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Ban appoints Chilean national as Deputy Special Representative for Central African Republic

22 July – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Fabrizio Hochschild of Chile as his new Deputy Special Representative for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).


Lebanon: Security Council calls for presidential and parliamentary polls by next May

22 July – Expressing deep concern over the two-year-long vacancy in the presidency of Lebanon, the United Nations Security Council today urged Lebanese leaders to urgently convene a parliamentary session and called on all parties to negotiate a compromise agreement in order to end the country's political and institutional crisis.


UN agencies launch new tool to help displaced populations manage fuel needs

22 July – Two United Nations agencies have issued a new technical handbook to assist humanitarian workers to address multifaceted problems related to cooking fuel for refugees and displaced people.


Over 26,000 people flee South Sudan into Uganda; influx sets single-day record

22 July – Some 26,500 South Sudanese, mostly women and children, have crossed into Uganda since fighting between rival forces erupted in and around the capital, Juba, on 7 July, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.


Partnerships and coherence vital to development cooperation, UN deputy chief tells Forum

21 July – The United Nations deputy chief today stressed the importance of partnerships and coherent policy and action in tackling global challenges, including inequalities, conflicts, terrorism and climate change, and achieving the new international development goals.


As DR Congo polls approach, UN rights chief warns of threats to free speech, public assembly

21 July – Concluding a four-day mission to Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, today commended the country's efforts to strengthen human rights but cautioned that some of these advances may be under threat, especially what he saw as repression against opposition parties in the coming elections.


UN chief launches first report to track Sustainable Development Goals

19 July – Launching the first-ever Sustainable Development Goals report on the new global development agenda adopted last year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the 15-year undertaking is “off to a good start” but will require all parts of the UN family and its partners to work together.


Countries need to be reminded they are built on diversity, says UN Deputy Secretary-General

19 July – United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today called for an alternative narrative on migration, where human mobility is seen as a positive development and a driver for economic prosperity and social progress.


Syria: Food convoy reaches Serghaya, as UN agencies urge protection of aid workers and sites

19 July – As humanitarian convoys gain access to hard-to-reach areas in Syria, some United Nations agencies are speaking out about fresh dangers to aid workers.


Thousands flee to Uganda to escape renewed violence in South Sudan – UN refugee agency

19 July – More than 5,000 people – primarily women and children under the age of 18 years – have fled from South Sudan to neighbouring Uganda since the latest violence in the country erupted on 7 July, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).


UN: Strong donor support for Lebanon positively impacts food, children and infrastructure

18 July – High donor commitments continued to help Lebanon in mitigating the impact of the Syrian crisis by bolstering food assistance, education, water and sanitation, according to a United Nations mid-year update on donor support to the country.


Senior UN relief official welcomes US and EU funding for emergency response in Lake Chad Basin

18 July – The top United Nations humanitarian official for Africa’s Sahel region has expressed gratitude to the United States and the European Union for their financial support for people affected by violence in countries surrounding the Lake Chad Basin region – and called for greater international support.


In Rwanda, Ban meets with African leaders on situation in South Sudan

15 July – Ahead of the 27th African Union (AU) Summit taking place in Kigali, Rwanda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with several African leaders to discuss the situation in South Sudan.


Some 1,400 stuck at Hungarian-Serbian border amid dire conditions, UN refugee agency warns

15 July – The United Nations refugee agency today expressed deep concern about a new restrictive law at the Hungarian-Serbian border, and urged Hungarian authorities to investigate reports of abuse and violence in transit zones and bitten by unleashed police dogs.


South Sudan ceasefire ‘largely holding;’ UN urges safe passage for fleeing civilians

12 July – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has reported that the ceasefire in the crisis-gripped country appears to be “largely holding, barring sporadic gunfire,” while the UN refugee agency has urged countries to keep their borders open for people fleeing tensions in Juba, where the human rights wings has warned the situation is “deteriorating rapidly.”


'Alarming' levels of malnutrition and famine-like conditions in northeast Nigeria – UN

12 July – Humanitarian convoys have uncovered emergency levels of severe acute malnutrition and famine-like conditions in Nigeria's Borno State, particularly in 15 satellite camps, where some 275,000 people are living, the United Nations relief aid wing has warned.


