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Libya: UN and partners launch appeal for urgent life-saving assistance in a complex emergency

19 September 2016 – The United Nations and humanitarian agencies in Libya today issued an urgent appeal for $10.7 million to meet life-saving emergency assistance for close to 80,000 people located within the Libyan city of Sirte until the end of the year.


Progress in Libya marred by ongoing volatile security situation and economic challenges – UN envoy to Security Council

13 September 2016 – Although political space has opened in Libya and there is progress in the fight against terrorism, the political divisions underpinning the North African country’s conflict are deepening, a United Nations envoy warned today.


Libya: UN envoy calls for immediate cessation of hostilities in Oil Crescent area

12 September 2016 – Expressing grave concerns over recent fighting in Libya's Oil Crescent area, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for the country and the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Martin Kobler called on military forces that moved into the area to immediately stop fighting and refrain from any further military escalation.


Ahead of G20 opening, Ban stresses 'far-reaching' impacts of early climate action, urges unity on Global Goals

04 September 2016 – At a G20 summit in the southeastern city of Hangzhou in China, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the conference's focus on sustainable development and climate change, urging all countries to take early action on these.


UN refugee agency: 2016 is deadliest year for refugees crossing to Europe via Central Mediterranean

02 September 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today flagged that while the number of deaths of refugees seeking safety via the Turkey-Greece route into Europe has fallen dramatically, the use of the North Africa-Italy route has remained constant – with the latter experiencing an increase in the number of deaths, making 2016 the deadliest year so far for refugees in the Central Mediterranean.


In 10 countries with highest out-of-school rates, 40 per cent of children not accessing basic education – UN

01 September 2016 – As millions of children around the world prepare to return to school this month, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today highlighted that in the top ten countries with the highest rates of children missing out on primary education, nearly two in every five children – 18 million – are out of school.


'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.”