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Lack of funds forces UN to close down life-saving aid programmes in Yemen

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 14:53:04 -0400

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The United Nations announced on Wednesday that it is being forced to close down several humanitarian programmes in Yemen because money pledged by Member States to pay for them has “failed to materialize”. 

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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: water quality crisis, Yemen and Libya updates, Venezuelan children appeal, ocean protection

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 17:15:04 -0400

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This Tuesday, we cover: new report on water quality worldwide; Yemen envoy briefs the Security Council on Aden; intensifying clashes in southern Libya; UNICEF appeals for increased aid for Venezuela youngsters; and UN negotiations continue over a new ocean protection agreement.  

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‘No time to lose’ UN envoy tells Security Council, ‘Yemen cannot wait’

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:50:07 -0400

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One month ago, the United Nations top Yemen envoy told the Security Council the country was facing “a crucial moment” in the course of its long and bloody conflict, and on Tuesday, he again urged members to acknowledge that recent infighting around the Government stronghold of Aden were “a clear sign” that the conflict must be brought to a swift, peaceful end.

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Deadly airstrikes and drone hits displace thousands of civilians in Libya oasis town

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:28:50 -0400

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Intensifying clashes in the southern Libyan town of Murzuq involving air and drone strikes in recent days have left at least 90 people dead and displaced thousands of “terrified” civilians, the UN said on Tuesday.

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Monday’s Daily Brief: World Humanitarian Day, Afghan massacre aftermath, Venezuelans in Brazil, Yemen war update, and reconciliation in Mali

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 15:14:19 -0400

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Our main stories today: Women celebrated on World Humanitarian Day; Afghanistan bloodshed mars 100 years of independence; Brazil’s ‘exemplary’ response to Venezuelans; UN urges Yemen’s warring parties to down weapons; and UN expert calls for Mali reconciliation efforts.

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UN refugee chief impressed with Brazil’s ‘exemplary’ response to plight of fleeing Venezuelans

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:08:37 -0400

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While praising the “efficient, coordinated, humane and innovative response” by Brazil on behalf of fleeing Venezuelans, the UN refugee chief has said that the sheer number of those on the run is proving to be a major challenge, calling for greater international support.

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Paying tribute and strengthening the role of #WomenHumanitarians on World Humanitarian Day

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 20:30:07 -0400

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The work of women humanitarians makes a “huge difference” to the lives of millions of women, men and children in urgent need, the United Nations chief said in his message for World Humanitarian Day.

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Terrorism survivors: ‘I lived in fear that I would be killed’

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 10:30:07 -0400

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To mark the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism this coming Wednesday, UN News travelled to Chad and the Far North region of Cameroon in West Africa to interview people who have personal stories to tell about how terrorism has shattered their lives.

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Two years after exodus, Myanmar’s ‘desperate’ Rohingya youth need education, skills: UNICEF

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 06:30:07 -0400

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The daily struggle to survive for Myanmar’s Rohingya people in one of the world’s largest refugee settlements, has caused “overwhelming” despair and jeopardized the hopes of an entire generation, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Henrietta Fore, said on Friday.

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Children’s lives in Mediterranean Sea must take priority over politics, says UNICEF

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:16:32 -0400

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The fate of 130 children on board two rescue ships in the Mediterranean Sea should not be put at risk by political point-scoring, the UN said on Thursday, amid ongoing uncertainty about whether the vessels will be allowed to dock in Italy.

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Three more humanitarian workers killed in Syria, with civilian death toll ‘rising every day’

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 12:40:58 -0400

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An attack in the south of Syria’s restive Idlib province that led to the deaths of a paramedic, an ambulance driver and a rescue worker, were added to the grim total on Thursday of more than 500 civilian fatalities documented in the country by the United Nations, over the past three and a half months alone.

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Humanitarian assistance to be scaled-up for millions of Venezuelans in need 

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 15:24:42 -0400

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The United Nations humanitarian wing launched a new Response Plan (HRP) on Wednesday, that aims to help around 2.6 million people in Venezuela through to the end of the year, almost half of whom are youth. 

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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Hong Kong airport disruption, Geneva Conventions at 70, new Ebola drug, French fighters in Iraq, Mediterranean migrant and Aden updates

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 17:37:07 -0400

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Our main stories today cover: Human rights chief on chaos at Hong Kong airport; Geneva Conventions have been ‘limiting brutality’ for 70 years; breakthrough drug in DR Congo Ebola fight; France pushed to repatriate nationals on death row in Iraq; ‘Race against time” for migrants in Mediterranean

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Friday’s Daily Brief: Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Yemen food aid, IDs for Rohingya, protect fleeing Malians, Nagasaki Peace Ceremony

Fri, 09 Aug 2019 15:11:11 -0400

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Our main stories: ‘Promote’ indigenous peoples’ languages urges Guterres; WFP resumes Yemen food aid; 500,000 Rohingya ID cards issued; Malians fleeing violence need protection; Nagasaki Peace Ceremony message

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More than half a million Rohingya in Bangladesh get ID cards for first time: UN refugee agency

Fri, 09 Aug 2019 12:30:14 -0400

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More than 500,000 Rohingya refugees who fled a brutal crackdown in Myanmar two years ago, have received identification cards that the UN insisted on Friday were critical to safeguarding their right to return home.

