humanitarian aid

News in Brief 29 November 2019

  • Violence in DR Congo Ebola hotspot leaves people ‘caught in crossfire’
  • Iraq: Guterres, Bachelet express concern at continued protester deaths
  • UN-appointed panel urges Colombia to do more to stop human rights defender murders
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Billions still needed to rebuild Iraq, only ‘a drop in the ocean’ received

The UN is working in Iraq on many fronts, including assisting the rebuilding of northern areas devastated during the war against ISIL terrorists, says the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator there. Marta Ruedas cites the World Bank and Iraq Government in estimating that reconstruction will cost $88 billion - but just over $1 billion has been received so far. In a recent visit to UN Headquarters, she spoke to Liz Scaffidi, and began by addressing the recent political upheaval across Iraq, which has seen thousands of protesters killed and wounded.

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Hundreds of thousands of civilians at risk in Syria amid ongoing violence in northeast and northwest

Almost daily violence targeting built-up areas and health facilities in Syria continues to threaten the lives of civilians there, UN rights experts and humanitarians said on Friday.

News in Brief 5 November 2019

  • Cameroon faces worsening humanitarian emergency
  • US-China trade war is a ‘lose-lose’ situation for them and the world, warn UN economists
  • Internet use and access is improving, but digital gender gap is growing: ITU
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News in Brief 1 November 2019

  • UN Migration Agency appeals to South Sudan group to free volunteer worker and child 
  • ‘All actors’ must lend support as humanitarian crisis continues in Haiti: UN rights chief  
  • Independent UN expert on torture sounds alarm over Julian Assange’s life 
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News in Brief 11 October 2019

  • Turkey’s Syria offensive could spark another catastrophe, warn humanitarians
  • Burkina Faso conflict and violence force 500,000 from homes
  • 'White extremist’ use of social media in attacks must be curbed
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Space technology that’s helping small States survive climate change

Fifty years since the first moonwalk, space technology has made a huge difference to life on earth – just think about all those weather and telecommunications satellites orbiting way above us.

Now, with the help of high-precision satellite imagery and a nifty mobile phone app, UN satellite experts are aiming to give small island States threatened by natural disasters and climate change, the best chance of survival.

In an interview with UN News’s Kina Vujanic-Beck to celebrate World Space Week 2019, UNOSAT’s Dr. Einar Bjorgo, explains how technology out there in orbit, can be applied for development and humanitarian ends.

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News in Brief 27 September 2019

  • Human Rights Council agrees on fact-finding mission to Venezuela
  • Brutal violence in northern Nigeria forces thousands into Niger
  • Zimbabwe must act quicker on democratic vision, urges UN-appointed independent expert
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News in Brief 20 September 2019

  • Migrant shooting in Libya, ‘irrefutable’ proof it’s not safe, say agencies
  • Refugee safety a priority amid rising xenophobic attacks in South Africa
  • In Yemen, record 12.4 million food-insecure people receive food assistance
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News in Brief 17 September 2019

  • Justice for Myanmar generals is coming, rights experts insist
  • $50 million appeal for Ukraine households on contact line to keep winter at bay
  • World leaders should “take young people seriously” to fix planet’s climate crisis, says activist
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