'Time lost means lives lost,' warns UN aid chief, releasing funds to tackle drought in Ethiopia

The top United Nations humanitarian official today released $18.5 million from the organization's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to enable critical aid for more than 785,000 people suffering from hunger, malnutrition and severe water shortages in Ethiopia's Somali region – the worst drought-stricken part of the country.

UN and Africa: focus on East Africa, Gambian youth and World Radio Day

East Africa drought pushing food prices up sharply

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News in Brief 9 February 2017 (PM)

Somali president faces "formidable" set of challenges, international partners say

Somalia's new president faces a "formidable" set of challenges in meeting the expectations of the Somali people, the country's international partners have said.

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Spur African development by focusing on successes: UN chief

If Africa is to achieve sustainable development, then more emphasis should be placed on its successes, not crises, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told re

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As new drought hits Ethiopia, UN urges support for Government's 'remarkable' efforts

Commending the Ethiopian Government and humanitarian partners on the response to last year's El Niño drought that left 10.2 million people needing food assistance, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres and UN aid chief Stephen O'Brien today said the international community must show “total solidarity” with country as it faces a new drought.

News in Brief 17 January 2016 (PM)

Push to restore Yemen truce and address country’s humanitarian crisis

Efforts are being made by the UN Special Envoy for Yemen to encourage parties to the conflict to restore April’s cessation of hostilities and address the country’s “dire” humanitarian situation.

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Seed distributions help drought-hit Ethiopia farmers “bounce back”

A seed distribution campaign has helped Ethiopian farmers “bounce back” following a severe drought caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said.

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UN experts call on Ethiopia to allow international panel to help probe violence against protesters

Urging Ethiopian authorities to end their violent crackdown on peaceful protests, which has reportedly led to the death of over 600 people since November 2015, two United Nations human rights experts today further called on the Government to allow an international commission of inquiry to investigate the protests and the violence used against peaceful demonstrators.

UN rights office calls for independent inquiry following numerous deaths at an Ethiopian festival

Expressing concern at increasing unrest in several Ethiopian towns following deaths of a number of people in unclear circumstances in the country’s Bishoftu town, the United Nations human rights arm has called on protesters to exercise restraint and on security forces to conduct themselves in line with international human rights laws and standards.

260,000 refugees add to challenges facing South Sudan

There are around 260,000 refugees from neighbouring countries living in camps around South Sudan, adding to the “enormous political, economic and social challenges” facing the world’s youngest country.

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