WFP chief calls for action now, as hunger soars to 12 year high — Global Issues

WFP Executive Director, David Beasley, said that if we don’t address this humanitarian crisis, “things are going to get worse than we can possibly imagine”. Following 12 years of brutal conflict, an economy crippled by runaway inflation, a currency that has collapsed to a record low and soaring food prices,…

Two-thirds of Yemenis need humanitarian support and protection — Global Issues

The UN humanitarian affairs office OCHA is calling for $4.3 billion to reach the 17.3 million most vulnerable people in need, whose lives have been turned upside down because of protracted war, displacement and economic collapse, compounded by recurrent natural disasters. Yemen’s civil war began in 2014 when Houthi rebels…

Palestinian refugees face hitting ‘rock bottom’, warns UNRWA in $1.6 billion appeal — Global Issues

Head of UNRWA, Philippe Lazzarini, told journalists in Geneva that competing global crises, and skyrocketing levels of poverty and unemployment among Palestine refugees, have put immense strain on them – and the agency – which started the year some $70 million in arrears. “On the one hand we are asked…

$2.54 billion needed to tackle unprecedented health needs in 2023: WHO — Global Issues

In its appeal, the WHO said that a staggering 339 million people now need humanitarian assistance globally.   Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the UN agency’s Director-General, urged donors “to be generous” and help WHO to save lives, prevent the spread of disease within and across borders, and support communities as they…

UN convenes Lake Chad countries, amid growing regional crisis — Global Issues

The UN describes the conference as a critical international forum for effectively dealing with the challenges faced by the region. These include increased insecurity, development deficits, humanitarian needs, and barriers to access to basic social services, production systems and humanitarian support. After nearly 13 years of conflict, armed groups continue…

UN refugee chief praises Moldova for opening the country to Ukrainians fleeing war — Global Issues

“The Moldovan people and Government have shown remarkable solidarity with refugees since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began nearly one year ago”, Filippo Grandi told the media during his visit to the country. “This support was visible from the first days and weeks of the war, when tens of thousands…

innovative relief project offers hope for sustainable future — Global Issues

Focusing on remote Androy and Anosy regions – some four hours’ drive from the capital, Antananarivo – WFP’s Rapid Rural Transformation initiative delivers solar-powered hubs, a sustainable water source and digital health check-ups, in partnership with the Government. The benefits for communities are multiple and welcome: energy, water and digital platforms,…

UN aid reaches Soledar as IAEA boosts safety measures at nuclear sites — Global Issues

Jens Laerke from UN aid coordinating office, OCHA, said that three trucks had been granted access to the heavily disputed city in the Donbas region, which has been an intense battleground, as Russian forces seek to advance on the strategically important town of Bakhmut. He told journalists at Friday’s briefing…

Around 2 million facing food insecurity across Lebanon — Global Issues

Lebanon’s first ever Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Acute Food Insecurity Analysis predicts that the situation will deteriorate between January and April this year, with 2.26 million people – 1.46 million Lebanese residents and around 800,000 refugees – expected to be in the “crisis” phase or worse, needing urgent assistance. The…

UN aims to boost aid to frontline areas of Ukraine; Black Sea grain exports near 18 million tonnes — Global Issues

The UN humanitarian coordination office, OCHA, said in a press release that a seven-truck convoy had reached Vovchansk in the Kharkiv region – just five kilometres from the Russian border. “This community has been heavily impacted by months of hostilities and the 4,500 people who remain there depend on humanitarian…