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63 stories found over the past 45 days
Search and rescue missions in Sahara Desert help 1,000 migrants, says UN migration agency

08 August 2017 – Search and rescue operations conducted by the United Nations migration agency have saved a total of 1,000 migrants in northern Niger since April, the agency reveals.


Yemen: Senior UN relief official voices concern at reports of airstrikes on civilians

07 August 2017 – Expressing a deep concern about reports of airstrikes on civilians in Yemen's Sa'ada Governorate, a senior United Nations relief official has urged all parties to the conflict and those who influence and support them to uphold their responsibility under international humanitarian law to protect civilians.


'Don't turn a blind eye' to dire situation of children in DR Congo's Kasai region – UNICEF

07 August 2017 – The world must not turn a blind eye to the dire situation of children and families in the Grand Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today, stressing that nothing can justify terrible acts of abuse against women and children.


Syria: UN study finds foreign fighters return 'disillusioned' by groups they joined

04 August 2017 – A number of “disillusioned and disappointed” foreign terrorist fighters left Syria and returned to their countries of origin when they found these groups hardly make good on their promises, except promise of death and destruction, according to a report issued by the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT).


UN Standing Police Capacity fills critical need in peace operations, underscores outgoing chief

03 August 2017 – Over the past 10 years, the United Nations Standing Police Capacity has filled a critical need in global peace operations by providing them with readily available police expertise, according to the outgoing head of the unit, who says she is proud to have played a part in putting the SPC “on the map,” while also highlighting the need to recruit more women officers to carry out this important work. 


ISIL's 'genocide' against Yazidis is ongoing, UN rights panel says, calling for international action

03 August 2017 – Marking three years since the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) attacked the Yazidis in Iraq, a United Nations-mandated inquiry has called for justice and rescue plans.


Amid 'political impasse' in Burundi, Security Council urges all parties to cease violence

02 August 2017 – The United Nations Security Council today expressed “deep concern” over the political situation in Burundi – including increasing numbers of refugees and reports of torture, forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings – and strongly urged the Government and all parties to immediately cease and reject such violence.


Conflict-affected rural families in Iraq to benefit from mobile cash-transfer technology – UN

02 August 2017 – Many vulnerable rural families in Iraq will now be able to safely receive income thanks to a newly adopted mobile money transfer technology that is part of a cash-for-work programme to rehabilitate farming infrastructure, according to the United Nations agriculture agency.


INTERVIEW: Head of UN drug body urges greater access to treatment for women

01 August 2017 – Women continue to be disproportionately affected by drug use, and face obstacles in accessing treatment, compared to men, according to the President of the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).


Breastfeeding is 'smartest investment' families, communities and countries can make – UN

01 August 2017 – Kicking off World Breastfeeding Week, the United Nations today stressed that although breastfeeding has cognitive and health benefits for infants and mothers, investment shortcomings impede the practice.