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Burkina Faso ‘one step short of famine’, warns UN food relief agency

Violence and insecurity have pushed 7.4 million people in the Central Sahel region of West Africa into acute hunger, according to World Food Programme (WFP)

Unless access is urgently granted to humanitarian organizations, thousands in the Central Sahel will be “pushed into further destitution”, the UN emergency food relief agency warned on Monday. Ahead of Tuesday’s High-Level Ministerial Conference on the Central Sahel in the Danish capital Copenhagen, the World Food Programme (WFP) sounded the alarm that catastrophic levels of hunger could hit parts of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.   ‘Tragic’ food…

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‘We want justice for these girls’: the Kenyan helpline for victims of gender violence

The helpline is a beacon especially now during the pandemic

Around four million girls worldwide suffer female genital mutilation every year. Although it is forbidden in Kenya, COVID-19 has led some families to revive itthe traditional practice, and a UN-supported phone helpline for victims of gender-based violence in the country has seen a big rise in calls since the pandemic…

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‘Staggering’ rise in climate emergencies in last 20 years, new disaster research shows

There were 7,348 recorded disaster events worldwide, during the last two decades

The first 20 years of this century have seen a “staggering” rise in climate disasters, UN researchers said on Monday, while also maintaining that “almost all nations” have failed to prevent a “wave of death and illness” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In an urgent call for countries to prepare better for all catastrophic events – from earthquakes and tsunamis to biological threats such as the…

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Sudan alert: Flooding and surging inflation threaten humanitarian assistance

COVID-19 virus transmission has continued, with 13,653 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 836 deaths

Catastrophic flooding and rising food and health costs in Sudan, have driven up the number of people in need, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Friday. Authorities declared a three-month state of emergency in early September after the worst flooding in 30 years.  To date, more than 860,000 people have had houses destroyed or damaged and more than 120 people…

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Coronavirus: Updated influenza vaccine advice targets protection of elderly and health workers

Although the influenza jab would not protect people from coronavirus - a new disease for which there is so far no cure - “it keeps you out of hospital”

Amid a potential global shortage in influenza vaccines and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the UN health agency has advised countries to protect the elderly and health workers first. The updated recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), come as the northern hemisphere braces for the seasonal bug, which claims hundreds of thousands…

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Coronavirus - Africa: International community must unite, or be crushed by chaos, warns UN chief

The COVID-19 pandemic is a clear test of international cooperation

The UN Secretary-General on Thursday made an unequivocal case for strengthening multilateralism and building trust among the countries of the world in the face of the devastating coronavirus pandemic, which has exposed gaps on multiple fronts.  The dangerous mix of high geo-political tensions and complex threats to peace, now complicated…

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Ozone treaties ‘inspiring examples’ of political will, UN chief says on International Day

Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic and its devastating socio-economic impacts, the Secretary-General urged efforts to build stronger and resilient societies

The United Nations commemorated the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, on Wednesday, recognizing the success of landmark global agreements in helping restore the protective layer around Earth.  In a message, UN Secretary-General António Guterres applauded the 1985 Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, its Montreal Protocol, and the…

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WHO warns against potential Ebola spread in DR Congo and beyond

The risk of the disease spreading as far as Kinshasa is also a very real concern for the UN agency

Ebola is spreading in a western province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), raising fears that the disease could reach neighbouring Republic of Congo and even the capital, Kinshasa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. The outbreak in Equateur Province emerged in early June and has…

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Coronavirus - Burkina Faso: Over 535,000 children under five ‘acutely’ malnourished

Among them, some 156,500 children are “severely” malnourished, leaving them nine times more likely to die than well-nourished children, according to UNICEF

New data from UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revealed worsening nutritional situation for children in Burkina Faso, with more than 535,000 children under the age of five suffering from acute malnutrition – an unprecedented level Among them, some 156,500 children are “severely” malnourished, leaving them nine times more likely to…

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Coronavirus - South Africa: Make COVID recovery ‘a true turning point’ for people and planet, Guterres urges, calling for concerted action by G20

The UN chief said that the world is confronting two urgent crises: COVID-19 and climate change

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on governments to incorporate “meaningful” climate action in all aspects of recovery from the global pandemic. Addressing ministers at a virtual meeting on sustainable recovery from COVID-19 on Thursday, the UN chief said that the world is confronting two urgent crises: COVID-19 and climate change.  “Let us tackle…