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11 stories found over the past 45 days
UN and partners renew anti-polio efforts in Middle East after first case detected in Iraq

08 April 2014 – With the recent discovery of a new case of polio in a six-month-old boy in Iraq, the United Nations and it partners, warning that the crippling virus still poses a threat to children across the Middle East, have re-launched a massive vaccination campaigns in Syria, Iraq and Egypt, aiming to reach 22 million children by Thursday.


The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon surpasses one million – UN agency

03 April 2014 – Now in its fourth year, the Syrian conflict hit yet another bleak milestone today, as the United Nations refugee agency reported that the number of displaced seeking refuge in neighbouring Lebanon has passed the one million mark, putting more pressure on a host community that is already stretched to the breaking point.


Head of UN agency defending press freedom denounces murder of Egyptian journalist

01 April 2014 – The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today denounced the recent murder of Egyptian journalist Mayada Ashraf and called on the Government to bring the perpetrators to justice.


Egypt: UN rights experts denounce mass death sentences as ‘mockery of justice’

31 March 2014 – A group of eight United Nations human rights independent experts today urged the Egyptian authorities to quash the 529 death sentences announced in Egypt last week and give the defendants new and fair trials, in line with international human rights law.


Youths key to strengthening agricultural sector in Africa – UN agency

27 March 2014 – Getting more African youths involved in agriculture and investing in the continent’s vulnerable small family farmers will be pivotal to improving nutritional and economic well-being in the years to come, a sensor United Nations official said today, citing water scarcity and conflict as some of the biggest challenges to achieve food security in the region by 2025.


Syria: in address to Arab League Ban underscores need for political solution

25 March 2014 – The international community has a duty to help end Syria’s tragic civil war, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized today at a meeting of Arab leaders in Kuwait, where he stressed that there is no military resolution to the conflict, which “can only be resolved through a political solution.”


UN human rights office deeply alarmed at mass imposition of death penalty in Egypt

25 March 2014 – The United Nations human rights office said today it is deeply alarmed by the imposition of the death penalty against 529 people in Egypt on Monday after a “cursory” mass trial in which the majority of defendants were not present in court.


Lebanon cannot bear brunt of Syrian refugee crisis alone, UN relief official warns

18 March 2014 – Massive international support is crucial as the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon continues to rise and is on track to reaching 1.5 million by the end of this year, a senior United Nations humanitarian official stressed today.


Three years on, UN's top humanitarian officials urge end to Syrian conflict

15 March 2014 – With nearly 13 million Syrians uprooted from their homes, senior United Nations officials warn that without a political solution to the conflict, which today enters its fourth year, Syria and its people face years more of destruction and continued brutality.


Syria: UN-Arab League envoy says Security Council must push for productive peace talks

13 March 2014 – The United Nations and Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria today appealed to the Security Council to assist him in pressing for a possible new round of negotiations bringing together the Syrian Government and opposition groups to end three years of bloodshed in the country.