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Cabo Verde: ‘Unprecedented’ food insecurity triggers social and economic emergency

23 June 2022

The island nation of Cabo Verde is facing record levels of food insecurity due to drought, the COVID-19 pandemic and the conflict in Ukraine, affecting some 181,000 people, or 32 per cent of the country, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported on

Conflict, drought, and dwindling food support threaten 20 million Ethiopian lives

23 June 2022

Hunger is tightening its grip on more than 20 million Ethiopians who are facing conflict in the north, drought in the south and dwindling food and nutrition support beginning next month, the UN food relief agency warned on Thursday.

UN agencies rush to aid Afghanistan following deadly quake

22 June 2022

The UN and partners have rushed to support Afghanistan following a devastating earthquake that hit two provinces in the east of the country early on Wednesday morning. 

Ukraine: Russian Nobel winner praises UNICEF as ‘excellent’ choice to distribute $103.5 million auction proceeds

22 June 2022

The Nobel Peace Prize winner Dmitry Muratov who auctioned off his gold medal to raise money for child refugees on Monday, has told UN News that the record-breaking sale of $103.5 million proved that “sometimes humanity can come together, and show

Ukraine: UN and partners deliver lifesaving aid to Donetska region

21 June 2022

Critical relief supplies for nearly 64,000 people have been delivered to Kramatorsk and Sloviansk, two cities in the Government-controlled areas of the eastern Donetska oblast, or region, in Ukraine, the UN humanitarian agency OCHA reported on Tue

UN brainstorms how to strengthen aid delivery amid ‘megacrises’

21 June 2022

Global cooperation is critical to confront the surge in suffering due to conflict, climate disruption, hunger, the rising cost of living, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Safe in the sun? UN launches new app to help beat skin cancer

21 June 2022

Scientific evidence shows that overexposure to UV radiation is the major cause of skin cancer.

Nigeria: crisis in northeast will worsen without urgent help, says OCHA

21 June 2022

UN humanitarians issued an alert on Tuesday over the deteriorating situation for millions of mainly women and children in northeast Nigeria who continue to be affected by protracted armed conflict, just as the country enters the lean season.

Ocean literacy and unlocking a revolution in ocean science solutions

20 June 2022

The ocean holds the keys to an equitable and sustainable development path for all.

Syria: Guterres underlines ‘moral imperative’ to continue cross-border aid operation from Türkiye

20 June 2022

With humanitarian needs in Syria at their highest levels since the start of the civil war more than 11 years ago, UN Secretary-General António Guterres appealed on Monday for the Security Council to renew a resolution on delivering lifesaving aid

Window of opportunity closing for South Sudan, on road to lasting peace

20 June 2022

With eight months remaining, the window of opportunity is closing for South Sudan to meet critical benchmarks required to complete its transition away from long-running civil conflict, the Special Representative for the country told the Security C

Lebanon: $3.2 billion plan launched to support local families and refugees

20 June 2022

The Lebanese Government, the United Nations and partners on Monday announced a $3.2 billion appeal for the country to address ongoing impacts from the war in neighbouring Syria and the current economic crisis. 

Côte d'Ivoire welcomes families home, as refugee status formally ends

20 June 2022

The resolution of a civil conflict fuelled-displacement crisis in Côte d'Ivoire, that at its height forced more than 300,000 people to flee to neighbouring countries and beyond, is “a welcome bright spot amid a rising global trend of forced displa

UN food agency announces further refugee ration cuts, in quest for #ZeroHunger

20 June 2022

The UN World Food Programme, WFP, said on Monday that it will have no choice but to make further food ration cuts soon for refugees.

Amidst escalating needs and soaring hunger, refugees caught in the eye of the perfect storm  

20 June 2022

Further food ration cuts are imminent for refugees as humanitarian needs multiply around the world while funding struggles to keep pace, the UN food relief agency warned on Monday, World Refugee Day. 

‘Surprise’ early heatwave in Europe, harbinger of things to come

17 June 2022

Sweltering conditions in Europe have come earlier than expected this year but the bad news is, they’re the shape of things to come.

Urgent support needed for 14,000 who fled following Burkina Faso massacre

17 June 2022

In Burkina Faso, UN humanitarians on Friday appealed to the international community for help, after attacks by armed groups forced thousands to flee their homes in the east of the country.

World has ‘gambled on fossil fuels and lost’, warns Guterres

17 June 2022

The current global economic paradigm of infinite growth based on using up a finite amount of resources, such as fossil fuels, will only deliver a “permanent triple whammy of inflation, climate chaos and conflict”, the UN chief warned on Friday.

Sudan: One-third of population faces acute food insecurity 

16 June 2022

One-third of Sudan’s population, or 15 million people, are facing acute food insecurity, according to a new assessment released on Thursday by the World Food Programme (WFP). 

Socio-economic meltdown leaves Lebanese ‘hanging on by a thread’

16 June 2022

With livelihoods in tatters and hopes almost shattered, the Lebanese are “hanging on by a thread,” the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator said on Thursday, announcing the extension of the Emergency Response Plan (ERP) to address the rapidly

Sri Lanka: WFP ramps up emergency support, beginning with pregnant mothers in need

16 June 2022

The World Food Programme (WFP) on Thursday began distributing food vouchers to pregnant women in underserved districts of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, marking the start of the UN agency’s emergency response in the country, which is facing its

Sanctions on Russia already hitting remittance-dependent countries in Central Asia: IOM

15 June 2022

As the UN marks the International Day of Family Remittances on Thursday, there is concern that economic contraction and job losses in Russia - likely to now rise further as a result of sanctions imposed since the invasion of Ukraine - are already

Yemen truce holding, but full measures still not in place

14 June 2022

The “unprecedented” truce in Yemen has so far led to a reduction in fighting and other positive developments, but action is needed on its full implementation and to address rising humanitarian needs and insecurity, the UN Security Council heard on

Disabilities convention supports ‘inclusive, accessible, and sustainable world’

14 June 2022

We have the tools to end the “systemic marginalization” of persons with disabilities, the UN chief told the 15th Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on Tuesday.

Climate change: More fossil fuel investment, just ‘delusional’, warns Guterres

14 June 2022

New funding from governments for fossil fuel exploration or production is simply “delusional” the UN chief warned on Tuesday, adding that it would only “further feed the scourge or war, pollution and climate catastrophe.”

South Sudan: UN humanitarians forced to cut aid to 1.7 million people

14 June 2022

Food assistance to 1.7 million people in South Sudan has been suspended, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday, citing a funding crunch and rising needs.

Yemen: UN launches crowdfunding campaign to head off decaying oil tanker threat

13 June 2022

A social media campaign launched on Monday by the United Nations aims to bring the world closer to preventing a decaying supertanker, anchored off Yemen, from causing an oil spill that could spell disaster for the region and beyond. 

Afghanistan: World Bank provides $150 million lifeline to stem rural hunger 

13 June 2022

A critical $150 million dollar lifeline for rural families in Afghanistan was announced by the World Bank on Monday, part of an overall package of $195 million, for critical livelihood and life-saving assistance, the UN agriculture agency FAO, sai

Maritime students send special SOS to upcoming UN Ocean Conference 

11 June 2022

At first, they look like bright spots of white casting shadows on a lush green lawn.

Ethiopian migrants head home on first ever return flight from Yemen's Ma'rib

9 June 2022

For the first time ever, 150 Ethiopian migrants are flying to Addis Ababa on a Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) flight from Yemen’s conflict-affected Ma’rib governarate, the UN migration agency, IOM, said on Thursday.