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29 stories found over the past 45 days
Backlogs and brutal weather put refugee and migrant children at risk in Europe – UNICEF

20 January 2017 – As the extreme cold weather and storms continue to sweep Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, refugee and migrant children are threatened by respiratory and other serious illnesses, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund.


UN confirms destruction of sites in Palmyra, other ancient Syrian cities

20 January 2017 – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has confirmed the destruction of Palmyra’s famed tetrapylon and the facade of the ancient Syrian city’s Roman theatre, following the agency’s evaluation of the destruction of cultural heritage sites in iconic Aleppo.


Syria: Ceasefire a ‘disappointment’ for aid access; UN envoy invited to Astana talks

19 January 2017 – Despite a cessation of hostilities in war-ravaged Syria, aid workers are still unable to reach many people desperately needing assistance, the United Nations reported today, also announcing that Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura will attend upcoming talks in the Kazakh capital of Astana.


At Security Council, top UN political official outlines status of resolution on Iran’s nuclear programme

18 January 2017 – Briefing the United Nations Security Council on its resolution 2231, which endorsed a plan of action on Iran’s nuclear programme, the top UN political official called on the international community for continued support and contribution to the implementation of the agreement.


Syria: Heavy fighting forces UN food relief agency to suspend airdrops in Deir ez-Zor

17 January 2017 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that it has been forced to suspend airdrops to residents of the besieged Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor because of heavy fighting between Government forces and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh).


One journalist killed every four days in 2016, UN agency finds

17 January 2017 – More than 100 journalists were killed last year while doing their jobs, according to the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom.


Iraq: Thousands displaced from Mosul in ‘desperate’ need of life-saving aid, UN agency reports

13 January 2017 – Since the start of the Iraqi military operation to retake Mosul in October last year, more than 144,500 people have been displaced and a majority of them are in desperate need of live-saving humanitarian assistance, the United Nations migration agency has warned.


More must be done to assist, protect freezing refugees and migrants in Europe – UN agency

13 January 2017 – The United Nations refugee agency is urging European authorities to step up support and security for refugees migrants facing harsh winter conditions, particularly amid reports that people have frozen trying to enter or move across Europe.


Humanitarian crisis in Mosul could outlive Iraqi military operations, senior UN official warns

11 January 2017 – The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, Lise Grande, reported today on the conditions in Mosul, a city witnessing one of the largest urban military operations since the Second World War, warning that a proper humanitarian response, conditions that created the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) could remain.


Hundreds from eastern Mosul getting medical attention amid fight to retake Iraqi city

10 January 2017 – Nearly 700 people have been moved to hospitals from the frontlines in Mosul, Iraq, as the United Nations and partners are working to scale up humanitarian efforts for thousands of people fleeing the fighting between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) and Iraqi forces.