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New UN-backed report reflects ‘crushing’ impact of conflict in Syria on its people

10 March 2015 – Four years of armed conflict, economic disintegration and social fragmentation in Syria have hollowed out its population by 15 percent, forced some 10 million people to flee their homes and reduced life expectancy by two decades – from nearly 76 years of age to 56 – according to a United Nations-backed report released today on the “catastrophic” impact of the conflict.

'Historic opportunity' at hand for reconciliation, cooperation in Sri Lanka, says UN political chief

10 March 2015 – Following elections, a historic opportunity has now presented itself for Sri Lanka to set up a domestic process that is credible, accountable and up to par with international norms and standards for the benefit of the country's people, with the help of the wider international community, the United Nations political chief said today.

On International Women's Day, UN urges more action to achieve gender equality

08 March 2015 – To mark International Women's Day today, senior United Nations officials highlighted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments 20 years ago that set the agenda for realizing women's rights.

Hatra destruction ‘war crime,’ says UN chief in wake of ISIL destruction of heritage site

07 March 2015 – Amid reports of continuing destruction of cultural heritage in Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the United Nations Secretary-General today expressed his outrage.

Security Council condemns use of chemical weapons in Syria

06 March 2015 – The Security Council today adopted a resolution strongly condemning the use of any toxic chemical, such as chlorine, as a weapon in Syria and stressing that those who use such weapons must be held accountable.

Funding shortfall forces UN to scale back food aid to Syrian refugees in Turkey

06 March 2015 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said “a critical shortage of funding” has forced it to reduce the number of Syrian refugees it can assist through an innovative electronic voucher system in Turkey, which hosts the largest number of asylum-seekers fleeing fighting in neighbouring Syria.

Lebanon: UN to boost humanitarian funding to ease Syria crisis burden

06 March 2015 – The continuing influx of refugees fleeing from the Syrian conflict is burdening Lebanon’s infrastructure and economy and threatening the country’s stability, the United Nations humanitarian chief said today.

UN condemns destruction of Nimrud heritage site in northern Iraq

06 March 2015 – The United Nations agency mandated with protecting cultural heritage around the world today strongly condemned the destruction of the archaeological site of Nimrud in Iraq, deploring such “criminal chaos” as yet another attack against the Iraqi people.