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Lake Chad Basin: UNICEF warns 5.6 million children at risk of waterborne diseases in rainy season

23 June – More than 5.6 million children are at increased risk of contracting waterborne diseases, such as cholera and diarrhoeal infections, as the rainy season begins in conflict-affected areas of countries around Lake Chad, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today.


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

23 June – 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 – 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 – 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.


Nigerian refugees returning to “dangerously unprepared” situation, UN agency chief warns

21 June – Large numbers of Nigerian refugees hosted in Cameroon are returning to northeast Nigeria, into a situation the United Nations refugee chief calls “dangerously unprepared to receive them.”


World population to hit 9.8 billion by 2050, despite nearly universal lower fertility rates – UN

21 June – The world population is now nearly 7.6 billion, up from 7.4 billion in 2015, spurred by the relatively high levels of fertility in developing countries – despite an overall drop in the number of children people have around the globe – the United Nations today reported.


Burundi: Senior UN official urges steps towards political dialogue amid ongoing fragility

20 June – Amid Burundi's “fragile” security situation, marked by recent grenade attacks in the capital, Bujumbura, a senior United Nations political official told the Security Council today that regional actors and international partners must press for confidence-building measures that would be conducive for holding an inclusive and credible political dialogue in the country.


Bees, hens and greenhouses help restore livelihoods in Iraq – UN agriculture agency

20 June – Thousands of vulnerable Iraqi and Syrian refugee families affected by conflict in northern Iraq aim to profit from new livelihood ventures of the United Nations agriculture agency.


Heading to Uganda for 'solidarity summit,' UN chief marks World Refugee Day with calls for action

20 June – Refugee protection is not a matter of solidarity or generosity, but an obligation under international law, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today said, detailing five strong appeals to the international community for respecting refugees' rights.


UN rights chief calls for investigation into 'landscape of horror' in DR Congo's Kasai provinces

20 June – Detailing “harrowing reports” of killings, mutilation and entire villages destroyed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's restive Kasai provinces, the top United Nations human rights official today called on the UN Human Rights Council to establish an independent international investigation into the widespread rights violations and abuses there.


Africa's largest refugee crisis now a 'children's crisis' – UNICEF

20 June – 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.


On World Refugee Day, UN urges support, solidarity for record number of displaced people

20 June – With a record 65.6 million people last year forcibly uprooted from their homes by violence and persecution, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called on the international community to provide support and solidarity.


Violence and persecution uprooted record 65.6 million people in 2016, UN agency reports

19 June – Nearly 66 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes last year, the United Nation refugee agency today reported, stressing the “very high” pace at which conflict and persecution is forcing people to flee their homes.


UNICEF appoints 19-year-old education activist and Syrian refugee as Goodwill Ambassador

19 June – In a historic first, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has appointed 19-year-old Muzoon Almellehan, who has been advocating for girls' education since fleeing war-torn Syria in 2013, as its newest – and youngest – Goodwill Ambassador.


'No limit' to cruelty of traffickers, says UN agency, as video surfaces of abused migrants in Libya

16 June – Two United Nations agencies have voiced 'deep concern' for the safety of hundreds of migrants and refugees – including many children – held captive by smugglers or criminal gangs at an unknown location in Libya after a video showing their abuse was posted on Facebook.


UN refugee agency urges sustained access as civilians flee Raqqa fighting

16 June – As fighting in and around the Syrian city of Raqqa continues to take a toll on civilians and displaces thousands every day, the United Nations refugee agency has called for greater and sustained access to that it can reach those in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.


UNICEF-backed projects for millions of children in Syria on verge of being 'cut off'

16 June – Programmes supported by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to assist more than nine million children in Syria and neighbouring countries are on the verge of being cut off due to a critical funding shortage.


In Kabul, UN chief calls for peace and compassion

14 June – Expressing solidarity with Afghan people, in the wake of recent violence in the country, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today underscored the Organization's full commitment to work with the Government and people of the country to build a sustainable and prosperous future for them.


Put peace first, UN chief says, kicking off 100-day countdown to International Day of Peace

14 June – True peace requires building bridges, combating discrimination and standing up for the human rights of the world's people United Nations Secretary-General said, kicking off the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace, with a strong appeal to citizens, governments and leaders everywhere to “put peace first.”


