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UN News Centre - Humanitarian Aid, Refugees

UN News Centre - Humanitarian Aid, Refugees

UN News Centre - Humanitarian Aid, Refugees

UN supporting Colombian authorities to aid landslide-effected community

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 17:06:43 EST

The United Nations humanitarian community is working closely with Colombian authorities as Government-led search-and-rescue efforts are underway in the country’s Putamayo province after deadly landslides over the weekend.

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Syria: Agriculture should be kick-started now despite huge destruction &#8211 UN report

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST

With six years of conflict in Syria causing more than $16 billion of lost crop and livestock production and destroyed farming assets, a United Nations report published today stressed the need to reboot and kick-start the agricultural sector now to dramatically reduce the need for humanitarian aid and migration.

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UN, partners warn 108 million people face severe food insecurity worldwide

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:24:28 EST

Despite international efforts to address food insecurity, around 108 million people worldwide were severely food insecure in 2016, a dramatic increase compared with 80 million in 2015, according to a United Nations-backed report on food crises that offers benchmark for action needed to avoid catastrophe.

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In Iraq, UN chief Guterres urges more support for those who have &#39suffered enormously&#39

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST

Highlighting the lack of resources for United Nations programmes assisting those displaced by the fighting in Iraq&#39s Mosul Secretary-General António Guterres urged the international community to do more to help the people who have &#8220suffered enormously and go on suffering.&#8221

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More must be done to place Syrian refugees; conflict sees worst violence in months – UN

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:23:23 EST

The world’s attention has moved away from Syria following the battle for Aleppo, despite the fact that the last few months have been “some of the worst” for civilians, the United Nations humanitarian chief today told the Security Council, reiterating calls for an end to the six year conflict.

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Civilian protection, aid access at risk as violence flares in Central African Republic – UN

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:03:12 EST

With a new outbreak of violence erupting in the Central African Republic (CAR), a senior United Nations humanitarian official today urged warring parties to protect vulnerable civilian populations as a matter of priority and ensure free movements of relief aid workers.

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UN refugee agency stresses importance of search missions after latest shipwreck in Europe

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST

With nearly 150 people dead or missing in another shipwreck off the Mediterranean coast, the United Nations refugee agency today stressed the importance of saving lives at sea.

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In Jordan, UN chief calls for &#39new Arab world,&#39 united to tackle common challenges

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST

Addressing the League of Arab States Summit in Jordan today, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted the importance of unity among the countries in the region to confront the challenges it is facing.

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Supporting Syrian refugees not only an act &#39of generosity&#39 but also of &#39enlightened self-interest&#39 &#8211 UN chief

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST

Visiting the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan that is hosting about 80,000 Syrian refugees, the United Nations chief urged the parties to the conflict in Syria and the countries that have influence over them to realize that the crisis is not only a tragedy for Syrian people but also a threat to regional stability and global security.

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UN agency chief urges stronger cooperation to aid refugees&#39 transfer from Greek islands

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST

The head of the United Nations refugee agency today noted the need for more accommodations on the Greek mainland to help improve conditions at reception centres on the Greek islands.

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