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UN mission in Haiti working with local authorities to ensure smooth, safe aid delivery after hurricane

While Haiti is still counting its dead and assessing the damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the powerful Category 4 storm that battered the tiny island nation last week, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official today reported that significant headway is being made clearing the roads to make facilitate the movement of humanitarian aid. […]

In Malawi, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson spotlights efforts to end child marriage

Thanks to growing implementation of a law passed last year, child marriage may soon be a relic of Malawi’s past, and on the eve of the International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson visited the country to celebrate the achievements of UN Women, the Malawian Government, local chiefs and girls who have returned to school after having their marriages annulled.

UN agencies ramp up response in Caribbean as relief teams assess damage by Hurricane Matthew

After deploying field teams to Caribbean countries affected by Hurricane Matthew, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) are today heading to Haiti, where they are preparing for a major upsurge in cholera. According to PAHO’s Health Emergencies Department, of Haiti’s 15 main hospitals, only nine are currently operating, […]

Iris scan helps Syrian refugees in Jordan receive UN supplies in ‘blink of eye’

The United Nations food relief and refugee agencies have jointly introduced an innovative iris scan payment system in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp, allowing 76,000 Syrian refugees to purchase food from camp supermarkets by using a scan of their eyes instead of cash, vouchers or e-cards. The cutting-edge technology was first introduced by the World Food […]