UN News - Humanitarian Aid

UN News - Humanitarian Aid

Descriptive text is not available for this image

UN News - Humanitarian Aid

Ukraine grain export deal off to ‘a very good start’ – UN interim Coordinator

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 17:42:54 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

Under the Black Sea Initiative so far, 12 vessels have been “authorized to depart the Ukrainian ports,” the acting UN coordinator for the grain deal told UN journalists in New York on Wednesday. 

Full Story

Ethiopia: Without immediate funding, 750,000 refugees will have ‘nothing to eat’

Tue, 09 Aug 2022 16:06:50 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

UN agencies appealed on Tuesday for $73 million over the next six months to provide food rations to more than 750,000 people seeking refuge in Ethiopia.

Full Story

Ethiopia: Loan from UN fund allows FAO to scale up fertilizers for farmers in Tigray

Mon, 08 Aug 2022 11:44:36 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

A $10 million loan from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will allow the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to scale up the procurement of fertilizers to support farmers in the restive Tigray region in northern Ethiopia, the agency announced on Monday. 

Full Story

UN Humanitarian Coordinator ‘gravely concerned’ by escalation of violence in Gaza

Sat, 06 Aug 2022 13:01:19 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

The ongoing and serious escalation of violence in and around Gaza between Palestinian militants and Israel has claimed the lives of 13 Palestinians by Israeli airstrikes, including a 5-year-old child and one woman, informed Lynn Hastings, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the territory.

Full Story

Somalia: ‘We cannot wait for famine to be declared; we must act now’

Fri, 05 Aug 2022 11:26:34 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

Rising acute food insecurity in Somalia has caused more than 900,000 people to flee their homes in search of humanitarian assistance since January last year, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned.

Full Story

Ukraine: Guterres welcomes departure of first grain ship, to help ease food crisis

Mon, 01 Aug 2022 08:06:51 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

The UN chief on Monday welcomed the departure of the first ship from the Ukrainian port of Odesa, carrying grain under the landmark deal signed by Ukraine, Russia and Türkiye, overseen by the UN.

Full Story

Sudan: World Bank provides $100 million in emergency support

Wed, 27 Jul 2022 15:55:31 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Sudan has received a $100 million contribution from the World Bank to assist with critical emergency cash and food sustenance in Sudan.

Full Story

Ukraine: UNICEF delivers life-saving supplies for over 50,000 children in Odesa

Tue, 26 Jul 2022 16:40:40 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

The UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, delivered supplies on Tuesday to help an estimated 50,000 children in the war-ravaged districts of Odesa, the crucial Black Sea port which Russia bombed on Saturday, just hours after signing a landmark deal to allow Ukrainian grain to reach millions of food insecure people across the world.

Full Story

UN delivers aid directly to Haitians caught up in gang violence

Mon, 25 Jul 2022 13:44:48 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

United Nations humanitarian agencies have started delivering aid directly to people in Haiti following a recent spike in violence between rival gangs which has fueled a worsening crisis across the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Full Story

Hunger still rising across East Africa, says new UN-backed report

Fri, 22 Jul 2022 16:34:23 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

Over 50 million people in Eastern Africa will face acute food insecurity this year, according to a new study backed by the World Food Programme (WFP) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Full Story

UNHCR alarmed by growing death toll among displaced in eastern DR Congo

Fri, 22 Jul 2022 10:01:30 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

As conflict grows in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the rising death toll and suffering of displaced civilians through brutal attacks, is cause for serious concern said the UN refugee agency UNHCR on Friday, which appealed for fresh funds to meet "soaring needs" across the country.

Full Story

UN envoy calls for extension and expansion of ‘transformational’ truce in Yemen

Thu, 21 Jul 2022 13:34:01 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

The historic UN-brokered truce in Yemen has largely held for nearly four months, and Special Envoy Hans Grundberg on Thursday urged the Government and Houthi rebels to work towards renewing the “transformational” agreement, which expires on 2 August. 

Full Story

Voluntary repatriation of refugees from Angola to DR Congo resumes

Tue, 19 Jul 2022 10:47:32 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

After a two-year hiatus, the voluntary repatriation of refugees from Angola to their homeland in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has begun again, after the programme was put on hold in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic led to long-term border closures.

Full Story

From the Field: Afghan earthquake survivors look to rebuild their lives

Mon, 18 Jul 2022 00:15:59 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

Afghans caught up in the devastating earthquake that hit the country on June 22, killing more than 1,000 and injured over 6,000 people, are sharing their traumatic stories.

Full Story

Haiti: UN sounds alarm over worsening gang violence across Port-au-Prince

Sat, 16 Jul 2022 11:56:29 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

The UN human rights office said on Saturday it was deeply concerned by worsening violence in and around the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince and rising abuse at the hands of heavily armed gangs, against vulnerable local communities.

