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UN warns Central African Republic is becoming largest forgotten humanitarian crisis

27 April 2015 – The Central African Republic (CAR) is quickly becoming the largest forgotten humanitarian crisis of our time with some 60 percent of its population in need of aid, including nearly 900,000 people forcibly displaced by conflict, but assistance programmes remain “dramatically underfunded,” the United Nations refugee agency said today.


UN agency alarmed by malnutrition among children displaced from Yarmouk camp

26 April 2015 – As the United Nations agency tasked with supporting Palestine refugees continued today to provide essential humanitarian assistance to civilians who have been displaced from Yarmouk and to those hosting them, evidence of acute malnutrition was found in a large number of children.


Ban appoints new deputy head of humanitarian operations in Lebanon

24 April 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Philippe Lazzarini of Switzerland as his new Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, a spokesperson for the Organization said today.


Security Council must match scale of Syria crisis with 'bold response' – UN relief officials

24 April 2015 – The Syrian crisis is getting worse and civilians are paying the price, senior United Nations humanitarian officials said today as they called for an end to the “numbness to the senseless violence”, while the Security Council demanded parties to the conflict facilitate expanded aid operations and immediate delivery of life-saving supplies to hard-to-reach and besieged areas.


Mediterranean crisis: UN welcomes EU measures on migrants, urges more comprehensive action

24 April 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency welcomed the European Union's (EU) mobilization of resources in response to the ongoing migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, while also urging increased efforts aimed at saving lives and integrating asylum seekers in accordance with human rights.


UN relief workers press ahead with effort to reach Yarmouk camp in Syria

23 April 2015 – United Nations relief workers today provided drinking water, bread and recreational kits for children in displaced communities outside Yarmouk camp, the former heart of Palestine refugee community, and sought access to the besieged suburb itself, where the basic humanitarian needs of some 18,000 Palestinian and Syrian civilians are left unmet.


Ban urges ridding the world of chemical weapons ‘once and for all’ on 100th anniversary of their first use

21 April 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reminded the international community on the anniversary of the first use of chemical weapons in a Belgian battlefield 100 years ago today and amid allegations of their continued use, the only fitting tribute is to rid the world of these indiscriminate arms “once and for all.”


‘Swift, courageous’ action needed to stem tide of illegal migration – UNICEF

21 April 2015 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged the international community to commit to “swift, collective and courageous action” and address the surge in illegal migration across the Mediterranean Sea which has resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives.


Security Council ‘deeply concerned’ about humanitarian situation for refugees in Yarmouk camp

20 April 2015 – The United Nations Security Council has today expressed deep concern about the grave humanitarian situation in Yarmouk refugee camp, located on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus.


Renewed global development partnership vital to post-2015 agenda, Ban tells top finance institutions

20 April 2015 – Kicking off a high-level meeting with global financial institutions and development agencies at United Nations Headquarters this morning, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on governments, the business sector and civil society to work closely together to push forward the post-2015 development agenda.