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More than $350 million pledged for refugees in Uganda; 'A good start, we cannot stop,' says UN chief

23 June 2017 – A 'Solidarity Summit' for refugees hosted by Uganda has raised some $358 million in pledges, the United Nations announced today.


In Uganda, UN chief meets with South Sudanese refugees, urges world to show solidarity

22 June 2017 – With Uganda hosting almost one million South Sudanese refugees “as sisters and brothers and sharing with them their land and everything they have,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged the international community to show solidarity with those that had fled their homes, as well as with the Ugandan Government and people.


Uganda and UN to convene 'solidarity summit' amid fast-growing refugee emergency

21 June 2017 – Facing a fast-growing refugee crisis, Uganda is set to host in its capital, Kampala, a 'Solidarity Summit' with the support of the United Nations, to rally international support for refugees and host communities in the form of donations, investments and innovative programmes.


UN spotlights health benefits of yoga, ancient practice that can ease stress of our modern 'laptop' lives

21 June 2017 – Recognizing the universal appeal of yoga, the United Nations today marked the 2017 edition of the International Day of Yoga, which aims to integrate the benefits of healthy lives and wellbeing – essential aspects of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


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.


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.


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.


Experts urge support for most marginalized persons with disabilities, as UN forum begins

13 June 2017 – As the largest and most diverse international disability meeting in the world kicks off at the United Nations in New York, leading experts in the field are calling for greater recognition of a range of human rights and fundamental freedoms for persons with disabilities while focusing on helping the most vulnerable among them.


Joint African action crucial to protect persons with albinism from violence, highlights UN expert

13 June 2017 – Highlighting the importance of cooperation among countries to overcome the violence and discrimination faced by persons with albinism, a United Nations rights expert has urged African nations to fully implement a regional action plan on ending attacks on persons with albinism.


Gender-based killings, domestic violence forms of 'arbitrary execution' – UN rights expert

07 June 2017 – A United Nations-appointed human rights expert today said that gender-related killings and domestic murders or intimate partner violence should be understood as forms of arbitrary execution and thus violates the right to life.