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Major humanitarian hub in north-east Nigeria burned in attack

20 January 2020

The top UN aid official in Nigeria has condemned a weekend attack against a major humanitarian facility in the north-east of the country. 

East Africa faces locust swarms, UN agency alerts for the risk of food insecurity across the subregion

20 January 2020

Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are dealing with desert locust swarms of “unprecedented size and destructive potential” that could spill over into more countries in East Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Mond

Capacity of cities to tackle climate change key in ‘crucial battle’ for planet’s preservation, says UN chief

17 January 2020

Cities – hubs of creativity and new ideas – can provide solutions to resolve humanity’s “suicide war” against nature, and lead the world towards a sustainable future, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Saturday in Lisbon, which has been

Haiti earthquake victims honoured at UN, with pledge to safeguard the nation’s future

17 January 2020

More than 200,000 Haitians who perished in the devastating earthquake which struck the island nation ten years ago, were honoured in a solemn ceremony of remembrance at UN Headquarters in New York on Friday, along with 102 staffers who died – the

Aid to vulnerable Iraqis may ‘come to a complete halt within weeks’

16 January 2020

Aid to vulnerable people in Iraq risks being completely blocked within weeks, warned the UN’s humanitarian chief in Iraq, Marta Ruedas, on Tuesday, as a result of the suspension of government documents allowing humanitarians to carry out critical

Yemen resilient and ‘unscathed’ in face of latest Gulf crisis

16 January 2020

Despite the threat posed by recent tensions in the Gulf, Yemen was able to weather the crisis thanks in part to restraint exercised by its political leaders, the UN Special Envoy for the country said on Thursday. 

Climate crisis ‘affecting quality of life and fuelling discontent’

16 January 2020

The climate crisis, as well as persistently high inequalities, and rising levels of food insecurity and undernourishment, is affecting the quality of life in many societies and fuelling discontent, the UN warned on Thursday, on the publication of

UN peacekeepers protecting hundreds displaced by Central African Republic fighting

15 January 2020

Fresh clashes in the Central African Republic’s southeast have driven some 400 people to seek shelter at a UN base there, the United Nations Spokesperson said on Wednesday.

2019 second hottest year on record, UN confirms

15 January 2020

Last year was the second warmest year on record, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed on Wednesday. 

Philippines volcano: UN aid operation in place as thousands told to flee

15 January 2020

The UN is concerned over warnings issued by Philippines’ authorities that volcanic eruptions on the country’s most populous island could last “days, months or even years”. 

Global Goals top General Assembly President’s priority list

13 January 2020

The President of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly on Monday set out his 2020 priorities, which aim to make the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality by the start of the next decade.

UN committed to helping Haiti build better future, says Guterres, marking 10-year anniversary of devastating earthquake

12 January 2020

On 12 January 2010, a 7.0 magnitude quake struck the Haiti, devastating its capital, Port-au-Prince. About 220,00 people were reportedly killed, among them, 102 UN staff who lost their lives when the stabilization mission there, known as MINUSTAH,

Security Council, beats midnight deadline, approves Syria cross-border aid in contentious vote

10 January 2020

The Security Council on Friday evening renewed a UN operation delivering humanitarian aid across the Syrian border to millions of civilians, but some of the body’s members expressed disappointment that the ‘watered down’ measure cut in half the nu

Inaction over climate emergency ‘not an option’ says UN Assembly chief

10 January 2020

Inaction when it comes to the fight back against damaging climate change is not an option, the President of the UN General Assembly told a major energy conference in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

Killings and violence targeting ethnic group in DR Congo ‘may amount to crimes against humanity’

10 January 2020

The targeting of the Hema community in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with violence, including killings and rape, may amount to crimes against humanity, said the UN on Friday. 

Protecting refugees in Europe: UNHCR calls for a ‘year of change’

9 January 2020

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is calling on the European Union (EU) to make 2020 “the year of change for robust refugee protection”.

FIRST PERSON: An artist’s ‘obsession’ with New Orleans tradition

9 January 2020

The International Labour Organization (ILO) marked its centenary in 2019 and as part of the commemoration has launched a photography project called “Dignity at Work: The American Experience”, to document the working life of people across the Unite

Security Council calls for dialogue in Haiti

9 January 2020

The UN Security Council has stressed the need to resolve the ongoing political impasse in Haiti between President Jovenel Moïse and a surging opposition movement. 

Sudan: Intercommunal clashes displace tens of thousands in volatile Darfur region

7 January 2020

Around 40,000 have been displaced in Sudan’s West Darfur State in recent days, following intercommunal clashes, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Tuesday, citing Sudanese Government data.

Syria: Civilians face ‘daily nightmare’ in Idlib, says top UN official

7 January 2020

Following a sharp escalation of hostilities in southern Idlib, “at least 300,000 civilians have fled their homes” since mid-December, the UN Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria crisis said on Tuesday, voicing concern for their w

UN envoy appeals for other nations to ‘keep out of Libya’

6 January 2020

The top UN official in Libya has delivered a stern message urging other nations to stop intervening in the country’s ongoing crisis. 

Australia bushfire crisis: UNICEF offers help and support

6 January 2020

Raging bushfires wreaking havoc across Australia have prompted the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, to offer its support to the Australian Government and its partners which are battling the “unprecedented disaster”.

Stop escalation, urges UN chief, as geopolitical tensions reach ‘highest level this century’

6 January 2020

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on world leaders to de-escalate geopolitical tensions on Monday, which he described as being “at their highest level this century” as the new decade dawns.

UN Libya Mission strongly condemns bombing of military academy, at least 30 dead

5 January 2020

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), on Sunday strongly condemned the bombing of a military academy in the capital Tripoli, which according to news reports left at least 30 dead and more than 30 others wounded.

FIRST PERSON: Cajun cuisine feeds expanding business

4 January 2020

The International Labour Organization (ILO) marked its centenary in 2019 and as part of the commemoration has launched a photography project called “Dignity at Work: The American Experience” to document the working life of people across the United

Nearly 300,000 Syrians displaced from Idlib since mid-December, Security Council hears

3 January 2020

Amidst concern for the safety and protection of more than three million civilians in Syria’s last rebel-held enclave, the UN’s most senior humanitarian and political affairs officials briefed the Security Council on Syria behind closed doors on Fr

Sudan urged to step up protection, restore peace, following Darfur violence

3 January 2020

Authorities in Sudan are being urged to restore peace and order in the wake of intercommunal clashes in West Darfur state which erupted on Sunday and left 65 people dead, 54 injured, and thousands displaced. 

 

Son of slain UN aid worker in South Sudan, freed and reunited with father

3 January 2020

The abducted four-year-old son of a UN migration agency worker who was killed in South Sudan in October has been released and reunited with his father during an emotional reunion in the capital Juba on Friday.

FROM THE FIELD: Crisis in Kassala

3 January 2020

An economic crisis in Sudan which has driven up food prices in the African country has contributed to an increase in the number of people needing aid; that’s according to the UN’s humanitarian affairs agency, OCHA. 

Finding common ground in East Africa, a UN Resident Coordinator blog

1 January 2020

Together, Kenya and Uganda kick-start a Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by partnering with the UN to address challenges that transcend country borders.  By Siddharth Chatterjee (Kenya RC) and Rosa Malango (Uganda RC)