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Middle East: Funding crisis may force UN agency to delay start of school year

New York, Jul 27 (IBNS): Facing its most severe financial crisis ever, the United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestine refugees throughout the Middle East has on Sunday convened an emergency session to weigh the growing risk that it may be forced to delay the start of the academic year in some 700 schools for half a million students across the region.

Yemen: Ban welcomes Saudi-led coalition's announcement of humanitarian truce

New York, Jul 27 (IBNS): Welcoming the announcement by the Saudi-led Coalition of a unilateral five-day humanitarian pause in Yemen, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on all parties to the conflict to suspend military operations and facilitate safe, unhindered access of relief workers to desperate populations throughout the crisis-riven country.

US embassy employee shot dead in Pakistan

Islamabad, July 26 (IBNS): Unknown gunmen have shot dead a Pakistani man who was working with the United States embassy in Islamabad, media reports said on Sunday.

Three killed in Tokyo plane crash

Tokyo, July 26 (IBNS): At least three people were killed as a light plane crashed in Japan's Tokyo city on Sunday, media reports said.

Pakistan: 5.5 earthquake hits Islamabad

Islamabad, July 25 (IBNS): An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter Scale hit Pakistan's Islamabad city on Saturday, officials said.

Ban condemns deadly twin suicide bombings in northern Cameroon

New York, Jul 25 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the twin suicide bombings that targeted the city of Maroua, the capital of Cameroon’s Extreme North province, on 22 July.

New York: Winners of essay contest on UN sustainability agenda honoured

New York, Jul 25 (IBNS): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday welcomed the 70 winners of the United Nations-sponsored Many Languages, One World contest who wrote “inspired” essays in languages not their own about a new sustainable development path that will lead to an end to poverty and a life of dignity for all.

As conflict disrupts education in Yemen, UNICEF backs ‘catch-up’ classes

New York, Jul 25 (IBNS): With intensive bombardments and street fighting in Yemen forcing more than 3,600 schools across the country to close and disrupting education for some 1.8 million children, the top United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official there appealed on Friday to the warring parties to respect the safety of schools.

Greece must take robust action to address refugee situation: UN agency

New York, Jul 25 (IBNS): The United Nations refugee agency on Friday expressed great apprehension over the refugee situation in Greece – where more than 100,000 people have sought shelter so far in 2015 – saying that notwithstanding its difficulties, Greece, with assistance from wider Europe, has a duty to assist them.

UN rights office renews concern after Cambodian Senate adopts law

New York, Jul 25 (IBNS): A draft law adopted on Friday by Cambodia’s legislative wing “threatens the very existence of a free and independent civil society” and the crucial work that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) carry out in the country, the United Nations human rights office has warned.

WHO welcomes European regulators’ initial green light on malaria vaccine

New York, Jul 25 (IBNS): The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday welcomed a major regulatory hurdle cleared by a malaria vaccine, saying it expects to make a policy recommendation later this year on its use in the context of an overall panoply of public health tools for combatting the disease which kills one African child a minute.

Incoming President says main UN economic and social body must evolve

New York, Jul 25 (IBNS): Opening the first meeting of its 2016 session on Friday, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOSC) elected Oh Joon, of Republic of Korea as its new President, who spotlighted the vital work – for the Council and the wider Organization – as the international community transitions from the landmark Millennium Development Goals to the post-2015 development agenda.

As health needs rise in Somalia, funding hits new low: UN

New York, Jul 25 (IBNS): Somalia – a country where every two hours a mother dies due to pregnancy complications – is facing cuts in life-saving health services because of the lowest funding levels in seven years, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).

Nepal: UN relief official warns emergency is not over yet

New York, Jul 25 (IBNS): Three months after the first of the devastating earthquakes that hit Nepal, hundreds of thousands of survivors continue to require and rely on urgent humanitarian assistance, the top United Nations humanitarian official in the recovering country said on Friday.

More not being done to end violence against children in conflict: UNICEF chief

New York, Jul 25 (IBNS): Millions of children around the world are caught up in adults’ wars, declared the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Friday, marking the 10th anniversary of a UN Security Council resolution that established a monitoring and reporting mechanism on the use of child soldiers with a strong call for accountability and robust measures to end all “horrors” children face.