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12 stories found over the past 45 days
Refugee children are five times more likely to be out of school than others – UN report

20 May 2016 – Just 50 per cent of refugee children are in primary school and 25 per cent of refugee adolescents are in secondary school, a new policy paper released today by two United Nations agencies has found.


Security Council concludes visit to Somalia; urges swift approval of electoral model

19 May 2016 – The United Nations Security Council concluded a one-day visit to Somalia today by reaffirming its solidarity with the country’s people and Government and reiterating its calls to the federal parliament to legalize the 2016 electoral model as soon as possible.


UN health agency foresees low to moderate risk of Zika virus spread in Europe

18 May 2016 – The overall risk of a Zika virus outbreak across Europe is low to moderate during late spring and summer, according to a new risk assessment published today by the World Health Organization (WHO), with a varying risk across the region that is higher in countries where Aedes mosquitoes are present.


‘We have an agenda before us’ – UN officials reiterate need for measures against sexual abuse

13 May 2016 – Briefing the General Assembly on the challenges being faced and progress being made to end the exploitation and abuse by United Nations peacekeepers, senior UN officials today indicated that immediate concerns have been focused on providing protection and support to the victims, and reiterated the need for collective efforts to put stronger measures in place to ensure prevention and greater accountability.


UN refugee agency reports some 1,000 refugees and migrants rescued off Italian coast

13 May 2016 – Some 1,000 people of various nationalities, including refugee families and unaccompanied children, were rescued yesterday from the Mediterranean Sea, the UN refugee agency said today.


Warning skies may 'fall silent,' UN calls for end to illegal poaching and trade of migratory birds

10 May 2016 – Millions of migratory birds are being lost each year as a result of illegal killing, taking and trade, United Nations officials warned on World Migratory Bird Day, calling for concerted action to end the threats to migratory birds and urging everyone to step outside and “listen to the birds chirping,” to appreciate how important they are to our planet.


Egypt: UN experts report worsening crackdown on protest

09 May 2016 – Three United Nations human rights experts today urged the Egyptian Government to put an end to the disproportionate reactions against the exercise of the rights to assembly and expression in the country.


Ban condemns deadly terrorist attack against police officers in Egypt

09 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the deadly terrorist attack in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday, which reportedly killed eight police officers, his spokesperson said.


Security Council deplores maritime tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea

23 April 2016 – The United Nations Security Council has deplored the recent maritime tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea that resulted in up to 500 deaths when an overcrowded boat capsized en route from Libya to Europe, emphasizing the need for better coordination of efforts to deal with the smuggling of migrants.


UN refugee agency says up to 500 lives lost after boat sinks in Mediterranean

20 April 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency said today that as many as 500 people may have lost their lives this past week when an overcrowded boat carrying refugees and migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea at an unknown location between Libya and Italy.