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58 stories found over the past 45 days
Iraq: UN envoy welcomes armed forces victory against ISIL in Tikrit

01 April 2015 – The top UN official in Iraq has welcomed the recent victories of the Iraqi Security Forces in liberating the town of Tikrit from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and associated armed groups.


UN agency concerned over plight of refugees after 2 Iraqis die at Bulgarian border

31 March 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern that people needing international protection are being blocked from entering the European Union, citing the deaths of two Iraqi men who were in a group of 12 Yazidi people allegedly beaten by Bulgarian border guards.


Syria: UN warns of humanitarian crisis in Idleb as fighting in city intensifies

31 March 2015 – The humanitarian situation in conflict-torn Syria is deteriorating even further amid reports that the city of Idleb has fallen to anti-government insurgents, a senior United Nations relief official has warned.


Top UN official in Lebanon calls for more support for Palestine refugee camp during visit

31 March 2015 – On a visit to the Palestinian refugee camp of Ein El-Hilweh in south Lebanon today, the United Nations’ top official in the country said the world body would continue working to assist where possible and would seek critical support from donors.


Donors pledge $3.8 billion in aid to people affected by Syria crisis at UN-backed conference

31 March 2015 – In an expression of solidarity with the millions of children, women and men affected by the devastating conflict in Syria, now in its fifth year, international donors today pledged $3.8 billion at a United Nations-backed conference held in Kuwait.


Ahead of pledging conference, senior UN officials urge donors to stand by Syrian people

30 March 2015 – The crisis in Syria is getting much worse, characterized by shocking “levels of savagery,” the top United Nations relief official has warned, urging countries to pledge as generously as possible ahead of the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference kicking off tomorrow in Kuwait City.


In Iraq, UN chief pledges support as Government tackles ongoing threat from ISIL

30 March 2015 – Despite recent military gains against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), “vast challenges” remain ahead as the Government of Iraq fights to consolidate its territorial integrity against the terrorist threat, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today during an unannounced visit to Baghdad.


At Egypt Summit, UN’s Ban, Arab League Secretary-General discuss cooperation on regional, global challenges

29 March 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Nabil El-Araby Secretary General of the League of Arab States pledged today continued cooperation between the two organizations and discussed strengthening international efforts on a range of issues as the League's Summit continued in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.


In Egypt, Ban calls on Arab leaders to strengthen bonds for region's people, global security

28 March 2015 – With a raft of ills plaguing the Arab world – from the “shameful” conflict in Syria to the “tinderbox” that is Gaza and the steadily unraveling situation in Yemen – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called upon leaders gathered in Egypt to work with each other and the United Nations to “strengthen our bonds for the people of this region and the security of our world.”


Syria: UN health agency ‘unable to sustain’ operations without significant funding increase

27 March 2015 – Ahead of next week’s third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, the United Nations health agency’s top official in the country said today that more than 16 million Syrians and Syrian refugees are in need of health support, but that she had so far received no new funding to meet the $124 million needed to finance humanitarian operations in the country this year.