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Afghan children ‘at greater risk than ever’, top UNICEF official warns

29 August 2021

With the needs of Afghan children greater than ever before, the world “cannot abandon them now”, a senior official with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) appealed on Sunday after concluding a visit to the country.

The ‘energy patriots’ bringing electricity to Indonesia’s remote villages

29 August 2021

For millions of villagers in Indonesia’s remote areas, a 12-hour-per-day erratic electricity supply is the norm.

Tokyo Paralympics: leaping towards a more inclusive society

28 August 2021

Innovators are joining Paralympians to discuss how sport can help to build a more inclusive society in a series of online discussions organized by the UN to coincide with the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, which continues until 5 September.

Vaccine equity causes ‘dangerous divergence’ in COVID survival rates – UN agency heads

27 August 2021

The global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is progressing at “two alarmingly different speeds”, UN agency leaders said in a statement on Friday, noting that less than two per cent of adults are fully vaccinated in most low-income countries compared t

Catastrophe ‘unfolding before our eyes’ in Ethiopia’s Tigray region – UN chief

26 August 2021

A military confrontation that started 10 months ago in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region is spreading, with serious political, economic and humanitarian implications for the country and the broader region, the Secretary-General warned the Security

WFP steps up support in Haiti

26 August 2021

The World Food Programme (WFP) is stepping up ongoing support to Haitians who are now facing destroyed homes, lost livelihoods and little or no access to food in the wake of the 14 August earthquake, the UN agency reported on Thursday. 

UN migration agency launches $24 million appeal for Afghanistan

26 August 2021

In response to the growing humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Thursday launched a $24 million urgent appeal to assist hundreds of thousands of people displaced within the country over the p

Climate solutions, changemakers, and celebrities: major UN podcast series launched

25 August 2021

The UN launches No Denying It, a new 10-part climate action podcast, on Thursday, featuring interviews with inspiring young activists, and the voices of internationally renowned celebrities, such as actors Ed Norton and Michelle Yeoh.

Haiti: $187.3 million appeal to support people affected by earthquake

25 August 2021

The UN and partners on Wednesday launched a $187.3 million appeal to support half a million people affected by the deadly earthquake in southwestern Haiti nearly two weeks ago.

COVID, natural hazards and climate crisis in Asia and the Pacific expand ‘riskcape’

25 August 2021

The convergence of the COVID-19 pandemic with natural hazards, made worse by climate change, has reshaped and expanded the disaster “riskscape” in Asia and the Pacific, according to a new report published on Wednesday by the UN’s regional commissi

Increased Syria violence prompts largest civilian displacements in a year, as gridlock stymies political talks

24 August 2021

Progress towards resolving Syria’s decade-long conflict has reached an impasse, the chief United Nations mediator told the Security Council on Tuesday, as an uptick in fighting throughout the country led to some of the largest civilian displacemen

Shelter needs soar for displaced in Yemen’s Marib region

24 August 2021

Humanitarian needs, including a lack of shelter, are soaring among displaced communities, as fighting continues in Yemen’s Marib governorate, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) warned on Tuesday.

First Person: Health workers in Afghanistan brave safety fears, to continue treating the sick

24 August 2021

An Afghan doctor has told UN News that he is committed to providing essential healthcare services to people who have fled their homes due to conflict in Afghanistan, but safety fears mean that his future and that of his colleagues, particularly wo

Afghanistan: UN agencies sound alarm over emergency aid supply logjam

23 August 2021

UN humanitarian agencies are warning that they are unable to bring urgently needed emergency supplies into Afghanistan, and are calling for a “humanitarian airbridge” to be set up immediately, to allow the unimpeded delivery of medicines and other

UN migration agency launches $15 million appeal for Haiti

23 August 2021

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday launched a $15 million appeal to support some 137,000 families affected by the deadly earthquake that rocked southern Haiti just over a week ago. 

