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600 Million Children Could Face Extreme Water Shortages

11:25 am Eastern | World

Warning that as many as 600 million children – one in four worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely scare water by 2040, UNICEF called on governments to take immediate measures to curb the impact on the lives of children.read more »

South Sudan Now World's Fastest Growing Refugee Crisis

20 Mar 09:06 | World

The number of South Sudanese fleeing their homes is “alarming,” the UN refugee agency said, announcing that 1.6 million people have either been displaced or fled to neighbouring countries in the past eight months ago.read more »

Yemen 'One Of Worst Hunger Crises In The World'

16 Mar 09:03 | World

An estimated 17 million people in Yemen are hungry, according to analysis released by the United Nations and humanitarian partners, up more than 20 per cent in the past nine months.read more »

Agency Warns Of Water Scarcity In North Africa And Near East

10 Mar 2017 | World

Accessible fresh water in North Africa and the Middle East has fallen by two-thirds over the past 40 years, posing a huge challenge requiring "an urgent and massive response," the head of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)said.read more »

Call For Global Support To Avert Famine In Somalia

8 Mar 2017 | World

Visiting Somalia, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres urged international support to avoid a famine in the drought-hit African country and curb the spread of cholera while also highlighting some hopeful developments there.read more »

Drought Threatens 1.5 Million Somalis

28 Feb 2017 | World

Less than half of the people in Somalia have access to basic health services, the World Health Organization said, announcing that it is scaling up its response in the country amid a severe drought and worsening food crisis.read more »

Tackling Hunger Crises in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria And Yemen Requires $4.4 billion

23 Feb 2017 | World

Sounding the alarm on behalf of more than 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and north-east Nigeria facing devastating levels of food insecurity, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for “strong and urgent” action from the international community to help the already-fragile countries avert catastrophe.read more »

Study Reveals 'Nightmare' For Central Africa's Forest Elephants

22 Feb 2017 | World

Forest elephants living in an area that had been considered a sanctuary in the Central African country of Gabon are rapidly being picked off by illegal poachers, who are primarily coming from the bordering country of Cameroon. read more »

'Time Running Out' For 1.4 Million Children In 'Man-Made' Crises In Africa

22 Feb 2017 | World

Almost 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death due to severe acute malnutrition this year, as famine threatens in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, warned UNICEF.read more »

Poaching Drives 80 Percent Decline In Elephants In Key Preserve

21 Feb 2017 | World

Forest elephant populations in one of Central Africa's largest and most important preserves have declined between 78 percent and 81 percent because of poaching, a new Duke University-led study finds. read more »

Famine Declared In Region Of South Sudan

21 Feb 2017 | World

Famine has been formally declared in parts of South Sudan, the United Nations said, warning that war and a collapsing economy have left some 100,000 people facing starvation there and a further 1 million people are classified as being on the brink of famine.read more »

Africa's Largest Refugee Crisis Needs Urgent Response

13 Feb 2017 | World

With already more than 3.5 million displaced within and outside the borders of South Sudan and thousands more driven to neighbouring countries every day, the United Nations refugee agency has appealed for an urgent peaceful resolution to what has now become Africa's worst refugee crisis. read more »

Fighting Reaches 'Worrying Proportions' In South Sudan's North-East

10 Feb 2017 | World

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has voiced concern about an escalation in the fighting between Government and opposition forces in the west bank of the River Nile in the African country's north.read more »

Seven Million People In Lake Chad Basin 'Living On The Edge'

24 Jan 2017 | World

Spotlighting the desperate plight of millions in Africa’s Lake Chad basin, the top humanitarian official for the Sahel region called for international solidarity with the people in urgent need.read more »

Sprinting Towards Extinction? Cheetah Numbers Crash Globally

28 Dec 2016 | World

The world's fastest land animal, the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), is sprinting towards the edge of extinction and could soon be lost forever unless urgent, landscape-wide conservation action is taken, according to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.read more »

2016: Another Fatal Year For Elephants

23 Dec 2016 | World

Elephants continued to be slaughtered for their ivory this year. More than 18 tons of illegal ivory, plus 949 elephant tusks and more than 3,000 pieces were reportedly seized in 2016, with at least 15 large seizures in excess of 500 kilograms. read more »

Majority Of Trafficking Victims Are Women And Girls; One-Third Children

22 Dec 2016 | World

The vast majority of all human trafficking victims – some 71 per cent – are women and girls and one third are children, according to a new report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).read more »

Act Now To Halt South Sudan's 'Trajectory Towards Mass Atrocities'

20 Dec 2016 | World

Amid growing tensions and increasing despair among South Sudan’s population, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that the international community’s failure to act now could put the country on a trajectory towards mass atrocities. read more »

