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INTERVIEW: Global humanitarian needs have never been higher, says UN official

New head of UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, speaks to UN News about why he accepted the post, his first weeks on the job, and what he hopes to accomplish during his tenure.

Conflict, widespread poverty stall progress on education rates over past decade – UNICEF

Pervasive levels of poverty, protracted conflicts and complex humanitarian emergencies have led to stagnation in reducing the global out-of-school rate over the past decade, prompting the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to call for more investments.

FEATURE: Does drone technology hold promise for the UN?

Drone technology appears to be taking off at the United Nations, with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) being used for various purposes, including in humanitarian, development and peacekeeping operations.

'Civilians are Not a Target,' says UN chief on World Humanitarian Day

On World Humanitarian Day, the United Nations and its partners are calling on all global leaders to do everything in their power to protect people caught up in conflict, and to stand with the health and aid workers who risk their lives to help them.

Marking World Humanitarian Day, UN urges protection for civilians in armed conflict

Civilians in conflict are not a target, top United Nations officials today stressed at a special event marking World Humanitarian Day, which honours aid workers and pays homage to those killed in service, while also drawing attention to the millions of people today living in war zones.

Protecting aid workers ‘paramount,’ UN relief chief says ahead of World Humanitarian Day

As conflicts around the world continue to take a massive toll on people’s lives, the top United Nations relief official stressed the importance of ensuring that the brave men and women who risk their lives to help those in need are not themselves a target.

One year after humanitarian summit, UN stresses reforms to put people ‘at heart’ of decision-making

The 2016 World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul rallied global actors to save lives and protect the most vulnerable, but with the number of people in need growing, the international community must use resources better and galvanize new partnerships, top United Nations officials said today.

UK’s Mark Lowcock appointed to head up UN relief wing

Secretary-General António Guterres today appointed Mark Lowcock, a national of the United Kingdom, as the United Nation’s highest official on humanitarian assistance and aid coordination, the UN Spokesperson’s office announced today.

UN releases $500,000 for fuel purchase to address power outages in Gaza Strip

The United Nations has approved the allocation of $500,000 for the purchase of emergency fuel to maintain the delivery of essential services at hospitals and other emergency medical facilities in the Gaza Strip of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, following severe power outages.

Somalia: UN-backed cholera vaccination campaign targets 450,000 people

The Government of Somalia has launched an oral cholera vaccination (OCV) campaign today with the support of the United Nations health agency, targeting over 450,000 people in seven high-risk areas around the country.