‘Time to massively reinforce UN action’ on South Sudan, Ban says ahead of Security Council meeting

11 July – Ahead of a meeting with the United Nations Security Council tomorrow on South Sudan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the body to impose an immediate arms embargo, enact additional targeted sanctions on leaders and commanders blocking implementation of the peace deal, and to fortify the UN mission in the country, which has seen a resurgence of deadly violence in recent days.


Syria: UN airlifts bring humanitarian lifeline to northeast governorate of Al Hassakeh

11 July – The first United Nations World Food Programme-chartered flight carrying relief aid reached Al Hassakeh Governorate in Syria’s northeast over the weekend, an area cut off from food and humanitarian supplies for more than six months.


Security Council condemns fighting in Juba, demands South Sudan's leaders prevent spread of violence

10 July – Strongly condemning the escalating violence in and around the South Sudanese capital of Juba that began on 7 July, the United Nations Security Council today joined Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in calling for an end to the fighting, while separately demanding that President Salva Kiir and First Vice-President Reik Machar do their utmost to control their respective forces.


'Prevailing calm should not be confused with stability,' warns UN envoy for Lebanon

8 July – The United Nations envoy for Lebanon has asked the UN Security Council to devote greater attention to situation there, including the deteriorating security conditions, weakening State institutions and the need for continued dispersal of funding for the refugees hosted by the country.


Central African Republic’s leaders must commit to inclusive, transparent governance, Security Council told

8 July – The Central African Republic’s (CAR) considerable progress over the past two years risks being reversed unless national authorities demonstrated commitment to inclusive and transparent governance, and to addressing the root causes of the crisis afflicting the country, the United Nations peacekeeping chief warned today.


Ahead of South Sudan's fifth anniversary of independence, renewed violence draws UN concern

8 July – As South Sudan prepares to mark its fifth anniversary of independence, United Nations officials today expressed concern over the continuing violence in parts of the country and the resulting forced displacement of people, both internally and throughout the neighbouring region.


Thousands fleeing violent clashes in Central African Republic – UN refugee agency

8 July – The United Nations refugee agency today said that more than six thousand people from the Central African Republic (CAR) have fled into Chad and Cameroon to escape renewed tension and violent clashes since mid-June.


UN-backed meeting on forced displacement crisis in Central America urges regional responsibility-sharing

8 July – With people fleeing violence in Central America in numbers not seen in more than 30 years, representatives from Governments, international organizations and civil society gathered for a United Nations-backed event on the issue in San José, Costa Rica, and agreed to enhance access to asylum and increase regional responsibility-sharing.


UN and partners warn of growing poverty for Syrian refugees

5 July – While significant progress has been made in providing assistance, the number of Syrian refugees living in poverty continues to rise in host countries in the region and access to basic services remains a critical challenge, a new United Nations report warned today.


With two-state solution 'slipping away,' UN denounces Israel's settlement, demolition activities

4 July – The United Nations today condemned Israel for demolishing Palestinians' homes and advancing plans to build new houses for Israeli settlers, amid the prospect of the two-state solution to the Middle East conflict already “slipping away.”


UN chief welcomes China joining the International Organization for Migration

1 July – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed China’s decision to join the International Organization for Migration (IOM), saying that the country will make a “valuable contribution” to IOM.


UN chief signs condolence book for victims of Turkish terrorism attack

30 June – There is no justification for terrorism, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated after signing a book of condolences for the victims of the attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport.


Recalling recent Lesbos visit, Ban urges European leaders to act with ‘compassion and foresight’ on refugee issue

28 June – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged European leaders meeting in Brussels today to act with “compassion and foresight,” and find humane solutions for refugees that not only uphold international law and protect human rights, but also save lives.


In Jerusalem and Gaza, Ban urges ‘courageous steps’ for lasting two-State solution

28 June – Following a meeting this morning in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the leader to take the “courageous steps” necessary for a negotiated two-State solution in order to bring lasting peace, security and dignity for the people of both Israel and Palestine.


