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100,000s missing school in Americas due to disasters

Hundreds of thousands of children are missing out on their education in the Americas because of the increasing number of natural and man-made disasters in the region.

That’s according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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Ecuador: month after quake, humanitarian needs acute; many without roof over heads – UN

One month after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that claimed the lives of over 650 people in north-western Ecuador, humanitarian needs remain acute there, as 73,000 people have been displaced, 15,000 people have lost their identity documents, and 17,000 refugees and asylum-seekers, mostly from Colombia, who lived in the stricken areas were also affected, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Mayors negotiate a New Urban Agenda

Mayors from different parts of the world will help set a new global strategy around urbanization for the next two decades, the UN says.

Half of the global population currently lives in urban areas, but the numbers are expected to peak at 70 per cent by 2050.

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Ecuador: UN reports quake death toll hits 660; donor response poor

At the start of the third week of response to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador, the country’s call for $72.7 million in financial assistance has received little support while the death toll has risen to 660, the United Nations humanitarian aid wing said today, urging donors to contribute to the projects that benefit the affected people.

Ecuador: quake damage to schools impacts 120,000 children – UNICEF

More than 280 schools have been damaged by the earthquake that hit Ecuador on 16 April, leaving up to 120,000 children temporarily without education, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said.

Ecuador: UN agency to scale up emergency operation to reach 260,000 in earthquake zone

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today the start of an emergency operation to assist 260,000 vulnerable and food insecure people seriously affected by the earthquake in Ecuador and in desperate need of food and other basic necessities.

Ecuador: government and UN launch emergency appeal to kick-start post-quake assistance

The Government of Ecuador and the United Nations today launched an urgent $72.7 million appeal to respond to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck coastal provinces of north-west of the country less than a week ago, aiming to kick-start life-saving assistance, protection services and early recovery support to assist approximately 350,000 people over the next three months.

Ecuador earthquake: UN relief chief calls for more support to vulnerable communities

The top United Nations relief official wrapped up his two-day mission to Ecuador yesterday, announcing that he is releasing $7 million from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund to assist people affected by the deadly earthquake that struck on Saturday, while calling for more support to vulnerable communities.

Ecuador: top UN relief official stresses ‘solidarity’ as earthquake recovery efforts continue

United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien said that more than 21,000 people are in need of immediate shelter following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador on Saturday night, while the Government has stepped up recovery efforts in conjunction with several UN agencies.

Ecuador quake response under way to help “shattered” communities

The extent of the damage caused by Ecuador’s devastating earthquake is massive, UN agencies have announced, as the response operation continues.

The 7.8 magnitude tremor was the strongest to hit the country since 1979, with more than 400 reported fatalities and thousands of injured.

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