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Scourge of sexual violence in armed conflict 'far from being rooted out,' Security Council told

30 January 2015 – Despite some positive developments across the United Nations system, the task of protecting civilians has become more onerous as conflicts have become increasingly vicious, with the brutalization of women a deplorable persisting trend, a senior UN relief official said today, as she urged the Security Council to press all conflict parties to abide by their international obligations towards civilian protection.


UN refugee agency commends Greece on asylum reforms, urges more to be done

30 January 2015 – Greece has made progress in reforming its asylum system despite challenging economic and political circumstances, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) confirmed today, adding nonetheless that much more needed to be done to accommodate the influx of asylum-seekers and refugees.


Iraq: UN mission applauds Government investigation into sectarian massacre

29 January 2015 – The UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) has welcomed the Government’s decision to conduct a full investigation into the alleged sectarian killing of dozens of civilians by armed groups in Iraq’s eastern Diyala province.


UNESCO chief denounces killing of journalists in South Sudan, Iraq

29 January 2015 – The head of the United Nations agency mandated to defend freedom of expression and press freedom today denounced the killing of five journalists in South Sudan and an Iraqi broadcaster, who was killed while covering fighting in the north of the country.


UN agency sounds warning over Iraqis displaced to country's South

27 January 2015 – The United Nations has said today that many recently displaced Iraqis in the south of the strife-riven country are facing a “critical” humanitarian situation.


UN Security Council strongly condemns killing of Japanese civilian by ISIL militants

25 January 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today deplored the “apparent murder” of Japanese citizen, Haruna Yukawa, by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – the latest atrocity to be committed by the militant group against a captured civilian.


UN refugees envoy Angelina Jolie says international community 'failing' Iraq's displaced

25 January 2015 – The rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in Iraq is a “shocking” reality that demands the international community's immediate attention, Oscar-winning actress and United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie, urged today as she visited Syrian refugees and displaced Iraqi citizens in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.


Syria, other poorly-funded crises to receive $100 million from UN emergency fund

23 January 2015 – Poorly-funded United Nations aid operations received a boost today when Valerie Amos, the UN’s humanitarian chief, announced the allocation of $100 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to boost relief work in twelve countries in need.


UN pays tribute to late Saudi King's role in advancing development, humanitarian causes

23 January 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has “learnt with sadness” of the death of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the late King of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, who passed away yesterday at the age of 90.


UN Messenger of Peace honoured for anti-hunger efforts

22 January 2015 – United Nations Messenger of Peace Princess Haya Al Hussein, of Jordan, was today awarded the 2015 Hunger Hero Award by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) during a ceremony at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.