humanitarian aid

Afghanistan conference draws donor pledges and calls for lasting ceasefire 

International donors pledged financial and political support for Afghanistan’s peace process at the 2020 Afghanistan Conference in Geneva on Tuesday, anticipating a sustainable ceasefire that will help the country rebuild and heal after decades of conflict. 

News in Brief 17 November 2020

  • ‘Potentially catastrophic’ impact in Central America from new hurricane: UN 
  •  ‘Full-scale crisis’ unfolding on Ethiopia’s border with Sudan: UNHCR 
  • Civilians Continue to Flee Insecurity in Cabo Delgado Mozambique 
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News in Brief 13 November 2020

  • Reported Ethiopia massacre: UN rights chief warns of spiralling situation 
  • Aid response ramps up for hurricane Eta victims in Central America 
  • Mozambique Cabo Delgado situation is ‘desperate’, warns Bachelet 
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Trauma in the Philippines as third major storm barrels through 

The southeast Asian nation of the Philippines has been pummeled by the third major storm in three weeks, adding to the pain and suffering of thousands of families. 

Typhoon Vamco (locally known as Ulysses) made landfall on Wednesday night and although it is much weaker than Super Typhoon Goni, it brought catastrophic flooding across the capital Manila, a sprawling and densely populated city.  

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News in Brief 9 November 2020

  • Success of Libya talks dependent on compromise, says UN chief Guterres 
  • Lifesaving $45 million appeal for Philippines communities hit by super typhoon 
  • WHO’s Tedros says it is time for the world to heal after years of division 
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News in Brief 6 November 2020

  • Aid agencies call for urgent action to prevent emergency in hunger hotspots 
  • UN chief calls for peaceful elections in Myanmar 
  • Top emergency relief official condemns killing of six humanitarian workers  
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News in Brief 2 November 2020

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Nobel Peace Prize recognition is an ‘amazing day’, says UN food agency 

The announcement that the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize is being described as an “amazing day” for its workers in the field, who put their lives on the line to help at-risk communities. 

That’s the message from Matthew Hollingdale, head of the agency’s South Sudan operation. 

In this interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, he’s been explaining how the 1,200-strong humanitarian team there, has been helping communities hit by the worst flooding in decades and ongoing violence.

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News in Brief 6 October 2020

  • Starvation being used as a method of warfare in South Sudan: UN panel 
  • Yemen: IOM warns disaster looms in Marib, as humanitarian needs grow 
  • Countries across Europe reporting rising levels of ‘COVID-19 fatigue’ 
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News in Brief 5 October 2020

  • Put peace in Libya first, UN chief urges summit on war-shattered nation
  • Save lives, protect refugees  
  • Yemen: Aid chiefs welcome agreement for outside medical care  
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