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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia - September 07, 2018: Mother giving porridge mixed with micronutrient powders (MNP) to her one-year old son in their house, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. MNP aim to improve the quality of diets of nutritionally vulnerable groups, such as

Wednesday's Daily Brief: New food agency partnership for children, conference on solidarity for Venezuela, snow leopard at risk of extinction

A recap of Wednesday's top stories:  UN food agency partnership to feed millions of hungry children; Solidarity conference for 4.5 million Venezuelans on the move;  new panel to aid internally displaced persons; healthy working conditions still not universal - UN rights expert; Environment Programme to help endangered snow leopard.

Children in the Republic of the Congo.
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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Nearly 180,000 displaced in Syria's northeast, millions of young lives hinge on funding, WHO urges lead paint ban

A recap of Tuesday’s main stories: Syria's northeast sees 180,000 displaced two weeks into fighting; funding shortfalls puts millions of young lives on the line; assistance breakthrough for Yemeni's; UN health agency urges ban on lead paint; Libyan child deaths in Tripoli attack.

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Funding needed to save South Sudan from “the brink”

The humanitarian crisis faced by South Sudan’s people “is one of the greatest tragedies of our time”.

That’s according to Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, speaking in Geneva on Monday.

Along with World Food Programme chief David Beasley, Mr Grandi called for donors to step up support for refugees fleeing South Sudan, as violence grips the nation.

Daniel Johnson has more.

Duration: 2'04"

WFP/Abeer Etefa

New WFP chief hears stories of loss in Syria, Lebanon

The new Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) has been hearing for himself “heart-breaking stories” of loss and need in conflict-affected Syria.

David Beasley, a former governor of the US state of South Carolina, has just finished a three-day visit to the war-torn country, as well as Lebanon, which is hosting more than one million refugees from neighbouring Syria.


“Immediate and flexible resources” needed for Yemen: WFP

“Immediate and flexible resources” are need to help nearly 19 million people in Yemen, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).

WFP Country Director, Stephen Anderson, was speaking ahead of High-Level pledging conference on 25 April, which hopes to provide emergency resources to alleviate Yemen’s humanitarian crisis.

The event is being organized by the UN together with the governments of Sweden and Switzerland in Geneva.

George Fominyen

Faced with rise in violence in South Sudan, aid alone "isn’t enough"

While humanitarian support has saved “countless” lives, ongoing fighting in South Sudan continues to make difficult the rollout of aid programmes, according to the Regional Director for Eastern and Central Africa at the World Food Programme (WFP).

Valerie Guarnieri made the remarks on Tuesday during a joint press briefing with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on the escalating hunger crisis in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan.

WFP/Mohammed Al Bahbahani

More than half of Iraqis at risk of food insecurity

Further conflict in Iraq or a rise in food prices risks pushing more than half of the country’s families into food insecurity, the UN said on Monday.

In its joint report with the Iraqi authorities, the World Food Programme (WFP) warns that well over two in three children under 15 are working to earn money for food rather than going to school.

Since June 2014, more than three million Iraqis have been displaced and they are twice as likely to succumb to a food crisis, as WFP’s Dina El-Kassaby explains to Daniel Johnson.