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UN refugee agency projects resettlement needs at 1.19 million in 2017

13 June 2016 – With a multitude of conflicts and crises causing record displacement around the world, more than 1.19 million people are projected to be in need of resettlement in 2017, the UN refugee agency said today.


Syria: Ban condemns deadly attack near Damascus shrine

11 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned an attack carried out today near the Sayidda Zeinab shrine in a Damascus suburb of Syria, in which several civilians were killed and many others wounded.


Syria: UN agencies reach families with food in the besieged town of Darayya

10 June 2016 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced it delivered food for the first time since 2012 to the besieged town of Darayya, a suburb of Damascus, as part of a joint UN and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) convoy.


Iraq: UN refugee agency warns of struggles and new displacements in Mosul

10 June 2016 – More than half a million people remain uprooted from their homes two years after fleeing violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul, while military activities in the north and south-east of the city are causing fresh displacement, the United Nations refugee agency said today.


Iraq: Funding is running out to help people fleeing Fallujah, UN relief official warns

09 June 2016 – The United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Iraq said today she is deeply concerned by the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the besieged city of Fallujah, warning that funding is insufficient to continue to carry out the massive relief operation that is currently under way.


Ban urges 'sharp focus,' shared responsibility for continued momentum on UN peace agenda

09 June 2016 – With the continuing rise in interlinked political crises and challenges around the world, United Nations Member States must draw on shared expertise supported by a multilateral peace and security architecture to attain a more peaceful future for all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today.


Security Council warned of increased risk for international terrorist attack

08 June 2016 – The threat posed by ISIL (Da'esh) and its associates remains high and continues to diversify, the top United Nations political official today told the Security Council warning of an increased risk of a major international attack.


Civilians fleeing Fallujah ‘facing double jeopardy’ – UN rights chief

07 June 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief today urged the Iraqi Government to take immediate measures to ensure that all people fleeing the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)-occupied city of Fallujah are treated in strict accordance with international human rights and international humanitarian laws.


Libya must have functioning government to end ‘tragic’ humanitarian situation, Security Council told

06 June 2016 – The top United Nations official for Libya today told the Security Council about the “tragic” humanitarian situation there, underlining that “personal tragedies and collective suffering” are the consequence of the continued lack of State authority in most parts of the North African country.


Unity at the core of global peace and security, top EU official tells Security Council

06 June 2016 – In order to face and overcome the various political and humanitarian crises occurring around the world, working together in a spirit of cooperation and multilateralism must be a priority for both the United Nations and the European Union (EU) – and indeed, all countries worldwide – a top EU official told the Security Council today.