humanitarian aid

News in Brief 3 April 2020

  • Political prisoners should be among first released, says UN rights chief
  • Relief supplies boost for Sudan, to COVID-proof vulnerable populations
  • UN General Assembly adopts first resolution since COVID-19 emerged
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News in Brief 31 March 2020

  • Aid agencies push for workarounds in Libya as COVID-19 hampers distributions
  • Syria’s vulnerable not forgotten as UN food relief agency adjusts to pandemic precautions
  • DR Congo healthcare weaknesses exposed as never before by coronavirusUNICEF 
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News in Brief 25 March 2020

  • Massive humanitarian response plan mobilized to aid ‘ultra-vulnerable’ in COVID-19 fight
  • Protect health and safety of prisoners, urges UN rights chief
  • Immediate ceasefire needed in Yemen, urges UN chief
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News in Brief 24 March 2020

  • UN Syria envoy appeals for nationwide ceasefire to halt COVID-19  
  • Countries must keep cross-border transport of food, medicines going, during pandemic 
  • UN Geneva Director-General urges greater international cooperation in face of coronavirus  
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News in Brief 23 March 2020

  • UN chief calls for global ceasefire to take on common enemy - COVID-19 
  • Rights expert raises alarm over migrant ‘pushbacks’ at Turkey-Greece border  
  • Measuring water ‘more essential than ever to tackle climate, boost development’ 
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COVID-19 in Gaza: UN putting supplies in place, working with Israel 

The UN in the Palestinian enclave of Gaza is doing all it can to put supplies in place, including testing kits, in preparation for the expected rise in COVID-19 Coronavirus cases over the coming days. 

Jamie McGoldrick, UN Development and Humanitarian Coordinator covering Palestine, said in an interview with UN News that his office and the Palestine refugee relief agency, UNRWA, were working closely with Israeli authorities which control access to Gaza, in what’s been a “very positive collaboration” so far, along with Palestinian authorities. 

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News in Brief 20 March 2020

  • UN aid teams work round the clock to ensure humanitarian support to millions  
  • UN aid teams race to assess emergency needs, ensure supplies continue  
  • Airlift flies relief to Sudanese refugees in Chad  
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News in Brief 17 March 2020

  • Millions of people in crises will need UN humanitarian aid in midst of COVID-19 pandemic 
  • New locust swarms add to South Sudan food hardship 
  • UN chief condemns attacks on peacekeepers in Central African Republic, urges probe 
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Chinese hospitals in worst-hit region receive medical ventilators for critical patients 

The largest humanitarian agency on the planet, the UN World Food Programme, or WFP, has sent lifesaving medical equipment to China to help treat COVID-19 sufferers in the worst-hit area of the country. 

In an interview with Daniel Johnson from UN News, WFP spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs gives an update on key priorities. 

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War in Syria: 'Carnage', flouting of rights and international law, must stop: Guterres

UN agencies have underscored their commitment to continue supporting civilians affected by the war in Syria, which this month enters its tenth year. The Secretary-General issued a statement on Thursday, declaring that "we cannot allow the tenth year to result in the same carnage, the same flouting of human rights and international humanitarian law."