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In central Sahel, ‘needs are growing faster than generosity’

27 January 2022

“Needs are growing faster than generosity” in the central Sahel, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs told a group of senior officials on Thursday, meeting to discuss the worsening humanitarian situation across the vast African reg

UNICEF providing aid for children caught up in Syria prison siege

27 January 2022

Boys and girls caught up in intense fighting which raged for six days around a besieged prison in northeast Syria, need protection and assistance, the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, said on Thursday.

Food insecurity soaring across 20 hunger hotspots

27 January 2022

Food insecurity is soaring across 20 countries and regions - “hunger hotspots”, where conflict, economic shocks, natural hazards, political instability, and limited humanitarian access, are putting millions of lives at risk, UN agencies highlighte

UN report finds nature conservation funding must triple globally this decade  

27 January 2022

G20 leading industrialized nations must embrace their role as influential leaders against climate change, by aligning development and economic recovery with international nature and climate goals, according to a new UN report, published on Thursda

UN report finds nature conservation funding must triple globally this decade  

27 January 2022

G20 leading industrialized nations must embrace their role as influential leaders against climate change, by aligning development and economic recovery with international nature and climate goals, according to a new UN report, published on Thursda

UN assisting thousands affected by Tropical Storm Ana in Mozambique

27 January 2022

UN teams are on the ground in Mozambique assisting thousands of people affected by Tropical Storm Ana, which made landfall in central and northern regions of the country earlier this week. 

Tonga tsunami: ‘Kids were screaming as if a war was upon us’

26 January 2022

A Tongan family’s trip to visit relatives on Mango island earlier this month turned into a nightmare, when the country was devastated by the eruption of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai underwater volcano, and subsequent tsunami.

Madagascar: Deadly tropical storms cause flooding, landslides

25 January 2022

Two separate tropical weather systems in Madagascar have left at least 34 dead and triggered flooding and landslides, particularly in the capital, Antananarivo, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported on Tuesday.

Madagascar: Deadly tropical storms cause flooding, landslides

25 January 2022

Two separate tropical weather systems in Madagascar have left at least 34 dead and triggered flooding and landslides, particularly in the capital, Antananarivo, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported on Tuesday.

Rising caseloads, disrupted recovery, higher inflation: New IMF forecast

25 January 2022

The global economy is entering 2022 in a weaker position than previously expected, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced on Tuesday, in an update to their World Economic Outlook (WEO). 

Senior humanitarian describes ‘horror scenes’ in Syria camps

24 January 2022

Well below zero temperatures hitting Syria this week have turned camps for internally displaced people into disaster zones, the UN Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator warned on Monday. 

Bringing dry land in the Sahel back to life

23 January 2022

Millions of hectares of farmland are lost to the desert each year in Africa’s Sahel region, but the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is showing that traditional knowledge, combined with the latest technology, can turn arid ground back in

Bringing dry land in the Sahel back to life

23 January 2022

Millions of hectares of farmland are lost to the desert each year in Africa’s Sahel region, but the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is showing that traditional knowledge, combined with the latest technology, can turn arid ground back in

From Milan to Glasgow, young Moroccans commit to fighting climate change

22 January 2022

A new way to recycle large amounts of coffee grounds; a platform connecting young African activists; technology to produce electricity from ocean waves or recycle plastic.

UN relief chief pledges support for Nigeria

21 January 2022

Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths, has ended a four-day visit to Nigeria, pledging support and promising the United Nations will do everything it can to help rebuild the lives of vulnerable families who have been impacted by violence a

UN coordinator in Tonga: ‘Resources on the ground are not enough’

21 January 2022

As news coverage of the eruption and tsunami that hit Tonga starts to fade away, the United Nations Coordination Specialist in the country has a message to the outside world: Tonga’s people are going to need sustained support responding to a disas

1.5 million children lack treatment for severe wasting in Eastern and Southern Africa

21 January 2022

At least 1.5 million children are not receiving life-saving treatment for severe wasting in Eastern and Southern Africa, warned the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Friday. 

First Person: ‘We saw people running from the tsunami, screaming’

21 January 2022

When a tsunami swept over much of Tonga last weekend, Joseph Sikulu, a Tongan national, was in Sydney, Australia, exiled from home by strict COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Tigray: Eritrean refugees ‘scared and struggling to eat’ amid aid obstacles

21 January 2022

For the first time in weeks, aid teams have reached refugee camps in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, only to find that some Eritrean nationals living there have likely died of preventable diseases, while others are “scared and struggling to get enough t

West Africa: Extreme poverty rises nearly 3 per cent due to COVID-19

20 January 2022

Extreme poverty in West Africa rose by nearly three per cent in 2020, another fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, a UN-backed report launched on Thursday that looks at the socio-impact of the crisis has revealed. 

80 per cent of Tonga population impacted by eruption and tsunami

20 January 2022

Some 12,000 households have been affected by the volcanic eruption and tsunami that hit the islands of Tonga over the weekend, according to estimates by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). 

Rare coral reef discovered near Tahiti is ‘like a work of art’, says diver

20 January 2022

One of the largest coral reefs in the world has been discovered by a UN-supported scientific mission off the coast of Tahiti.

Afghanistan: 500,000 jobs lost since Taliban takeover

19 January 2022

More than half a million people have lost or been pushed out of their jobs in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover, the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Wednesday.

2021 joins top 7 warmest years on record: WMO

19 January 2022

Last year joined the list of the seven warmest years on record, the UN weather agency said on Wednesday, and was also the seventh consecutive year when the global temperature has been more than 1°C above pre-industrial levels; edging closer to the

Tonga volcano eruption: At least 3 dead, amid severe destruction

18 January 2022

At least three people have died in Tonga following the massive volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami wave that hit over the weekend. Homes and other buildings across the archipelago have suffered major damage.

UN chief: ‘Global solidarity is missing in action’

17 January 2022

Addressing the virtual World Economic Forum, on Monday, the United Nations’ Secretary-General, António Guterres, told world and business leaders that “global solidarity is missing in action”.

FAO launches $138 million plan to avert hunger crisis in Horn of Africa

17 January 2022

More than $138 million is needed to assist rural communities affected by extended drought in the Horn of Africa, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday, launching a comprehensive response plan for the region. 

Tonga volcanic eruption: Too soon to assess damage

17 January 2022

Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa, is covered in ash and dust following the underwater volcanic eruption at the weekend, but the situation is calm there and first clean-up efforts are underway, UN humanitarians said on Monday.

COVID means labour market recovery still ‘slow and uncertain’

17 January 2022

As the COVID-19 pandemic grinds on and global labour markets continue to struggle, the latest International Labour Organization (ILO) report, published on Monday, warns that recovery will remain slow.

Tonga: The UN stands ready to support after volcano eruption and tsunami

15 January 2022

Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his deep concern after reports of a tsunami and ash affecting Tonga following the eruption of an undersea volcano near the Pacific nation.