UNITED NATIONS NOBLE DEEDS
We sincerely thank the United Nations for your noble leadership that extends beyond borders in protecting the health and well-being of those in need throughout the world. Following are some of the United Nations’ shining examples of goodness, generosity, and unconditional brotherly love in action.
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- The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) distributes food to approximately 20,000 displaced people in Yemen.
- UNICEF assists 350,000 displaced people in the Democratic Republic of Congo with medical services, nutritional aid, temporary shelter and other goods.
- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) organized the return of 53 Liberian refugees to their homes with aid for smooth transition back to the community.
- The UN, working together with the Rwandan government, organized the repatriation of 5,000 Rwanda refugees.
- The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) provided aid to 366,000 Somalis who had to leave their homes.
- The European Commission and UNICEF announce €20 million in assistance to eliminate Guinea Worm in nine districts in the northern region of Ghana.
- UN agencies including UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, and UNOCHA work together to help restore the lives of 90,000 displaced persons to normalcy in Mogadishu.
- United Nations continues its effort in the resettlement of Myanmar refugees.
- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) helps more than 3 million Afghans return home from Pakistan.
- UNHCR helps Chechen returnees rebuild their lives as the number of internally displaced people in the region decreases by almost 90%.
- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees coordinates the voluntary repatriation of 24,000 Mauritanian refugees living in Senegal.
- Since 2004, Liberian refugees numbering 100,000 have returned home with the United Nations’ assistance including vocational training, food aid, and other essentials.
- UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza resumes aid to Palestinian refugees, including medical services for one million people, food aid for 860,000, and schooling for 195,000 children.
- The United Nations Refugee Agency distributes supplies to over 5,000 internally displaced people in Baidoa, Somalia.
- United Nations Refugee Agency provides shelter, food, and water to thousands of Sudanese refugees entering the Central African Republic.
- UN Humanitarian Air Service begins operations in the Central African Republic (CAR), helping to speed up the delivery of humanitarian assistance to refugee camps in the northern part of the country.
- The UN uses mobile phone text messages to communicate with 33,000 Iraqi refugees in Syria about food aid distribution.
- Several UN agencies cooperate to provide wheat, rice, cooking oil, beans, shelter and stoves to 15,000 Afghan families displaced by unrest in Kandahar province.
- United Nations High Commission for Refugees allocates US$ 500,000 for refugees living in Zambia.
- Over 350,000 Burundian refugees return to their homes, assisted by the United Nations.
- United Nations broadcasts message of "Hope" to celebrate the world’s combined efforts to help refugees.
- The UN World Food Program started emergency relief supply for hundreds of thousands of refugees in an airlift from the Ghanaian capital to N’Djamena, Chad.
- The UN embarked on new action plan to improve education scores in mathematics and Arabic for Palestinian refugees.
- United Nations served daily meals to Iraqi refugees in Syria for holy month of Ramadan.
ENVIRONMENT & ANIMALS
- The UN Environment Program and China collaborate to protect endangered species and the environment.
- The UN Environment Program’s Indian Solar Loan Program is honored with the prestigious Energy Globe Award for financing the installation of thousands of photo-voltaic, solar-electric, home systems.
- 35 million volunteers from 122 countries take part in cleaning up the planet during the UN Environmental Program’s annual Clean Up the World Weekend.
- With barely 500 remaining in the wild, the UN Action Plan outlines the protection and recovery of endangered Mediterranean Monk Seals.
- United Nations Environment Program’s (UNEP) Sasakwa Prize of $200,000 is awarded to Ms. Jeunesse Park and Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha for leading community efforts towards climate change.
- The United Nations has launched a "virtual information exchange" forum for people and organizations interested in providing or receiving information to assist in eco-friendly development projects.
- A UN Environment Program’s technical team partners with the Kenyan government to help protect mountain gorillas at Virunga National Park.
- UN declares International Day for Biological Diversity to raise awareness on preserving and promoting biodiversity in the natural eco-system.
- The UN Environment Program contributes over US$30,000 in updated equipment to Liberia to be used in water testing.
- UNEP has launched a “Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign” to mobilize planting of local tree species as well as global reforestation.
- The UN adopted World Environment Day on June 5 to motivate environmental awareness and foster political and media partnership.
- UN’s first “Blog Action Day” on October 15 successfully encouraged thousands of bloggers across the planet to speak up about climate change.
- UN sponsors World Migratory Bird Day on May 12-13 to celebrate migratory birds and encourage their protection and preservation.
- UN’s Play for the Planet initiative funds and engages underprivileged children in sports and environmental activities in their communities.
- UN’s OzoneAction program works in 140 countries to assist regional governments in reducing ozone depletion.
- UN Climate Change Panel is awarded 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for helping the scientific community comprehend the human causes of climate change.