FROM THE FIELD: Extinguishing the practice of crop burning

22 August 2021

Around the world, people are preparing to choke their way through what is called ‘the season of smog’, when farmers burn their fields to make way for new crops. 

Climate change and hunger in Madagascar: a UN Resident Coordinator blog

21 August 2021

In the south of Madagascar, known as the Grand Sud, hundreds of thousands of people are suffering from one of the worst droughts in the region in 40 years, the most senior UN official in the country has said, warning that the population is facing

UN deputy chief praises resilience of Haiti’s people, says ‘incredible’ relief effort underway

20 August 2021

On a two-day mission to Haiti, the UN deputy chief said on Friday that relief teams are “working day and night”, and that she was struck by the resilience of the Haitian people, who had mobilized quickly to support their neighbours in the aftermat

‘No way out’ for imperilled Afghans, broader international response needed 

20 August 2021

Despite a prevailing “sense of fear” among vulnerable citizens, UN humanitarian agencies and their partners reiterated their commitment to the people of Afghanistan on Friday, informing that they are still accessing those in need throughout the co

Ethiopia: UN chief gravely concerned over ‘unspeakable violence’ in Tigray

19 August 2021

Speaking outside the Security Council chamber on Thursday, UN chief António Guterres told journalists that he is gravely concerned about the situation in Ethiopia, particularly the “unspeakable violence” against women and others in Tigray.

Race is on to limit extreme weather on most vulnerable: Guterres  

19 August 2021

As the global aid community marked World Humanitarian Day on Thursday, UN chief António Guterres paid tribute to all those who help people in need and urged support for the day’s #TheHumanRace campaign, which aims to protect the most vulnerable pe

Race is on to limit extreme weather on most vulnerable: Guterres  

19 August 2021

As the global aid community marked World Humanitarian Day on Thursday, UN chief António Guterres paid tribute to all those who help people in need and urged support for the day’s #TheHumanRace campaign, which aims to protect the most vulnerable pe

Planet needs Indigenous peoples to help save biodiversity: top rights expert 

19 August 2021

The global initiative to save the planet's biodiversity on land and water must not be allowed to threaten the world's most vulnerable people, a top human rights expert said on Thursday. 

Haiti: Earthquake leaves mounting death toll, injuries and extensive damage 

18 August 2021

Four days after a devastating 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit south-western Haiti, the level of destruction and desperation is becoming increasingly evident, the United Nations said on Wednesday, noting that the death toll has surged to nearly 2,000.

COVID-19: Funding plea to combat Delta variant, call to suspend booster roll-out

18 August 2021

During Wednesday’s World Health Organization briefing on COVID-19, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for funding to fight the spread of the deadly Delta variant while also asking wealthy countries to suspend plans to provide booster shot

UN chief urges support for Haiti to avert ‘humanitarian disaster’

17 August 2021

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday urged countries to step up support to Haiti as the country recovers from a deadly earthquake under the clouds of a tropical storm.  

Fuel crisis in Lebanon means potential ‘humanitarian catastrophe’: senior UN official

17 August 2021

Reliable fuel and electricity supply are urgently needed in Lebanon to avert a potential “humanitarian catastrophe”, the top UN aid official in the country warned on Tuesday. 

Afghanistan: UN agencies urge Taliban to make good on promises to protect vulnerable

17 August 2021

Afghan civilians continue to bear the brunt of the Taliban takeover in the country where humanitarian needs remain critical and widespread among existing and newly displaced populations, UN agencies said on Tuesday.

UN weather agency: millions affected by climate change and extreme weather in Latin America and Caribbean

17 August 2021

Climate-related and geophysical events resulted in the loss of 312,000 lives and directly affected more than 277 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean, a new report released by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) revealed on Tu

FROM THE FIELD: Human ‘damage’ on the front-line of the climate crisis

16 August 2021

The damage to people and livelihoods caused by climate change is happening at a scale that “people on the front lines cannot manage”, according to the UN’s humanitarian office, OCHA.