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27 stories found over the past 45 days
Increasingly complex armed conflicts have dire impact on children – UN envoy

24 August 2016 – The impact on children of the collective failure to prevent and end conflict is severe, with regions in turmoil and violations against children intensifying in a number of conflicts, the senior United Nations envoy on the subject said today, stressing that this situation stems directly from an erosion of respect for international humanitarian and human rights law by conflict parties.


Iraq: UN refugee agency readies for massive displacement amid military offensive in Mosul

23 August 2016 – With military action turning towards retaking Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, the United Nations refugee agency warns that displacement may worsen “dramatically,” and announced preparations to ramp up operations and set up additional camps.


PODCAST: Preventing the young terrorists of tomorrow – former Taliban supporter says UN has key voice in global debate

23 August 2016 – When he was 19, Mubin Shaikh, believed that “you could change the world overnight, and you could do it through violence.”


UN rights chief 'deeply dismayed' at execution of 36 people in Iraq

23 August 2016 – The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed deep dismay at the execution of 36 people in Iraq in relation to a 2014 massacre during which hundreds of military cadets were killed.


'We cannot and will not leave anyone behind,' says UN chief on World Humanitarian Day

19 August 2016 – With a record 130 million people worldwide dependent on humanitarian assistance, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that while solutions to complex crises may not be simple or quick, “there are things we can all do – we can show compassion, raise our voices against injustice, and work for change.”


New UN report lays bare widespread ISIL ‘atrocities’ committed against Yazidis in Iraq

18 August 2016 – A new United Nations report lays bare the widespread and systematic manner in which the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, Da’esh) has committed “terrible atrocities” against the Yezidi and other ethnic and religious communities, the UN envoy for Iraq said today, calling for the perpetrators to be fully and properly held to account.


UNESCO chief denounces killing of Iraqi journalist

18 August 2016 – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the killing of a Kurdistan TV cameraman on 14 August, the second such murder in Iraq in a week, urging measures to improve the safety of journalists in the country.


UN in Iraq condemns reporter’s death, calls for journalists’ safety amid ‘growing pattern of threats’

15 August 2016 – The United Nations in Iraq has strongly condemned the death of a journalist who was seized by armed men in Dohuk city on 13 August and has called on the government of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to implement urgent measures to guarantee the safety of all journalists and media professionals.


Diary from Syria: An eyewitness account of broken families, grief and survival

12 August 2016 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) supports more than 4 million people inside Syria with food assistance. Heading its operation there since December last year is Swiss national Jakob Kern.


Aid agencies ready to help ease suffering in 'iconic' Aleppo, once truce is secured – UN envoy

04 August 2016 – As fighting in and around battle-scarred Aleppo intensifies – along with diplomatic efforts to secure a truce – United Nations agencies and their partners are “ready, willing and able” to rush aid to the desperate people trapped there, a senior UN envoy said today, stressing that a humanitarian pause is critical, both to allow relief workers to enter the area, and for civilians to leave voluntarily.