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Murder of two Syrian citizen journalists condemned by UNESCO chief

09 November 2015 – The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the killing of two Syrian citizen journalists, found dead a little over a week ago in the city of Sanliurfa, in the southeast of Turkey.

Amid rising global humanitarian needs, UN relief chief encouraged by stronger aid partnership with Russia

07 November 2015 – Wrapping up his first official visit to the Russian Federation, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O'Brien hailed Russia's “vital and strategic role” as a Member State actively engaged in global and multilateral relief efforts and emergency expertise.

‘Boats packed with thousands of new arrivals’ continue to land in Greek Islands – UN refugee agency

06 November 2015 – Despite a four-day shipping strike that affected refugees, migrants and host communities, the United Nations refugee agency has continued its work in the Greek Islands, where an estimated 20,000 refugees and migrants are currently staying, placing considerable strain on the limited reception facilities of several islands.

Ban, Red Cross chief voice concern over ‘brazen and brutal erosion’ of respect for humanitarian law

31 October 2015 – Warning of rising number of 'deliberate' attacks on civilians across the world, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the international community to end the 'callous disregard for human life' and stressed on stronger commitment from Member States to bring perpetrators of such attacks to account.

Millions of children deprived of education in war-torn Iraq, says UNICEF

30 October 2015 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today said that an estimated two million children in Iraq have no access to school and warned that an additional 1.2 million may be at the risk of dropping out due to continuous violence disrupting academic years.

UN food relief agency boosts value of vouchers for Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon

28 October 2015 – Extremely vulnerable Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon will now receive higher-value electronic vouchers from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), with an average value of $21 per person per month, or 80 per cent of the full intended value of the vouchers.

Cholera spreading in Iraq, suspected case reported in Syria – UN health agency

27 October 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that it would start vaccine treatments for cholera beginning this weekend to prevent further outbreaks in Iraq, where the disease has now been confirmed in 15 out of 18 governorates, while the agency also reported a suspected case was also found in northern Syria.

Syrians living ‘tragedy and despair barely imaginable five years ago,’ says top UN relief official

27 October 2015 – The most senior United Nations humanitarian official today stressed that the failure of parties to the conflict in Syria to uphold the basic tenets of international law has propelled the Syrian people to levels of tragedy and despair which could barely have been imagined five years ago.

UN agencies boost aid efforts to flood-hit Tindouf refugees, call for urgent funding

23 October 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency and its partners are scaling up aid efforts after devastating floods widely damaged Sahrawi refugee camps in southwest Algeria, working to provide food and relief supplies, while urgently appealing for emergency funds to fill the 80 per cent gap in order to reach the most vulnerable.

‘UN charter enshrines our common values’ today as ever, General Assembly declares, marking ‘UN70’

23 October 2015 – As the United Nations prepares for the official celebration of its 70 anniversary tomorrow, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the General Assembly to “unite our strength” and serve “we the peoples,” as the 193-member body adopted by consensus a resolution declaring a recommitment to the aims and principles of the UN Charter.