Full Story

Ukraine: Guterres condemns deadly missile attack on Vinnytsia; more than 20 killed

Thu, 14 Jul 2022 16:21:52 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

The UN Secretary-General is appalled by the deadly missile attack on Thursday against the city of Vinnytsia in central Ukraine, that reportedly killed at least 22 people, far from the frontline of the main fighting in the east, including three children and wounded more than 100 others, his Spokesperson said in a statement. 

Full Story

Syria: Security Council extends cross-border aid delivery for six months

Tue, 12 Jul 2022 13:16:55 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution to extend lifesaving aid deliveries into northwest Syria from Türkiye for a further six months following a vote on Tuesday. 

Full Story

Gang violence in Port-au-Prince threatens more than a million food-insecure Haitians

Tue, 12 Jul 2022 10:37:46 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

Surging and deadly gang violence in the Haitian capital has contributed to runaway food insecurity for well over one million people there, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

Full Story

Yemen: UN envoy outlines achievements and challenges in truce implementation

Mon, 11 Jul 2022 15:31:55 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

Although the UN-brokered truce between the Yemeni Government and Houthi rebels continues to hold, the key issue of road openings remains outstanding, while the country’s “humanitarian catastrophe” is set to worsen, the Security Council heard on Monday. 

Full Story

Ukraine struggling now, but winter will be even worse: UNHCR chief

Thu, 07 Jul 2022 10:26:10 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

While the Russian military advance in eastern Ukraine continues to escalate, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, on Thursday warned that the winter months are very likely to be extremely harsh on millions of people affected by the war.

Full Story

Sri Lanka's misery should be warning to us all on global food, fuel and finance crisis: UNDP

Thu, 07 Jul 2022 07:57:37 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

Countries already under pressure from the economic fall-out of the COVID-19 pandemic, risk seeing the same economic turmoil and human misery as Sri Lanka, with the war in Ukraine dragging on, unless the international community agrees to radical financial measures to help countries saddled with debt, the UN said on Thursday.

Full Story

Record inflation and skyrocketing prices leave over 6 million Sri Lankans food insecure 

Wed, 06 Jul 2022 12:51:50 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

In the face of record food price inflation, skyrocketing fuel costs and widespread commodity shortages, some 6.26 million Sri Lankans, or three in 10 households, are unsure of where their next meal is coming from, according to the latest food insecurity assessment from the World Food Programme (WFP), released on Wednesday. 

Full Story

World is moving backwards on eliminating hunger and malnutrition, UN report reveals

Wed, 06 Jul 2022 12:24:07 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

The number of people affected by hunger globally rose to as many as 828 million in 2021, according to a new UN report that provides fresh evidence that the world is moving in reverse, away from the Sustainable Development Goal of ending hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition in all its forms, by 2030, when the SDGs are supposed to be realized.

Full Story

UN needs $68.4 million to help Central African Republic where 2.2 million are acutely food insecure

Tue, 05 Jul 2022 11:40:55 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

A sharp increase in prices of essential goods in the Central African Republic (CAR) linked to war in Ukraine, will likely have a devastating impact on the already dire humanitarian situation there in coming weeks, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

Full Story

As global food and fuel crisis deepens, Lebanon’s crisis is affecting ‘everyone, everywhere’

Fri, 01 Jul 2022 10:33:49 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

Veteran UN aid coordinator Najat Rochdi on Friday signalled grave concerns about rising humanitarian needs across Lebanon linked to the global food and fuel crisis, which are affecting “everyone, everywhere”.

Full Story

Ukraine: Four months after Russian invasion, humanitarian needs intensify

Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:09:28 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

Across Ukraine, the scale of needs caused by Russia's invasion is still massive and human rights concerns persist, UN humanitarians said in an update on Thursday, as they repeated calls for access to the country's Black Sea ports to export vitally needed cereals.

Full Story

Syria’s needs are at their highest ever, says top rights probe 

Wed, 29 Jun 2022 14:36:54 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

Syria’s humanitarian needs are at their highest ever and any move to block aid from reaching the war-torn country should be resisted strongly, a top UN Human Rights Council probe said on Wednesday. 

Full Story

Ukraine: Dozens dead and injured as UN condemns ‘utterly deplorable’ shopping centre attack

Mon, 27 Jun 2022 14:56:11 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

At least ten people have reportedly been killed by what Ukrainian authorities have said was a Russian missile strike on a crowded shopping centre, and attack which the UN condemned on Monday as “utterly deplorable”.

Full Story

Countries urged to ‘dig deep’ and support Afghanistan in aftermath of deadly earthquake

Sun, 26 Jun 2022 15:42:57 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

The top UN official in Afghanistan appealed on Sunday for greater international support for the country, following a one-day visit to communities hit hard by the devastating earthquake on Wednesday.

Full Story

Life-saving relief continues to reach quake-hit eastern Afghanistan

Fri, 24 Jun 2022 15:51:37 -0400

Descriptive text is not available for this image

Emergency lifesaving aid relief continued to flow into quake-hit eastern Afghanistan on Friday, as UN humanitarians and partners rushed to help the most vulnerable communities.

Full Story