Archive for March, 2015

Vanuatu: UN relief official warns ‘secondary emergency’ looming, urges long-term aid

31st March 2015 Press Releases

Vanuatu, 30 March 2015 – Two weeks after Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the archipelago on a tour through one of the most severely affected provinces Saturday, warned of a “secondary emergency” and urged a scale-up in efforts to provide the essentials to people in need.

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Boko Haram ‘weakened’ but still committing ‘horrendous’ acts, says UN regional envoy

31st March 2015 Press Releases

New York, 30 March 2015 – As the Security Council met this morning to discuss threats to international peace and security caused by terrorism, top United Nations officials briefed the 15-member body on the impact of Boko Haram in Nigeria and beyond, warning of the group’s intensified violence and brutality. (more…)

FAO appeals for $121 million to support livelihoods affected by Syria crisis

31st March 2015 Press Releases

 Rome, 30 March 2015 – Some $121 million are urgently needed to prevent further deterioration of the food security situation and the collapse of regional food chains amidst the ongoing crisis in Syria, which has severely disrupted agricultural production and trade and left some 9.8 million people food insecure, FAO said today. (more…)

ID cards bring life-saving benefits for South Sudanese in Sudan

31st March 2015 Press Releases

Khartoum, Sudan, 30 March 2015 – Teresa Majouk*, a 35-year-old South Sudanese refugee, did not appreciate the importance of the ID card she had received from the Sudanese authorities until she went into a difficult labour last month. (more…)

Yvonne Chaka Chaka celebrated for 10 Years working on Development Issues with the United Nations

31st March 2015 Press Releases

Johannesburg, South Africa, 31 March 2015 – Following a week of celebrations in honor of Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s 50th birthday and 30 years in the music industry, the iconic South African singer marked 10 years working on development issues with the United Nations, as a Goodwill Ambassador for the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership and UNICEF. At a press conference hosted by the RBM Partnership and UNICEF this morning in Johannesburg, Ms. Chaka Chaka was recognized for her enduring work and commitment to maternal and child health, particularly for Africans, over the past decade. (more…)