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Solutions needed to stem global refugee crisis, says new UN agency chief

07 January 2016 – With record numbers of refugees and displaced people worldwide, the new head of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is urging greater diplomatic efforts to find solutions to the conflicts and abuses driving people from their homes.


UN calls for humanitarian access to besieged areas in Syria, welcomes new approvals from Government

07 January 2016 – The United Nations is calling today for unimpeded humanitarian access to reach people in need in hard-to-reach and besieged areas of Syria, while welcoming the recent approval by the Government to access the towns of Madaya, Foah and Kefraya.


Ban names former UN humanitarian official as Special Adviser on 2016 refugee and migrant summit

05 January 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Karen AbuZayd of the United States as Special Adviser for an upcoming UN summit on managing large-scale movements of migrants and refugees.


In Saudi Arabia, senior UN officials discuss regional tensions and needs

05 January 2016 – Two senior United Nations officials arrived in Saudi Arabia today to discuss the effects of regional tensions on the Syrian crisis as well as ways to ensure stability and security for neighbouring countries.


New UN refugee chief takes over at time of record numbers and unprecedented challenges

04 January 2016 – Filippo Grandi of Italy, a veteran of United Nations efforts to help refugees, took up his post today as head of the UN refugee agency at a time of unprecedented challenges, with record numbers of people worldwide forced to flee war and persecution.


Refugees and migrants braving seas to flee to Europe in 2015 top one million – UN

30 December 2015 – Refugees and migrants fleeing to Europe by sea this year have passed one million, according to figures just released by the UN refugee agency, many on perilous trips aboard inadequate vessels run by people smugglers, with at least 3,735 more believed drowned.


Syria: UN and partners aid evacuation of injured from four besieged towns

28 December 2015 – More than 460 people, including the seriously injured and their family members, were evacuated from four towns under siege in Syria today with the help of the United Nations and its Red Cross and Red Crescent partners following a local agreement between the fighters on the ground.


UN envoy sets 25 January as target date to begin intra-Syrian peace talks

26 December 2015 – The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria has set 25 January 2016 as the target date to begin talks between the parties aimed at ending the five-year-old conflict, his spokesperson announced today.