UN welcomes 'record' Brussels conference pledge of nearly $7 billion to support Syrians
Thu, 14 Mar 2019 10:52:52 -0400
Foreign ministers from more than 50 countries gathered on Thursday at a joint European Union-UN pledging conference, and pledged to provide a record $6.97 billion, to support millions of Syrians in need both inside the country, and sheltering in host communities beyond its borders.
Around 260,000 children in DR Congo’s Kasai region suffering severe acute malnutrition
Wed, 13 Mar 2019 15:41:01 -0400
More than a quarter of a million children in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – and thousands of others who have fled with their families to nearby provinces – are suffering severe and acute malnutrition, and need lifesaving treatment, said the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday.
Syrians still living on ‘razor edge’ as UN launches $8.8 billion dollar appeal
Wed, 13 Mar 2019 10:19:04 -0400
An $8.8 billion funding appeal has been issued by the UN to help millions of Syrians who live a “razor-edge existence” inside and outside the war-torn country, along with the communities struggling to host them.
Dozens killed and injured by new attacks in western Yemen, UN coordinator condemns ‘outrageous’ toll
Mon, 11 Mar 2019 17:18:33 -0400
Reports from Yemen’s Hajjah Governorate indicate that scores of civilians have been killed following attacks on residential areas over the past two days. Medical sources suggest that at least 22 have died, with more than 30 injured during the bombardment.
UN chief sends condolences to families of Malawi flood victims
Mon, 11 Mar 2019 15:43:39 -0400
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has extended his condolences to the families of flood victims across Malawi, where at least 23 have died in recent days, and to the Government and citizens of the country.
FROM THE FIELD: Rebuilding Yemen’s future from the ground up
Fri, 08 Mar 2019 17:42:03 -0500
The ongoing conflict in Yemen has had a devastating impact on the Gulf country and while UN agencies continue to meet the immediate humanitarian needs of the Yemeni people, at least one UN agency has already begun planning for a future without war.
Peace deal holds in South Sudan, but humanitarian funding ‘ultimately unsustainable,’ says top UN envoy
Fri, 08 Mar 2019 14:22:15 -0500
September’s UN-backed South Sudan peace agreement is holding and has led to positive change, but tens of thousands of civilians in the war-weary nation are still reliant of life-saving humanitarian assistance, and time is running out. This was the message that David Shearer, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan, relayed to the Security Council on Friday.
Nearly four million North Koreans in urgent need, as food production slumps by almost 10 per cent
Wed, 06 Mar 2019 13:25:57 -0500
The UN is calling for some $120 million to provide life-saving humanitarian aid, desperately needed by 3.8 million North Koreans, as it releases its 2019 Needs and Priorities Plan for the country.
Drastic deterioration in security across Burkina Faso as 70,000 flee their homes in past two months, UN warns
Tue, 05 Mar 2019 16:42:52 -0500
The landlocked West African country of Burkina Faso is facing “unprecedented” displacement, triggered by armed groups and intercommunal clashes, and exacerbated by long-term food insecurity, UN aid officials said on Tuesday.
Children are still dying in Yemen war, despite partial ceasefire, says UNICEF chief
Sat, 02 Mar 2019 17:21:20 -0500
Responding to the violent deaths of five children in the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah on Thursday, Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said that Yemen’s civil war continues to take a “horrific toll” on children.
UN chief hails Libyan leaders’ agreement to hold general election
Fri, 01 Mar 2019 13:18:11 -0500
An agreement by Libya’s Prime Minister and a key rival military leader to improve political stability across the country through new general elections, has been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General.
Syrians ‘exposed to brutality every day’ as thousands continue fleeing ISIL’s last stand
Fri, 01 Mar 2019 12:31:59 -0500
In eastern Syria, 13,000 people have arrived at a protection camp in just the last week, after fleeing fighting in the last ISIL extremist stronghold in Deir-Ez-Zor governorate, the UN’s emergency coordination office, OCHA, said on Friday.
Trees in ‘green’ Cameroon refugee camp, bring shade and relief from ‘helter-skelter’ of life
Fri, 01 Mar 2019 11:58:49 -0500
The land is sandy, dry and scorched by the searing sun of the African Sahel, but that has not stopped the planting of some 50,000 trees at a camp for Nigerian refugees in the far north-east corner of Cameroon.
Venezuela: Competing US, Russia resolutions fail to pass in Security Council
Thu, 28 Feb 2019 18:12:56 -0500
The second meeting of the week on the situation in Venezuela, took place in the UN Security Council on Thursday, during which competing resolutions produced by the United States and by Russia were presented. Neither text was adopted as the US draft was vetoed and the Russian draft failing to secure enough votes in favor.
