24 April 2017 – If nothing is done soon, 20 million people will starve to death over the next six months in South Sudan, Somalia, north-eastern Nigera and Yemen, the United Nations agricultural chief today warned the UN agency's Council.