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UNICEF more than doubles funding appeal for children in north-east Nigeria

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revised its humanitarian appeal for Nigeria from $55 million to $115 million in order to be able to assist an additional 750,000 people who can now be reached across conflict-affected areas in the north-east of the country.

Security Council calls on Somali parties to address political challenges amid latest election delay

Regretting an extension to the 2016 electoral process in Somalia announced by the country’s electoral body, the United Nations Security Council has called on all parties in the country to upload their commitments on the elections and to come to an agreement on the remaining political challenges without further delay.

On World Day, UN spotlights role of maritime transport as backbone of global economy

The importance of shipping in supporting and sustaining today's global society makes it indispensable to the world and to meeting the challenges of the sustainable development agenda, top UN officials declared today, as the international community marked World Maritime Day.

UN relief wing appeals for urgent funding in DPRK following typhoon

The United Nations humanitarian wing has said that more than $28 million in funding is urgently needed to provide immediate assistance to the 600,000 people in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea affected by Typhoon Lionrock.

‘No words left’ to describe suffering of children in Aleppo –UNICEF

Children in Aleppo are trapped in a “living nightmare,” a senior official of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today, stressing yet again, the direness of the situation, particularly for the children, in Syria’s war-ravaged Aleppo.

Republic of Korea: UN rights expert calls for probe in death of 69-year old protester

Expressing dismay over the death of a protestor who was injured by the police use of a water cannon on a peaceful rally last year in the country, a United Nations human rights expert has called for a full investigation into the incident and to ensure that such a “tragedy” is never repeated.

UN health agency declares elimination of measles in the Americas

The region of the Americas is the first in the world to have eliminated measles, a viral disease that can cause severe health problems, the United Nations health agency has declared.

Ban calls on UN Security Council for decisive steps to end attacks on hospitals, medical staff

Denouncing a surge in “horrific attacks” on hospitals, clinics and medical staff, most recently in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the Security Council today to take decisive steps to end such obvious war crimes and hold the perpetrators accountable.

Improved UN database spotlights huge global disparities in access to cancer care

A revamped global database launched today by the United Nations atomic agency highlights startling disparities across the world when it comes to access to treatment and care for cancer.

UN food relief agency reaches town in northern Iraq for first time in two years

For the first time in more than two years, the United Nations food relief agency has distributed urgently-needed food for people in and around the northern Iraqi town of Shirqat, which was under siege and cut off from humanitarian access from 2014 until earlier this month.