Month: March 2017

In Baghdad, UN chief Guterres pledges solidarity with Iraqi government and people

Secretary-General António Guterres holds press encounter with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq in Baghdad. UN Photo

On what he called a “visit of solidarity” with Iraq, Secretary-General António Guterres today welcomed the commitment of the country’s leaders to civilian protection and national dialogue, and pledged the ongoing support of the United Nations as the Government seeks to bolster aid delivery to needy populations and rebuild Iraq institutions. “This is a visit […]

South Sudan: Conflict now eroding food security in ‘stable’ areas – UN Mission

High food prices and hyperinflation are contributing to a spike in hunger in South Sudan. Photo: WFP South Sudan

The ongoing conflict in South Sudan is affecting food security in some of the country’s more “stable” states, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operation there has said. “Dwindling provisions arriving in the town and skyrocketing food prices have meant that places like Aweil, which are generally peaceful, have suffered the effects of the conflict […]

UN health agency highlights importance of measles vaccine amid Europe outbreak

03-20-2015Vaccine

Hundreds of measles cases have been reported in Europe – where the disease was believed to be nearing elimination – leading the United Nations health agency to urge families to vaccinate their children and for national authorities to take urgent measures to stop transmission at the borders. “outbreaks will continue in Europe, as elsewhere, until […]

UN report explores ways urbanization can be a catalyst for rural development

Rural produce can boost urban nutrition. Fruit vendors unloading pumpkins at the market in Maradi, Niger. Photo: FAO/Giulio Napolitano

One way to encourage mutually beneficial developments for urban and rural areas alike is to develop value chains and food systems more efficient and inclusive, a United Nations-backed report examining the ‘quiet revolution’ towards sustainable urbanization has found. Meeting the rising urban demand for food can increase the incomes of the rural poor, most of […]