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Somalia receiving unprecedented levels of food aid, with ‘famine at the door’

5 September 2022

As UN relief chief Martin Griffiths warned of an unfolding humanitarian catastrophe on Monday, the World Food Programme (WFP) announced that it is delivering more food aid to Somalia than ever before.

Egypt prepares for flagship UN climate conference, in a year of unprecedented global weather shocks

5 September 2022

Regional authorities in Egypt, the host country of the 2022 UN climate conference (COP27), are ramping up initiatives designed to improve the country’s environmental credentials, and speed up its transition to a low carbon economy.

Women lead marine restoration efforts in the UNESCO Seaflower Biosphere Reserve

2 September 2022

Did you know that women represent just 38 per cent of all ocean scientists?

Women lead marine restoration efforts in the UNESCO Seaflower Biosphere Reserve

2 September 2022

Did you know that women represent just 38 per cent of all ocean scientists?

Pakistan: More than 6.4 million in ‘dire need’ after unprecedented floods

2 September 2022

The scale of the humanitarian crisis in Pakistan is unprecedented, with a third of the country under water, UN humanitarians warned on Friday.

World food prices drop for fifth consecutive month: FAO

2 September 2022

World food prices have fallen for a fifth consecutive month but are still nearly eight per cent higher than a year ago, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported on Friday. 

Sri Lanka: WFP helps alleviate stress of pregnancy amidst skyrocketing food prices 

31 August 2022

The queue of women grows steadily outside a government clinic in Kuppiyawatta, in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. In just over half an hour the number swells to around 200.

Wildfire, floods don’t need to turn into disasters: UN risk report

31 August 2022

Hazards such as earthquakes, floods, heatwaves, and wildfires, can be prevented from becoming life-threatening disasters, according to the authors of a UN report launched on Wednesday.

Pakistan: $160 million UN emergency plan launched, as ‘monsoon on steroids’ continues

30 August 2022

A $160 million emergency plan to help Pakistan deal with devastating flooding has been launched by the United Nations, aiming to reach “5.2 million of the most vulnerable people in the country”.

UN relief chief stresses need to stay and deliver for all Afghans

29 August 2022

Humanitarians have stayed and delivered in Afghanistan in the year since the Taliban takeover, and it is imperative that the international community continues to do the same while the de facto authorities must also do their part, the Security Coun

Pakistan: WFP working to expand food aid as deadly flooding continues

29 August 2022

The World Food Programme (WFP) is supporting Pakistan as the country takes stock of floods which have reportedly killed more than 1,000 people and displaced some 33 million, the UN agency said on Monday.

Pakistan: WFP working to expand food aid as deadly flooding continues

29 August 2022

The World Food Programme (WFP) is supporting Pakistan as the country takes stock of floods which have reportedly killed more than 1,000 people and displaced some 33 million, the UN agency said on Monday.

From The Field: Restoring Myanmar’s Mangroves

29 August 2022

Myanmar is believed to be experiencing one of the highest rates of mangrove loss in the world.

In meetings in Tunisia, UN deputy chief upholds relevance of SDGs, education for all

28 August 2022

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed highlighted the continued relevance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), during a meeting with the President of Tunisia, Kais Saied, held on Sunday.

First Person: Sharing indigenous knowledge with tourists

28 August 2022

After successfully reclaiming her people’s territory in Northern Argentina, Celestina Ábalos turned to tourism to share and promote her indigenous culture.  UN entrepreneurship training during the COVID-19 pandemic helped her business to grow.

Ukraine: More than one million tonnes of grain and food items exported under Black Sea deal

27 August 2022

Exports of Ukrainian grain and other foodstuffs under a landmark UN-brokered agreement have surpassed one million metric tonnes, the Coordinator for the Black Sea Grain Initiative, Amir Abdulla, reported on Saturday. 

Young Jordanians innovate to tackle food insecurity

27 August 2022

In Jordan, where many struggle to find enough to eat, young people are finding creative ways to tackle food insecurity, and create sustainable, environmentally friendly employment, with support from a UN innovation programme.

Chad: Unprecedented flooding affects more than 340,000 people

26 August 2022

Torrential rainfall has triggered unprecedented flooding in Chad, affecting more than 340,000 people living in 55,000 households – surpassing last year's figure of more than 250,000 impacted, according to a report released on Friday by the UN huma

Chad: Unprecedented flooding affects more than 340,000 people

26 August 2022

Torrential rainfall has triggered unprecedented flooding in Chad, affecting more than 340,000 people living in 55,000 households – surpassing last year's figure of more than 250,000 impacted, according to a report released on Friday by the UN huma

WMO: Greater Horn of Africa drought forecast to continue for fifth year 

26 August 2022

As millions of people in the Greater Horn of Africa have already “suffered the longest drought in 40 years,” parts of the region are bracing for a fifth consecutive failed rainy season, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported.

WMO: Greater Horn of Africa drought forecast to continue for fifth year 

26 August 2022

As millions of people in the Greater Horn of Africa have already “suffered the longest drought in 40 years,” parts of the region are bracing for a fifth consecutive failed rainy season, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported.

Ukraine: Top UN aid official appeals for access across contact line

26 August 2022

Speaking from Kharkiv in northeast Ukraine, where shelling has intensified in the last week, the UN's top aid official in the country issued an urgent appeal on Friday for guarantees from Russia and affiliated forces, to allow humanitarians to del

UN spotlights ‘invisible’ value of groundwater during World Water Week

25 August 2022

Groundwater, which sustains drinking water supplies, sanitation systems, farms, industries and ecosystems, is being overused, polluted and neglected, speakers warned at a World Water Week event on Thursday.

Ethiopia: Massive fuel theft puts WFP operations in Tigray at risk

25 August 2022

The robbery of over half a million tonnes of fuel from the World Food Programme (WFP) in Ethiopia’s Tigray region will make it impossible to continue operations that support millions of hungry people, the UN agency said on Thursday.

Afghanistan: UNHCR alarm over forced refugee returns from Tajikistan

25 August 2022

On Thursday, UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, warned of the danger faced by Afghan refugees who continue to be detained and deported from Tajikistan, reiterating that it’s illegal to force those fleeing persecution back to their homeland.

Ukraine: UN agencies deliver food, health and other support amid fighting

24 August 2022

UN agencies and entities have underlined their continued support to Ukraine, as Wednesday marked six months since the start of the war devastating the country. 

Drought, hunger and fighting leave Ethiopia in ‘very difficult humanitarian situation’ 

24 August 2022

Amidst deteriorating levels of malnutrition and Ethiopia’s worst drought in 40 years, 17 million people are being targeted for humanitarian assistance, the UN spokesperson said on Wednesday. 

Myanmar: 5 years since Rohingya mass exodus, UNHCR urges solutions 

23 August 2022

This week marks five years since more than 700,000 ethnic Rohingya fled military persecution from Myanmar for neighbouring Bangladesh, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday, appealing to the international community for greater support.

Africa drought: Some children just ‘one disease away from catastrophe’ UNICEF warns

22 August 2022

On Tuesday, UN Children’s Fund UNICEF warned that children in the Horn of Africa and the vast Sahel region “could die in devastating numbers” without urgent intervention and support.

UN chief ends Europe trip with visit to ‘vessels of hope’

20 August 2022

Completing his trip to Europe on Saturday, UN chief António Guterres oversaw the departure of two ships involved in the Black Sea Grain Initiative, a UN-brokered operation to bring urgently needed hunger relief to the Horn of Africa.