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'No safe place left' for children in war-ravaged Aleppo, says senior UNICEF official

07 December 2016 Returning from a mission to Aleppo, a senior United Nations Children's Agency (UNICEF) official in Syria described “haunting images” of children killed by mortars and malnourishment, and said that the terrible situation “continues to plummet to even greater lows.”

UN launches $2.66 billion appeal for emergency assistance in Sahel region

07 December 2016 The United Nations and its partner non-governmental organizations today launched an appeal for $2.66 billion to provide emergency assistance across eight countries in the Sahel region, where “millions of people still live in conditions of deplorable human suffering.”

UN aid agencies ramp up response amid the worst southern African drought in decades

07 December 2016 Following the worst El Niño-induced drought in decades in southern Africa, United Nations humanitarian agencies and partners today launched a revised Action Plan to outlining their response to the needs of an estimated 13.8 million people as the region enters the peak of the lean season with largely depleted food stocks due to poor and failed harvests.

New UN report urges action to end 'unimaginable suffering' for separated families on Korean peninsula

07 December 2016 A new report from the United Nations human rights wing calls attention to more than 60 years of separation between families on the Korean peninsula, and urges action in order to alleviate the suffering of families.

Recent violence in Central African Republic spotlights subregion's volatility, Security Council told

07 December 2016 Despite a peaceful and successful transition in the Central African Republic (CAR) earlier in 2016, the recent outbreak of violence there had demonstrated the extremely fragile situation in the country, the Secretary-General's Acting Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), told the Security Council today.

Recent gains made in Haiti cholera fight shows additional resources can ensure 'cholera will go' – UN Adviser

07 December 2016 A senior United Nations official has stressed that that recent successes in the fight against cholera in Haiti demonstrate that when the UN and Haitian authorities receive the necessary funds, real progress can be made, and that eventually, "cholera will go."

On International Day, top UN aviation official recalls contributions of civil aviation

07 December 2016 In a message on the International Civil Aviation Day, celebrated annually on 7 December, the head of the United Nations civil aviation agency underlined the socio-economic importance and contribution of air travel and aviation.

In Vienna, Ban says UN and Austria will continue cooperation in promoting shared goals

07 December 2016 Kicking off what is likely to be his final overseas trip before leaving office at the end of the month, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Austria today, meeting the President-elect, foreign ministry officials, and press in Vienna.

'Dangerous funding gap' may lead to more cuts in food rations for refugees in Kenya – UN

07 December 2016 Forced to make a new round of cuts in food rations for refugees in Kenya, the World Food Programme (WFP) has appealed urgently for nearly $14 million to feed the 434,000 refugees living in Kenya's Dadaab and Kakuma camps and in the new Kalobeyei settlement.

UN rights expert urges Australians to stand up against country's 'alarming' hate speech and racism

07 December 2016 The United Nations human rights expert on contemporary forms of racism today urged all Australians – from the Government to the media and civil society – to stand up against “alarming” hate speech and racism racial discrimination in the country, especially against indigenous people, refugees, migrants, and Muslims.

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