Number Of Children Recruited Into South Sudanese Conflict Passes 17,000

16 Dec 2016 | World

According to new figures released by UNICEF some 1,300 children were recruited by armed forces and armed groups in 2016, bringing the total number of children used in conflict in South Sudan since 2013 to more than 17,000.read more »

'Severely Malnourished' Children In Northeast Nigeria

15 Dec 2016 | World

With about two-thirds of health facilities in parts of Nigeria’s restive north-east region either completely destroyed or partially damaged, UNICEF has estimated that 400,000 children there could suffer from severe acute malnutrition over the next year.read more »

Conflict Threatens Decades Of Progress For Children In Middle East, North Africa

13 Dec 2016 | World

Although countries across the Middle East and North Africa have made major strides in protecting children’s rights and wellbeing since the inception of UNICEF 70 years ago, conflict risks reversing these gains for 157 million children in the region.read more »

Sub-Saharan Africa Won't Grow Enough Grain In 2050

13 Dec 2016 | World

Maximizing cereal crops yields in sub-Saharan Africa would still fail to meet the region's skyrocketing grain demand by 2050, according to a new study.read more »

Nearly 535 Million Children Living In Crisis-Hit Countries – UNICEF

12 Dec 2016 | World

As the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) marks the 70th anniversary of its work for the world's most vulnerable children, it issued a stark warning that nearly 535 million of them are living in harsh conditions, lacking access to decent health, education and protection services.read more »

Findings Show Significant Progress Against HIV Epidemic In Africa

2 Dec 2016 | World

National surveys in Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Zambia reveal exceptional progress against HIV, with decreasing rates of new infection, stable numbers of people living with HIV, and more than half of all those living with HIV showing viral suppression through use of antiretroviral medication.read more »

New Dominant Ant Species In Ethiopia Shows Potential For Global Invasion

24 Nov 2016 | World

A team of scientists conducting a recent biodiversity survey in the ancient church forests of Ethiopia made an unexpected discovery -- a rather infamous ant species (Lepisiota canescens) displaying signs of supercolony formation. read more »

Nearly One In Five Children A Refugee Or Internally Displaced In Central African Republic

17 Nov 2016 | World

he United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports that more than 850,000 people in Central African Republic – half of them children – are still on the move, either internally displaced or refugees in neighbouring countries.read more »

Risk Of 'Outright Ethnic War' And Genocide In South Sudan

14 Nov 2016 | World

Visiting conflict-plagued South Sudan, the United Nations envoy on genocide prevention warned that the African country is at risk of plunging into "an outright ethnic war" and of genocide being committed.read more »

Nearly One Billion Travel Abroad In First Nine Months Of 2016

8 Nov 2016 | World

Recording an almost four per cent increase over the same period last year, the first nine months of 2016 witnessed 956 million international tourists travelling to different parts of the worldread more »

Some 3,500 People Fleeing South Sudan Each Day Due To Ongoing Conflict

7 Nov 2016 | World

The ongoing conflict in South Sudan has led to immense suffering and displacement, with an average of 3,500 people fleeing the country each day to neighbouring countriesread more »

Elephant Poaching Costs African Economies $25 million Per Year In Lost Tourism Revenue

3 Nov 2016 | World

The current elephant poaching crisis costs African countries around USD $25 million annually in lost tourism revenue, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Communications. read more »

Nigeria Faces 'Worst Humanitarian Crisis' On The African Continent

27 Oct 2016 | World

With nearly 400,000 children facing starvation in Nigeria, and citizens suffering with little to no protection, security, food or access to clean water, “Nigeria is facing the worst humanitarian crisis on the African continent,” Peter Lundberg, the acting United Nations Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator, warned.read more »

Ancient Human History More Complex Than Previously Thought, Researchers Say

21 Oct 2016 | SciTech

Relationships between the ancestors of modern humans and other archaic populations such as Neanderthals and Denisovans were likely more complex than previously thought, involving interbreeding within and outside Africa, according to a new estimator developed by geneticists. read more »

Local Communities Must 'Stand Strong To Support' Recovery Of 21 Chibok Girls

19 Oct 2016 | World

Human rights experts have welcomed the release of 21 Chibok school girls from Boko Haram and called upon Nigerians – particularly their families and local communities – to support their immediate reintegration and rehabilitation.read more »

Agriculture Must Transform To Feed A Hotter, More Crowded Planet

17 Oct 2016 | World

To mark World Food Day 2016, the United Nations has highlighted the close links between climate change, sustainable agriculture, and food and nutrition security, with the message: "The climate is changing. Food and agriculture must, too."read more »

