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Nearly 800,000 children forced to flee violence in Nigeria and region – UNICEF

13 April 2015 – A new report released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reveals that least 800,000 children have been forced to flee their homes as a result of the conflict in northeast Nigeria between Boko Haram, military forces and civilian self-defence groups.


On Human Space Flight Day, UN spotlights the need to advance boundaries of exploration

12 April 2015 – Marking International Day of Human Space Flight, the United Nations today spotlighted the contribution of space science and technology to sustainable development and underscored the need to push the boundaries of exploration for the benefit of all people.


Afghan civilian casualties from ground combat rise in 2015 – UN

12 April 2015 – In the first three months of 2015, civilian casualties from ground engagements rose by eight per cent compared to the same period last year, according to the latest figures released today by the United Nations with warning that the toll is likely to rise in the coming summer months.


At Americas Summit in Panama, Ban urges nations to pursue prosperity with equality

10 April 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in an address in Panama to the seventh Summit of the Americas, commended the hemisphere's commitment to peace, human rights and sustainable development, while urging leaders to continue to pursue a future of prosperity with equity, where no one is left behind.


UN agency voices ‘deep concern’ as violence in Yarmouk refugee camp intensifies

10 April 2015 – The violence in Yarmouk camp is intensifying, plunging the Palestinian refugee camp into the “lower reaches of hell” amid running battles between armed groups, a spokesperson for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said today.


FEATURE: Dancer's story highlights importance of right to free expression

10 April 2015 – In New York on Wednesday night, the director and stars of Desert Dancer, a film about the life and experiences of Afshin Ghaffarian, joined United Nations representatives and the public for a special screening ahead of the film's opening today at the AMC Lowe's Lincoln Square theater and the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in New York.


UN agency, IKEA campaign to brighten lives of thousands of refugees

10 April 2015 – A global campaign launched by the big-box retailer Ikea has raised millions of dollars to help the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) in its efforts to provide refugees with renewable energy devices and educational opportunities, the agency announced today.


Vanuatu: UN urges support for Government-led relief efforts one month after Cyclone Pam

10 April 2015 – The Government of Vanuatu urgently needs funding to continue basic humanitarian relief efforts such as food, safe drinking water and shelter, according to the United Nations humanitarian mission helping the country respond to the effects of Cyclone Pam.


Nigeria: UN launches appeal for refugees as Boko Haram violence continues

09 April 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has issued an urgent funding appeal as it seeks to provide tens of thousands of people fleeing the violence in north-eastern Nigeria with critical assistance and protection.


Women have ‘very important role’ in Libyan peace process, says UN envoy

09 April 2015 – Libyan women have a crucial role to play in resolving the crisis in their country, a senior United Nations official said in an address to 250 Libyan women gathered in Tripoli, at a dialogue aimed at including women from all walks of life in the political process.