UN News - Humanitarian Aid

UN News - Humanitarian Aid

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UN News - Humanitarian Aid

Millions affected as devastating typhoon strikes Viet Nam

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 06:26:52 -0400

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A major typhoon has struck central Viet Nam, affecting millions of people – including about 2.5 million children – in a region already reeling from the effects of severe floods, according to UN agencies in the country. 

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Yemeni children suffer record rates of acute malnutrition, putting ‘entire generation’ at risk 

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 10:52:41 -0400

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Yemeni children are suffering acute malnutrition at unprecedented rates as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis grinds on and funding falls far short of what is needed to offset the effects of conflict and  economic collapse, UN agencies said in a statement on Tuesday.  

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Step up action to achieve COVID-19 ceasefire, Guterres says in UN Day message

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 16:05:00 -0400

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The UN’s 75th anniversary this Saturday, which falls as countries continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, is an opportunity to accelerate action to achieve a global ceasefire during the crisis, Secretary-General António Guterres has said. 

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Rohingya conference pledges to ‘remain steadfast’ in finding solutions to crisis

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 15:18:27 -0400

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A joint UN-hosted donor conference to rally international support behind Myanmar’s displaced Rohingya minority, ended on Thursday with a promise to continue engaging with concerned countries towards finding a long-term solution to their plight.

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UN chief appeals for urgent action to reverse ‘downward spiral’ in Central Sahel

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 09:51:57 -0400

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The world must act now to reverse the situation in Africa’s central Sahel region, where humanitarian needs are at “a breaking point”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told a high-level conference on Tuesday to address the burgeoning crisis. 

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Burkina Faso ‘one step short of famine’, warns UN food relief agency

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 15:14:34 -0400

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Unless access is urgently granted to humanitarian organizations, thousands in the Central Sahel will be “pushed into further destitution”, the UN emergency food relief agency warned on Monday.  

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Yemen: Combatants ‘have to find strength’ to end fighting, says UN humanitarian official

Sun, 18 Oct 2020 07:49:28 -0400

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Parties to the conflict in Yemen must do more to protect civilians, a senior UN humanitarian official there has said, as the number of civilian deaths has witnessed a sharp rise over the last few weeks in the war-ravaged country. 

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Violence, COVID-19, contribute to rising humanitarian needs in the Sahel

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 15:01:30 -0400

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A surge in armed violence, coupled with the economic and social fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, are contributing to worsening conditions for children in the Central Sahel, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported on Friday. 

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An ‘airlift of hope’ in Yemen, UN envoy tells Security Council

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 15:49:24 -0400

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An “airlift of hope” agreed by Yemen’s warring parties to return more than 1,000 detainees to their families has been welcomed by UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths, who has urged both sides to agree to further peace-building measures. 

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Thousands displaced by fighting in southern Afghanistan

Wed, 14 Oct 2020 05:47:38 -0400

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Thousands of people have been displaced and critical health services interrupted, after fighting erupted last weekend between security forces and Taliban fighters in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, the UN humanitarian office has reported.   

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FROM THE FIELD: Cultivating a response to disasters in Malawi

Tue, 13 Oct 2020 12:40:04 -0400

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Farmers in Malawi who are struggling with the dual threats of climate change and an economic crisis worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, are learning how to more accurately predict the weather and prepare for the eventuality of natural disasters, thanks to a project supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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Bad situations ‘only get worse’ without disaster risk governance, UN chief says on International Day

Tue, 13 Oct 2020 02:30:07 -0400

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With nations facing multiple crises simultaneously and a dramatic rise in extreme weather events in recent decades, the UN Secretary-General has called for strengthening disaster risk governance, to build a safer, more resilient world. 

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The World Food Programme: a three-year experiment that became indispensable

Fri, 09 Oct 2020 11:09:31 -0400

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The need for the World Food Programme, the recipient of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, to exist is starker than ever. From conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to flooding in South Sudan, and the civil war in Yemen, man-made and natural disasters are leaving tens of millions of people unsure if they will have enough food for themselves and their families to survive on.

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DR Congo: Children suffering ‘unrelenting violence’, UNICEF deeply concerned

Tue, 06 Oct 2020 12:50:46 -0400

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Thousands of children continue to suffer grievously as unrelenting violence persists across eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday, expressing deep concern. 

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First Person: ‘I’m happy to be able to give back’

Sat, 03 Oct 2020 00:25:06 -0400

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Luis Jose Faife, a UN refugee agency (UNHCR) worker from Mozambique, survived the devastation of Cyclones Idai and Kenneth, which killed more than 600 people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, and displaced some 2.2. million people, in March 2019. Now COVID-19 is posing a new challenge to humanitarian workers, and the people they help.

