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Women carry food from a WFP distribution site in Marsabit County in northern Kenya.

‘We cannot give up’ on the millions suffering in drought-stricken Horn of Africa, urges WFP official

Millions of people in the Horn of Africa – a region at the intersection of some of the worst impacts of climate change, recurring humanitarian crises and insecurity – are facing the driest conditions in four decades along with extreme food shortages. The top UN World Food Programme (WFP) official in the region, Michael Dunford, is warning that the situation there is likely to get worse before it improves.

Claudine looks across the valley from Rapha House.
UN Haiti/Daniel Dickinson

Healing Haiti in the face of an increase in sexual violence

It is estimated that at least 30 per cent of Haitian women between the ages of 15 and 30 years old have been the victims of sexual abuse or violence. The Spotlight Initiative, a global Initiative of the United Nations supported by the European Union to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, is working to transform the lives of Haitian women for the better.

Inspector Muna in her newly renovated office furnished by the Spotlight Initiative through UNDP.
Spotlight Initiative/Helen Mayelle

First Person: The Liberian police inspector working to end sexual and gender-based violence

Inspector Muna Meah is a Commander in the Liberia National Police Force, and the county coordinator for the Women and Children’s Social Protection Centre in Sanniquille, north-central Liberia. For the past seven years, she has investigated cases of violence against women and children and supported survivors to access the help they need.

COP27 wraps up its work in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
Kiara Worth

COP27 closes with deal on loss and damage: ‘A step towards justice’, says UN chief

After days of intense negotiations that stretched into early Sunday morning in Sharm el-Sheikh, countries at the latest UN Climate Change Conference, COP27, reached agreement on an outcome that established a funding mechanism to compensate vulnerable nations for ‘loss and damage’ from climate-induced disasters.