humanitarian aid

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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News in Brief 13 September 2019

  • Monsoon rains flatten Rohingya shelters
  • 3.9 million in Mali need humanitarian help 
  • ‘Landmark’ malaria vaccine launches in Kenya 
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Zimbabwe faces myriad humanitarian challenges as a result of climate and economic shocks

With Zimbabwe experiencing its worst-ever hunger crisis, the United Nations and its relief partners have revised their humanitarian appeal to scale up food assistance to people most affected by drought, flooding, and economic stagnation. The UN Resident Coordinator for Zimbabwe, Mr. Bishow Parajuli, was recently in New York and sat with UN News’s Assumpta Massoi and gave her a snapshot of the current humanitarian situation in the country.

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News in Brief 23 August 2019

  • School closures triple in Central and Western Africa as education comes under fire
  • Sudan flash-floods leave 54 dead, nearly 200,000 affected: OCHA
  • Ebola outbreak spreading but intensity of transmission has fallen: WHO
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News in Brief 20 August 2019

  • Aden escalation ‘clear sign’ that Yemen conflict must end, UN envoy
  • Deadly airstrikes displace thousands of civilians in Libya oasis town: OCHA
  • Venezuela: UNICEF seeks $70 million to aid 900,000 children
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News in Brief 19 August 2019

  • Afghanistan bloodshed mars 100 years of independence
  • World Humanitarian Day honours life-saving contribution of women aid workers
  • UN renews call to Yemen’s warring parties to down weapons
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