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Sudan alert: Flooding and surging inflation threaten humanitarian assistance 

Fri, 02 Oct 2020 09:24:33 -0400

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Catastrophic flooding and rising food and health costs in Sudan, have driven up the number of people in need, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Friday. 

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Top humanitarian award winner ‘nothing short of heroic’: UN refugee chief 

Thu, 01 Oct 2020 11:57:10 -0400

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An educator and rights defender who has spent more than 20 years rescuing exploited and trafficked children in Colombia, represents “the best of us”, the UN refugee chief said on Thursday, as she was named the winner of this year’s Nansen Refugee Award.

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Flooding leaves South Sudan facing threat of ‘catastrophic’ hunger levels 

Tue, 29 Sep 2020 10:02:21 -0400

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Torrential rains and flooding across South Sudan have created the threat of “catastrophic” levels of hunger and left hundreds of thousands homeless, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday. 

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Nobel laureate Nadia Murad denounces lack of will to end sexual violence as a war tactic

Mon, 28 Sep 2020 16:32:09 -0400

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With one in three women around the world affected by gender-based violence – a crime that skyrockets more than 200 per cent in conflict settings – Nobel laureate Nadia Murad brought governments and UN leaders to task on Monday, for failing to provide the resources needed to create meaningful change for traumatized communities.

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UN reform is ‘the need of the hour’: India premier

Sat, 26 Sep 2020 11:09:36 -0400

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The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, declared that United Nations reform is “the need of the hour”, as he addressed world leaders in a video address to the General Debate of the General Assembly, on Saturday.

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FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19’s ‘deadly layer of complexity’ depicted in photos

Sat, 26 Sep 2020 00:20:05 -0400

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The fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic is adding a “deadly layer of complexity” to the global challenge of preventing more people from falling into poverty, a view articulated in a photographic exhibition sponsored by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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INTERVIEW: ‘Famine is preventable, if there is political will’

Thu, 24 Sep 2020 16:43:05 -0400

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The UN is warning of an impending hunger pandemic across the world, partly a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the World Food Programme (WFP) preparing to launch an unprecedented food aid operation, UN News spoke to WFP Assistant Executive-Director Valerie Guarnieri, on the devastating rise in hunger, and the scale of funding needed to feed those most vulnerable.

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Deadly flooding adds new danger to communities fleeing Sahel violence

Thu, 24 Sep 2020 13:14:26 -0400

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Humanitarians have stepped up assistance to communities “on the brink”, who have been affected by devastating flooding in Africa’s Sahel region, where several hundred thousand people have been displaced by seasonal rains.

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Put ‘people before politics’ in Lebanon, urges Guterres, following Beirut disaster

Wed, 23 Sep 2020 12:55:48 -0400

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It’s time that leaders across Lebanon put “people before politics” following last month’s explosions in Beirut port, said the UN chief on Wednesday, which must serve as a wake-up call following a year of upheaval and clamour for reform on all fronts.

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Violence leaves more than 300,000 ‘completely reliant’ on assistance in northern Mozambique

Tue, 22 Sep 2020 07:04:28 -0400

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Worsening conflict, combined with a precarious humanitarian situation, has forced more than 300,000 people to flee their homes and villages in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, leaving them completely reliant on humanitarian assistance, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has said. 

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New wave of famine could sweep the globe, overwhelming nations already weakened by years of conflict, warn UN officials

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 00:34:36 -0400

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The global hunger crisis caused by conflict – and now compounded by COVID-19 – is moving into a dangerous phase, the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday, stressing that without resources, a wave of famine could sweep the globe, overwhelming nations already weakened by years of instability. 

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Syria COVID spread may be much higher than figures suggest, Lowcock tells Security Council

Wed, 16 Sep 2020 23:19:10 -0400

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Reports from inside Syria are pointing to a much broader spread of COVID-19 than the number of confirmed cases – currently 3,618 – suggests, the UN’s top humanitarian official says. 

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South Sudan: Progress on peace agreement ‘limps along’, UN envoy tells Security Council

Wed, 16 Sep 2020 15:41:49 -0400

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Although the transitional government in South Sudan continues to function, with state governors now appointed, among other developments, progress on the 2018 peace agreement “limps along”, the top UN official in the country told a virtual meeting of the Security Council on Wednesday. 

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Famine threat returns to Yemen, amid upsurge in fighting

Tue, 15 Sep 2020 16:23:11 -0400

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The spectre of famine has returned to Yemen as donor countries fail to make good on their 2020 pledges, amidst an upsurge in fighting, fresh hurdles for aid deliveries, and ongoing efforts to nail down a nationwide ceasefire, the Security Council heard on Tuesday.

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New fires at Greek island refugee camp destroy last remaining shelters

Fri, 11 Sep 2020 10:41:48 -0400

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Fresh fires at a Greek island centre for thousands of refugees and migrants, have destroyed all remaining accommodation for those affected by the initial blaze on Tuesday evening.

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