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Migrant arrivals in Europe top 100,000 in 2015 – UN refugee agency

10 June 2015 – Refugee and migrant arrivals to Europe across the Mediterranean so far in 2015 have moved above 100,000, with record numbers now arriving every day in the Greek islands, the United Nations refugee agency has confirmed.


In Geneva, UN envoy meets Syria stakeholders amid ongoing consultations

10 June 2015 – The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria is continuing a series of critical meetings with Syrian and international stakeholders as part of the ongoing Geneva Consultations and in an effort to find a political solution to the country’s five-year long conflict.


Millions in Iraq need greater humanitarian support, warns top UN relief official

09 June 2015 – Millions of people are in need of a greater assistance across Iraq, said Stephen O’Brien, the new Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, following a two-day visit to the strife-torn country.


As refugees flood Greek island, UN agency warns of strained resources

09 June 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is reporting the arrival of record numbers of refugees on the Greek island of Lesvos, severely straining local reception capacities and the island’s limited resources.


Iraq: lack of funding for UN-led relief efforts leaves country on ‘verge of collapse’

08 June 2015 – Crisis-torn Iraq, one of the world’s most severe emergencies, is on the verge of collapse because of a lack of funding could force the closure of more than half the relief operations in the country over the coming weeks, the top United Nations humanitarian official there has warned.


UN agency boosting presence on Greek islands to deal with spike in refugee arrivals

05 June 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency today announced that it is stepping up its presence in the eastern Aegean islands of Greece where in recent weeks, sea arrivals have been averaging some 600 people a day from countries like Syria, Afghanistan Iraq and Turkey, severely straining local reception capacities.


Major funding gap has left Iraq on brink of ‘catastrophe,’ UN warns as new humanitarian appeal launched

04 June 2015 – Critical aid operations supporting millions of people affected by the conflict in Iraq are at risk of shutting down unless funds are made available immediately, the United Nations official overseeing relief operations in the country warned today as she joined an international appeal for nearly $500 million to cover the immediate needs of 5.6 million Iraqis for the next six months.


‘We can no longer stand by and watch,’ UN official says, urging global action against spread of extremism

03 June 2015 – At a Headquarters forum on the role of media in combating terrorism, senior United Nations officials today expressed deep concerns over the impact of foreign terrorist fighters and their use of social media in spreading propaganda and radicalizing and recruit vulnerable young men and women to join their ranks.


Libya: UN envoy meets political actors and activists on reaching final agreement to end crisis

03 June 2015 – The only option Libya has, “the only real alternative for the future,” is an agreement, Special Representative and head of the United Nations Support Mission in the country (UNSMIL), Bernardino León said at a meeting in Algeria with Libyan political leaders and activists today.


New humanitarian appeal for Iraq vital to meet rising health needs among displaced – UN

02 June 2015 – If the upcoming launch of the 2015 humanitarian response plan for Iraq by the United Nations and partners fails to raise the required $500 million, the people of the country, especially those internally displaced by fighting, will face even greater hardship, a World Health Organization (WHO) official warned today.