- The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization issues its Livestock’s Long Shadow report showing that the international meat industry generates around 18% of the world's greenhouse-gas emissions, which is more than that of transportation.
HUMANITARIAN AID & RELIEF
- UNICEF supports Bangladeshis with US$6 million, 10 mobile water treatment plants, over 100 tons of high protein biscuits, and other necessities after devastating floods.
- UNICEF sends US$900,000 in aid to over 200,000 people affected by floods in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.
- UNICEF distributes emergency relief materials such as water purification kits, temporary shelters, and mosquito nets to flood victims in Mozambique.
- In the wake of Cyclone Yemyin, UNICEF supplies US$4.4 million in emergency aid to Pakistani floods victims.
- The United Nations World Food Program purchased 4,000 metric tons of Afghan wheat, donating it to needy families within the country while placing US$1.1 million into the country’s economy.
- UN provides aid to Maldives after floods, including ten water tanks, five rain-water harvesting kits, and long term efforts to restore people's livelihoods.
- The United Nations pledges US$1 million in relief to help Peruvian earthquake victims.
- The UN World Health Organization (WHO) provides Indonesian earthquake victims with medical supplies and communication equipment.
- United Nations relief fund delivers US$130 million in food, clothing, and vaccines to Africa and South America during the early months of 2007.
- United Nations agencies spend US$11 million on drought relief for 1.7 million people in Afghanistan.
- The United Nations food agency distributes food, clothing, medicine, and temporary shelters to some 20,000 flood victims in Afghanistan.
- UN teams provide shelter, repair infrastructure, and distribute food aid to victims of Hurricane Dean in several Caribbean nations.
- UN distributes 10,000 tons of food aid to flood victims in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
- The UN Central Emergency Response Fund releases US$2.4 million in emergency funds to provide medical treatment, telecommunications, and air transport in Guinea.
- After flooding and landslides displace 4,000 families in Nepal, UN helicopters are used for evacuation, aid delivery, and damage assessment.
- UN provides food aid and shelter to flood victims in Nepal, making mosquito nets, water purification kits, oral rehydration salts, and other medical material available to 230,000 affected people.
- The UN provides US$10 million in aid for shelter, clean water, sanitation, food, and temporary employment for some 60,000 people affected by an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale that struck Peru's southern coast.
- The UN telecommunications agency deploys fifty portable satellite terminals in rural Peru, allowing people affected by the 7.9 magnitude earthquake to make phone calls and access the internet.
- The UN spends US $13.5 million on medicine, shelter, water purification, and food aid for hundreds of thousands people in Sudan affected by massive floods.
- The Ecuadorian government and the UN cooperate to provide food aid, health services, and essential supplies to 19,000 people displaced by the volcanic eruption of Mt. Tungurahua.
- The UN Emergency Fund (CERF) provides over US$200 million in emergency aid in the first half of 2007.
- The UN Peace mission in Liberia rebuilds a key bridge linking the capital city, Monrovia, with neighboring Sierra Leone, allowing thousands of commuters to return to their normal lives.
- UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process helps Syria and Israel resume to peace talks after a seven-year silence.
- The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency confirms North Korea’s nuclear reactor has been dismantled.
- Bangladeshi police receive the United Nations’ peace award for their service during the UN peacekeeping mission in the Ivory Coast.
- United Nations designated September 21 the International Day of Peace to promote peace throughout the world.
- The UN Election Observation Mission assists a smooth and peaceful presidential election in Sierra Leone.
- The UN IAEA issued a report dispelling concerns about Iran’s nuclear development program.
- The UN pledges funds to assist the Ivory Coast’s return to peace.
- United Nations begins a 5-day Afghanistan fact-finding mission in early 2007 to improve the relief, support and the protection of people in the war-torn country and additionally access ongoing projects there.
- UN commits 26,000 troops to peacekeeping mission in Sudan.
- UN peacekeepers from Nigeria build a new police station in Monrovia, Liberia.
- More than one hundred Indian policewomen serve in Liberia as the UN’s first, all-female peacekeeping unit.
- In rural Liberia, the United Nations builds a police station with a special unit safeguarding women and children.
- The United Nations negotiates a ceasefire in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- The UN Security Council sets up a UN political mission to safeguard the peace agreement in Nepal.
- UN gives Sierra Leone US$35 million from the new Peacebuilding Fund to foster reconciliation and development.
- UN envoy conducts seven-nation peace talks in Somalia.
- The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Columbian authorities collect almost 14,000 firearms on International Gun Destruction Day.
- UN grants US $4.8 million to the Juba Initiative fund to facilitate peace in Northern Uganda.
- The UN Peacebuilding Commission gives US $25 million each to Burundi and Sierra Leone to stabilize the peace in those countries.
- The United Nations Development Program is helping 550 former members of Southern Sudan's Sudan People Liberation Army officers into new training skills, which they can use in a peaceful society.
- UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia restores an English and Arabic grammar school for the education of 1,500 Muslim and Christian children.
DEVELOPMENT & HEALTH ASSISTANCE
- In a UN-sponsored campaign, thousands of Haitian women enroll in the national Police Academy.
- The United Nations Mine Action Centre for Afghanistan (UNMACA) and the Afghan government improve education and health services for mine victims in Afghanistan.
- The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) starts a US$10.9 million program offering small loans and jobs to the young people of rural Sierra Leone.
- The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) earmarks US$59.2 million in grants to fight rural poverty in Burundi, Cambodia, the Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Paraguay, Sierra Leone and Syria.
- UN-backed agencies help implement fifty-five projects in Myanmar over the past four years.
- The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launches a US$3.3-million program to help South Lebanese farmers resume their livelihoods.
- The UN donates US$1 million worth of security equipment to Sierra Leone's police force.
- Sierra Leone benefits from UN funding for medical, sanitation, and infrastructure rehabilitation projects.
- United Nations adopts the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the September 2007 assembly meeting which sets international standards to protect the human rights of indigenous peoples.
- A UN program brings cell phone connections to 10 African countries, helping to improve health care services and education, as well as local economies.
- UNESCO hosts international meeting of academic experts to improve urban water management throughout the world.
- The UK Department for International Development (DFID) and UNICEF pledge US$62.8 million help Bangladesh implement water supply and sanitation programs benefiting 30 million people.
- United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development donates US$16.9 million in technical production and marketing information to 20,000 rural Burkina Faso households.
- The United Nations Development Program and the World Bank grant US$5.3 million to Sudan for improvements in police force training.
- UN Center for Human Settlements Program awards the Prime Minister of Bahrain the Scroll of Honor for orchestrating improvements his fellow citizens’ living conditions.
- The UN has sponsored the World Conference on Women to improve quality of life for women around the world.
- The UN hosted the Millennium Summit to help improve the lives of people in the poorest countries of the planet.
- The United Nations One Percent Fund for Development provides funding for one hundred and thirty-five female migrant workers.
- The United Nations gives US$3 million to Bangladesh for “promoting access to justice and human rights.”
- The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and Bayer Healthcare are stepping up efforts to rid Latin America of Chagas disease.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) grants Thailand, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico and Vietnam nearly US$2 million for vaccine research.
- The United Nations Population Fund collaborates with governments and non-governmental organizations in 145 countries to promote maternity education and healthy births.
- The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) works together with PATE and the Serum Institute of India Limited to develop a new meningitis vaccine.
- UN health team helps Côte d’Ivoire with emergency cleanup of toxic waste.
- The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) campaigns against drug abuse and illicit trafficking, aiming to mobilize international support for drug control.
- The UN World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners seek total eradication of polio.
- UN commission examines new measures to improve food quality, protect consumer health, and ensure that powdered formula for infants is produced safely.
- UN health agency sends thousands of doses of antibiotics to fight infections brought on by a cold snap in January 1997 in Afghanistan.
- UN donates US$50,000 to buy essential medical supplies for fighting dengue fever in Cambodia.
- UNICEF and Malawi help 20,000 children with free medicine for AIDs.
- United Nations’ agencies partner with over 20,000 Iraqi personnel to reach nearly 5 million children to administer polio vaccinations.
- UNICEF launches its Chinese-language web site to help increase awareness about health related issues to more than 140 million Chinese internet users around the world.
- UN World Food Program extends the reach of its services in Lebanon with the cessation of hostilities in the region.
- The UN World Food Program resumes food delivery along the southern ring road connecting Kandahar to western Afghanistan.
- UN World Food Program delivers emergency food aid and supplies to Sudan flood victims
- The UN World Food Program signs an agreement with Islamic Relief Worldwide for cooperation on immediate and long-term food aid programs without regard to race or religious belief.
- The UN World Food Program sends food to 600,000 needy Afghans before access is cut off by winter snow.
- The UN WFP successfully completes its three-month operation in Lebanon to feed 810,000 internally displaced people, distributing nearly 13,000 tons of food.
- The UN WFP sets up new global rapid response network with strategic hubs in all continents, ready to deliver urgent supplies within 24 to 48 hours.
- One and a half million people in Nepal, including nursing mothers and school children, receive WFP nutritional aid for their daily food needs.
- UN WFP airlifts emergency food aid and supplies to 2,600 Sudanese refugees in the Central African Republic
- The UN WFP starts a new US$1.2 million operation to help 36,000 internally displaced people in Yemen.
- The World Food Program launches a six month, multi-million dollar relief effort in Nicaragua after category five Hurricane Felix strikes the east coast.
- UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provides US$85 million to help 15 countries cope with emergencies.