UN officials call for boost in solidarity and funding to meet growing humanitarian needs

27 June – The international community must act with urgency and solidarity to deliver on the commitments generated at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, this past month, in order to adequately respond to and prevent crises and build resilience on a global scale, senior United Nations officials emphasized today.


Ban names humanitarian coordinator in Syria as new Deputy Special Representative for Liberia

27 June – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Yacoub El Hillo of Sudan as his Deputy Special Representative in the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), succeeding Antonio Vigilante of Italy, who concluded his assignment on 15 June 2016.


UN allocates $13 million from emergency fund to support people in north-eastern Nigeria

27 June – The top United Nations relief official today released $13 million from a fund that supports rapid humanitarian responses – known as the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) – to provide life-saving assistance to 250,000 people in areas of north-east Nigeria that have just become accessible.


In Paris, Ban calls for 'humane solution' for refugees and migrants

25 June – In Paris today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the countries of Europe as well as the international community at large to work towards a compassionate and humane solution to the problem of refugees and migrants, emphasizing that he counts on the European Union and Britain to continue as strong partners of the UN on development and humanitarian issues.


South Sudan: UN food relief agency warns of worsening food, nutrition status

24 June – Despite some recent political progress in South Sudan, a deteriorating food and nutrition situation, economic decline and sporadic violence are continuing to significantly impact the humanitarian needs within the country, the United Nations food relief agency cautioned today.


Lebanon: UN envoy calls for collective support from global community for country at risk of ‘imploding’

22 June – The United Nations head of humanitarian operations for Lebanon today urged the international community to develop a comprehensive approach of support, or risk the implosion of a country that is vital to the regional dynamics.


Security Council hears calls for improved coordination, regional partnerships in UN peacebuilding efforts

22 June – Sustaining peace requires more coherence and coordination among the United Nations system, the head of the intergovernmental advisory body that supports peace efforts in countries emerging from conflict told the Security Council today.


‘Searchlight of international scrutiny’ must focus on crimes of sexual violence in conflict – UN deputy chief

21 June – Addressing an event commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today stressed the importance of prevention and early response efforts, as well as the need to shift shame and stigma from victims to perpetrators.


‘Credibility of international community at risk’ as Syria war grinds on – senior UN officials

21 June – With the conflict in Syria now well into its fifth year, and the country dealing with a grinding crisis that has brought death, displacement and regional instability, the international community must not lose momentum in attaining a comprehensive and concrete political solution, senior United Nations officials emphasized today.


UN agencies warn of alleged rights violations, funding shortfall in embattled Fallujah

21 June – Amid ongoing fighting in the embattled Iraqi city of Fallujah, the United Nations human rights office today warned of continuing allegations of serious rights violations, as the Organization’s refugee agency reported a funding crunch to meet the immediate needs of the thousands of civilians who continue to flee the area.


‘Unprecedented’ 65 million people displaced by war and persecution in 2015 – UN

20 June – The number of people displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution last year exceeded 60 million for the first time in United Nations history, a tally greater than the population of the United Kingdom, or of Canada, Australia and New Zealand combined, says a new report released on World Refugee Day today.


UN emergency fund allocates $15 million to support people fleeing Fallujah

20 June – The top United Nations relief official chief today released $15 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to provide urgent life-saving assistance for people affected by the recent fighting and military operations in Fallujah.


Visiting Greek island, Ban says refugees' nightmare 'not over,' urging humane approach across Europe

18 June – Visiting the Greek island of Lesbos, which has become migrants' entry point to Europe, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the countries in the region to respond with a humane and human rights-based approach, instead of border closures, barriers and bigotry.


In Greece, UN chief urges global responsibility-sharing for welfare of displaced

18 June – On a visit to Greece, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today discussed the refugee crisis with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, urging States to address the root causes of displacement and more evenly share the responsibility for the welfare of migrants and refugees.


Feature: From Lesvos to Berlin – a photographer’s journey reveals the people behind the numbers

17 June – Renowned photographer Giles Duley, who barely survived a 2011 explosion in Afghanistan in which he lost both legs and part of his left arm, now reports for the United Nations refugee agency, and feels that his lasting wounds have allowed him to better connect with people and capture their stories.


