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UN humanitarian chief meets Somalis displaced by drought

Listen / A group of women in Mogadishu, Somalia, after leaving Toro-Toro, 100 kilometres away, because of a lack of water and food. Photo: OCHA

A severe drought is affecting Somalia where more than six million people, or roughly half the population, are in need of humanitarian assistance. UN Humanitarian Coordinator chief Stephen O'Brien arrived in the country on Monday to assess the impact. Laura Gelbert accompanied the relief chief on his visit to a site for displaced people known [...]

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UN Security Council concludes visit to Lake Chad Basin region

Listen / Residents of Teachers Village IDP Camp, Maiduguri, Nigeria, during a visit by a delegation of UN Security Council ambassadors. Built to educate children, thousands now call it home. Photo: UK/UN Mission

Jobs, education and other long-term solutions are required in order to resolve the multiple crises affecting Nigeria, the head of a UN Security Council delegation said on Monday. United Kingdom Ambassador Matthew Rycroft was speaking in the country's capital, Abuja: the final stop on the Council's visit to four countries in the Lake Chad Basin [...]

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UN 'working overtime' to avert another famine in Somalia

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The United Nations is "working overtime" to avert another disaster in Somalia like the one that claimed 260,000 lives six years ago. That's what Joseph Contreras, the Spokesperson for the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), said following media reports that 110 people starved to death in a single region in the southwest of the [...]

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News in Brief 6 March 2017 (PM)

Listen / Stephen O'Brien (right), visits a water point in the Dayniile IDP camp on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia, on March 6, 2017. UN Photo/Tobin Jones

  UN relief chief in Somalia to assess drought impact The UN Humanitarian Coordinator has called for stepped up efforts to enable aid workers to access drought-stricken areas of Somalia. Stephen O'Brien arrived in the country on Monday to assess the impact of the severe drought that has left the country on the brink of [...]

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Exploring space together can help promote world peace: UN official

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Collaborating on space ventures such as exploring the solar system and galaxy can help promote peace and prosperity on Earth, according to the Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). Simonetta Di Pippo told Elena Vapnitchnaia that the UN and its Member States could build a platform for what she called [...]

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UN nuclear energy chief “seriously concerned” about DPRK

Listen / IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano (left) arrives for the 1453rd Board of Governors Meeting. IAEA, Vienna, Austria, 6 March 2017. Photo: IAEA/Dean Calma  (26836)

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has once again been urged to fully comply with UN Security Council resolutions. The appeal was made by the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), speaking in Vienna on Monday. The IAEA is the UN agency which promotes scientific and technical co-operation in the nuclear field. [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 06 March 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: stop polluting the future, the World Health Organization urges; and a regional action plan for the Americas to reduce the risks posed by disasters will be top of the agenda in the Canadian city of Montreal [...]

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Unhealthy environment blamed for 1.7 million child deaths a year

Listen / A polluted environment is a deadly one – particularly for young children. Photo: WHO/D. Licona  (26835)

Dirty air and water are behind more than one in four deaths among children under five years old, UN health experts said on Monday. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), many of the most common causes of death – such as diarrhoea and pneumonia – are preventable. Some 200,000 malaria-related deaths could also be [...]

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News in Brief 6 March 2017 (AM)

Listen / Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti causing widespread damage in the western cities of Les Cayes and Jeremie. Photo: UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi

  Haiti recovery plan needs strong support Countries are being urged to support a nearly US$3 billion plan to help Haiti recover from Hurricane Matthew, the deadly storm which hit the island nation last October. The appeal was made on Monday by the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction. Robert Glasser said the [...]

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Stop polluting the future, WHO urges

Listen / On 24 October 2016 in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria, children pass in front of a flame fed by waste and rubber materials in order to make Kanda, a type of smoked meat, at an abattoir. Photo: UNICEF/Tanya Bindra (file)

If you smoke, burn fossil fuels like coal or drive a vehicle, chances are, you're polluting the air and harming the health of those around you, the World Health Organization (WHO) is warning. Every year, according to the agency, 1.7 million children die from indoor and outdoor pollution because their developing organs and small bodies [...]

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Disaster Risk Reduction plan takes centre stage in Montreal

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A regional action plan for the Americas to reduce the risks posed by disaster will be at the top of the agenda in the Canadian city of Montreal this week, when a UN-led conference gets underway. What's officially known as the Fifth Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas begins on Tuesday, with [...]

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