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UNICEF calls for action to prevent more deaths in Central Mediterranean as attempted crossings spike

21 April 2017 – Noting increases in number of migrants, including children, attempting to reach European shores using the Central Mediterranean route, and consequent rise in number of deaths, the United Nations Children's Fund has called for safe and legal pathways for those who are fleeing conflict, poverty and depravation.


Political momentum must be renewed if Libya’s challenges are to be addressed – UN envoy

19 April 2017 – It is more important than ever to forge unity within Libya, the United Nations envoy for the country told the Security Council today, while he called on Libyan stakeholders to regain the optimism generated by the 2015 Political Agreement, which has faded and is being replaced by “frustration and disappointment.”


UN, African Union sign new partnership framework to better respond to evolving challenges

19 April 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the Chairperson of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat, today signed a new landmark framework to strengthen partnership between the two organizations on peace and security pillars and better respond to the changing dimensions and evolving challenges of peace operations.


African migrants reportedly being sold in ‘slave markets’ in Libya, UN agency warns

11 April 2017 – Hundreds of migrants along North African migrant routes are being bought and sold openly in modern day ‘slave markets’ in Libya, survivors have told the United Nations migration agency, which warned that these reports “can be added to a long list of outrages” in the country.


UN refugee agency stresses importance of search missions after latest shipwreck in Europe

30 March 2017 – With nearly 150 people dead or missing in another shipwreck off the Mediterranean coast, the United Nations refugee agency today stressed the importance of saving lives at sea.


In Jordan, UN chief calls for 'new Arab world,' united to tackle common challenges

29 March 2017 – Addressing the League of Arab States Summit in Jordan today, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted the importance of unity among the countries in the region to confront the challenges it is facing.


‘We can no longer turn our backs’ on communities affected by migration crisis in Libya – UN agency chief

23 March 2017 – The top United Nations migration official is visiting Tripoli to discuss the complex migration and displacement situation with hopes of shoring up technical support to foster a stable environment.


Put Libya ahead of ‘narrow interests,’ UN envoy urges as situation worsens across the country

20 March 2017 – Warning of escalating tension across the North African country due to mobilization of forces, worsening security situation in capital, Tripoli, as well as recent violence in Misrata and Benghazi, the United Nations envoy for Libya today called on all parties to unite and to put the country ahead of their “own narrow interests.”


UN rights wing urges calm, protection of civilians amid hostilities in eastern Libya

14 March 2017 – Raising alarm over reports of serious human rights and humanitarian law violations and abuses stemming from recent fighting in eastern Libya's oil crescent area, the United Nations human rights arm has called on all parties to ensure that civilians are protected and that the situation is de-escalated.