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Nearly two-thirds of children lack access to welfare safety net, risking ‘vicious cycle of poverty’

More than six in 10 children globally lack access to social protection, leaving them particularly vulnerable to falling into chronic poverty, the UN said on Wednesday, warning also that some governments are cutting State cash entitlements, amid continuing economic uncertainty. In a joint report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), data shows that although […]

Largest joint UN humanitarian convoy of the war, reaches remote Syrian settlement

The largest UN humanitarian convoy of the Syrian civil war reached the remote settlement of Rukban, on the border with Jordan on Wednesday, where it is delivering life-saving assistance to more than 40,000 displaced people, some of whom have been trapped there for years as the eight-year conflict grinds on. The vulnerable inhabitants, the vast […]

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Libya: $202 million needed to bring life-saving aid to half a million people hit by humanitarian crisis

  The United Nations and its aid partners, together with the interim Government of Libya, launched on Tuesday a humanitarian response plan (HRP), appealing for $202 million to bring urgent life-saving assistance to some 550,000 women, children and men affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis. The protracted political crisis that started in 2011 with demonstrations leading to the fall […]

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North-east Nigeria displacement crisis continues amid ‘increased sophistication’ of attackers, warns UN

  An upsurge in violent attacks in crisis-riven north-east Nigeria has displaced nearly 60,000 people in the last three months, the UN migration agency, IOM, said on Tuesday. Armed extremists, notably Boko Haram militants, have contributed to a decade-long humanitarian crisis in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) states, that has spilled over into the Lake Chad region. […]

As inequality grows, the UN fights for a fairer world

  The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – the UN’s blueprint for a better and more sustainable future for all – calls for a reduction in inequality between and within countries. Nevertheless, global inequality is increasing. So what can be done? Inequality is an “entrenched imbalance” The question of inequality was raised several times by the UN in […]

Defending Multilateralism in the UN Security Council and Beyond

When Germany assumed one of ten elected seats in the UN Security Council on 1 January 2019, it entered a body that reflects the deep crisis of multilateralism and the new competition of the great powers. Germany needs to seize the moment to contribute to the regeneration of one of the cornerstones of the rules-based […]