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Greek islands under ‘tremendous strain’ as hundreds of refugees arrive daily – UN

16 June 2015 – More than 55,000 refugees have arrived in the Greek islands so far this year, with hundreds arriving every day in inflatable dinghies and wooden boats, putting a “tremendous strain” on the communities that receive them and worsening conditions for the new arrivals, the United Nations refugee agency said today.


In Geneva, UN rights chief calls for ‘urgent measures’ in promoting girls’ education

16 June 2015 – Although the empowerment of women has been among the most significant achievements of the past century, the international community must “push further” in its struggle to ensure the right to education for all girls, the top UN human rights official declared today.


Yemen: UN reports uptick in civilian deaths as fighting in country continues

16 June 2015 – The civilian cost of the Yemen crisis continues to grow amid the country’s ongoing hostilities, according to the latest figures released today by the United Nations human rights office (OHCHR).


South Sudanese refugee influx in Sudan ‘an emergency within an emergency’ – UN

15 June 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency reported today that some 14,000 South Sudanese – mainly women and children – have fled into Sudan over the weekend, describing the situation as “an emergency within an emergency.”


On World Day, UN chief shines spotlight on once-taboo topic of elder abuse

15 June 2015 – The distressing crime of elder abuse often occurs in quiet, private settings, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, as he reminded people around the world of the importance of making “a vocal, public response” to support the rights of older persons to a life free of violence and abuse.


Increase in voluntary blood donors can save millions of lives, UN health agency says on World Day

14 June 2015 – On World Blood Donor Day, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for increased regular blood donations from voluntary, unpaid donors in order to save millions of lives globally each year.


New UN-World Bank report shows world ‘a long way from achieving universal health coverage’

12 June 2015 – Some 400 million people do not have access to healthservices and 6 per cent of people in low- and middle-income countries are tipped into or pushed further into extreme poverty because of the high cost of health spending, according to a report released today by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and World Bank Group.


Alarming levels of insecurity in Nigeria driving civilian displacement, UN agency warns

12 June 2015 – The World Food Programme (WFP) expressed today its particular concern about the consequences of insecurity in Nigeria, which has displaced so far 200,000 people, a number of them seeking refuge in Niger, Cameroon and Chad, while others are waiting at the borders.


Western Balkans experiencing surge in migrant, refugee crossings, warns UN agency

12 June 2015 – Southern Europe’s migrant and refugee crisis has reached the Western Balkans where an increasing number of asylum-seekers are using the region’s migration routes to flee their home countries, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has confirmed.


Coherent policy critical to tackling child labour, lack of decent jobs for youth – UN labour agency

11 June 2015 – Around 20 to 30 per cent of children in low income countries complete their schooling and enter the labour market by the age of 15, according to a new International Labour Organization (ILO) report prepared for World Day against Child Labour which is marked worldwide tomorrow.