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25 stories found over the past 45 days
In Uganda, UN chief meets with South Sudanese refugees, urges world to show solidarity

22 June 2017 – With Uganda hosting almost one million South Sudanese refugees “as sisters and brothers and sharing with them their land and everything they have,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged the international community to show solidarity with those that had fled their homes, as well as with the Ugandan Government and people.


Many aid groups unable to manage war zone risks, says UN-backed report

22 June 2017 – Humanitarian aid workers want to help people in some of the biggest war zones, but extreme risks and threats are paralyzing their operations, a United Nations-backed report today concluded.


Uganda and UN to convene 'solidarity summit' amid fast-growing refugee emergency

21 June 2017 – Facing a fast-growing refugee crisis, Uganda is set to host in its capital, Kampala, a 'Solidarity Summit' with the support of the United Nations, to rally international support for refugees and host communities in the form of donations, investments and innovative programmes.


The people of South Sudan are ‘desperate for peace,’ but political crisis persists – UN peacekeeping chief

21 June 2017 – Deliberate actions by the Government and opposition armed forces as well as other actors to advance their political goals continue to severely undermine efforts to get the country back on the path to peace and development, the top United Nations peacekeeping official has warned.


As South Sudan famine ebbs, UN warns millions still face 'extreme hunger on the edge of a cliff'

21 June 2017 – While famine has eased in South Sudan, the situation across the crisis-torn country remains dire, as the number of people struggling to find food each day has grown from 4.9 million in February to six million today – the highest level of food insecurity the young nation has ever experienced, according to the United Nations.


As crises multiply, UN revises annual aid appeal to assist over 100 million around the world

21 June 2017 – As the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance around the world reach record levels, United Nations and relief partners have revised their global aid appeal to $23.5 billion – up nearly 6 per cent from the original $22.2 billion announced late last year.


Heading to Uganda for 'solidarity summit,' UN chief marks World Refugee Day with calls for action

20 June 2017 – Refugee protection is not a matter of solidarity or generosity, but an obligation under international law, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today said, detailing five strong appeals to the international community for respecting refugees' rights.


Africa's largest refugee crisis now a 'children's crisis' – UNICEF

20 June 2017 – Raising alarm over the plight of refugees, in particular the situation of women and children, arriving in Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya having fled violence and instability in South Sudan, the United Nations Children's Fund has called on governments to do more to ensure that the most vulnerable are protected.


Violence and persecution uprooted record 65.6 million people in 2016, UN agency reports

19 June 2017 – Nearly 66 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes last year, the United Nation refugee agency today reported, stressing the “very high” pace at which conflict and persecution is forcing people to flee their homes.


'Security vacuum' in Central Africa may be exploited by armed groups – UN envoy

13 June 2017 – The United Nations envoy for Central Africa today expressed his concern that the withdrawal of troops from the regional force by some contributing countries would create a security vacuum that may be exploited by an armed group.