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With hottest April on record, streak of above-average global temperatures continues – UN

Global temperature records were broken yet again in April for the 12th consecutive month, the longest such streak since global record-taking began in 1880, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported today.

Ban appoints Special Envoys to help UN 'sound the alarm' on El Niño and Climate

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointments today of Mary Robinson of Ireland and Macharia Kamau of Kenya as his Special Envoys on El Niño and Climate.

‘El Niño is not a one-off event,’ UN says, calling for action to address phenomenon’s impacts

The international community must boost efforts to build the capacity for disaster risk management and readiness to prevent El Niño weather extremes from causing humanitarian crises in affected countries and impeding their development, the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) said today.

‘Worst case scenarios’ could become reality without more funding for El Niño response – UN relief chief

With 60 million people across the world affected by droughts, floods and other extreme weather events triggered by El Niño, the top United Nations relief official today called on the international community to act now to address urgent humanitarian needs and support building communities’ resilience to future shocks.

Fiji: UN warns of flooding as cyclone-battered country braces for another storm

Less than two months after Tropical Cyclone Winston cut a path of destruction across Fiji, the country is bracing for the impact of another storm, the United Nations relief aid office said today.

Fiji: UNICEF on stand-by with supplies and personnel in wake of Cyclone Winston

In the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston that struck the island nation of Fiji Saturday night, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said it is on stand-by to provide emergency supplies and additional personnel to support the Government as it works to determine critical needs.

El Niño passed peak, but UN weather agency warns ‘not to lower guard’ as impacts continue

The 2015-2016 El Niño, one of the strongest on record, has passed its peak, but its humanitarian and economic impacts will continue for many months to come, the United Nations weather agency has announced, adding that lessons learned from this climate phenomenon would help build global resilience to weather related hazards.

New UN report reveals devastating human toll of disasters in 'hottest year on record'

A new analysis issued today by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) shows that 2015 – the hottest year on record – confirmed that weather and climate-related disasters now dominate disaster trends linked to natural hazards.

El Niño has put world in 'uncharted territory,' UN relief chief says, urging action now to mitigate impacts

Briefing United Nations Member States today on the widely varied and devastating impacts of the current El Niño weather phenomenon – which for months has sparked massive floods in some countries while leaving others, often in the same region, bone dry – the top UN relief official urged the international community to act now to help millions of people facing food insecurity.

Recent cyclones and heavy rains in Yemen and Africa could trigger locust plagues, UN agency warns

As unusually heavy and widespread rains continue in northwest Africa, the Horn of Africa and Yemen, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today that the extreme weather conditions could favour Desert Locust breeding, and stressed the need closely monitor the situation over the next six months to prevent plagues.