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
The 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
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.
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.
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
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
On 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
During 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
Thanking 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
The 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