First Person: Humankind’s ‘modern mentality to tame’ the environment: A volcanologist’s view

The 17 goals agreed by the global community to reduce poverty and create a sustainable planet are the responsibility of all people, wherever they are in the world, according to the United Nations. The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs represent a boundary-pushing blueprint for the future of the Earth and it’s anticipated they will be realized by 2030. UN News joined the International Labour Organization on a visit to Hawaii where many people are already living or studying aspects of the goals in their everyday work.

Philippines volcano: UN stands ready with support, as thousands told to flee

The UN is concerned over warnings issued by Philippines’ authorities that volcanic eruptions on the country’s most populous island could last “days, months or even years”. 

News in Brief 12 June 2018

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Icelandic volcano poses no health threat beyond immediate vicinity, UN agency says

While eruptions from the Icelandic volcano that have disrupted global air travel have recently ejected less ash, that could change at any time, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) warned today.

Ashes from Icelandic volcano could pose health risks, UN agency warns

The United Nations health agency said today that the health risks related to the ashes from the volcanic eruption in Iceland are not yet fully known, but they could be harmful when inhaled, especially for people with asthma and other respiratory problems.

UN calls for additional funds to aid victims of volcanic eruption in DR of Congo

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has called for an additional $21 million to fund ongoing relief efforts for victims of last month’s volcanic eruption in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

FAO launches $1.25 million appeal to aid victims of Congo volcano

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today appealed for $1.25 million to help people affected by the volcanic eruption two weeks ago in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

UN mission spends $700,000 for volcano relief effort in DR of Congo

The United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) has provided over $700,000 worth of support to the relief effort following the eruption of a volcano in the country earlier this month, the head of MONUC said today.

UNICEF teams up with Radio Goma to help children in wake of volcano eruption

In the wake of the devastating volcanic eruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo, UNICEF, the UN Children's Fund, has teamed up with a local radio station to reunite children separated from their families.

DR of Congo: UN continues aid effort for victims of volcanic eruption

The United Nations today wrapped up an important phase of its relief effort for the victims of a devastating volcanic eruption in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).