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57 stories found over the past 45 days
Africa's largest refugee crisis now a 'children's crisis' – UNICEF

20 June 2017 – Raising alarm over the plight of refugees, in particular the situation of women and children, arriving in Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya having fled violence and instability in South Sudan, the United Nations Children's Fund has called on governments to do more to ensure that the most vulnerable are protected.


On World Refugee Day, UN urges support, solidarity for record number of displaced people

20 June 2017 – With a record 65.6 million people last year forcibly uprooted from their homes by violence and persecution, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called on the international community to provide support and solidarity.


UN Peacebuilding Commission Chair says body is ready to help sustain peace wherever there is need

19 June 2017 – Briefing the Security Council today, the Chair of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission – an intergovernmental advisory body that supports peace efforts in conflict-affected countries – highlighted that partnerships, coherence, transparency and a focus on the gender dimensions of its work will be its key priorities for the upcoming session.


'Sexual violence is a threat to every individual's right to a life of dignity' – UN chief

19 June 2017 – Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today paid tribute to the women, girls, men and boys who have suffered the atrocity of sexual violence in conflict, and reaffirmed “our global commitment to eliminate this scourge.”


'No limit' to cruelty of traffickers, says UN agency, as video surfaces of abused migrants in Libya

16 June 2017 – Two United Nations agencies have voiced 'deep concern' for the safety of hundreds of migrants and refugees – including many children – held captive by smugglers or criminal gangs at an unknown location in Libya after a video showing their abuse was posted on Facebook.


Myanmar: UN expert urges Government to do more to protect rights of all children

15 June 2017 – A United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government of Myanmar to do more to protect children in the country, citing cases of detention and alleged incidents of child labour and marriage.


Head of UN human rights inquiry decries 'disastrous' civilian death toll in Syria

14 June 2017 – Conflict in Syria continues to rage with “disastrous consequences” for civilians who continue to bear the brunt of the six-year war, the head of a United Nations-mandated human rights investigation said today.


Closing gender gap at work can open doors to incredible benefits, UN report shows

14 June 2017 – Reducing gender disparities at workplaces by 25 per cent by 2025 could inject nearly $5.8 trillion into the global economy and boost tax revenues, a new report released today by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has revealed.


UN rights chief urges dialogue among Qatar and countries involved in diplomatic dispute

14 June 2017 – Voicing alarm over the possible impact on the rights of people in the wake of decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain to cut diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar, the top United Nations human rights official called on all States involved to urgently resolve the dispute.


In Kabul, UN chief calls for peace and compassion

14 June 2017 – Expressing solidarity with Afghan people, in the wake of recent violence in the country, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today underscored the Organization's full commitment to work with the Government and people of the country to build a sustainable and prosperous future for them.