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U.S. Senate Committee Debates Food Aid Program Reform

Devex: Reformers look for the refresh button on U.S. food aid “The United States’ six decades-old food aid program might finally see reforms. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hear April 15 arguments for reforming the way the U.S. pays for, ships and dispenses food aid internationally. The hearing is…

U.N. Envoy Urges Security Council To Address Sexual Violence In Conflict

U.N. News Centre: Women’s empowerment key to end sexual violence in combat, U.N. envoy tells Security Council “As the great moral issue of our time, sexual violence in conflict is used to terrorize, displace, and subjugate victims, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue told the Security Council…

Increasing Conflict In Yemen Threatening Food Security Of Millions, FAO Says

Reuters: Yemen war puts 2015 crop at risk, food security worsening — FAO “Conflict in Yemen is disrupting the crop planting season and threatens to create food shortages, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Wednesday. The FAO has been working since 2014 to support Yemeni farmers…

Despite Access Challenges, UNICEF Delivers Humanitarian Supplies To Northeast Syria

U.N. News Centre: U.N. delivers much needed humanitarian supplies to vulnerable groups in Syria “Despite huge challenges in getting access, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has managed to deliver much-needed humanitarian supplies to Qamishli in north-east Syria, a spokesperson for the agency said today…” (4/14).

UNICEF Delivers Aid To Yemen During Ceasefire

CNN: Hope amid the carnage: U.N. aid reaches victims of Yemen bloodshed “…[A] brief, peaceful window has been delicately negotiated following a special request from the U.N. — but it won’t last long. UNICEF hopes there will be just enough time to deliver vital food and supplies, helping to ease…

WHO Launches Global Registry Of Medical Response Teams For Humanitarian Crises

Agence France-Presse: WHO sets up emergency rapid response network “The World Health Organization launched a new network of rapid response medical teams Wednesday to react to humanitarian crises across the globe…” (4/8). U.N. News Centre: U.N. agency kicks off registry of vetted medical emergency teams, drawing lessons from past crises…