- The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) contributes US$340,000 to help children in need in Antique, a province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region.
- The United Nations Children's Fund teamed up with the WHO, International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to vaccinate 16 million North Koreans against measles.
- As part of a US$90 million project following the tsunami in Indonesia, UNICEF opened the first two of 370 permanent schools.
- UNICEF provided emergency aid to help thousands of cholera victims in northern Iraq, and also launched a prevention campaign.
- The United Nations immunizes two million children to prevent measles in southern Sudan.
- The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launch a US$44 million campaign to end female circumcision in sixteen African countries.
- UNICEF, other agencies, and Ugandan government launch '"Go to School, Back to School, Stay in School" campaign to help communities across Uganda send girls and boys alike - to school.
- UNICEF organized a train to deliver 300,000 mosquito nets to families in remote areas of the Republic of Congo.
- UNICEF with €2 million funding from the European Union brings clean water and sanitation programs to thousands of residents of the semi-desert country of Djibouti in East Africa.
- UNICEF, World Health Organization (WHO), and the Afghan and Canadian governments team up to vaccinate 7.3 million Afghan children for polio.
- The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Pakistani government sent rescue and relief supplies to southern Sindh and southwestern Balochistan for the flooding.
- UNICEF supplied learning materials to 5.4 million students and 100,000 teachers in Afghanistan.
- The United Nations Children’s fund (UNICEF) helps training more female teachers rebuild the Afghan education system with improved school enrolment, particularly among girls.
- The United Nations assists the Jordan government in offering free education to an estimated 50,000 Iraqi refugee children
- UNICEF helped establish 40 after-school centers for Palestinian youths.
- UNICEF gives emergency aid and vaccines to help maintain health among children in Gaza as well as providing water and sanitation systems for up to 300,000 people.
- UNICEF funds the provision of a vaccine to over 1 million women and 100,000 children to prevent a potentially deadly disease in Sierra Leone.
- UNICEF-led campaign against watery diarrhea in Sudan is successful in reducing the number of cases of the sometimes fatal condition almost 90 per cent below last year’s figures.
- The UN launches an Internet videogame that enables children to learn to respond to wildfires, tsunamis, floods, hurricanes and earthquakes.
- All children with HIV/AIDS in the small West African country of Guinea-Bissau got access to anti-retroviral medicines, thanks to a UN-based campaign.
- Almost 20,000 personnel set off on a five-day long house-to-house drive, with a goal of administering an oral polio vaccination to all 4.8 million Iraqi children.
- Mothers and children in northern Sudan receive access to life-saving vaccines and other health-care services administered by the United Nations children’s agency, thanks to a $4.5 million grant contributed by Japan.
- All 1,500 primary and secondary school teachers in Zimbabwe began to receive HIV and AIDs Lifeskills in-service training, with 500,000 students expected to benefit.
- UNICEF builds 227 maternity and neo-natal clinics in Indonesia’s Aceh province.
- UNICEF's talks with clan leaders in the Central African Republic (CAR) resulted in the safe release of 220 child soldiers.
- A global campaign "Goals for Girls" was launched in Shanghai, China by UNICEF and the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
- In collaboration with the government of Georgia, UNICEF distributed education materials, along with recreation, hygiene and sanitation supplies to juveniles in detention centres across Georgia where the children lived in poor.
- UNICEF sends busses to help transfer 1,000 Palestinian children and teachers from a refugee camp in northern Lebanon to UN-sponsored schools at Tripoli, Lebanon.
- UNICEF and Sudanese authorities place thousands of orphaned and vulnerable infants with alternative families to improve their health.
- A campaign vital for child survival in economically unstable regions of Zimbabwe was launched by UNICEF with a goal of vaccinating 2 million children against polio.
- Ugandan children who were orphaned as a result of AIDS received testing and consultation from UNICEF.
- UNICEF supports the Ghana Education Service and Health Service to launch National Deworming Day on February 5 to administer essential medicine to all children in public elementary schools.
- Eight thousand personnel set out to immunize the children of Iraq from measles.
- UNICEF donated US$62,500 worth of supplies to help water quality testing to the Liberian government.
- UNICEF teams up with the French Embassy in Liberia to donate US$389,000 worth of anti-malaria drugs to the government of Liberia.
- In the Central African Republic, more than 70,000 children are provided with at least one meal a day by the UN in 201 primary schools and 20 nurseries.
- UNICEF and Zimbabwe as well as 21 NGOs signed multi-million dollar partnership to provide 350,000 Zimbabwean orphans and vulnerable children with nutrition, health care and schooling.
- UNICEF raised US$42 million for relief aid for Iraqi children.
We thank you again the United Nations for all that you do. May heaven continue to bless the United Nations with success in your noble mission, to bridge global relationships and bring peace and happiness to all co-inhabitants on our planet.
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