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Kosovo situation yielding ‘fewer results than hoped’ in 2016, UN envoy tells Security Council

16 November 2016 – Many of the political expectations with which Kosovo began the year yielded fewer results than hoped, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission there said today, expressing hope that next year will see clear progress on political dialogue accompanied by necessary progress at community level.


Poor rains, supply bottlenecks exacerbate food security woes in war-torn Syria, UN warns

15 November 2016 – Reeling under the effects of a seemingly unending conflict, Syrian farmers may have “no other option” but to abandon food production, with grave consequences on food availability in the whole country, the United Nations agencies dealing with food security and emergency food relief warned today.


Mosul offensive against ISIL pushing Iraq’s civilians into war-ravaged Syria – UN rights wing

11 November 2016 – Amid the intensification of the military offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) in Iraq’s Mosul city and the resulting displacement of civilians, the United Nations human rights wing said today that it has received reports that Iraqi civilians are also fleeing into Syria, which itself is reeling under a five-year long conflict that has displaced millions of Syrians and left hundreds of thousands trapped in besieged cities.


UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson praises strength of Syrian refugee children in Jordan

10 November 2016 – Film star Liam Neeson has said that he was impressed by the strength and spark of the Syrian children after visiting the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan as part of his advocacy work as the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador.


New Lebanese government brings ‘mood of optimism’ needed to address ongoing challenges – UN envoy

10 November 2016 – Despite continuing challenges, a mood of optimism has taken hold in Lebanon following the recent election of President Michel Aoun and additional political breakthroughs are expected.


Syria: UN envoy urges action to avert mass hunger in eastern Aleppo ahead of ‘killer’ winter

10 November 2016 – The United Nations humanitarian envoy for Syria today urged actions to stave off the threat of mass hunger in eastern Aleppo before the arrival of winter that he fears could be “a real killer” for a quarter of a million people trapped there.


ISIL moving ‘trucks full of abducted civilians’ to Mosul as shields against airstrikes – UN warns

04 November 2016 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today warned that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) fighters have taken some 1,600 civilians to Mosul city in an attempt to shield themselves from airstrikes, and that nearly 400 women from Kurdish, Yezidi or Shi’a Muslim communities in Tal Afar are now being held captive.


On International Day, UN calls for end of impunity for crimes against journalists

02 November 2016 – Warning that impunity for crimes against journalists is rampant, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for immediate action to secure justice in cases here journalists have been attacked or killed and for concrete steps from all countries to ensure that media professionals are guaranteed space to operate free from harassment and intimidation.


FEATURE: Impunity for crimes against journalists must end to protect open democratic societies – experts tell UN

02 November 2016 – On the morning of 1 November 2015, the day before the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists last year, Abdalaziz Alhamza, co-founder of a campaign to expose atrocities committed against civilians in the Syrian city of Raqqa, received two photos. One was of his colleague – with no head.


Welcoming Lebanon’s new President, Security Council cites forming unity government as key to stability

01 November 2016 – The United Nations Security Council today welcomed the election of Michel Aoun as the President of Lebanon, noting that it represents a long-awaited and critical step to overcome the country’s political and institutional crisis.