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First Person: Finding new ways to save millions at risk during the coronavirus pandemic

Millions of people are reliant on humanitarian supplies to survive, and the COVID-19 pandemic is making it even more difficult for aid workers to reach them. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), is having to rethink the way it operates in some of the most vulnerable places in the world.

Cross-border aid delivery in northwest Syria ‘absolutely essential’, Security Council hears

Cross-border humanitarian deliveries from Turkey last month reached more people in northwest Syria than at any time since operations began more than five years ago, the UN’s Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council on Thursday. 

Act now to prevent Desert Locust catastrophe in Horn of Africa: UN agencies

With the rainy season fast approaching, countries in the Horn of Africa are in a race against time to tackle a Desert Locust invasion amidst ongoing humanitarian challenges, the United Nations warned on Monday. 

Major humanitarian hub in northeast Nigeria burned in attack

The top UN aid official in Nigeria has condemned a weekend attack against a major humanitarian facility in the north-east of the country. 

News in Brief 3 January 2020

  • Latin America and Caribbean world's second most disaster-prone region
  • Humanitarians monitoring displacement following West Darfur clashes
  • Chef with UN climate project urges support for smallholder farmers
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Haiti: Food insecurity expected to rise next year, UN humanitarian agency reports

The number of Haitians who do not have sufficient food to eat is expected to surpass four million next year, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, said on Friday. 

Friday’s Daily Brief: Pope Francis, Lesotho, Iran, world corruption

Our top stories for Friday include: Pope Francis receives the UN chief in Rome, Lesotho famine threat, concern for jailed Iranian protestors, and strengthened global action to prevent corruption. 

News in Brief 24 October 2019

  • "Historic" eradication of wild poliovirus strain
  • UN agencies and partners step up support to north-east Syria
  • Weather experts call for protection of life-saving radio frequencies

 

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Families deserve answers when loved ones go missing in conflict: Security Council adopts historic resolution

The 15 members of the United Nations Security Council adopted on Tuesday the very first ever resolution focused on the issue of missing persons in armed conflict. The aim is to encourage countries to fulfil their obligations, take action to step up prevention, and tackle the issue earlier, so that ultimately families separated by conflict can be reunited, or at least given answers as to the fate of their loved ones.

FROM THE FIELD: Survival in Yemen against all odds

Fawaz, just 18-months old, suffered from severe acute malnutrition and was on the brink of death. In war-torn Yemen, he was one of hundreds of thousands of children, more likely to die, than survive.