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11 stories found over the past 45 days
Fleeing violence in Horn of Africa, asylum-seekers find little safety in Yemen – UN refugee agency

29 November 2016 – Highlighting a dramatic increase in sea crossings by migrants and refugees from the Horn of Africa to Yemen – which itself is reeling under a deteriorating humanitarian crisis, the United Nations refugee agency today called for urgent steps to deter and save people from the deadly risks they are taking.


UN refugee agency steps up support as winter bites for displaced in Iraq and Syria

25 November 2016 – With winter approaching and temperatures falling, the United Nations refugee agency is preparing to open more camps and increase life-saving assistance to support the nearly 15 million people displaced by fighting in Iraq and Syria.


Travel bans imposed by Egypt on human rights defenders 'choke' legitimate debate – UN expert

24 November 2016 – Warning that Egypt's travel bans and other restrictions on the free speech of human rights defenders appear politically motivated to “choke legitimate and democratic debate, both within and outside,” the country, a United Nations rights expert today, strongly advised the Government to repeal the existing travel bans and refrain from imposing further restrictions.


Water resources ‘a reason for cooperation, not conflict,’ Ban tells Security Council

22 November 2016 – Noting that three quarters of UN Member States share rivers or lake basins with their neighbours, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the value of water resources as a reason for cooperation, not conflict.


UN agriculture agency calls for giant research leap to rein in farm-driven antimicrobial resistance

15 November 2016 – Combating anti-microbial resistance (AMR) requires much better scientific understanding than now of the myriad of pathways by which resistance emerges and spreads, a United Nations report urges.


Despite progress, hundreds of children still die of measles every day – UN-backed report

10 November 2016 – A United Nations-backed report issued today has revealed that despite a 79 per cent worldwide decrease in measles deaths between 2000 and 2015, nearly 400 children still die from the disease every day.


UN envoy reports on 'constructive' discussions with Burundi to resolve differences

09 November 2016 – The United Nations envoy on conflict prevention has said that the international community and the Government of Burundi would find a common ground for implementing the Security Council resolution that proposes the deployment of unarmed UN police officers through continued dialogue.


Nearly one billion travel abroad in first nine months of 2016 – UN agency

07 November 2016 – Recording an almost four per cent increase over the same period last year, the first nine months of 2016 witnessed 956 million international tourists travelling to different parts of the world, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said today.


General Assembly elects 14 members to UN Human Rights Council

28 October 2016 – The General Assembly today elected, by secret ballot, 14 States to serve on the Human Rights Council, the United Nations body responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.


INTERVIEW: New global compact “should make a difference” in lives of refugees and migrants – outgoing UN Special Adviser

28 October 2016 – The adoption of what has been dubbed the “New York Declaration” should make a difference in the lives of refugees and migrants, an outgoing UN Special Adviser has underscored.