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UN food aid to Yemen will fully resume after two-month break, as Houthis ‘guarantee’ delivery

Fri, 09 Aug 2019 11:06:28 -0400

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Life-saving food aid distribution is set to resume to 850,000 people in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, following guarantees by Houthi opposition forces that the supplies will reach those who need them most, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday.

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In wake of ‘collapsed’ agreement, new wave of violence threatens millions in Syria’s Idlib

Thu, 08 Aug 2019 13:39:28 -0400

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Following the collapse of the latest truce in Idlib at the start of this week, the Senior Humanitarian Adviser to the UN’s Syria Envoy urged Member States on Thursday to increase their support for “critical humanitarian needs” in the country’s last opposition-held enclave.

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Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Syrian detainees, Zimbabwe hunger crisis, Kabul attack, Mexico disappearances, new tech to feed the world

Wed, 07 Aug 2019 16:15:36 -0400

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Wednesday’s top stories: Syrian detainees “failed by Security Council”; Zimbabwe experiencing “worst-ever hunger crisis”; Guterres welcomes new Mozambique peace accord; deadly Kabul attack; Mexico “responsible for enforced disappearances”; indigenous languages at risk; and how innovation should be used to feed the world.

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UN boosts humanitarian appeal to help tackle Zimbabwe’s ‘worst-ever’ hunger crisis

Wed, 07 Aug 2019 11:51:19 -0400

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With Zimbabwe now experiencing its “worst-ever hunger crisis”, the UN food relief agency has revised its humanitarian appeal to step up food assistance to people most affected by drought, flooding, and economic stagnation. 

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‘€1 million’ fines for rescue boats prompts UN concern for future sea operations

Tue, 06 Aug 2019 11:00:08 -0400

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A move by Italian lawmakers to impose fines of up to €1 million on vessels and organizations carrying out search and rescue operations off the country’s coastline, sparked a new warning on Tuesday from the UN that the measure risks deterring future lifesaving efforts in the Mediterranean.

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FROM THE FIELD: What do you want to be when you grow up? One day I will...

Sun, 04 Aug 2019 09:55:09 -0400

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One person in every 70 is caught up in a humanitarian crisis right now, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), with women and girls among the most impacted.

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Ten years on, crisis in Nigeria ‘far from over’; UN and humanitarian partners urge support for millions still affected

Thu, 01 Aug 2019 12:11:14 -0400

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Ten years after the start of a violent insurgency in north-east Nigeria plunged the country into a humanitarian crisis that is “still far from over”, the United Nations and its aid partners have underscored the need to “collectively redouble efforts” to help the most vulnerable.

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‘Do something’; UN relief chief urges Security Council action to stop the Syrian carnage unfolding ‘in front of your eyes’

Tue, 30 Jul 2019 15:34:12 -0400

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Bombing and shelling in Syria for more than 90 days by the Government and Russia have led to “carnage in the so-called de-escalation zone” of Idlib, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council on Tuesday, in his seventh update since the “current onslaught” began.

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DR Congo: efforts to control Ebola epidemic continue, UN food relief agency doubles assistance to affected people

Fri, 26 Jul 2019 12:36:43 -0400

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With Ebola accelerating in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced on Friday that it plans to scale up and double food assistance to people affected by the disease.

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Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Switzerland leads on innovation, UNICEF ‘lifelines’ for Yemen, Ebola latest, Liberia peacekeepers

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 15:15:50 -0400

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Our main stories today: the latest Global Innovation Index ranks Switzerland the world’s most innovative country, the head of the UN Mission in DRC warns of a ‘deadly environment’ for health workers, UNICEF delivers cash for 9 million vulnerable Yemeni families, acting head of UNAIDS says battle against HIV/ AIDS is “far from over”.

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‘Tangible steps’ needed to alleviate crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, keep two-State solution alive: DiCarlo

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 14:29:58 -0400

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The “dangerous paralysis” that prevails in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is fuelling extremism and exacerbating tensions, leading to a “loss of hope” that peace can ever be achieved through negotiation, the UN’s Political and Peacebuilding chief told the Security Council on Tuesday.

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Israeli destruction of Palestinian homes in West Bank, ‘not compatible’ with international humanitarian law, UN says

Mon, 22 Jul 2019 11:47:43 -0400

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Following “with sadness” the Israeli authorities’ destruction of homes in the Palestinian community of Sur Bahir, three top United Nations officials issued a statement on Monday underscoring that the move was “not compatible” with Israel’s “obligations under international humanitarian law”.

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Friday’s Daily Brief: solidarity with Japan, call for DR Congo support, family-friendly workplaces, hottest June ever, Venezuela and Afghanistan updates

Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:56:32 -0400

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In today’s Daily Brief: UN stands in solidarity with Japan; avoid panic over DR Congo Ebola emergency; ‘transformative shift’ needed towards family-friendly work policies; hottest June EVER; Venezuelan migrant dangers; stop targeting Afghanistan civilians call.

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‘Indiscriminate blasts’ in civilian areas ‘must stop’, UN mission in Afghanistan stresses 

Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:27:00 -0400

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The “deliberate targeting of educational facilities” during armed conflict is “a war crime”, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said on Friday after a bomb detonated near the entrance to Kabul University, in the country’s capital. 

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Zimbabwe: Droughts leave millions food insecure, UN food agency scales up assistance 

Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:49:04 -0400

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Severe drought has rendered more than a third of rural households in Zimbabwe – or around 3.5 million people – dangerously food insecure, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) revealed on Friday. 

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