Some 385 Million Children Live In Extreme Poverty, Study Reveals

5 Oct 2016 | World

Children are more than twice as likely as adults to live in extreme poverty, with nearly 385 million children worldwide experiencing that condition, according to a new analysis from the World Bank Group and UNICEF. read more »

100,000 People Trapped In South Sudan Town Of Yei

3 Oct 2016 | World

Urgent humanitarian assistance is needed for some 100,000 people trapped in the South Sudanese town of Yei, where the security situation deteriorated rapidly after renewed conflict broke out in Juba, the capital, in early July.read more »

Vast Majority Of World – 6.76 Billion People – Living With Excessive Air Pollution

28 Sep 2016 | World

With some 6.5 million people dying annually from air pollution and 92 per cent of the world’s population living in places where levels exceed recommended limits, the United Nations rolled out its most detailed profile of the scourge ever in a bid to slash the deadly toll.read more »

Lifting Ivory Ban Won't Solve Elephant Poaching Problem

22 Sep 2016 | World

The deaths of many thousands of elephants at the hands of poachers in recent years has led some to conclude that the ban on ivory established in 1989 should be lifted, allowing for tight regulation of the ivory trade. read more »

Millions Protected In Africa's Largest-Ever Emergency Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign

21 Sep 2016 | World

A major part of the largest emergency vaccination campaign against yellow fever ever attempted in Africa has been completed, with more than 7.7 million people vaccinated in record time in the city of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). read more »

Number Of South Sudan Refugees Passes One Million

19 Sep 2016 | World

As instability and violence persist in the world’s newest country, the number of South Sudanese seeking safety and shelter in neighbouring countries has crossed the one million mark.read more »

Concern About Conditions In Former Boko Haram Stronghold

12 Sep 2016 | World

The UN refugee agency has expressed concern over basic services and security in a territory formerly controlled by Boko Haram insurgents, as hundreds of internally displaced people are returning to their devastated villages and towns in the north-eastern state of Borno – only recently liberated by the Nigerian armed forces.read more »

Great Elephant Census Reports Massive Loss Of African Savanna Elephants

2 Sep 2016 | World

A pan-African survey of savanna elephants has confirmed substantial declines in elephant numbers over just the past decade and the current rate of species decline is 8 percent per year, primarily due to poaching.read more »

Countries Across Africa, Asia-Pacific Vulnerable To Zika Virus, New Study Finds

2 Sep 2016 | World

Parts of Africa and the Asia-Pacific region may be vulnerable to outbreaks of the Zika virus, including some of the world's most populous countries and many with limited resources to identify and respond to the mosquito-borne disease, a new study says.read more »

4.5 Million People Need Food Aid In Boko Haram-Hit North-East Nigeria

24 Aug 2016 | World

The number of people in need of food assistance in north-eastern Nigeria has nearly doubled to 4.5 million from March, according to a mid-August analysis by various agencies including the World Food Programme (WFP).read more »

Malian Extremist Admits Guilt To Destroying Historic Sites In Timbuktu

23 Aug 2016 | World

An alleged Malian Islamist accused of destroying historical and religious monuments in the fabled city of Timbuktu has pleaded guilty in the first-ever international war crimes trial focusing on destruction of cultural heritage.read more »

Hundreds Of Children Recruited Into Armed Groups In South Sudan

22 Aug 2016 | World

Reporting that 650 children have been recruited into armed groups in South Sudan since January, UNCEF called for an immediate end to recruitment and an unconditional release of all children by armed actors.read more »

Nigeria's Military Gains Against Boko Haram Uncover Vast Humanitarian Needs

22 Aug 2016 | World

The United Nations refugee agency said it is increasingly alarmed at the unfolding situation in north-east Nigeria where the advancing military campaign against Boko Haram has exposed “catastrophic” levels of suffering among a population outside humanitarian reach over months or years.read more »

Survivors Of Toxic Waste Dumping 'Remain In The Dark'

18 Aug 2016 | World

peaking ahead of the 10th anniversary of the illegal dumping of toxic waste in Côte d’Ivoire, a group of experts urged the Ivorian Government, all responsible States and the international community to use the opportunity to address the ongoing human rights impacts of the incident.read more »

South Sudan Crisis Deepens

11 Aug 2016 | World

Recently returned from a three-day visit to South Sudan, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien painted a grave picture of the enormous humanitarian crisis facing the world’s newest country and the devastating impact of the ongoing violence on its people.read more »

Measures To Control Yellow Fever Still Needed Despite Drop In Number Of Cases

10 Aug 2016 | World

The World Health Organization and its partners are continuing their programmes against yellow fever outbreaks even though the epidemic, first reported in January 2016, appears to be declining, with no new cases confirmed in the past six weeks. read more »

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