News by topic: Humanitarian Aid


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

20 January – 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.


UN agency revises funding requirements to tackle Africa's worst displacement crisis

20 January – With conflict in South Sudan now entering its fourth year and its people facing dire humanitarian challenges, the United Nations refugee agency has revised upwards its funding requirements for 2017 to address new needs of those who have been displaced due to renewed fighting, increased violence and resulting food insecurity since July last year.


Syria: Ceasefire a ‘disappointment’ for aid access; UN envoy invited to Astana talks

19 January – Despite a cessation of hostilities in war-ravaged Syria, aid workers are still unable to reach many people desperately needing assistance, the United Nations reported today, also announcing that Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura will attend upcoming talks in the Kazakh capital of Astana.


UN agencies, partners launch new plan to address plight of refugees and migrants in Europe

19 January – The United Nations refugee and migration agencies along with a host of partners today unveiled a new strategy and appeal to help address the challenges confronting hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants in Europe.


Top UN humanitarian official in Syria allocates $19 million for emergency response in Aleppo

18 January – Amid an overall scale-up in relief operations in Syria, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the country, Ali Al-Za’tari, approved today $19 million from the Syria Humanitarian Fund to sustain immediate life-saving and early recovery assistance for tens of thousands of people in war-ravaged Aleppo.


Three months after Hurricane Matthew, 1.5 million Haitians face hunger – UN agencies report

18 January – While the number of Haitians facing hunger in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew has declined steadily in the three months since the deadly storm ripped through the tiny island nation, more than 1.5 million people nevertheless remain food insecure, the United Nations said today.


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

18 January – 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.


Donor 'consortium' needed to bolster Haiti's long-term recovery and eradicate cholera, UN adviser says

17 January – A senior United Nations adviser called today for a new “consortium” of donors committed to improving Haiti's water supply and sanitation services to help finally eradicate cholera from the island, in support of the newly-elected President Jovenel Moïse.


Syria: Heavy fighting forces UN food relief agency to suspend airdrops in Deir ez-Zor

17 January – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that it has been forced to suspend airdrops to residents of the besieged Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor because of heavy fighting between Government forces and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh).


Ethiopia: UN-backed humanitarian appeal launched, seeking $948 million in 2017

17 January – On the heels of failed rains and a calamitous El Niño in Ethiopia, the country's Government today launched an appeal for $948 million to urgently address food and non-food needs, while the United Nations agriculture agency warned that a new drought may put the East African nation's hard fought gains at risk.