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ABUJA — United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mr. Martin Grifftihs has lauded the approach by the Borno State Government to ensure the safe return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their ancestral homes. He stated this in Abuja when he led a delegation to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development Hajia S Umar Farouq, noted that it is highly effective. “I am convinced that the approach that we saw both...

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YOLA — The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that half a million populations of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states are at risk of starvation as its funding for the region dries up. The global agency, in a statement, said it might soon be forced to cut food rations except it secures urgent funds to continue its life-saving operations in the crisis hotspot. The UN agency also said the number of internally displaced...

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The World Health Organization unveiled Wednesday a team of scientists it wants to investigate new pathogens and preventing future pandemics — plus reviving the stalled probe into Covid-19’s origins. The group of 26 experts will be charged with producing a new global framework for studies into the origins of emerging pathogens of epidemic and pandemic potential — and their remit includes SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19 disease. Besides the Covid-19 crisis, a growing number...

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The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Tuesday that 17 per cent of all food available to consumers in 2019 ended up being thrown away. The UN food agency therefore, launched an urgent appeal for action to reduce the amount of food that is wasted, maintained that lack of food, hunger and malnutrition affect every country in the world. Nancy Aburto, Deputy Director of FAO’s Food and Nutrition Division Economic and Social Development Stream,...

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NEW YORK — UN nations on Monday paid tribute at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks launched against the U.S. that changed the course of history. UN Counter-Terrorism chief, Vladimir Voronkov, in his message to commemorate the anniversary, said the UN would continue to stand in solidarity with all victims of terrorism. Speaking at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in downtown Manhattan where the...

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NEW YORK —UN Women on Thursday published a flagship feminist plan for economic recovery and transformation, which aims to learn the lessons of the past and seize the opportunity to handle COVID-related crises better. The UN’s gender equality and empowerment organisation stated this in a report on “UN Women’s Beyond COVID-19: A Feminist Plan for Sustainability and Social Justice’’. The report draws on the latest data, analysis and input from more than 100 global experts...

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No fewer than one million children in Nigeria are unable to return to school due to the terror caused by insecurity according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). With over 20 cases of school attacks, more than 1,000 children have been abducted in 2021. The organisation disclosed this in a statement issued on Wednesday. UNICEF noted that of the 37 million children who started school at the beginning of the year, no less than...

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ABUJA — Seven states to include Katsina, Imo, Plateau, Kaduna, Bauchi, and Ekiti, Delta are to receive a $50 million World Bank facility to develop “specific” water projects. Suleiman Adamu, Minister of Water Resources said the amount is part of the   $700 million loan provided by the World Bank water supply to be boosted across the country. Adamu spoke at the weekly Ministerial Briefing, organised by the Presidential Communications Team, in Abuja explained that the government...

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YOLA — The United Nations (UN) has earmarked $375million dollars to fight food insecurity in the Northeast sub-region, following the devastation by insurgency. Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State disclosed this to newsmen shortly after a meeting with UN agencies representatives of communities of Madagali local government area held in Gulak town, the administrative headquarters of the local government. The meeting was convened to assess the humanitarian needs of the people devastated by activities...

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NEW YORK — UN  says COVID-19 has magnified the challenges of making the world meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as between 119 to 124 million people have been pushed back into poverty and chronic hunger. SDGs Report 2021, launched on Tuesday at UN Headquarters in New York, showed the toll that the COVID-19 pandemic had taken on the 2030 Agenda. The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the launch...

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