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29 stories found over the past 45 days
Security Council demands protection for hospitals and health workers in conflict zones

03 May 2016 – With increasing wartime assaults on and patterns of systematic destruction of health facilities in countries affected by conflict, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution today to strengthen protection for health care workers, the sick and wounded, hospitals and clinics, in war zones.


Greater assistance needed to help tackle Iraq’s humanitarian crisis – UN refugee agency

03 May 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency has reported that Iraq will continue to need greater humanitarian assistance as the country’s displacement crisis shows no sign of easing, with more than 3.4 million people displaced and ongoing conflict causing thousands more families to leave their homes in search of safety.


Iraq: with hundreds killed in April, UN expresses deep concern at ‘incessant violence’

02 May 2016 – A total of 741 Iraqis were killed and another 1,374 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq last month, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).


Syria: human toll and suffering are 'sickening,’ UN relief chief tells Security Council

28 April 2016 – With hundreds of thousands of civilians killed, millions of people displaced and countless families torn apart, the UN relief chief today described the human toll and suffering in Syria as “sickening,” and said the global community should be “ashamed” that this is happening on its watch.


Digital cards improve food assistance to displaced families and Syrian refugees in Iraq – UN agency

28 April 2016 – Thousands of displaced Iraqi families and Syrian refugees across Iraq now have better and flexible access to food, thanks to an innovative digital cash card launched by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).


Libya: UN envoy ‘deeply concerned’ by terrorist attacks on oil fields

27 April 2016 – The most senior United Nations official in Libya today said he is deep concerned by recent incursions by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) into Libya’s oil crescent region and by attacks carried on oil fields.


Yemen: Security Council calls for parties in talks to develop road map for security measures

25 April 2016 – The United Nations Security Council today called on all parties involved in the intra-Yemeni peace talks to develop a road map for the implementation of interim security measures as they work towards a comprehensive agreement that will bring a permanent end to the political crisis in the country.


Equality and justice ‘not luxuries’ but crucial foundations of Iraq’s stability – deputy UN rights chief

25 April 2016 – Iraq must immediately take concrete steps to plan for “the day after” the defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a senior United Nations human rights official urged today, calling for measures grounded in equality, the rule of law and a vision that has earned the confidence of all the country’s diverse communities.


On World Malaria Day, UN says world closer to eliminating ‘ancient killer’

25 April 2016 – A year after the World Health Assembly resolved to eliminate malaria from at least 35 countries by 2030, a new World Health Organization (WHO) report released today – on World Malaria Day – shows that the goal, although ambitious, is achievable.


Two thirds of unimmunized children live in conflict-affected countries – UNICEF

22 April 2016 – Almost two thirds of children who have not been immunized with basic vaccines live in countries that are either partially or entirely affected by conflict, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today, ahead of World Immunization Week.