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Afghanistan: Medical lifeline to millions must not be cut, warns WHO 

mer, 18/08/2021 - 16:28
The delivery of lifesaving aid and medical supplies to millions of Afghans must not be cut, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, citing a more than threefold rise in the number of trauma cases.

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

mar, 17/08/2021 - 22:52
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.  

Protect human rights defenders in Afghanistan, says UN rights expert

mar, 17/08/2021 - 22:32
Afghanistan faces a “cultural disaster”, following the fall of Kabul to Taliban forces, a UN Special Rapporteur said on Tuesday, in a statement urging countries to provide urgent assistance to human rights defenders, including those working on women’s and cultural rights, as well as artists, trying to flee the country. 

Fuel crisis in Lebanon potential catastrophe for thousands: senior UN official

mar, 17/08/2021 - 18:07
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

mar, 17/08/2021 - 16:58
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

mar, 17/08/2021 - 16:05
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 Tuesday.

Côte d’Ivoire: Ebola vaccination of high-risk populations begins three days after outbreak declared

mar, 17/08/2021 - 15:56
The vaccination against Ebola of high-risk populations began on Monday in Côte d’Ivoire following the discovery of an outbreak in the country three days ago. The swift response came after vaccines manufactured by Merck, which the World Health Organization (WHO) helped to secure to fight a four-month long outbreak in neighbouring Guinea, were quickly sent to the country. 

Report details grave violations against children in Afghanistan

lun, 16/08/2021 - 22:47
Thousands of boys and girls have been killed or injured over the past two years in Afghanistan, according to the latest UN report on Children and Armed Conflict, which was issued on Monday, a day after the Taliban consolidated control over the country. 

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

lun, 16/08/2021 - 21:19
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.

Côte d’Ivoire confirms first Ebola case in 25 years

lun, 16/08/2021 - 19:28
A case of Ebola virus has been confirmed in Côte d’Ivoire for the first time since 1994, the country’s Ministry of Health has confirmed. The World Health Organization (WHO) is coordinating the delivery of vaccines to the country.

Afghanistan: ‘Now is the time to stand as one’, UN chief tells Security Council

lun, 16/08/2021 - 18:03
As desperate Afghans were trying to escape the Taliban and board planes, during chaotic scenes at Kabul airport on Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for international unity on Afghanistan, in a briefing to an emergency session of the Security Council. 

Haiti: flash floods and mudslides latest threats in earthquake-hit country

lun, 16/08/2021 - 16:46
As Haiti struggles to recover from the devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit over the weekend, killing some 1,300 people, the UN is warning that many people are likely to be affected by Tropical Depression Grace, a storm which is expected to bring torrential rain, flooding and mudslides between Monday and Tuesday.

Palestine refugees face ‘dire’ humanitarian conditions amid ongoing clashes in southern Syria: UNRWA

lun, 16/08/2021 - 14:29
Some 30,000 Palestine refugees registered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in south Syria have become increasingly vulnerable, following recent clashes in and around the Dera’a Governorate, the UN agency warned on Sunday.

Afghanistan: Guterres urges restraint as Taliban reach Kabul; UN Security Council set to meet Monday

dim, 15/08/2021 - 23:54
As the crisis in Afghanistan deepens by the hour, with reports that insurgent forces reached the country’s capital, Kabul, earlier on Sunday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged the Taliban and all other parties “to exercise utmost restraint to protect lives and ensure that humanitarian needs can be addressed.”

FROM THE FIELD: The pollution challenge facing the ‘Dragon’s Jewels’ of Viet Nam

dim, 15/08/2021 - 12:25
A community-led project to manage some 28,000 tonnes of plastic waste and prevent 5,000 tonnes from ending up in the ocean is being supported by the UN in one of the most popular tourist attractions in Viet Nam.

Thailand flexes financial muscle to grapple with climate crisis

dim, 15/08/2021 - 06:25
“Social responsibility and sustainable profit” can go hand in hand according to the chief of Thailand’s government pension fund. The UN, and some of the biggest players in the Thai economy, are working together to support efforts by the country’s finance and banking institutions to speed up the South East Asian country’s transition to a net zero carbon economy.

Massive earthquake strikes Haiti; UN working with aid partners to support response

dim, 15/08/2021 - 02:46
The United Nations is working to support rescue and relief efforts in Haiti following a powerful earthquake that reportedly left hundreds dead, with perhaps even more injured and missing, and caused massive damage in the south-western part of the country.

UN experts urge Israel to ‘protect and encourage’ Palestine rights defenders

ven, 13/08/2021 - 22:19
UN Human Rights Council-appointed experts expressed deep concern on Friday over Israeli military interference in the work of a well-known, independent Palestinian child rights organization, in the occupied West Bank.

Afghanistan: UN chief urges Taliban to halt offensive immediately, negotiate ‘in good faith’

ven, 13/08/2021 - 21:18
The UN Secretary-General on Friday called on Taliban militants to “immediately halt” their offensive against Government forces and return to the negotiating table in good faith, “in the interest of Afghanistan, and its people.”

End ‘rampant’ police brutality, promote tolerance: UN human rights experts

ven, 13/08/2021 - 19:06
Expressing alarm over “rampant police brutality against peaceful protesters worldwide”, more than 40 UN-appointed human rights experts on Friday called for an end to the violence, urging Governments to promote dialogue, tolerance and diversity.