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44 stories found over the past 45 days
Libya: Smugglers holding refugees and migrants in deplorable conditions, say UN agencies

17 October 2017 – After weeks of conflict in western Libya, United Nations agencies have been working around the clock to meet the urgent needs of the more than 14,000 refugees and migrants who had been held captive in numerous locations in the coastal city of Sabratha – approximately 80 kilometres west of Tripoli.


Thousands of Rohingya refugees stranded near Bangladesh-Myanmar border – UN

17 October 2017 – The United Nations refugee agency is concerned about the humanitarian condition of up to 15,000 Rohingya refugees who are stranded in paddy fields near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.


INTERVIEW: Haiti on path to stability, development thanks to UN mission, says envoy

13 October 2017 – After 13 years, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) will close its doors on 15 October. The Mission was established by the Security Council at a time when State authority had been weak and limited to parts of the capital, Port-au-Prince, with the three branches of power either non-functional or non-existent, and a national police force that was overwhelmed by the multiple threats to public order and the rule of law.


US withdrawal from UNESCO 'loss for multilateralism,' says cultural agency's chief

12 October 2017 – The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voiced “profound regret” on Thursday over the United States' decision to withdraw from the agency.


Despite progress on voter registration, DR Congo faces challenges on election timeline – UN envoy

11 October 2017 – The notion that elections would most probably not be held before the end of 2017 has regrettably led to the re-emergence of a climate of political uncertainty and tensions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a United Nations envoy for that country told the Security Council today.


FEATURE: A woman’s strength is unlimited, says award-winning UN peacekeeper

11 October 2017 – Growing up in Harare, Zimbabwe, Ms. Chota’s awareness of the inequalities that existed between girls and boys began at an early age. The way society groomed boys for professional careers and steered girls towards domestic chores led her to start dreaming of a more equal world.


'EmPOWER' girls before, during and after crises, UN says on International Day of the Girl Child

11 October 2017 – The world's 1.1 billion girls are a source of power, energy, and creativity – and the millions of girls in emergencies are no exception, the United Nations said on the International Day of the Girl Child, which kicks off a year-long effort to draw global attention to and action on the challenges and opportunities girls face before, during, and after crises.


UN agencies launch cholera immunization campaign for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

10 October 2017 – In a race to prevent a cholera outbreak among the more than half a million Rohingya refugee arrivals over the past six weeks in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, United Nations agencies launched on Tuesday a massive immunization campaign.


UN emergency response fund reaches annual goal of $450 million, but more needed

09 October 2017 – The United Nations global emergency response fund has reached its 2017 funding target of $450 million, but much more is required given that the number of people in need of assistance is at a record high.


UN study tackles violence against women in Arab region using economic model

06 October 2017 – An economic model to estimate the costs of intimate partner violence—the most common form of violence against women in the Arab region—was spotlighted this week at the United Nations’ regional commission in Lebanon.