UN News - Humanitarian Aid

UN News - Humanitarian Aid

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UN News - Humanitarian Aid

Beirut blast: Here’s how you can help the UN aid Lebanon's recovery

Fri, 07 Aug 2020 17:15:40 -0400

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After a devasting blast ripped through Beirut Port in Lebanon on Tuesday, wounding thousands and rendering hundreds of thousands homeless, the UN moved rapidly to step up its relief effort. 

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As Beirut rescuers search for survivors, UN warns of ‘huge’ needs

Fri, 07 Aug 2020 10:55:06 -0400

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Across Lebanon, “the needs are immediate, and they are huge” in the aftermath of the explosion that destroyed Beirut city port, UN agencies said on Friday.

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‘Immediate humanitarian assistance’ mobilized in force, to support Beirut after deadly blast

Thu, 06 Aug 2020 16:47:46 -0400

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The response to Tuesday’s explosion in Beirut requires global support in order to “surmount the devastating impact” of the crisis facing the Lebanese people, the UN Deputy Special Coordinator for the country said on Thursday. 

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New humanitarian air service boosts COVID-19 response in the Pacific

Thu, 06 Aug 2020 13:13:27 -0400

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A flight carrying protective masks, ventilators and other essential medical supplies for COVID-19 response, landed in Papua New Guinea on Thursday, marking the start of a humanitarian air service for the Pacific region, Governments and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) have announced.

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Philippines: UN and partners launch major COVID-19 response plan to aid 5.4 million

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 12:20:49 -0400

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Prioritizing the safety and well-being of women and girls, the UN and partners launched on Tuesday a COVID-19 humanitarian response plan to assist some 5.4 million of the poorest and most marginalized people in the Philippines. 

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Across Sudan, heavy rains and flash floods destroy houses, wash away crops – UN relief wing

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 11:54:53 -0400

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Hundreds of houses have been destroyed and vital infrastructure damaged due to riverine and flashfloods after heavy rains across large parts of Sudan, the United Nations relief wing has reported. 

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Storms, coronavirus pose ‘double threat’ for children in Central America and Caribbean – UNICEF

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 15:44:20 -0400

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Across Central America and the Caribbean, the more than 70 million children impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic could soon face another threat – catastrophic hurricane storms, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Monday. 

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Ravages of acute hunger will likely hit six in 10 in Zimbabwe: WFP

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 11:43:38 -0400

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The World Food Programme (WFP) is urgently seeking more international support to prevent millions of Zimbabweans plunging deeper into hunger. The COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated an already severe hunger crisis in Zimbabwe, UN humanitarians warned on Thursday.

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Security Council: Poverty deepens, along with need, across Syria

Wed, 29 Jul 2020 15:47:25 -0400

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Humanitarian operations across war-shattered Syria are reaching 6.8 million people a month, but a worsening economic crisis is deepening poverty and pushing more and more Syrians into humanitarian need, the Security Council heard Wednesday.

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COVID-19 scapegoating triggers fresh displacement in Yemen, warns migration agency

Tue, 21 Jul 2020 10:22:57 -0400

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COVID-19 fears have prompted fresh displacement in war-torn Yemen, and forced many of those on the move to sell what little they have to survive, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday.

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COVID-19: UN relief chief urges G20 to step up to avert ‘cascading crises’ in fragile countries

Thu, 16 Jul 2020 18:00:08 -0400

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The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting recession are set to trigger the first increase in global poverty in three decades, pushing 265 million people to the point of starvation by the end of the year, the UN’s top humanitarian official warned on Friday.

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Yemen oil tanker wreck: Time running out to avert ‘looming environmental, economic and humanitarian catastrophe’

Wed, 15 Jul 2020 17:53:36 -0400

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Time is fast running out for getting a UN team of experts aboard the Yemeni oil storage vessel Safer, before it spills its cargo of 1.148 million barrels of light crude oil into the Red Sea, triggering what would likely be a massive environmental and economic catastrophe, the Security Council heard on Wednesday.

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In Yemen, thousands of Ethiopian migrants stranded, COVID-19 likely widespread

Tue, 14 Jul 2020 11:09:27 -0400

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Tens of thousands of Ethiopian migrants have been stranded in war-ravaged Yemen where they continue to be subjected to arbitrary detention and exposure to COVID-19 infection, forcible relocation and abuse, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday.

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Women and girls deserve more protection in emergencies, UN rights council hears

Mon, 13 Jul 2020 09:54:22 -0400

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The collective impact of climate change, COVID-19 and conflict mean that well over 200 million people will likely need humanitarian assistance by 2022, the UN’s deputy rights chief said on Monday.

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BREAKING: Security Council extends for one year, lifesaving cross-border aid to Syria 

Sat, 11 Jul 2020 19:16:53 -0400

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On its fourth attempt this week, the Security Council has on Saturday, authorized for one year, cross-border humanitarian aid from Turkey into northwest Syria. 

