$683 million appeal to deliver reproductive health services, where they’re most needed

With more than half of all maternal deaths occurring in countries affected by humanitarian crises and fragility, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is calling for greater international support to provide life-saving reproductive health and protection services in these locations. 

News in Brief 3 January 2020

  • Latin America and Caribbean world's second most disaster-prone region
  • Humanitarians monitoring displacement following West Darfur clashes
  • Chef with UN climate project urges support for smallholder farmers
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Reducing disaster risk is a good investment, and ‘the right thing to do’, says Guterres

There is a strong economic case for climate resilience and reducing the risk of disasters, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a message to mark the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, which falls on Sunday.

UN stands ready to assist following deadly earthquake in Mexico

Secretary-General António Guterres voiced sadness at the loss of life and damage resulting from the earthquake that occurred in Mexico today, and expressed the readiness of the United Nations to assist.

Tuvalu launches first early warning system in Pacific

The launch of an early warning system in Tuvalu will better inform residents of the Pacific island nation about oncoming cyclones and other disasters, according to a senior UN official in the region.

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Animals “even more affected” by disasters than people

When it comes to dealing with disasters, such as the deadly flooding in Colombia and Peru in recent days, animals are “even more affected” than people.

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Support for the disabled facing disasters “still in a symbolic stage”

Support for people with disabilities around the world who are preparing for disasters is “still in a symbolic stage”.

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“No doubt” aid saves lives and increases protection for civilians

Aid has saved lives and increased protection for civilians trapped in conflict, according to a Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

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“Resisting human nature” in order to reduce disaster risk

“Resisting human nature” is necessary to plan for and reduce the risk of disasters.

That’s according to Robert Glasser, head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNISDR.

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St Vincent & Grenadines “resilient” but needs international support

The people of St Vincent & the Grenadines are “resilient” to disasters but need international support to ensure that damage caused by natural catastrophes is kept to a minimum.

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