humanitarian aid

Saving lives with data: how the UN is developing digital tools for improved humanitarian aid

Sarah Telford, the director of the UN Centre for Humanitarian Data, spoke to Conor Lennon from UN News about the ways that better data tools can assist humanitarian workers in getting aid to the people who need it most, and also the challenges the Centre faces, from privacy issues to the risk of identification and subsequent reprisals in conflict areas.

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News in Brief 17 December 2018

  • UN calls for $350 million to aid vulnerable Palestinians
  • Tunnels under Israel-Lebanon ‘Blue Line’, violate Security Council resolution
  • Pioneering UN satellite survey raises hopes for restoration of ancient Aleppo
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Yemen: fragile Hudaydah truce needs worldwide support, says WFP

Thursday’s announcement that a ceasefire deal has been reached between Yemen’s warring sides in the key Red Sea port of Hudaydah will make it “easier” to save millions of lives in the wartorn country, the World Food Programme (WFP) has said. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, WFP spokesperson Hervé Verhoosel explains how more such deals are needed to help severely food insecure people in 45 districts across Yemen.

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News in Brief 2 November 2018

  • Call to protect NE Nigeria's most vulnerable after deadly attack on camp 
  • 251,770 lives lost to tsunamis in last 20 years, $280 billion in losses: UNISDR
  • Rush of Venezuelans into Peru ahead of residency deadline-UNHCR


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News in Brief 03 October 2018

  • Trade war threatens outlook for global shipping, warns new UNCTAD report
  • ‘Preventing violence and exploitation of children is everyone’s business’: Deputy UN chief
  • Indonesia: CERF allocates $15 million to bolster relief assistanc
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UN Agency warns Palestinian refugee schools face October closure

UNRWA, the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees, says it will be able to open the schools it operates for the coming academic term.  However, with the Agency still struggling to cope with the US decision to cut funding by $300 million, the prospect beyond September are still very uncertain.  UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness spoke with UN News.

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Children are dying now in DRC’s Kasai from malnutrition, warns UNICEF

It’s not often that experienced aid workers concede that they’ve been deeply affected on a personal level, by a humanitarian crisis.

But that’s the case on Friday, for UN Children’s Fund spokesperson Christophe Boulierac, who’s been speaking about the desperate situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) Kasai region.

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Digital innovation powering WFP efforts to end refugee hunger

Digital cash vouchers powered by the revolutionary technology behind the Bitcoin cryptocurrency are helping the UN ensure that food aid is getting to where it’s needed most.

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News in Brief 03 April 2018

  • Political solution needed above all for Yemen: UN chief
  • Expert calls for transparent appointment of attorneys general in Northern Triangle countries
  • “Vital” mine action work in the spotlight on International Day
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London conference puts Somalia humanitarian needs in spotlight

The global spotlight needs to remain on Somalia as it recovers from protracted drought followed by successive failed rains, according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Peter de Clercq.

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