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Lebanon ‘fast spiralling out of control’ leaving many destitute and facing starvation, warns Bachelet 

Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:05:22 -0400

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Sounding the alarm over the crippling impact of “growing economic shocks, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic” in Lebanon, the UN human rights chief called on Friday for a unified response by politicians and the people to overcome the worsening socio-economic crisis there. 

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Finding hope in calamity: how UN humanitarians cope on the frontline

Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:00:12 -0400

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What does it take to help the world’s most vulnerable people, often in dangerous and unstable situations, and at considerable personal risk? In the latest season of the award-winning UN podcast, Awake At Night, host Melissa Fleming speaks to some of the Organization’s most prominent humanitarians to find out what motivates them, and how they cope.

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Waiting to declare famine ‘will be too late for Yemenis on brink of starvation’

Fri, 10 Jul 2020 08:37:08 -0400

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In Yemen, fears of famine have resurfaced as UN humanitarians also warned on Friday that 360,000 severely malnourished children could die unless they continue to get treatment and aid is stepped up. In an urgent appeal for funding, the World Food Programme (WFP) said that it needs $200 million per month to maintain assistance in the war-torn country.

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Refugees in Africa ‘even more vulnerable than ever’ amid COVID crisis

Thu, 09 Jul 2020 11:13:52 -0400

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Millions of refugees across Africa face even greater food insecurity because of aid disruption and rising food prices linked to the COVID-19 crisis, UN humanitarians warned on Thursday.

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Reggae classic ‘One Love’ re-issued to help children upended by COVID crisis

Wed, 08 Jul 2020 20:30:05 -0400

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The iconic Bob Marley song One Love is to be re-released with the blessing of the musician’s family to support children whose lives have been upended by COVID-19, the UN said on Thursday.

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Syria: Top UN officials appeal to donors to help end ‘shocking’ scale of suffering 

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 16:16:52 -0400

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The UN chief called on the world to step up “financial, humanitarian and political commitments”, to help end nearly a decade of brutal conflict and suffering across Syria, in a video message delivered to the fourth Brussels Donor Conference on Tuesday.

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Extend cross border 'lifeline' into Syria, Lowcock urges Security Council

Mon, 29 Jun 2020 16:13:15 -0400

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With COVID-19 cases in Syria multiplying, its economy in freefall, and some households cooking weeds to eat in order to survive, the UN’s emergency relief coordinator is pressing the Security Council to extend its authorization for cross-border aid deliveries from Turkey.

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Food is best vaccine against chaos, insists UN World Food Programme head

Mon, 29 Jun 2020 11:05:54 -0400

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Tens of millions more people are likely to go hungry this year because of the COVID-19 crisis, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Monday, as it announced plans for a massive boost to its global aid operation so it can reach them.

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Syrians ‘face unprecedented hunger amid impending COVID crisis’

Fri, 26 Jun 2020 12:31:01 -0400

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Syrian communities devastated by years of civil war now face an “unprecedented” hunger crisis, just as urgent action is needed to prevent COVID-19 from spreading, UN humanitarians said on Friday.

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Yemen: millions of children facing deadly hunger, amidst aid shortages and COVID-19

Thu, 25 Jun 2020 20:15:05 -0400

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Millions of children in the heart of the world’s worst humanitarian disaster could be pushed to the brink of starvation, due to huge shortfalls in humanitarian aid funding amid the coronavirus pandemic, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. 

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DR Congo: COVID-19 slows pace of reform, exacerbates fragile security situation

Fri, 26 Jun 2020 05:18:50 -0400

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The head of the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is asking the Security Council for its continued support as the mission adds the fight against COVID-19 to its to-do list, while also dealing with a fragile security situation in the east of the country.

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Coronavirus: 10 million infections milestone looms – WHO's Tedros

Wed, 24 Jun 2020 15:28:57 -0400

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The world is on track to reach 10 million coronavirus cases within the next week, the World Health Organization (WHO) chief executive said on Wednesday, a “sober reminder” that as research continues into therapeutics and vaccines, utmost efforts are needed now to suppress transmission and save lives.

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Countries urged to act over potential HIV drug shortages, within next two months

Mon, 22 Jun 2020 07:40:33 -0400

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Stocks of medication for HIV patients could run out in the next two months, because of higher costs linked to lockdowns and COVID-19 border closures, UNAIDS said on Monday.

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Without funds, ‘no choice’ but to suspend most aid flights, warns WFP

Fri, 19 Jun 2020 10:56:38 -0400

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A critical warning was issued by the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday, declaring that it may soon have “no choice” but to suspend “most” of its critical aid flights, because of a lack of funding.

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UN refugee chief laments nearly 80 million people forcibly displaced

Thu, 18 Jun 2020 01:35:05 -0400

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Global displacement reached a staggering 79.5 million people last year - almost double the number of people in crisis registered a decade ago – owing to war, violence, persecution and other emergencies, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Thursday.

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