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10 stories found over the past 45 days
UN and partners renew anti-polio efforts in Middle East after first case detected in Iraq

08 April 2014 – With the recent discovery of a new case of polio in a six-month-old boy in Iraq, the United Nations and it partners, warning that the crippling virus still poses a threat to children across the Middle East, have re-launched a massive vaccination campaigns in Syria, Iraq and Egypt, aiming to reach 22 million children by Thursday.


The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon surpasses one million – UN agency

03 April 2014 – Now in its fourth year, the Syrian conflict hit yet another bleak milestone today, as the United Nations refugee agency reported that the number of displaced seeking refuge in neighbouring Lebanon has passed the one million mark, putting more pressure on a host community that is already stretched to the breaking point.


Recent crisis in Anbar most serious challenge to state-building in Iraq – UN envoy

27 March 2014 – The crisis in Iraq’s Anbar province, where three months of fighting has displaced over 66,000 families, poses the most serious challenge to the Government’s efforts to maintain the stability and security needed to build a democratic State, a United Nations envoy told the Security Council today.


Industrialized nations see sharp rise in asylum claims, driven by Syria crisis – UN report

21 March 2014 – A new report issued today by the United Nations refugee agency found a sharp rise in asylum claims in 44 industrialized countries over the course of last year, driven primarily by the crisis in Syria.


Lebanon cannot bear brunt of Syrian refugee crisis alone, UN relief official warns

18 March 2014 – Massive international support is crucial as the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon continues to rise and is on track to reaching 1.5 million by the end of this year, a senior United Nations humanitarian official stressed today.


Three years on, UN's top humanitarian officials urge end to Syrian conflict

15 March 2014 – With nearly 13 million Syrians uprooted from their homes, senior United Nations officials warn that without a political solution to the conflict, which today enters its fourth year, Syria and its people face years more of destruction and continued brutality.


Syria: UN-Arab League envoy says Security Council must push for productive peace talks

13 March 2014 – The United Nations and Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria today appealed to the Security Council to assist him in pressing for a possible new round of negotiations bringing together the Syrian Government and opposition groups to end three years of bloodshed in the country.


Iraq must act to ensure safety of media workers, UNESCO says after latest murders

12 March 2014 – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today stressed that decisive action must be taken to ensure the safety of media workers in Iraq, following the recent killing of two cameramen.


Syria: UN chief implores world to reenergize political talks on ending bloodshed

12 March 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the international community cannot afford to lose focus or turn away from war-torn Syria, and called for renewed political efforts to end what is now, after three years of bloodshed, the biggest humanitarian and security crisis in the world.


Iraq: UN refugee agency concerned over worsening crisis in Anbar Province

07 March 2014 – The United Nations refugee agency reports today that the security situation in Iraq’s Anbar province continues to deteriorate, with the number of people displaced in the area of Heet increasing by some 25,000 in just this past week, as the crisis enters its third month.