Humanitarian Aid

Massive earthquake in Indonesia leaves hundreds dead: UN chief ‘deeply saddened’

Following a major, 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province on Friday, the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres said in a statement that he’s “deeply saddened” by the “terrible loss of life” and injuries from the disaster.

South Sudan’s ‘relentless conflict’ leaves almost 60 per cent suffering desperate food crisis

“Relentless conflict” in South Sudan has now left more than six million people facing crisis levels of hunger, three UN agencies have said, amid ongoing efforts to deliver aid to the war-weary country.

Violence and displacement in Ebola-hit DR Congo threatens humanitarian response

Increasing violence in Ebola-affected areas of north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) threatens the safety of tens of thousands of people there, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said on Friday.

Donors come to UN agency’s aid with extra $118 million to help Palestine refugees

International donors on Thursday pledged an additional $118 million for the United Nations agency assisting Palestine refugees to help overcome what its chief called its “greatest and gravest financial crisis ever.”

UN chief celebrates spirit of hope in Mali, calls for greater international support

Climate change, poverty, violence… As countless challenges hamper the stability and development of Mali and the Sahel region, a high-level event on Wednesday explored progress made in the implementation of the UN Support Plan for the Sahel (UNSS), and galvanized renewed commitment for the Malian peace process initiated in 2015.

South Sudan: amid security challenges, aid workers delivering ‘against the odds’

Mayen is South Sudanese. He was forced to flee his home when the conflict started in 2013. Five years later, his voice is resonating in one of the conference rooms of United Nations Headquarters in New York, on the margins of the 73rd General Assembly.

Increasing hostilities in Libya taking heavy toll on civilians, warns UN relief official

The top United Nations relief official in Libya has voiced deep alarm at the humanitarian impact of increasing hostilities in Tripoli, which has led over two days to the deaths of 11 people, most of them civilians, and the wounding of 18 others.  

UN News Daily Guide: General Debate kicks off, peacekeeping, human rights for all and South Sudan

On the occasion of the 73rd General Assembly, the UN is hosting a plethora of events with some of the world’s most prominent leaders and experts, to set the pace on dozens of critical global topics. To help you navigate and make sure you don’t miss out on anything important, here’s the second of our daily UN News guides to what’s going on.

Yemen: amid major roadblocks, an ‘unprecedented’ response to an unprecedented tragedy

Despite continuing challenges in Yemen, the United Nations and partners have provided a robust humanitarian response to the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, thanks to major donor support. However, as the situation continues to worsen for civilians across the country, aid agencies warned on Monday that international aid efforts must be sustained to avoid a major catastrophe and called for a political end to the conflict.

Yemen: Tackling the world’s largest humanitarian crisis

With three-quarters of the population requiring some form of basic assistance to survive, the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, now in its fourth year, has reached unprecedented levels of need. On Monday, ahead of the United Nation’s 73rd General Assembly high-level debate, a special event will focus on the humanitarian response across the country, its major achievements and its daily challenges, in an attempt to galvanize more international support.