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FEATURE: With more than half of all children in danger, UN envoy highlights how to keep them safe

03 June 2016 – Marta Santos Pais grew up in a happy home in Portugal. Seeing Roma girls her own age treated as outcasts and hearing stories from her father – a child welfare judge – about countless cases of her peers trapped in poverty and abandoned by their parents, troubled her, kindling a sense of duty to help others less fortunate.


UN urges prevention efforts to address threats of violent extremism to children and youth

03 June 2016 – Children and youth are often the most vulnerable victims of the scourge of radicalization and violence, the President of the United Nations General Assembly emphasized today, urging the international community to advance its own thinking and refine its responses to addressing the challenges of violent extremism.


At first-ever summit, speakers stress central role of police in UN peace operations

03 June 2016 – United Nations Police (UNPOL) has become a central pillar of the Organization’s peace operations and therefore must be “fit for purpose” to meet the security threats in today’s volatile world, senior UN officials told the first-ever gathering of national police leaders today.


AIDS epidemic still driven by human rights violations, UN experts warn

03 June 2016 – Ahead of next week’s high-level meeting on ending AIDS by 2030, United Nations independent experts are warning that the epidemic is still being driven by human rights violations, urging all Governments to remove punitive laws, policies and practices.


Sudan: Five years on, refugees still fleeing conflict in South Kordofan, UN reports

03 June 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today warned that tragically people are still fleeing violence in Sudan’s South Kordofan State, most crossing into neighbouring South Sudan, as the conflict marks its fifth year this weekend.


After two years of conflict, situation in eastern Ukraine remains ‘grim’ – UN report

03 June 2016 – A new report by the United Nations human rights office shows that, after two years of conflict, the situation in eastern Ukraine remains volatile and continues to have a severe impact on human rights, especially for those living near the contact line and in territories controlled by armed groups.


Top relief official says UN and partners doing ‘everything they can’ for people in Fallujah

02 June 2016 – Expressing his deep concern at the plight of civilians trapped in the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah in Iraq, the most senior United Nations relief official today underlined that the Organization and its partners are doing everything they can to scale up humanitarian assistance.


‘Justice may be delayed, but not denied,’ Security Council told at debate on sexual violence in conflict

02 June 2016 – At a Security Council debate today on sexual violence in conflict, senior United Nations officials stressed that in the past decade, the world has witnessed a fundamental shift in the way the issue is understood and addressed as a peace and security concern.


Afghanistan: UN mission concerned by civilian abductions and hostage-taking

02 June 2016 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today said it is deeply concerned by the spate of abductions, hostage-taking and summary executions carried out in recent days against passengers travelling in civilian vehicles.


Droughts and persisting conflicts exacerbate global food needs – UN agency

02 June 2016 – Droughts linked to El Niño and civil conflicts have pushed the number of countries currently in need of external food assistance up to 37 from 34 in March, a new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has found.