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Nepal: children still at risk three months after devastating quake, UNICEF warns

27 July 2015 – Three months after Nepal's devastating 25 April earthquake and its aftershocks, children continue to face multiple risks as their families have been pushed deeper into poverty and they remain in need of aid, warned the United Nations's Children Fund (UNICEF).


UN experts report uptick in flow of Tunisian militants to conflict zones, call for urgent response

10 July 2015 – The number of Tunisian militants flocking to join the hostilities in Syria and Iraq is one of the highest among those traveling to fight alongside extremists in the Middle East's two most dogged conflicts, the United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries confirmed today.


Education 'essential to vision of a life of dignity for all,' says Ban at Norway summit

07 July 2015 – The Oslo Summit on Education for Development is a chance to reaffirm the human right to education, an opportunity to mobilize political commitment, and “our moment” to galvanize international support for education, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in Norway, where he has been attending a number of high-level events over the past two days.


UN agency welcomes new proposals by Southeast Asian States on region's refugee and migrant issues

03 July 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed proposals by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to set up a task force and trust fund to respond to the irregular movement of refugees and migrants in the region.


Syria's 'disastrous' conflict fuelling child labour and exploitation across region, warns new UN report

02 July 2015 – Much more needs to be done to reverse the trend of an ever increasing number of children forced to work as a result of the conflict in Syria often “carrying heavy loads, being exposed to pesticides and toxic chemicals, and working long hours,” according to a joint report released today by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Save the Children.


UN urges 'people-centred' approach to migrants and refugees in Southeast Asia

01 July 2015 – Several senior United Nations officials today strongly urged Southeast Asian countries to back a “people-centred” approach to migration by, among others, expanding avenues for safe and legal migration, while stepping up law enforcement to put a stop to human trafficking.


UNESCO unveils global campaign to counter deliberate destruction of cultural heritage

29 June 2015 – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today launched the Global Coalition Unite for Heritage campaign, which aims to strengthen the mobilization of governments and all heritage stakeholders in the face of deliberate damage to cultural heritage, particularly in the Middle East.


On World Day, UN says efforts to combat illicit drugs must be linked to development

26 June 2015 – Marking the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, top United Nations officials focused on the need for alternative development for farmers who cultivate illicit crops and for leaders to address drug trafficking and drug abuse that pose as obstacles to sustainable development for the world.


First-ever comprehensive online system to counter narcotics launches in Afghanistan

23 June 2015 – As the result of a three-year partnership, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Afghan Government today launched the first-ever interactive online system for all counter-narcotics-related data in the country.


Nepal: in earthquakes' wake, UNICEF speeds up response to prevent child trafficking

22 June 2015 – At least 245 children have been intercepted from being trafficked and unnecessarily or illegally placed in children's care homes since the first earthquake hit Nepal almost two months ago, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has reported.