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34 stories found over the past 45 days
UN conference spotlights role of tourism in fighting poverty and building peace

20 May 2016 – Tourism plays a crucial role in lifting people out of poverty and building peace, participants from more than 100 countries gathered at a United Nations conference in Beijing, China, this week have said, calling for greater efforts to step up international cooperation in that regard.


Refugee children are five times more likely to be out of school than others – UN report

20 May 2016 – Just 50 per cent of refugee children are in primary school and 25 per cent of refugee adolescents are in secondary school, a new policy paper released today by two United Nations agencies has found.


Ecuador: month after quake, humanitarian needs acute; many without roof over heads – UN

20 May 2016 – One month after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that claimed the lives of over 650 people in north-western Ecuador, humanitarian needs remain acute there, as 73,000 people have been displaced, 15,000 people have lost their identity documents, and 17,000 refugees and asylum-seekers, mostly from Colombia, who lived in the stricken areas were also affected, the United Nations refugee agency said today.


Ahead of end of UN forum, participation of indigenous people in development targets urged

19 May 2016 – As the 2016 United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues prepares to close tomorrow, three participants in the session today underscored the importance of solidifying the participation of indigenous people in UN mechanisms to ensure that they are not left behind in the achievement of sustainable development targets.


‘Nobody Left Outside’ campaign launched as UN warns of dire shelter conditions for refugees

18 May 2016 – A half-billion-dollar shortfall in funds for sheltering refugees is severely undermining efforts to tackle the biggest global displacement crisis since World War II, the United Nations refugee agency warned today, as it launched a new campaign that calls on the private sector to contribute funds for shelter solutions for two million refugees.


EU has largely ‘abandoned’ Greece to deal with migrant crisis on its own, UN expert warns

17 May 2016 – The suffering of migrants in Greece is the result of a complete absence of long-term vision and the clear lack of political will of the European Union (EU), a United Nations human rights expert said today, warning that Greece, already struggling to cope with fiscal challenges, has been abandoned by the EU to deal with a crisis that requires a response from all countries in the region.


International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia focuses on health, well-being of LGBTI people

17 May 2016 – Marking the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the United Nations today called on the global community to take action to ensure that all people have an equal right to live healthy lives free from violence, persecution, stigma, and discrimination.


Marking 'Day of Families,' Ban urges support during 'heavy toll' of crisis situations

15 May 2016 – The rise of violent extremism, the effects of forced displacement, extreme weather events and other challenges are taking a heavy toll on the health and integrity of families in crisis situations, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, marking the International Day of Families with a call for Governments to support the crucial role of families in all their diverse forms.


Security Council demands Boko Haram ‘immediately’ end all violence in Lake Chad Basin

13 May 2016 – Deeply concerned at the alarming scale of the humanitarian crisis caused by the activities of Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin region, the United Nations Security Council demanded that the group “immediately and unequivocally cease all violence and all abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law.”


In Syria, head of UN agency for Palestine refugees calls for protection to be strengthened

13 May 2016 – The head of the United Nations relief agency charged with the well-being of Palestinian refugees across the Middle East has just completed a two-day visit to Syria where he met with Palestine refugees and called for their protection to be strengthened.