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Syria: human toll and suffering are ‘sickening,’ UN relief chief tells Security Council

UN News Centre – 28 April 2016

With hundreds of thousands of civilians killed, millions of people displaced and countless families torn apart, the UN relief chief today described the human toll and suffering in Syria as “sickening,” and said the global community should be “ashamed” that this is happening on its watch.

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UN refugee agency says up to 500 lives lost after boat sinks in Mediterranean

UN News Centre – 21 April 2016

The United Nations refugee agency said today that as many as 500 people may have lost their lives this past week when an overcrowded boat carrying refugees and migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea at an unknown location between Libya and Italy.

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In Nigeria’s restive northeast, fate of thousands of abducted women remains unknown – UN

UN News Centre – 14 April 2016

The plight of 219 Chibok schoolgirls abducted two years ago is all too common in Nigeria's conflict-affected north-eastern communities, and up to 7,000 women and girls might be living in abduction and sex slavery, senior United Nations officials warned today.

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Civilians remain at risk in South Sudan, despite peace agreements, Security Council told

UN News Centre – 31 March 2016

Senior United Nations officials today cautioned that the humanitarian and human rights situation in South Sudan remains dire, and asked the Security Council to call on the parties to the conflict and armed actors to uphold their obligations under international law to protect civilians and aid workers, and grant free access for delivery of life-saving supplies.

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One in 10 Syrian refugees will need resettling, UN agency warns ahead of conference

UN News Centre – 30 March 2016

Syrian children, including one who is barefoot, stand atop the muddy ground in the Bab Al Salame camp for internally displaced persons, near the border with Turkey, in Aleppo Governorate.

Supporting refugees is a global responsibility that must be widely shared, the UN refugee agency stressed today ahead of a one-day high-level conference it is hosting in Geneva tomorrow, focused on refugees from Syria and the need for generating a substantial increase in resettlement and other answers for their plight.

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Progress made on humanitarian track for Syria, UN advisor reports

UN News Centre – 24 March 2016

The advisor to the United Nations envoy on Syria today reported further progress in the humanitarian relief efforts in that conflict-battered country, including with more areas reached, medical kits getting through checkpoints, and children being vaccinated.

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UN reports widespread human rights abuses in Libya, where ‘complete impunity prevails’

UN News Centre – 25 February 2016

A United Nations report published today has documented widespread human rights violations and abuses committed in Libya since the beginning of 2014, recommending urgent measures to address “the complete impunity that prevails” and to strengthen and reform the justice sector.

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More investment needed in developing female-controlled HIV prevention options – UN agency

UN News Centre – 23 February 2016

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today welcomed the “encouraging” results of two studies from Africa in which women modestly reduced their risk of infection by inserting a vaginal ring coated with the antiretroviral drug dapivirine once a month.

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‘Bring people in from the margins,’ urges UN chief on World Social Justice Day

UN News Centre – 22 February 2016

The United Nations top official today called on Member States to build inclusive societies free of discrimination, in which all people can live with dignity and opportunities to improve their lives, as he observed the World Day of Social Justice.

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Syria: humanitarian air drops ‘very concrete proposal,’ says UN envoy

UN News Centre – 18 February 2016

As United Nations inter-agency convoys completed the delivery of humanitarian aid to more than 80,000 Syrians in five besieged towns, the UN Special Envoy for Syria today said the idea of air drops to locations that have yet to be reached “has become a very concrete proposal.”

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Life-saving humanitarian aid reaches five besieged towns in Syria

UN News Centre – 17 February 2016

As United Nations relief wing convoys reached five besieged towns in Syria with aid today, the Office of the UN Special Envoy for the country announced that a task force will meet for a second time tomorrow to discuss humanitarian access issues.

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UN agency provides food to Syrians fleeing Aleppo fighting

UN News Centre – 10 February 2016

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today it has started distributing urgently needed food to people displaced by the recent surge in violence in Syria’s northern Aleppo.

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Special UN event mobilizes action towards ending female genital mutilation within 15 years

UN News Centre – 09 February 2016

Marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), dozens of women, girls, experts, and United Nations officials gathered today at a special event at UN Headquarters to discuss ways of eliminating the harmful practice by 2030 and to celebrate the increased mobilization against it.

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Record $10 billion pledged in humanitarian aid for Syria at UN co-hosted conference in London

UN News Centre – 04 February 2016

An international conference on war-torn Syria in London today pledged a record $10 billion after United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon laid out three main objectives: raising $7 billion in immediate humanitarian aid, mustering long-term support, and protecting civilians.

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Ban urges world to support Ethiopia’s efforts to battle worst drought in 30 years

UN News Centre – 31 January 2016

The international community must stand with the people of Ethiopia in their time of need, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging donors gathered in Addis Ababa to step up assistance to the drought-hit country, which is battling the effects of one of the most powerful El Niño events in recorded history, made worse by the impact of climate change.

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Failure in Syria not humanitarian but political, says senior UN relief official

UN News Centre – 27 January 2016

Senior United Nations relief officials working on the front lines of the conflict in Syria stressed today that only a political solution will end the five-year war, insisting that humanitarians have been doing all that they can to assist millions of desperate people who have lost nearly everything and are “now beginning to lose hope that the world cares.”

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Fate of civilians in armed conflict ‘grim’ with thousands killed, hospitals under attack, UNSC told

UN News Centre – 20 January 2016

With scores of civilians being killed in conflicts worldwide, tens of thousands facing starvation in besieged cities, and hospitals under attack, the United Nations Security Council held a day-long session today amid calls for greater accountability and expanded use of the International Criminal Court.

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As wars, floods and droughts displace millions, UN refugee agency urges tackling root causes

UN News Centre – 17 December 2015

 With conflicts in the Middle East and Africa driving unprecedented numbers of people from their homes while floods and droughts wreak havoc with lives and livelihoods in Asia, the United Nations refugee agency today brought together Governments and civil society to address the root causes of displacement.

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Amid escalating hate speech against Muslims, UN rights officials denounce intolerance, incitement

UN News Centre – 16 December 2015

Expressing “grave concern” at the outpouring of intolerance and hate speech in public discourse and in the media in recent weeks, which focused particularly on Muslims, senior United Nations human rights officials urgently called on those in positions of authority and political leadership to act responsibly and with respect for both international and national laws.

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Fundamental freedoms ‘inalienable and inherent – now and always,’ UN says on Human Rights Day

UN News Centre – 10 December 2015

Marking this year’s Human Rights Day amid extraordinary global challenges, the United Nations is calling on the world to recognize and guarantee fundamental freedoms – long recognized “as the birthright of all people” – freedom from fear, freedom from want, freedom of speech and freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

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