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Thousands flee Syria for Turkey, escaping aggression between rival military forces – UN refugee agency

16 June 2015 – New fighting in northern Syria has forced 23,135 refugees – some 70 per cent of whom are women and children – to flee across the border into Turkey's Sanliurfa province, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

Greek islands under ‘tremendous strain’ as hundreds of refugees arrive daily – UN

16 June 2015 – More than 55,000 refugees have arrived in the Greek islands so far this year, with hundreds arriving every day in inflatable dinghies and wooden boats, putting a “tremendous strain” on the communities that receive them and worsening conditions for the new arrivals, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Syria: UN special envoy arrives in Damascus for talks with Government officials

15 June 2015 – The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura has begun a visit to the capital, Damascus, following an invitation by the Government to visit the country, according to a spokesman for the Organization.

Remittances from Europe provide 'lifeline' to millions worldwide, says UN agency

15 June 2015 – According to a report released today by the Rome-based United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), migrant workers living in Europe last year provided a lifeline to more than 150 million people around the world by sending home $109.4 billion in remittances.

Welcoming progress on human rights, UN official urges action to bolster protections and end abuses

15 June 2015 – While 70 years of work by the United Nations has helped build a formidable system of rights protections, the nagging persistence of “everything else” – wars and ongoing deprivation – is deeply worrying, the top UN human rights official declared today, urging renewed action to promote economic and social rights for all and tackle pervasive discrimination and repression.

Syria: UN rights officials deplore government aerial attacks; warn of retaliation by armed groups

12 June 2015 – Condemning the rising number of Government aerial attacks in Syria and the use of indiscriminate weapons, such as barrel bombs, including in civilian populated areas, a group of United Nations officials today warned of retaliatory action by non-State armed groups, which could increase the vulnerability of religious and ethnic minorities perceived to support the Government.

Yemen: UNESCO deplores destruction of Sana'a heritage site bearing 'soul of Yemeni people'

12 June 2015 – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) condemned the early morning bombing raid today on the Old City of the Yemeni capital Sana'a, saying '”this heritage bears the soul of the Yemeni people, it is a symbol of a millennia history of knowledge and it belongs to all humankind.”

Western Balkans experiencing surge in migrant, refugee crossings, warns UN agency

12 June 2015 – Southern Europe’s migrant and refugee crisis has reached the Western Balkans where an increasing number of asylum-seekers are using the region’s migration routes to flee their home countries, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has confirmed.

UN urges greater use of advance passenger information to stem flow of foreign terrorist fighters

11 June 2015 – A United Nations counter-terrorism body is calling for expanding the use of advance passenger information (API) to stem the flow of foreign terrorist fighters, and recommends a number of measures to help overcome the challenges associated with using this important tool.

‘Libya doesn’t have time,’ says UN envoy, urging parties to make political draft ‘a final one’

10 June 2015 – Amid “very encouraging signs” in the United Nations-facilitated Libyan political dialogue, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on the North African nation today said that “time has come to make an agreement” and if possible, before or at the beginning of Ramadan, which begins on 17 June.