Prolonged economic crisis and drought demands urgent response for Zimbabwe’s ‘hardest hit’: UN relief chief
Thu, 28 Feb 2019 16:44:04 -0500
An urgent scale-up in humanitarian relief is required to provide “critical food and livelihood support” for hard-hit people across Zimbabwe, the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator said on Thursday, speaking during the middle of a fact-finding mission to the southern African country.
Stateless Rohingya refugee children living in ‘untenable situation’, UNICEF chief
Wed, 27 Feb 2019 17:28:52 -0500
With around half a million in effect, stateless Rohingya refugee children living in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar camp, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) chief stressed on Friday that the international community must address their “untenable situation” and “invest in this generation”.
Yemen: ‘A great first step’ UN declares as aid team accesses grain silo which can feed millions
Wed, 27 Feb 2019 10:17:42 -0500
The first assessment of a major UN aid storage facility in war-torn Yemen has been carried out since it was cut off by fighting last September, the Organization reported on Wednesday, hailing it as “a great first step”.
‘Protracted crisis’ in Venezuela leads to ‘alarming escalation of tensions': UN political chief
Tue, 26 Feb 2019 18:24:03 -0500
The “protracted crisis” in Venezuela has led to an “alarming escalation of tensions”, Rosemary DiCarlo, the UN’s political and peacebuilding chief, told the UN Security Council on Tuesday.
Syria still suffering ‘staggering levels’ of humanitarian need, Security Council hears
Tue, 26 Feb 2019 13:10:53 -0500
“Staggering levels” of humanitarian need persist throughout Syria, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told Security Council members on Tuesday.
With 10 million Yemenis ‘one step away from famine’, donors pledge $2.6 billion
Tue, 26 Feb 2019 12:32:50 -0500
Donors have pledged $2.6 billion to provide urgently needed support to millions of Yemeni civilians facing an “overwhelming humanitarian calamity” after nearly four years of brutal war, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday.
Not a single child spared the ‘mind-boggling violence’ of Yemen's war
Mon, 25 Feb 2019 17:25:13 -0500
Four years of “mind-boggling violence” in Yemen “has not spared a single child”, a top UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official said on Monday, on the eve of a pledging conference in Geneva to help alleviate the suffering of millions across the country.
UN and partners to hold conference seeking urgently needed funds to save millions in Yemen from ‘horrific’ plight
Sun, 24 Feb 2019 08:25:09 -0500
Preparations are being finalized at the UN for conference to be held on Tuesday in support of a $4.2 billion appeal to scale up help to millions of people in Yemen, where years of war have created the world’s worst humanitarian emergency.
Guterres meets Venezuela Foreign Minister, reiterates humanitarian principles
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 23:28:50 -0500
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres met Jorge Arreaza, Foreign Minister of Venezuela on Friday, and reiterated that the UN acts in accordance with the humanitarian principles of neutrality, impartiality and independence, and will work with Venezuelan institutions, to assist people in need.
Venezuelan refugees now number 3.4 million; humanitarian implications massive, UN warns
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 14:37:45 -0500
As the number of refugees and migrants from Venezuela continues to rise – hitting the 3.4 million mark this month – United Nations agencies sounded the alarm on Friday over the humanitarian needs these women, children and men face, and the strain this represents for communities hosting them.
Without scaled-up humanitarian assistance ‘more and more people’ at risk in South Sudan
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 14:35:24 -0500
“Alarming” food insecurity threatens nearly seven million people in South Sudan, according to a new report by three United Nations agencies appealing for greater assistance and better access to humanitarian relief.
Moving from a promise made in Sweden towards hope for peace in Yemen
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:27:03 -0500
“Significant progress” is being made in implementing the deal reached in Stockholm last December between Government and Houthi leaders in Yemen, according to United Nations Special Envoy Martin Griffiths.
Not enough resettlement solutions for refugees worldwide, says UN
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:35:13 -0500
Despite record numbers of people forcibly displaced across borders, with 1.2 million in need of a new permanent place to call home last year, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) released new data on Tuesday showing that only 55,700 of them – 4.7 per cent – were able to be resettled in 2018.
FROM THE FIELD: Survival in Yemen against all odds
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 19:00:12 -0500
Fawaz, just 18-months old, suffered from severe acute malnutrition and was on the brink of death. In war-torn Yemen, he was one of hundreds of thousands of children, more likely to die, than survive.
UN and partners appeal for $920 million to meet ‘dire needs’ of Rohingya refugees
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:01:42 -0500
With more than 745,000 Rohingya having fled violence in Myanmar to settle in Bangladesh, joining roughly 200,000 others already sheltering there, United Nations aid agencies and partners launched an appeal on Friday to help meet their “dire needs".
Biggest ever UN aid delivery in Syria provides relief to desperate civilians
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:38:14 -0500
The biggest UN humanitarian convoy yet to operate inside Syria has successfully distributed aid to 40,000 desperate people in a hard-to-access desert camp near the country’s southern border with Jordan, the Organization announced on Friday.