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28 stories found over the past 45 days
ISIL's 'genocide' against Yazidis is ongoing, UN rights panel says, calling for international action

03 August 2017 – Marking three years since the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) attacked the Yazidis in Iraq, a United Nations-mandated inquiry has called for justice and rescue plans.


Adopting new resolution, UN Security Council moves to thwart terrorists' access to weapons

02 August 2017 – The United Nations Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at preventing terrorists from acquiring weapons, particularly small arms and light weapons, the “destabilizing accumulation and misuse” of which the 15-member body said “continue to pose threats to international peace and security and cause significant loss of life.”


Conflict-affected rural families in Iraq to benefit from mobile cash-transfer technology – UN

02 August 2017 – Many vulnerable rural families in Iraq will now be able to safely receive income thanks to a newly adopted mobile money transfer technology that is part of a cash-for-work programme to rehabilitate farming infrastructure, according to the United Nations agriculture agency.


Afghanistan: UN condemns killing of civilians in Herat mosque attack

02 August 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the UN political mission in Afghanistan have denounced last night's attack against worshippers gathered in a mosque in the city of Herat which killed at least 31 civilians and injured many more.


Afghanistan: UN Mission condemns suicide attack against Iraqi embassy in Kabul

31 July 2017 – The United Nations political mission in Afghanistan today denounced an attack on the embassy of Iraq saying it is another attack aimed at the international community but where Afghan civilians bear the brunt of the violence.


'None of us should stand silent' while civilians suffer in Syria, Security Council told

27 July 2017 – Despite the remarkable hope and strength shown by most Syrians, daily life remains dangerous for millions of people across the country, a senior United Nations aid official warned today, calling for the parties to the six year conflict to stop targeting of civilians, to allow humanitarian access, and to end the “horrific” practice of besiegement.


In Mosul and beyond, sustained efforts needed to support millions of displaced Iraqis – UN official

26 July 2017 – Witnessing “complete devastation” in districts of Mosul, a senior United Nations relief official visiting Iraq lauded the massive humanitarian effort under way while indicating that the crisis is “far from over,” including for millions of Iraqis displaced throughout the country.


Security Council cites terrorism, deteriorating humanitarian conditions as challenges for West Africa

24 July 2017 – The Security Council today welcomed recent positive political developments in some West African countries, but expressed concern over the threat of terrorism in the region.


'The time to act is now;' end children's suffering in Iraq and across the Middle East – UNICEF

22 July 2017 – Calling for “immediate care and protection” for children caught up in violence in Iraq's war torn Mosul and other Middle East conflicts, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today warned that the lives and futures of some 27 million across the region and parts of Africa are at risk.


Global problems need global solutions, UN officials tell ministers at development forum

17 July 2017 – Opening the high-level segment of the annual forum designed to discuss implementation of the anti-poverty agenda, top United Nations officials today stressed the importance of multilateralism to address global problems.