Ahead of World Refugee Day, UN agency launches ‘Stand #WithRefugees’ initiative

16 June – Ahead of the World Refugee Day on 20 June, more than 60 film, TV and music stars have joined refugees, faith leaders and the United Nations refugee agency staff to back a petition highlighting the plight of forcibly displaced people.


UN human rights panel concludes ISIL is committing genocide against Yazidis

16 June – The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) [also known as ISIL and Da'esh] is committing genocide against Yazidis that amounts to crimes against humanity and war crimes, a United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry reported today.


In Brussels, Ban urges EU Member States to meet development assistance targets

15 June – On the second day of his visit to Brussels, Belgium, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the opening ceremony of the European Development Days forum and participated in a commemoration for the victims of the March airport bombing attacks in the city.


At Security Council, UN envoy warns LRA shifting focus to more high-profile targets in Central Africa

15 June – The United Nations is concerned about the impact of Uganda’s potential withdrawal from military operations against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in the Central African Republic, the Secretary-General’s envoy for the region said today, stressing that a departure of Ugandan troops must be well-coordinated.


UN food relief agency to double aid to Niger’s conflict-torn Diffa region

15 June – Faced with a new wave of displacement following recent Boko Haram attacks in Niger’s south-eastern Diffa region and with needs on the rise, the United Nations food relief agency plans to double its food and nutrition assistance, aiming to gradually increase its life-saving support to more than 250,000 people in Niger’s embattled southern region.


In Op-Ed, UN chief says global community 'must work in new ways to help people in crisis'

14 June – In an opinion piece published today by The Guardian, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the outcome of the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, held in Istanbul, Turkey, last month.


In Brussels, Ban urges joint efforts against terrorism and in addressing displacement

14 June – In Brussels, Belgium, today, ahead of the start of a forum by the European Commission, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with several European officials, discussing such issues as the need for stronger international cooperation in the face of emerging challenges related to terrorism, and also visited with refugees and volunteers working at a soup kitchen.


UNICEF warns of growing exploitation risk for refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe

14 June – More than nine out of 10 refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe this year through Italy are unaccompanied, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported today, warning of the growing threats of abuse, exploitation and death that such children are facing.


General Assembly elects Permanent Representative of Fiji as President of 71st session

13 June – In a rare secret ballot vote, the United Nations General Assembly today elected Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji, as President of its upcoming 71st session.


Kenya assures head of UN refugee agency that rights obligations will be followed for Somali returns

13 June – On his first visit to Kenya, the chief of the United Nations refugee agency received assurances from the African country that the return of refugees to Somalia would not contravene international obligations.


UN refugee agency projects resettlement needs at 1.19 million in 2017

13 June – With a multitude of conflicts and crises causing record displacement around the world, more than 1.19 million people are projected to be in need of resettlement in 2017, the UN refugee agency said today.


UN rights chief warns of 'preventable calamities' and 'worrying' trends in more than 50 countries

13 June – In a wide-ranging opening speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, the UN rights chief sheds a light on “preventable calamities” and worrying trends around the world, including detailed concerns about the situation in more than 50 countries.


Syria: UN agencies reach families with food in the besieged town of Darayya

10 June – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced it delivered food for the first time since 2012 to the besieged town of Darayya, a suburb of Damascus, as part of a joint UN and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) convoy.


Iraq: UN refugee agency warns of struggles and new displacements in Mosul

10 June – More than half a million people remain uprooted from their homes two years after fleeing violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul, while military activities in the north and south-east of the city are causing fresh displacement, the United Nations refugee agency said today.


UN refugee agency modifies response plan for Mediterranean and Western Balkans

10 June – The United Nations refugee agency today announced a revision to the regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan, involving 60 partner organizations and covering the eastern Mediterranean and Western Balkans route, in order to focus on the static population in Greece and on protection activities.


Iraq: Funding is running out to help people fleeing Fallujah, UN relief official warns

9 June – The United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Iraq said today she is deeply concerned by the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the besieged city of Fallujah, warning that funding is insufficient to continue to carry out the massive relief operation that is currently under way.