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Syria: UN agencies deplore recent attacks in Aleppo; hundreds of people killed or injured

08 June 2016 – The United Nations humanitarian wing today spoke out against the latest escalation of violence in the Syrian city of Aleppo, where dozens of casualties have been reported in attacks on two medical facilities.


Security Council warned of increased risk for international terrorist attack

08 June 2016 – The threat posed by ISIL (Da'esh) and its associates remains high and continues to diversify, the top United Nations political official today told the Security Council warning of an increased risk of a major international attack.


Unity at the core of global peace and security, top EU official tells Security Council

06 June 2016 – In order to face and overcome the various political and humanitarian crises occurring around the world, working together in a spirit of cooperation and multilateralism must be a priority for both the United Nations and the European Union (EU) – and indeed, all countries worldwide – a top EU official told the Security Council today.


Yemen: Ban removes Saudi-led coalition from report on conflict-affected children, pending joint review

06 June 2016 – In the wake of the release of his latest report on the situation of 'Children in Armed Conflict,' United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has accepted a proposal by Saudi Arabia that the United Nations and the Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen review jointly the cases and numbers cited in the text.


FEATURE: With more than half of all children in danger, UN envoy highlights how to keep them safe

03 June 2016 – Marta Santos Pais grew up in a happy home in Portugal. Seeing Roma girls her own age treated as outcasts and hearing stories from her father – a child welfare judge – about countless cases of her peers trapped in poverty and abandoned by their parents, troubled her, kindling a sense of duty to help others less fortunate.


UN agency welcomes announcement of refugee team to compete at Olympics

03 June 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency has warmly welcomed today’s announcement by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of the refugees who will compete as a team in the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Ban ‘shocked’ at scale of grave violations against children detailed in latest report

03 June 2016 – In his annual report on children and armed conflict covering the year 2015, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his shock at the scale of grave violations against children in countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.


UN urges prevention efforts to address threats of violent extremism to children and youth

03 June 2016 – Children and youth are often the most vulnerable victims of the scourge of radicalization and violence, the President of the United Nations General Assembly emphasized today, urging the international community to advance its own thinking and refine its responses to addressing the challenges of violent extremism.


‘Operating space for humanitarian actors is shrinking’ in Syria, UN relief chief warns Security Council

03 June 2016 – The top United Nations relief official said today he remains extremely concerned about the welfare of civilians across Syria, who he said continue to face “horrific deprivation and violence,” particularly those trapped in besieged areas.


UNICEF Ambassador Ricky Martin calls for greater efforts for children fleeing Syria conflict

03 June 2016 – Following a two-day visit to Lebanon, singer Ricky Martin, a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), has called for greater efforts to safeguard the futures of millions of children affected by the Syrian conflict, whose lives have been shaped by displacement, violence and a persistent lack of opportunities.