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28 stories found over the past 45 days
‘Give peace a chance,’ urges UN official, reporting sense of optimism as Aleppo ceasefire holds

04 January 2017 – A senior United Nations humanitarian official reported today that though damage to Aleppo was extreme, aid workers were nonetheless inspired by signs of optimism and hope, and asked that peace be given a chance.


Iraq: 13,000 people flee Mosul over five days as anti-terrorist operations intensify

03 January 2017 – More than 13,000 people have fled Mosul in just five days since 29 December, as the second phase of military operations to retake the Iraqi city from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) terrorists has apparently begun, a United Nations spokesperson said today.


Iraq: UN envoy strongly condemns Baghdad terrorist attacks that kill many civilians

02 January 2017 – The United Nations envoy for Iraq has strongly condemned today's triple bombings in Baghdad in which dozens of civilians were killed and injured.


INTERVIEW: Stop dividing humanity into “us and them” – UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson

29 December 2016 – Jan Eliasson took up the job of Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations in July 2012, and while the post has been challenging, it has not proved daunting for the Swedish national – a veteran of international affairs, with decades of diplomatic experience in world capitals and conflicts.


Iraq: Nearly 115,000 people displaced, 50,000 children affected by Mosul military operation – UN

28 December 2016 – Since operations began to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) two months ago, some 114,042 people have been displaced and as many as one million are out of reach of humanitarian assistance.


Iraq: UN-Habitat rehabilitates 123 conflict-damaged houses in Anbar Governorate

27 December 2016 – As part of an urban recovery project in Iraq, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has renovated 123 damaged residential housing units in newly liberated areas so that their rightful owners can live in safety and with dignity.


EU commits additional 7 million euros to support UNICEF in Iraq

27 December 2016 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received a new pledge of 7 million euros from the European Union to support the UN agency’s work in Iraq, where an estimated 11 million are in need of humanitarian assistance – half of them children.


UN condemns killings of aid workers and civilians waiting for emergency assistance in Mosul

22 December 2016 – In the past 48 hours, four aid workers and at least seven civilians have been killed and 40 others injured while waiting in line for emergency assistance in Mosul, prompting the United Nations relief wing to denounce the actions in “the strongest terms.”


Majority of trafficking victims are women and girls; one-third children – new UN report

21 December 2016 – According to a new report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the vast majority of all human trafficking victims – some 71 per cent – are women and girls and one third are children.


At Security Council, UN chief underlines need to tackle root causes of human trafficking

20 December 2016 – Highlighting the plight of victims of human trafficking, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined today the need to ensure justice for victims and accountability for perpetrators, as well as to address underlying factors by focusing on human rights and stability.