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Facing $1B Funding Shortfall, WFP Scales Back Projects In Some Countries

News outlets report on funding shortages at the World Food Programme, which are causing the U.N. organization to scale back operations in some countries. Agence France-Presse/South China Morning Post: U.N. World Food Programme scales back projects to feed the hungry “The U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling back projects…

WHO Warns Number Of Cancer Cases Increasing Rapidly Worldwide

On World Cancer Day, news outlets report on the findings of the WHO’s World Cancer Report 2014 which say that cancer cases could hit 22 million a year within the next two decades. BBC News: Cancer ‘tidal wave’ on horizon, warns WHO “The globe is facing a ‘tidal wave’ of…

A.U. Summit Ends With Commitment To Ending Hunger By 2025

The African Union Summit ended on Saturday with a commitment to ending hunger on the continent by 2025, media outlets report. U.N. News Centre: U.N. agricultural agency hails ‘historic’ new commitment to end hunger in Africa by 2025 “The head of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has…

Tighter Regulation Of Fast Food Industry Could Help Curb Rising Obesity Rates, Study Says

News outlets report on a study published by the WHO that shows tighter government regulation of the fast food industry could help slow rising obesity rates. Reuters: Study finds deregulation fueling obesity epidemic “Governments could slow or even reverse the growing obesity epidemic if they introduce more regulation into the…

USAID, U.N. Introduce Humanitarian Development Plans In Sahel Region

News outlets report on USAID’s new humanitarian initiative, Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced (RISE), as well as the U.N.’s announcement of a three-year response plan in the region. IIP Digital: USAID Commits New Funds to Help Sahel Nations Build Resilience “The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has allocated $130…

U.N. Appeals For $1.27B In Humanitarian Aid For South Sudan

News outlets report on the U.N.’s appeal for $1.27 billion to help relief agencies deliver aid in South Sudan. VOA News: In South Sudan, U.N., Aid Agencies Race Against Clock “Aid agencies in South Sudan are racing against the clock to get food and other assistance to millions of people…

U.N. Responds To Challenging Humanitarian Situation in Syria

News outlets report on the U.N.’s response to the challenging humanitarian situation in Syria. U.N. News Centre: First U.N. report on children in Syria’s civil war paints picture of ‘unspeakable’ horrors “Syrian children have been subjected to ‘unspeakable’ suffering in the nearly three years of civil war, with the government…

U.N. Continues Humanitarian Aid Efforts In CAR

News outlets report on continuing humanitarian aid efforts in conflict-ridden Central African Republic (CAR). SAPA/Independent Online: U.N. to airlift food aid to CAR “The U.N.’s World Food Programme said Tuesday it was running out of food aid to distribute in the conflict-ravaged Central African Republic and would begin flying in…

Ban Pledges U.N. Commitment To Women’s Empowerment

U.N. News Centre: Ban pledges U.N. commitment to advancing gender equality, women’s empowerment “Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged to root for women everywhere ahead of his departure for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, while stressing the need for the United Nations and its partners to lay the groundwork to enable…