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Central African Republic: UN agency calls for more funding to ramp up food aid

Concerned by rising food insecurity in the Central African Republic, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said that it plans to boost its humanitarian efforts, while also calling for more financial support.

UN agency fears sailing tragedies at start of ‘smuggling season’ in Bay of Bengal

The United Nations refugee agency is concerned that as the rainy season ends in Myanmar and the annual sailing season reopens, people from the Rakhine state are increasingly likely to try to flee, subjecting themselves to exploitation by smugglers.

UN agency reaches ‘record’ number of Syrians with food, but many remain cut off

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said that it is reaching close to 3.3 million people in Syria – a record for its operations – but many are still without food in areas cut off by fighting, particularly in Damascus and the capital’s besieged suburbs.

Piracy ransoms amount to more than $339 million over seven-year period – UN report

Pirates off the coast of Somalia and the Horn of Africa have made between $339 million and $413 million in ransom profits, fuelling a wide range of criminal activities on a global scale, according to a United Nations-backed report released today.

Ban expresses hope in Turkish Cypriot, Greek Cypriot leaders can overcome impasse

Concerned by the deadlock in the negotiations between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed the hope that the two sides would overcome the impasse next week during a visit from his Special Adviser on Cyprus.

Kosovo: UN chief urges 'widest possible participation' in Sunday's polls

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for a respect for diversity and wide participation in this weekend's municipal elections in Kosovo.

Mali: Ban welcomes Netherlands' decision to contribute to peacekeeping mission

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the decision of the Government of the Netherlands to supply personnel and equipment to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali, and reiterated his call to Member States for further assistance.

UNICEF chief urges global investment to help Lebanon care for Syrian refugee children

The international community should match Lebanon’s generosity in supporting more than 400,000 refugee children from Syria by further investing in the country’s public services, the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.