Dozens dead and injured as UN condemns ‘utterly deplorable’ shopping centre attack — Global Issues

At least ten people have reportedly been killed by what authorities have said was a Russian missile strike on a crowded shopping centre, and attack which the UN Ukrainian condemned on Monday as “utterly deplorable”. The mall in the eastern city of Kremenchuk – a city which has largely escaped being targeted – was hit … Read more

Countries urged to ‘dig deep’ and support Afghanistan in aftermath of deadly earthquake — Global Issues

“Yesterday’s visit reaffirmed to me both the extreme suffering of people in Afghanistan and their tremendous solves in the face of great adversity,” said Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan. The UN and partners have developed a three-month emergency appeal, included within their humanitarian plan for Afghanistan … Read more

Life-saving relief continues to reach quake-hit eastern Afghanistan — Global Issues

One of the UN teams on the ground, the UNHCR refugee agency, transported tons of relief items into the provinces of Khost and Paktika, where several thousand houses were destroyed or damaged by the 5.9 magnitude quake that struck early on Wednesday. The latest tally from Thursday evening indicated that at least 1,036 people have … Read more

‘Unprecedented’ food insecurity triggers social and economic emergency — Global Issues

Recent hard-won gains in food security and nutrition are at risk, the UN agency said, forcing the government this week to declare a social and economic emergency. Unless urgent action is taken, the crisis will severely disrupt food access and agricultural production, putting more lives in jeopardy as the country largely depends on food imports … Read more

Global hunger crisis pushing one child per minute, into severe malnutrition — Global Issues

That’s the alarming message on Thursday from UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, which issued the alert to 15 countries in crisis where the situation is worsening. No matter the time, no matter the place, conflict creates suffering. Join UNICEF in calling on #G7 leaders to fund the prevention and treatment of child hunger and malnutrition now. … Read more

Supporting UN’s Palestine refugee agency, means ‘investing in stability for the region’ — Global Issues

“It means investing in the economic and social wellbeing of Palestine refugees and advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” Secretary-General António Guterres told the UN General Assembly ad hoc committee for voluntary contributions to UNRWA. “It means investing in the future through education of children and youth, girls and boys, young women and men and…honoring … Read more

Russian Nobel winner praises UNICEF as ‘excellent’ choice to distribute $103.5 million auction proceeds — Global Issues

The editor in chief of the independent Russian news service, Novaya Gazeta – which was shuttered by the Kremlin in March following sweeping new restrictions on journalists in the wake of the Ukraine invasion – said that he and his colleagues chose the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF as the best non-governmental organization for the job … Read more

UN agencies rush to aid Afghanistan following deadly quake — Global Issues

At least 1,000 people have been killed, according to media reports, and numbers are expected to rise. UN humanitarian agency OCHAsaid the 5.9 magnitude quake struck the Central Region of Afghanistan around 1.30 AM, local time. Four districts in Paktika province – Gayan, Barmala, Naka and Ziruk – as well as Spera district in Khost … Read more

crisis in northeast will worsen without urgent help, says OCHA — Global Issues

Well over eight million people are in need of assistance in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) states, and an estimated 600,000 face emergency levels of food insecurity because of extremist violence centered around the Lake Chad region, that’s now in its 12th year. Boko Haram still a threat Although previously dominant Boko Haram militia have … Read more

UN brainstorms how to strengthen aid delivery amid ‘megacrises’ — Global Issues

The three-day ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment (HAS) brings together UN agencies, diplomats, aid workers, the private sector and other partners, to discuss current and emerging challenges, as well as priorities, and to share experiences and lessons learned. ECOSOC President Collen Kelapile recalled that the world is witnessing the highest number of violent conflicts since 1945, … Read more