Month: October 2017

UN warns of ‘looming humanitarian catastrophe’ in DR Congo’s strife-torn Kasai region

Hundreds of families have fled recently into Kananga, the capital of DRC’s Kasai Central Province. The greater Kasai region has been hit by a conflict that erupted in August 2016. Photo: OCHA/Otto Bakano

Some 3.2 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) conflict-ravaged south-central Greater Kasai region are severely food insecure, struggling to feed themselves and in urgent need of assistance, the head of the United Nations food relief agency warned Monday. “As many as 250,000 children could starve in Kasai in the next few months unless enough […]

Carbon dioxide levels surge to new high in 2016, UN weather agency reports

Air pollution from an old coal-fired power plant in Kosovo. Photo: World Bank/Lundrim Aliu

Levels of carbon dioxide (C02) surged at “record-breaking speed” to new highs in 2016, the United Nations weather agency announced on Monday. Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), issued the warning in Geneva, at the launch of the organization’s Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. The report indicates that carbon dioxide concentrations reached 403.3 parts per […]

Migrants helped to return from Greece, reintegrate, start businesses back home – UN agency

Hassan Hosseini working in a metal workshop that he partially owns, due to assistance from UN migration agency (IOM) offices in Greece and Afghanistan. Photo: IOM

Over the past 15 months, more than 2,000 migrants who have voluntarily returned home from Greece have successfully reintegrated back into their countries of origin, according to the United Nations migration agency. “Building on the collaboration between Greece and the countries of origin, this reintegration support enhances opportunities for social and economic sustainability, both for returnees and […]

Secretary-General’s Message for United Nations Day, 24 October

UN Day 2017

Widening conflicts and inequality. Extreme weather and deadly intolerance. Security threats – including nuclear weapons. We have the tools and wealth to overcome these challenges. All we need is the will. The world’s problems transcend borders. We have to transcend our differences to transform our future. When we achieve human rights and human dignity for […]

UN delivering coordinated humanitarian response in wake of Mogadishu bombings

20-10-17 mogadishu

The United Nations family of agencies and programmes is continuing to roll out its response in support of the recovery and clean-up effort in Mogadishu following Saturday’s massive car bomb blast, which killed some 300 people, injured hundreds more, and is being called Somalia’s worst-ever such attack. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Office of […]