The United Nations is alarmed by reports of an artillery shell explosion that injured up to 17 children at a school in Myanmar’s Rakhine State last Thursday. The incident is part of an escalation of hostilities between the Arakan Army and the Myanmar military across much of Rakhine.
Kenya is experiencing its worst desert locust infestation in 70 years, with swarm activity and breeding also occurring in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania. Left unchecked and with additional rains, it could grow 500-fold by June, with devastating impacts.
The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) says it will deploy 34 electoral advisers in Bangui and 16 prefectures to help the country as it prepares for presidential and legislative elections late this year and early 2021.
The United Nations Development Programme will tomorrow launch “Mission 1.5”, a climate change engagement campaign that will connect global citizens with Governments and policymakers. Built around an online video game on climate policy, it provides a platform for voting on solutions they wish to see happen.
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said it’s seeking $107 million to support life-saving humanitarian operations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. There are acute food, nutrition, health, water and sanitation needs, but funding for humanitarian operations there remain historically low.
The World Health Organization (WHO) will convene a global research and innovation forum in Geneva tomorrow to mobilize international action on coronavirus, the agency announced today. WHO has sent diagnostic kits to 14 countries and identified more than 160 laboratories with the technology to diagnose coronavirus.
The United Nations human rights office said today it is very concerned about repeated attacks against indigenous peoples in Nicaragua, non-protection of their rights and impunity for crimes committed against them. Some 40 indigenous people have been killed, 47 injured, 44 kidnapped and four disappeared since 2015.
World food prices rose for the fourth consecutive month in January, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Food Price Index, with vegetable oils, sugar and wheat among the chief drivers of the price increases. FAO also forecast a record 2.715 billion metric tons of cereal production for 2019.
The World Health Organization today launched a strategic preparedness and response plan to help countries prevent, detect and diagnose transmission of the coronavirus. The agency is requesting $675 million to fund the plan for the next three months; most of money will support countries particularly at risk.
A medical air bridge operation in Yemen coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and local authorities began today, bringing several Yemeni patients of an initial group of 30 from Sana’a to Amman, with more flights to follow.
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