Protection of migrant and refugee children must be at core of new global compacts – UN agency

13 June – Amid ongoing discussions towards the first-ever global compacts on refugees and migration, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) joined other United Nations agencies meeting in Berlin today stressing that all parties involved in these talks must work together to address the needs of migrant children, consistent with their human rights.


Guterres expresses support for UN agency's work assisting Palestine refugees in Middle East

12 June – Secretary-General António Guterres today expressed concerns over recent public criticism of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the integrity of its operations, and called on all Member States to continue to support the agency in discharging its important humanitarian mandate.


UN agency chief urges world to 'step up' as refugee numbers outpace resettlement spots

12 June – Against the backdrop of increasing refugee numbers around the globe, fuelled by crisis and insecurity, and an ever widening gap in places to resettle them, the top United Nations official dealing with refugee issues has called on governments to “step up” and deliver places for refugees in line with the commitments they have made.


Angola: Funds urgently needed as Congolese refugee influx overwhelms services, warns UN agency

12 June – As refugees fleeing violence and communal tensions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continue to arrive in neighbouring Angola, the United Nations refugee agency has appealed for more resources to cope with the influx and to provide those coming with the support they urgently need.


On World Day Against Child Labour, UN urges protection for children in conflicts and disasters

12 June – Children in areas affected by conflict and disasters are among the most vulnerable, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) in warning on the World Day Against Child Labour, making a strong call for an end to the scourge, especially as children trapped in crisis risk falling prey to trafficking or being forced into hazardous work.


Conflict and drought deepen food insecurity in Africa, Middle East – UN agency

9 June – Protracted fighting and unrest are swelling the ranks of displaced and hungry ins some parts of the world, even as large agricultural harvests in some regions are buoying global food supply conditions, according to a new report by the United Nations agriculture agency.


Syria: As airstrikes hit Raqqa, UN sounds alarm over plight of civilians

6 June – The United Nations humanitarian wing today said it is deeply concerned for the safety and protection of more than 400,000 civilians “who continue to be exposed to daily fighting and airstrikes” in Syria's war-torn Raqqa Governorate.


UN agencies urge aid for cyclone-hit communities in Bangladesh, Myanmar

2 June – United Nations agencies are calling for urgent aid to help hundreds of thousands of people affected by Cyclone Mora, which swept across the Bay of Bengal earlier this week.


Over 40 migrants die of thirst in the Sahara, signalling ‘broadening death trap,’ warns UN agency

2 June – Warning that smugglers may now be “broadening” a death trap for migrants and refugees that could stretch from the Mediterranean to the vast Sahara Desert, the United Nations refugee agency has reiterated its call for safe pathways so that those in desperate need of international protection do not lose their lives.


Thousands of Nigeria's returning refugees need humanitarian assistance – UN refugee agency

2 June – As thousands of refugees return from Cameroon to north-eastern Nigeria, straining the few existing services and creating a new emergency, the United Nations refugee agency is stepping up its response to improve conditions.


Iraq: UN refugee agency sounds alarm for more support as fighting continues in Mosul

2 June – As heavy fighting continues to drive large numbers of people from Mosul, the United Nations refugee agency today appealed for urgent support to meet the critical needs of vulnerable children, women and men displaced from and returning to the city.


Urgent aid needed for over 9,000 children fleeing violence in DR Congo to Angola – UNICEF

2 June – More than 9,000 children who have arrived at two temporary reception centres in a northern Angolan city from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) need urgent support, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today.


US decision to withdraw from Paris climate accord a 'major disappointment' – UN

1 June – The Spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General today said the decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change is a major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security.


Do not stand silent while Syrian parties use starvation, fear as ‘methods of war,’ urges UN aid chief

30 May – Though there are significantly fewer reports of violence in some parts of Syria, the consequences of the conflict continue to devastate lives, the top United Nations relief official said today, calling for ending attacks and obstacles that prevent humanitarian workers from reaching the hundreds of thousands of civilians still trapped in the war-torn country.


