News in Brief 18 December 2018

  • $2.7 billion appeal for South Sudan refugees - Africa’s largest displacement crisis
  • Vital humanitarian air service risks being grounded in Central African Republic
  • Migration ‘is a force for dignity’, says IOM on International Migrants Day
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$5.5 billion appeal for millions of Syrians and host communities affected by civil war

A $5.5 billion appeal has been launched by the UN to help 5.6 million Syrian refugees and millions more people hosting them in neighbouring countries.  In an interview with UN News, Samuel Rizk from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), explained that although around 30,000 Syrians have gone home so far this year, the overwhelming majority still need help in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq.

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In a period of 'profound uncertainty,' stand up for human rights, urges UN rights chief in global appeal

Urging action for greater freedoms, stronger respect and more compassion, the United Nations human rights arm today launched a $253 million appeal – its largest to date – to bolster its 2017 work programme to protect and advance the rights of people around the world.

More than money needed to help Syrians survive: UNICEF

The burden of caring for millions of Syrian refugees living in the region needs to be shared more equally.

That’s according to the spokesperson for the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, in the Middle East.

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Global appeal launched to end war in Syria

More than 120 humanitarian organizations and United Nations agencies have issued a joint appeal urging the world to unite and end the war in Syria.

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24 million people targeted for aid in the Sahel

Around 24 million people are being targeted by the UN for aid in the Sahel region of Africa.

On Wednesday, the UN launched a US$2 billion appeal to support humanitarian relief there.

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More than US$105 million pledged for Somali refugees

More than US$105 million pledged for Somali refugees

More than US$105 million has been pledged at an international conference designed to help support Somali refugees.  The conference held jointly between the United Nations and European Union was held Wednesday in Belgium.

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Yemen: US$1.6bn appeal to tackle “looming humanitarian catastrophe”

Aid agencies are appealing for US$1.6 billion in the face of what the UN humanitarian chief  has described as a “looming humanitarian catastrophe” in Yemen.

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Relief effort in Nepal “running against the clock”

One month after a massive earthquake devastated Nepal, the international community is “running against the clock” to deliver aid to remote communities, the UN has said.

More than 8000 people were killed in the tremor on April 25.

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As crises grow, UN humanitarian chief cites need for funding, access to ensure aid delivery

As the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance worldwide continues to grow, the top United Nations relief official today urged the international community to provide the requisite funding and access needed to enable aid workers to do their jobs effectively.