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33 stories found over the past 45 days
‘Medieval’ sieges, barrel bombs are ‘disgusting reality’ in Syria – senior UN officials

23 June 2016 – The recent “stuttering momentum” in delivering humanitarian aid to Syria’s besieged and hard-to-reach populations must be significantly expanded in the second half of 2016, the United Nations humanitarian chief told the Security Council today, warning that progress made to date was only “a trickle” of the country’s overwhelming needs.


‘Searchlight of international scrutiny’ must focus on crimes of sexual violence in conflict – UN deputy chief

21 June 2016 – Addressing an event commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today stressed the importance of prevention and early response efforts, as well as the need to shift shame and stigma from victims to perpetrators.


On World Day, Ban declares era of impunity 'over' for sexual violence in war

19 June 2016 – Marking the first International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the era of impunity for sexual violence as a tool of war is over, citing a host of landmark rulings against political and military leaders.


Visiting Greek island, Ban says refugees' nightmare 'not over,' urging humane approach across Europe

18 June 2016 – Visiting the Greek island of Lesbos, which has become migrants' entry point to Europe, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the countries in the region to respond with a humane and human rights-based approach, instead of border closures, barriers and bigotry.


New Zika response strategy to focus on preventing, managing medical complications – UN health agency

17 June 2016 – The United Nations health agency today issued a revised strategic response plan for the next one and a half years to combat the transmission of the Zika virus, which has now spread to 60 countries.


UN human rights panel concludes ISIL is committing genocide against Yazidis

16 June 2016 – The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) [also known as ISIL and Da'esh] is committing genocide against Yazidis that amounts to crimes against humanity and war crimes, a United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry reported today.


UN Women announces Anne Hathaway as Goodwill Ambassador

15 June 2016 – The United Nations entity tasked with promoting gender equality today announced the appointment of Academy Award-winning American actor Anne Hathaway as global Goodwill Ambassador.


In Op-Ed, UN chief says global community 'must work in new ways to help people in crisis'

14 June 2016 – In an opinion piece published today by The Guardian, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the outcome of the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, held in Istanbul, Turkey, last month.


UNICEF warns of growing exploitation risk for refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe

14 June 2016 – More than nine out of 10 refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe this year through Italy are unaccompanied, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported today, warning of the growing threats of abuse, exploitation and death that such children are facing.


Women in displacement sites in Nigeria’s Borno state face high risk of abuse – UN

09 June 2016 – New assessments of the protection risks faced by the affected people living in Nigeria’s restive north-eastern Borno state have concluded that women face a high risk of abuse in displacement sites, the United Nations humanitarian wing has reported.