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UNICEF-backed projects for millions of children in Syria on verge of being 'cut off'

16 June 2017 – Programmes supported by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to assist more than nine million children in Syria and neighbouring countries are on the verge of being cut off due to a critical funding shortage.


Syria: UN disarmament chief reports progress in destroying chemical weapons facilities

15 June 2017 – The United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, reported to the Security Council that "some progress" has been made over the past month in the implementation of its 2013 resolution on the elimination of chemical weapons in Syria.


Head of UN human rights inquiry decries 'disastrous' civilian death toll in Syria

14 June 2017 – Conflict in Syria continues to rage with “disastrous consequences” for civilians who continue to bear the brunt of the six-year war, the head of a United Nations-mandated human rights investigation said today.


UN agency chief urges world to 'step up' as refugee numbers outpace resettlement spots

12 June 2017 – Against the backdrop of increasing refugee numbers around the globe, fuelled by crisis and insecurity, and an ever widening gap in places to resettle them, the top United Nations official dealing with refugee issues has called on governments to “step up” and deliver places for refugees in line with the commitments they have made.


Syria: UNICEF warns 40,000 children in the line of fire in Raqqa

09 June 2017 – An estimated 40,000 children are trapped in extremely dangerous conditions in Raqqa as fighting intensifies in and around the Syrian city, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported today, warning that “many are caught in the crossfire.”


Conflict and drought deepen food insecurity in Africa, Middle East – UN agency

09 June 2017 – Protracted fighting and unrest are swelling the ranks of displaced and hungry ins some parts of the world, even as large agricultural harvests in some regions are buoying global food supply conditions, according to a new report by the United Nations agriculture agency.


Inclusive development 'best form of preventing conflict,' UN chief tells Central Asia summit

09 June 2017 – Secretary-General António Guterres today stressed the importance of partnership between the United Nations and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in achieving global development goals and combating some of today's key threats to peace and security, such as terrorism.


Despite pressure and losses, ISIL remains potent threat, UN political chief warns Security Council

08 June 2017 – After losing control on population centres and declining financial strength, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorist group is more focused than ever before on “enabling and inspiring” attacks outside of conflict zones, the top United Nations political official said today.


FEATURE: Relationship with ocean vital part of Trinidad and Tobago culture

07 June 2017 – Oceans comprise roughly three-quarters of the Earth’s surface and play an essential role in human well-being, producing half the oxygen necessary for life on the planet. They also serve as the backdrop for another important component of a well-rounded life: recreation.


Addressing Human Rights Council, UN rights chief decries some States’ lack of cooperation

06 June 2017 – In a major address in Geneva, the United Nations human rights chief today stressed that denying access or not cooperating with UN bodies would not diminish scrutiny of a Government’s human rights record.