UN News Daily Wrap: May 20, 2022

 

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Daily Wrap20 May 2022
Europe: WHO supporting countries affected by rare monkeypox outbreak

The World Health Organization (WHO) is working closely with countries where cases of the rare viral disease monkeypox have been reported, the UN agency said on Friday. The UN agency said in a statement that there were around 80 cases confirmed so far, across 11 countries, with a further 50 cases pending investigation.

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Health
Syria: ‘Largest-ever number’ in need, warns UN relief chief

With a scorching summer fast approaching, food prices rising and access to water and electricity limited in many parts of Syria, donors must make good on $4.3 billion in humanitarian pledges committed at last week’s Brussels funding conference, the UN’s senior humanitarian official told the Security Council on Friday.

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Peace and Security
18 million in Africa’s Sahel on ‘the brink of starvation’

As 18 million people in Africa’s Sahel region teeter on the edge of severe hunger over the next three months, the UN released on Friday an additional $30 million from its emergency humanitarian fund, to boost the humanitarian response across four countries.

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Humanitarian Aid
First Person: Sweet taste of modern beekeeping

Beekeepers in the southern Haitian commune of Bonbon are creating a buzz around honey in an area which is recovering from an earthquake in 2021.

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Economic Development
Global action needed to streamline pandemic travel measures

Countries must find consensus on clear, equitable and streamlined pandemic travel measures, the heads of two organizations working to improve migration said on Friday during on event on the sidelines of the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) at UN Headquarters in New York. 

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Migrants and Refugees
Climate change threatening access to water and sanitation

 

Climate change is set to increase pressure significantly on people’s access to water and sanitation unless governments do more to prepare key infrastructure now, the UN warned on Friday.   

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Climate and Environment
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