Beirut

UN rights experts call for accountability following Beirut’s ‘unprecedented’ lethal explosion

The catastrophic blast which led to the deaths of more than 200 in Beirut on 4 August, has prompted more than three dozen independent rights experts on Thursday, to issue a call for justice and accountability on behalf of the Lebanese people.

News in Brief 13 August 2020

  • Access to handwashing facilities, key for safe return to schools
  • UNESCO rallies international community to save historic Beirut culture
  • Nearly 3,000 community health workers trained to aid Haiti COVID response
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News in Brief 11 August 2020

  • Dozens of refugees killed in Beirut blast 
  • Sudan: Violence in Western Darfur force 2,500 into Chad
  • Polio campaigns ramp up in Afghanistan and Pakistan
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‘You are not alone, we are in this together’, declare UN staffers in Lebanon

Last Saturday was another scorching August day in Lebanon’s shattered capital of Beirut, but UN staff members who had gathered outside UN House – itself damaged during the deadly port explosion - were determined to get straight to work, and stand in solidarity with the country they call home.

Guterres pledges continued UN support for Lebanon ‘in every possible way’

The United Nations and humanitarian partners are working around the clock to support and mobilize emergency assistance in the aftermath of the deadly explosion in Beirut Port last Tuesday. 

Beirut blast: ‘The faster we act, the better we can reduce human suffering,’ says UN deputy chief

To help Lebanon overcome the tragedy and recover better, “we will need all hands on deck”, deputy UN chief Amina Mohammed told a virtual donors conference on Sunday, convened to rally international support in the wake of last week’s massive explosion at the Beirut port, which killed some 150 people, wounded thousands and caused destruction throughout much of the city.

Beirut blast: Here’s how you can help the UN aid Lebanon's recovery

After a devasting blast ripped through Beirut Port in Lebanon on Tuesday, wounding thousands and rendering hundreds of thousands homeless, the UN moved rapidly to step up its relief effort. 

News in Brief 7 August 2020

  • 'Immediate and huge' needs facing Beirut and Lebanon
  • Mauritania shipwreck, another preventable tragedy
  • Lift sanctions 'bringing suffering and death'
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As Beirut rescuers search for survivors, UN warns of ‘huge’ needs

Across Lebanon, “the needs are immediate, and they are huge” in the aftermath of the explosion that destroyed Beirut city port, UN agencies said on Friday.

News in Brief 6 August 2020

  • Lifesaving WHO aid arrives in Beirut
  • Nuclear arms ban essential, 75 years post-Hiroshima
  • Indigenous more at risk: UN chief
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