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Human Desperation and Environmental Destruction in Gaza

Human Desperation and Environmental Destruction in Gaza

NEW YORK, New York, January 22, 2009 (ENS) – Senior United Nations officials today began to assess humanitarian needs in Gaza, getting a first-hand look a the destruction inflicted on the area’s 1.5 million residents and their environment during three weeks of Israeli military operations. “The mission was struck by the scale and urgency of…

UN: Plan to Fix World Food Crisis in Place By June

UN: Plan to Fix World Food Crisis in Place By June

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 30, 2008 (ENS) – The United Nations aims to have a comprehensive plan to tackle the global food crisis in place by the beginning of June, “around which the institutions and leaders around the world can coalesce,” a top UN official said at a news conference here today. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs…

Lack of Political Will Impedes Sanitation Improvements

Lack of Political Will Impedes Sanitation Improvements

NEW YORK, New York, March 23, 2008 (ENS) – A lack of political will remains the greatest obstacle to efforts to reduce the number of people without access to basic sanitation and clean, running water, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Saturday in a message to mark World Water Day. This year, World Water Day coincides…

World's Water Needs Grow More Urgent

World's Water Needs Grow More Urgent

NEW YORK, New York, March 17, 2008 (ENS) – The international community needs to start creating strategies for using water more efficiently and sharing it more fairly, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, warning that unless action is taken soon, the conflicts and problems caused by water shortages around the world will multiply. In an…