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35 stories found over the past 45 days
Four schools or hospitals in crisis zones attacked or occupied every day – UNICEF

19 May 2016 – An average of four schools or hospitals are attacked or occupied by armed forces and groups every day, according to analysis released today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit.


Unique education fund to be launched next week at UN World Humanitarian Summit

16 May 2016 – At next week’s World Humanitarian Summit, more than 100 of the world’s leading countries, companies and philanthropists will join forces to create a “major breakthrough” in the effort to assist millions of children who’s education has been disrupted by conflicts and natural disasters, the United Nations envoy for education announced today.


UN agricultural agency accord on illegal fishing set to enter into force

16 May 2016 – The world’s first-ever international agreement specifically targeting illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing is set to enter into force next month, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today, highlighting the accord’s importance in efforts to ensure sustainable fisheries and responsible fish stock management globally.


UN envoy urges South Sudan to implement pledges to address sexual violence crimes

11 May 2016 – Concluding a four-day visit to Juba, South Sudan, the United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict has urged high-level authorities of the Transitional Government of National Unity to implement commitments made to address sexual violence crimes.


UN conference to review progress of least developed countries during past five years

10 May 2016 – A United Nations conference is set to undertake a review of progress made during the past five years by the world's 48 least developed countries (LDCs), which comprise about 12 per cent of the global population.


Protection of schools essential to boost access to education in Africa – UN envoy

10 May 2016 – Protecting schools from attacks and military use is essential to ensuring access to education for all children in Africa, a United Nations child rights envoy said today, urging world leaders to use the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit as an opportunity to generate new commitments to ensure that conflict does not mean the end of learning for millions of children.


African Union-UN mission launches campaign in west Darfur against use of child soldiers

10 May 2016 – The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has launched a campaign in west Darfur, Sudan, to raise awareness on the need to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers by armed forces and groups across the region.


Senior UN aid official condemns killings of displaced civilians by armed local tribes in North Darfur

10 May 2016 – The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan has condemned the reported shooting deaths of six civilians, including two children, by armed local tribes in Sortony – next to a site for recently displaced people from the mountainous Jebel Marra area in North Darfur.


UN refugee agency notes 'profound concern' over Kenya's plan to close refugee camps

09 May 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today expressed “profound concern” over the Government of Kenya's announcement this past week that it intends to end the hosting of refugees because of economic, security and environmental burdens, and called on the Government to reconsider its decision.


Interview with Karen AbuZayd, Special Adviser on the Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants

06 May 2016 – Karen AbuZayd wants you to think of refugees and migrants in a positive way. The United Nations Special Adviser has been working behind the scenes since January to raise support for global compacts to support large movements of refugees and migrants. These will be up for discussion on 19 September 2016, when the UN will host a high-level meeting to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing Member States together behind a more humane and coordinated approach.