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U.N. Official Calls For ‘Hydro-Diplomacy’ To Address Water Shortages

U.N. News Centre: Deputy U.N. chief calls for ‘hydro-diplomacy’ as world faces growing water shortages “The international community must gear up for a new era of ‘hydro-diplomacy’ as the threat of water scarcity risks plunging the world into a period of geopolitical tension and stunted development, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General…

U.N. Official Calls For More Assistance To Vanuatu After Cyclone Pam

U.N. News Centre: Vanuatu: U.N. relief official warns ‘secondary emergency’ looming, urges long-term aid “Two weeks after Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the archipelago on a tour through one of the most severely affected provinces Saturday, warned of a ‘secondary emergency’ and urged a…

Sexual Contact May Cause Ebola To Spread, WHO Says

Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Ebola virus: Sexual contact may be causing it to spread, World Health Organization says “The World Health Organization (WHO) says it has found evidence that sexual contact may be causing the Ebola virus to spread. A lack of education about treatment has meant sufferers are now hiding…

Donors Pledge Funds For Syria As U.N. Warns Of Worsening Humanitarian Situation

Agence France-Presse: U.N. warns of Syria ‘catastrophe’ as NGOs pledge funds “A U.N. envoy warned Monday of a ‘horrifying’ humanitarian situation brewing in Syria as non-governmental organizations pledged more than $500 million for refugees on the eve of a major donor conference. The United Nations has launched an appeal to…

U.S., WFP Work To Support Humanitarian, Food Assistance Efforts In South Sudan

U.S. State Department’s “DipNote”: On the Ground in South Sudan: Delivering Humanitarian and Food Assistance Against The Odds David Lane, United States Representative to the United Nations Agencies in Rome, discusses his recent trip to “South Sudan to see how the world’s largest humanitarian food agency is addressing one of…

Lancet Article Examines Interactions Between SDGs

The Lancet: Governing the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals: interactions, infrastructures, and institutions This Lancet article discusses “potential conflicts and synergies between [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)], and how their interactions might be governed” (Waage et al., 3/29).

Humanitarian Aid Continues After Cyclone Pam Hits Vanuatu

Radio New Zealand International: Vanuatu govt defends aid delivery “The Vanuatu government is defending its efforts in distributing Cyclone Pam aid, after some communities have complained of not receiving any relief two weeks after the storm hit. A spokesperson, Kiery Manassah, says aid has been delivered to all the islands…

Mass Displacement, Food Insecurity, Rainy Season Threaten South Sudan

VOA News: Waiting for Food, Hoping for Peace in South Sudan “…Humanitarian agencies and the United Nations have been warning since last year that mass displacement, [food] insecurity, and the disruption to farming that have all been caused by the fighting could result in famine in South Sudan. … WFP…

Increased Funding Needed To Address Humanitarian, Health Challenges In Syria, WHO Official Says

U.N. News Centre: Syria: U.N. health agency ‘unable to sustain’ operations without significant funding increase “Ahead of next week’s third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, the United Nations health agency’s top official in the country said [Friday] that more than 16 million Syrians and Syrian refugees are in need…

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