Welcoming political progress, UN envoy warns of dire humanitarian situation in Central African Republic
With a month left to the before full deployment of the United Nations mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), the UN envoy for that country today said that while there have been pockets of improvements, the overall humanitarian and security situation in the country remains dire and “extremely volatile.”
UN Member States receive report on finance for sustainable development
The General Assembly formally received today an expert report setting out options that can be weighed by Member States on ways to finance the United Nations-driven sustainable development agenda, which will aim to improve people’s lives and protect the planet for future generations.
Thai law on defaming monarchy has ‘chilling effect’ on free expression – UN rights office
The United Nations rights office today expressed serious concern over the prosecution and harsh sentencing of individuals in Thailand under the country’s so called lèse majesté law and its “chilling effects” on freedom of expression.
As South Sudan crisis grows, Ethiopia becomes Africa’s largest refugee host
Ethiopia has surpassed Kenya in hosting the most refugees in Africa, sheltering 629,000 refugees as of the end of July, the United Nations refugee agency announced on Tuesday.
Ebola: UN health agency reports encouraging signs in Nigeria, Guinea
While the trends of the outbreak of Ebola in Nigeria and Guinea, where the virus made its first appearance in West Africa last December, have shown encouraging signs, the United Nations health agency today expressed concern about the situation in the Liberian capital of Monrovia.
Amid unprecedented destruction, Gaza needs ‘new deal’-style recovery plan – UN official
Concerned by the many civilian casualties and the unprecedented scale of destruction in the latest military conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants, a senior United Nations official urged today the international community to “rethink the Gaza paradigm.”
Iraq: UN refugee agency launches major humanitarian aid push for displaced people
The United Nations refugee agency said today that it is launching one of its largest humanitarian aid pushes in response to the deteriorating situation in Iraq, aiming to help close to a half million people who had been forced to flee their homes.
UN mission in South Sudan condemns ‘sustained gunfire’ near Bentiu base
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today condemned the live gunfire by Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers near the UN base in Bentiu, that wounded a child.
Briefing Security Council, UN deputy chief urges protection for frontline ‘humanitarian heroes’
United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson had one main message – “we must protect humanitarian workers” – as he marked World Humanitarian Day with a special briefing to the Security Council, addressing a subject critical to people caught in conflict.
World Humanitarian Day: UN honours sacrifices, celebrates spirit of aid workers
The United Nations is marking World Humanitarian Day today by paying tribute to aid workers who carry out life-saving activities around the world, often in dangerous and difficult circumstances, while celebrating the spirit of humanitarian work worldwide.
Mali: Security Council condemns recent deadly suicide attack on UN base
The Security Council today condemned in the strongest terms Saturday’s suicide attack on a United Nations base in Ber, Mali, that killed two UN Burkinabe peacekeepers and injured seven others.
UN humanitarian agencies scaling up efforts as Iraq’s displacement crisis deepens
Amidst an expanding displacement crisis in Iraq, several United Nations humanitarian organizations are scaling up efforts to get food and water to people fleeing attacks by the Islamic State (IS).