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UN agency concerned over plight of refugees after 2 Iraqis die at Bulgarian border

31 March 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern that people needing international protection are being blocked from entering the European Union, citing the deaths of two Iraqi men who were in a group of 12 Yazidi people allegedly beaten by Bulgarian border guards.


Syria: UN warns of humanitarian crisis in Idleb as fighting in city intensifies

31 March 2015 – The humanitarian situation in conflict-torn Syria is deteriorating even further amid reports that the city of Idleb has fallen to anti-government insurgents, a senior United Nations relief official has warned.


Top UN official in Lebanon calls for more support for Palestine refugee camp during visit

31 March 2015 – On a visit to the Palestinian refugee camp of Ein El-Hilweh in south Lebanon today, the United Nations’ top official in the country said the world body would continue working to assist where possible and would seek critical support from donors.


DR Congo: UN welcomes ‘milestone’ declaration aimed at combating rape in war

31 March 2015 – The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, today called the signing of a landmark declaration by military commanders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a “milestone” on the road to ending conflict related sexual violence.


Eliminating sheep and goat plague will boost livelihoods and nutrition, says UN official at conference

31 March 2015 – The United Nations agricultural agency will outline a strategy in Côte d’Ivoire today for the total eradication of sheep and goat plague by 2030 at an international conference that began today in the country’s capital, Abidjan.


Libya: UN mission welcomes ceasefire, withdrawal of forces in Sidra Oil Crescent region

31 March 2015 – The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has today welcomed the ceasefire and the withdrawal of forces from the Sidra Oil Crescent area, a move which follows weeks of mediation efforts between parties.


UNICEF launches Ukraine mine awareness campaign amid ongoing civil conflict

31 March 2015 – An estimated 109 Ukrainian children have been injured and 42 others killed by landmines and unexploded ordinance resulting from the Eastern European country's ongoing civil conflict, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today as it reported on the recent launch of its lifesaving mine awareness campaign.


UN envoy lauds ‘historic’ Myanmar ceasefire as Government, armed groups build ‘new levels of trust’

31 March 2015 – The latest ceasefire reached between the Government of Myanmar and 16 ethnic armed groups operating in the Asian country is “a historic and significant achievement,” bringing to an end more than 60 years of conflict and hostilities, a United Nations envoy has declared.


Yemen on verge of 'total collapse' says UN rights chief in wake of recent fighting

31 March 2015 – The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today expressed his concern about the fast deteriorating situation in Yemen, where dozens of civilians have been killed in fighting in recent days.


In Vanuatu, UNICEF launches ‘back-to-school’ relief as country recovers from Cyclone Pam

31 March 2015 – As schools reopen across the cyclone-battered nation of Vanuatu, 30,000 children will begin receiving targeted assistance in order to help them resume classes and continue with their studies, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today.