Libya: UN ramps up cooperation to help hundreds of thousands of desperate refugees and migrants

30 May – Two United Nations agencies today pledged to join forces and “go the extra mile” by expanding operations in Libya and enhancing their support to migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and Libyans affected by the ongoing conflict.


Recent tragedies at sea highlight urgency for safe pathways to Europe – UN refugee agency

30 May – Against the backdrop of more than 1,700 people having perished this year while undertaking perilous crossings across central Mediterranean Sea to reach mainland Europe, the United Nations refugee agency has appealed for “credible alternatives” to ensure accessible and safe ways for people in need of international protection to reach the continent.


Central African Republic: Amid fresh violence, UN rallies support for displaced

30 May – United Nations agencies are seeking to rally support for the people fleeing escalating violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), while the Organization's human rights office has called for the establishment of a strong justice system in the country.


‘All refugees want to go home someday’ – UNHCR spokesperson and author Melissa Fleming

26 May – As Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Melissa Fleming listens to stories of people fleeing for their lives every day. Although she has met many refugees and gotten to know several stories of resilience, when she came across Doaa’s story, she couldn’t sleep at night.


Attacks on hospitals and medical staff ‘symptoms of grave disregard’ for international law – UN chief

25 May – Parties to conflict are treating hospitals and clinics as targets, rather than respecting them as sanctuaries, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned today during a Security Council debate on the protection of civilians in armed violence.


On Africa Day, UN chief says world must move from ‘managing crises to preventing them’

25 May – ‘Africa Day’ 2017 comes at an important moment in the continent’s endeavours towards peace, inclusive economic growth and sustainable development United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said, urging humanity to listen and learn with the people of Africa.


UNICEF urges G7 leaders to adopt six-point action plan to keep refugee children safe

25 May – Ahead of the Group of Seven summit in Italy, the United Nations children’s agency has urged the leaders of G7 industrialized countries to adopt its six-point action plan for the protection of refugee and migrant children.


With funding ‘down to a trickle,’ UN agency renews warning over Burundi refugees

23 May – The United Nations refugee agency has increased its funding appeal by $36 million to support Burundians fleeing their homes in what could become the third-largest refugee crisis in Africa.


UN refugee agency ramps up response as Libya’s humanitarian crisis deepens

22 May – Conflict, insecurity, political instability and a collapsing economy have contributed to the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Libya, prompting the United Nations refugee agency to announce plans to step-up its presence and programmes there.


UN agency micro-loan helps Palestine refugee’s small business thrive amid rubble of Syrian war

19 May – Hidden literally under the rubble of the Syrian war is the economic success story of a widow who, refusing to submit to despair, founded a thriving micro-enterprise venture with assistance from a United Nations agency loan.


Yemen's war pushing Somali refugees to return home – UN agency

19 May – More than 30,000 Somali refugees have apparently returned to Somalia from Yemen, the United Nations refugee agency said, and an increasing number are seeking aid to return home.


Number of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children hits ‘record high’ – UNICEF

18 May – The number of children traveling alone has increased five–fold since 2010, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today, warning that many young refugees and migrants are taking highly dangerous routes, often at the mercy of traffickers, to reach their destinations.


UN agency, IKEA partnership leads to first solar farm in refugee camp

17 May – The world's first solar farm in a refugee camp switched on today in northern Jordan, providing renewable energy sources to about 20,000 Syrians living in the Azraq camp, the United Nations refugee agency today said.


Anaemic economic growth in some regions hampers progress on Global Goals, UN report finds

16 May – Over the last six months, global economic progress has predictably picked up, but low-level growth in some regions has tempered efforts to meet globally agreed development goals, according to a new United Nations report launched today in New York.


UN aids Yemenis in embattled Mokha; warns of cholera’s spread amid crippled health systems

16 May – The United Nations refugee agency today confirmed that for only the third time this year, its field teams were able to distribute humanitarian aid in the embattled district of Mokha, in Yemen's Red Sea governorate of Taiz.


South Sudan: UN, partners seek $1.4 billion for 'world's fastest growing refugee crisis'

15 May – The United Nations refugees and food relief agencies today urged donors to step up support for people fleeing crisis-hit South Sudan as the $1.4 billion response plan remains 86 per cent unfunded.