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In Ukraine, humanitarian situation still dire amid sporadic fighting, UN reports

26 May 2015 – The tenuous situation in eastern Ukraine continues to be marked by sporadic fighting and a crippling humanitarian crisis forcing many civilians to seek refuge in underground shelters or in neighbouring countries, the United Nations relief arm confirmed today.


UN launches mass polio vaccination campaign set to target nearly 5.7 million Iraqi children

26 May 2015 – Aiming to target 5.7 million children under the age of five, the United Nations today launched a mass polio vaccination campaign in Iraq, which is set to be conducted in all governorates to maintain the country's polio-free status.


Ban calls for postponement of Yemen consultations, urges 'soonest possible' return to dialogue

26 May 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has requested that his Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, postpone the planned consultations aimed at seeking a peaceful and Yemeni-led political transition process in the country, according to a United Nations spokesperson.


UN rights chief spotlights Burundi, migrant crises in Europe and Asia, other pressing issues

26 May 2015 – The top United Nations human rights official drew attention to several issues of concern today in an informal address to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council from the eruption of violence in Burundi and the overflowing migrant dilemmas in the Mediterranean and South-East Asia, to the protracted and worsening conflict in South Sudan.


Some 500,000 homes and temples across Nepal damaged by earthquake, UN official says

26 May 2015 – As teams of trekkers and Nepalese sherpas are now reaching remote, high-altitude villages with humanitarian aid, a senior United Nations development official today drew attention to the post-earthquake recovery and reconstruction needs of more than 500,000 homes and cultural heritage sites in the rural areas.


Security Council extends UN mission in Somalia until August

26 May 2015 – The Security Council today adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) as the Horn of Africa country continues down its road towards political recovery and increased security.


Nigeria: UN warns of ‘alarming’ spike in suicide attacks by women and girls

26 May 2015 – Northeast Nigeria has witnessed a sharp increase in suicide attacks involving women and girls this year, the United Nations children’s agency warned today, calling on the country’s incoming Government make the safety and well-being of children a political priority.


UN South Sudan envoy describes ‘great challenge’ of protecting civilians on visit to renovated camp

26 May 2015 – Travelling around South Sudan to see efforts made by the United Nations to protect civilians in the country, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Ellen Margrethe Løj, who also heads the UN Mission (UNMISS), visited Bentiu in Unity state this weekend.


Pause in Syria fighting critical for farmers to harvest crops, get it to those in need – UN

26 May 2015 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has called for humanitarian pauses in Syria so farmers can safely harvest and transport crops within the country to reach all Syrians in need.


Ban praises Ireland’s ‘compassionate leadership’ on migration and refugees

26 May 2015 – As he wrapped up a visit to Ireland today, the Secretary-General congratulated the country on its “fruitful and strong” relationship with the United Nations over the past 60 years and looked forward to a continued partnership as the world tackled several significant challenges.