Tag Archives: WFP

Myanmar: In cyclone-struck rural areas, poorest people face highest food insecurity risk

More than seven months after Cyclone Komen struck Myanmar, poor rural communities are still enduring increased levels of food insecurity, according to a UN report released today. In particular, people in the hardest-hit areas of Chin and Rakhine state – already vulnerable to begin with – are still suffering, which serves to highlight their vulnerability to withstand similar emergencies in the future. Continue reading

UN food relief now reaching more than 400,000 flood victims in Myanmar

Chin State, remote and mountainous and one of the poorest regions in Myanmar, was among the hardest-hit by floods. Photo: UNICEF/Mohammad Badrul Hassan 26 August 2015The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is now delivering rice, beans, cooking oil and salt to more than 400,000 people affected by flooding in Myanmar and “reachable only on foot, after floods and landslides destroyed roads across the country,” the agency said today. More than 1.7 million people in Myanmar have been affected Continue reading

Food Reaches All Cyclone-Affected Islands In Vanuatu

Two weeks after Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, food has reached all 22 cyclone-affected islands for more than 160,000 people. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is supporting the government-led relief effort by organizing distributions, logistics services, and providing extra food to supplement government food packages where necessary.

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UN responds to massive displacement of Iraqis from Mosul

The Secretary-General has strongly condemned the upsurge in violence in Iraq at the hands of terrorist groups including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which have reportedly taken control of the cities of Mosul, Tuz Khourmatu, Beiji and Tikrit. UN Agencies have stepped up aid efforts to assist the displaced peoples.

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Joint statement by heads of UN humanitarian agencies on Syria

A joint statement by Valerie Amos, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator; Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF); Antonio Guterres at the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR); Margaret Chan of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and Ertharin Cousin of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) calls urgently on Syrian authorities and the opposition to allow aid access, end siege warfare and halt the indiscriminate bombing of civilians: Continue reading

Global Brands Power Up For World Food Day

Michael Kors is promoting WFP's school feeding with his #WatchHungerStop campaign. Copyright: Michael Kors.World Food Day is on October 16 and throughout the month, WFP’s partner companies are hosting a raft of events, rallying employees and clients to our common cause: ending hunger. Donate a meal, buy a cookbook, watch hunger stop. The calls to action are being delivered on T-shirts, mobile phone applications and New York billboards. Through cookbook sales in the Continue reading

Syrian Crisis: United Nations Response – Update No.4

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) at a working dinner with Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov (right). UN Photo/Evan SchneiderOn 8 August, the Secretary-General hosted a working dinner for Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss the conflict in Syria, including the escalating humanitarian crisis and the rise in sectarian violence. During the discussion, the Secretary-General further underscored the need to find a political solution to the crisis and to urgently renew momentum for the Continue reading

Syrian Crisis: United Nations Response – Update No.2

Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States for Syria, speaks to journalists, following his meeting with United States Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns and Mikhail L. Bogdanov, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. 11 January 2013 Geneva, SwitzerlandDuring a press briefing on 25 July, prior to a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, the Secretary-General reiterated his call for an end to military activities by both parties in Syria and for the holding of a peace conference in Geneva as soon as possible. He said that together with Joint Special Representative Continue reading

New UN agency hub “UN City” opened in Denmark

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (at podium) speaks at the inauguration of UN City in Copenhagen, an environmentally friendly compound for United Nations agencies based in Copenhagen, Denmark. 04 July 2013 Copenhagen, DenmarkThanking the people and Government of Denmark for their generous investment and support, Secretary-General welcomed the opening in Copenhagen today of UN City, “a cutting-edge, environmentally friendly hub” for United Nations agency operations. “UN City is an example of how modern, energy-efficient offices can play their part in building the future we want Continue reading

8 things you need to know about the Syrian crisis

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) speaks with a distressed woman during his tour of the Syrian refugee camp at Islahiye in southern Turkey, near the border with Syria. Mr. Ban is on an official visit to Turkey, where he will also meet with the country’s political leaders. 07 December 2012 Islahiye, TurkeyThe United Nations and its partners have dramatically increased their 2013 humanitarian appeal for Syria to approximately US$4.4  billion, from the $1.5  billion that was requested to cover January to June. This reflects the fact that the needs of people in Syria, and of those who have fled the country, are growing by the day. This appeal is the largest humanitarian Continue reading