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UN Security Council strongly condemns killing of Japanese civilian by ISIL militants

25 January 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today deplored the “apparent murder” of Japanese citizen, Haruna Yukawa, by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – the latest atrocity to be committed by the militant group against a captured civilian.


UN refugees envoy Angelina Jolie says international community 'failing' Iraq's displaced

25 January 2015 – The rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in Iraq is a “shocking” reality that demands the international community's immediate attention, Oscar-winning actress and United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie, urged today as she visited Syrian refugees and displaced Iraqi citizens in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.


Syria, other poorly-funded crises to receive $100 million from UN emergency fund

23 January 2015 – Poorly-funded United Nations aid operations received a boost today when Valerie Amos, the UN’s humanitarian chief, announced the allocation of $100 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to boost relief work in twelve countries in need.


UN pays tribute to late Saudi King's role in advancing development, humanitarian causes

23 January 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has “learnt with sadness” of the death of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the late King of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, who passed away yesterday at the age of 90.


UN Messenger of Peace honoured for anti-hunger efforts

22 January 2015 – United Nations Messenger of Peace Princess Haya Al Hussein, of Jordan, was today awarded the 2015 Hunger Hero Award by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) during a ceremony at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.


INTERVIEW: all parties want calm across Israeli-Lebanese border, says former UN envoy

22 January 2015 – While there are still outstanding issues and underlying tensions, all parties want to maintain calm across the so-called ‘Blue Line’ that separates Israel and Lebanon, according to a former United Nations official tasked with monitoring the issue.


At NY synagogue, UN deputy chief says uprooting seeds of racism, hatred vital to prevent genocide

17 January 2015 – During a memorial service in honour of victims of the Holocaust at the Park East Synagogue in New York today, Deputy-Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said that preventing genocide required efforts to understand the forces behind it.


Syria: UN relief agencies appeal for more funding as winter freeze sweeps region

16 January 2015 – As winter conditions worsen across the Middle East, additional funding is ‘urgently needed’ to enable the United Nations and other humanitarian actors to reach millions of distressed Syrians before it is too late, a senior UN relief official urged today.