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Somalia: Early action the only way to avert another catastrophe, says senior UN relief official

The plight of children is particularly worrying with about 320,000 children under the age of 5 years acutely malnourished and in need of urgent nutrition support

Faced with a 'slight but steady' increase in the number of people in need, the humanitarian community in Somalia launched today an $864 million to reach 3.9 million people with urgent life-saving assistance, the United Nations relief wing reported. “Immediate support is required to prevent a significant deterioration of the…

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The United Nations commits to support the Great Lakes region in finding durable solutions to the issue of South Sudanese disarmed elements present in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Following the DRC consultations, the UN officials will continue their engagement with national and regional stakeholders in Juba, South Sudan, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in early February

The United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Congo (MONUSCO), Maman Sidikou, kick-started a series of joint consultations in Goma…

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Central African Republic: UN-backed humanitarian plan aims to save 2.2 million lives

In 2017, $128.5 million will be dedicated to food security

The Government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and the United Nations humanitarian country team today launched the nearly $400 million response plan for the 2017-2019 period to meet the basic needs of 2.2 million Central Africans. According to a press release from the UN Office for the Coordination of…

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Amid progress in West Africa and the Sahel, UN envoy warns of region’s political challenges

He further updated the Council on UNOWAS’ close collaboration with other UN missions in the region and, in the context of the drawdown of the UN missions in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and Liberia (UNMIL)

Briefing the Security Council on the situation in West Africa and the Sahel region, a senior United Nations official cited a “rising tide of democracy” throughout the continent, noting that a number of countries had recently held elections which largely complied with electoral norms and standards, upholding their status a…

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UN mission in South Sudan confirms discussions on regional protection force continuing

"It may be recalled that the United Nations Security Council in its Resolution 2304 decided that UNMISS force levels should be increased to a ceiling of 17,000 troops, including 4,000 for a Regional Protection Force"

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan has confirmed that it continues its discussions with the transitional national unity Government on a 4,000-strong regional protection force, which was authorized by the Security Council last August but has yet to be deployed. The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) “confirms…

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Statement attributable to the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Ms. Marta Ruedas, on the easing of US sanctions against Sudan

The United Nations stands ready to provide all possible support to the Government of Sudan to ensure that this development meets the needs and aspirations of the people of Sudan at national and local levels

The Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Ms. Marta Ruedas, welcomes the easing of sanctions imposed by the United States against the Republic of Sudan, announced yesterday. This decision is recognition of steps taken by the Government of Sudan during recent months in a number of important areas. The Resident…

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Inter-communal tensions in Darfur threaten return of millions of displaced people, Security Council told

For example, at least 70 people were killed in the past few months in clashes between farmers and herders in seasonal migration underway in the southern part of Darfur

Armed fighting over land, water and other natural resources in Sudan's Darfur region continues to put civilians at risk, the top United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council today, calling for long-term solutions that would allow 2.6 million displaced people to return or resettle. “Civilians remain exposed to significant…

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UN-backed campaign to help vaccinate millions of children against measles in north-east Nigeria

During 2000-2015, measles vaccination prevented an estimated 20.3 million deaths making measles vaccination one of the best buys in public health

A United Nations-supported mass vaccination campaign is set to start tomorrow to protect more than 4.7 million children against a measles outbreak in conflict-affected states in north-eastern Nigeria. “This measles vaccination campaign is an emergency intervention to protect more than 4 million children against a highly contagious and sometimes deadly…

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Humanitarian crisis in Lake Chad Basin 'growing in dramatic fashion,' Security Council told

Some 2.4 million people are currently displaced, with the vast majority among them – over 1.5 million – children

Briefing the Security Council today, senior United Nations officials underlined the significant challenges and deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Lake Chad Basin region, including in particular those posed by the militant group, Boko Haram, and urged for sustained support to national and regional security, political and humanitarian action. “The humanitarian…

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Statement to the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in the Lake Chad Basin

The humanitarian crisis across North-East Nigeria and parts of Cameroon, Chad and Niger, triggered by the horrendous, violent and inhuman campaign of Boko Haram, is deepening

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien: Mr. President, Thank you for the opportunity to brief the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in the Lake Chad Basin. The humanitarian crisis across North-East Nigeria and parts of Cameroon, Chad and Niger, triggered by the horrendous, violent and…