Famine looms in Somalia, but many ‘hunger hotspots’ are in deep trouble — Global Issues

In Somalia, “hundreds of thousands are already facing starvation today with staggering levels of malnutrition expected among children under five,” warned the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP). “Large-scale deaths from hunger” are increasingly likely in the east African nation, the UN agencies continued, noting…

Six month wait for water to recede, warn relief agencies — Global Issues

Close to eight million people have been displaced by the disaster and the UN along with the authorities and partners have continued to race to reach affected populations with desperately needed relief items. Southern Sindh province is still in crisis, with many areas still under water. To date, more than…

‘Violent civil unrest’ in Haiti hampers aid delivery — Global Issues

Nationwide protests sparked initially by the almost doubling of petrol prices has brought the Caribbean country to what the UN has described as a “standstill.” Haiti is grappling with multiple crises of an economic, political, security and humanitarian nature. The country’s President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in July last year…

What it is, and why it’s important for the world — Global Issues

1) A deal to get vital supplies moving again Ukraine, one of the world’s largest grain exporters, normally supplies around 45 million tonnes of grain to the global market every year but, following Russia’s invasion of the country, in late February 2022, mountains of grains built up in silos, with…

Syrians ‘can come together to rescue their country’ from war, Security Council hears — Global Issues

Najat Rochdi said she had already seen the potential for bridging divides between Syrians during civil society dialogues, and the divergent views represented through the Women’s Advisory Board, which “demonstrates to all of us that, despite many differences among them, common ground can be found.” She added that “Syrians can…

UN officials see progress as global food prices drop amid ongoing Black Sea grain deal shipments — Global Issues

UN trade chief Rebeca Grynspan reported that food prices had steadily gone down and exports from Ukraine and Russia had increased since a July 22 grain deal, “easing the pain … for 1.6 billion people in the world that have been facing a cost-of-living rise, especially because of the increase…

Security Council calls for intensifying efforts to expand Yemen truce — Global Issues

Council members highlighted the tangible benefits of the agreement between the Government and Houthi rebels, now in its sixth month. They include a 60 per cent reduction in casualties.   Additionally, fuel coming through critical Huydadah port has quadrupled, while commercial flights from the capital, Sana’a, have allowed 21,000 people…

UN chief sees ‘great heights’ of human endurance and heroism amid ‘climate carnage’ in Pakistan — Global Issues

The UN chief landed in Sindh province before flying over some of the worst-affected areas on his way to Balochistan, where he met with local residents, some of whom were directly impacted by the floods. Many had lost their loved ones, homes and everything they owned, amid the near continuous…

UN scales up financial and other support after ‘latest climate tragedy’ — Global Issues

The funding will help prevent waterborne diseases and epidemics, and provide nutrition supplements, clean water and reproductive health care for the most vulnerable people, as well as feed for livestock.  WFP has already reached more than 400,000 people impacted by #PakistanFloods with food assistance. Support is needed to urgently recover…

In flood-hit Pakistan, Guterres appeals for ‘massive’ global support, tougher action on climate change — Global Issues

Pakistan has been inundated with near continuous monsoon rainfall, flash flooding, and rain-induced landslides since mid-June, causing widespread devastation and casualties affecting millions of people across the South Asian country. Upon his arrival, Mr. Guterres was briefed on the latest developments and the Pakistan-led response by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif…