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Syria: UNICEF plans to reach 2.6 million children with winter supplies and cash assistance

UN News Centre – 09 December 2015

Warning of harsh winter conditions looming for more than eight million Syrian children living inside the war-ravaged country or as refugees around the region and beyond, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced a package of assistance for 2.6 million Syrian children, including cash assistance, in addition to ongoing humanitarian programmes.

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On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, UN urges inclusion for people of all abilities

UN News Centre – 03 December 2015

The United Nations is marking this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities today with the theme “inclusion matters” to raise awareness and mobilize support for some one billion people living with disabilities who remain one of the most marginalized groups in the world.

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UN marks World AIDS Day with ‘new hope’ as momentum builds to break epidemic by 2030

UN News Centre – 02 December 2015

The first World AIDS Day since political leaders The first World AIDS Day since political leaders committed to ending the epidemic by 2030 as part of the United Nations-led Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has generated “new hope” to break the epidemic and keep it from rebounding in “an unparalleled opportunity to change the course of history for ever.”

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UN seeks common European strategy on health care for refugee and migrant influx

UN News Centre – 24 November 2015

As the unprecedented influx of refugees and migrants into Europe strains host countries’ medical resources, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) opened a high-level meeting in Rome today to draft a common strategy on health care for the newcomers, ranging from prompt vaccination against measles and polio to dealing with childbirth complications.

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On Universal Children’s Day, UN says world remains ‘deeply unfair’ place for children

UN News Centre – 23 November 2015

Marking Universal Children’s Day, the United Nations today highlighted that the world remains a “deeply unfair” place for the poorest and most disadvantaged children despite major advances since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, 26 years ago today.

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Paris, Beirut terror attacks must not be pretext for slamming shut doors to refugees – UN officials

UN News Centre – 19 November 2015

The United Nations General Assembly met today on tackling the global refugee crisis in the shadow of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut, with top officials pleading that the door for genuine refuge not be slammed shut in the name of security.

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Nigeria: Ban condemns deadly terrorist attack; urges fight be grounded in international law

UN News Centre – 18 November 2015

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the terrorist bomb attack in the Nigeria city of Yola, which killed dozens dead and injured scores.

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Refugees should not be turned into scapegoats following Paris attacks, says UN agency

UN News Centre – 18 November 2015

The United Nations refugee agency today expressed its shock and horror at the attacks in Paris and the killing of so many innocent people but warned against the scapegoating of refugees, in the wake of the deadly attacks.

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No room for death penalty in 21st century, no support for capital punishment

UN News Centre – 04 November 2015

Ahead of the launch of a new book by the United Nations on the global trend away from the death penalty, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights said today that there has been a decline in the number of countries upholding capital punishment in the last 40 years.

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UN calls for urgent action to address child statelessness before problems become ‘set in stone’

UN News Centre – 03 November 2015

Stateless children across the world share the same feelings of discrimination, frustration and despair, according to a new United Nations report published today, that warns that urgent action is needed before statelessness “sets in stone” problems haunting their childhood.

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South Sudan: UN launches mass nutrition screening as hunger threatens lives of thousands of children

UN News Centre – 29 October 2015

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have stepped up their activities in South Sudan after the recently released Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) today revealed that nearly 237,000 children in the country are estimated to be suffering from severe acute malnutrition

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South Sudan: UN calls for immediate access to conflict-affected areas to prevent ‘catastrophe’

UN News Centre – 22 October 2015

Three United Nations agencies today warned that extreme hunger is pushing people to the brink of a catastrophe in parts of South Sudan, as a new analysis found that 3.9 million people nationwide now face severe food insecurity. 

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UN deputy chief urges ‘transformation’ in collective effort to tackle ‘staggering’ humanitarian need

UN News Centre – 15 October 2015

Warning of the huge, almost uncontrollable human disasters facing the world – with a staggering 100 million people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance – United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has urged global solidarity to meet “the heavy but inspiring responsibility” today’s global challenges demand.

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In Rome, Ban says refugee and migration crisis is a ‘defining moment for Europe and the world’

UN News Centre – 15 October 2015

The current refugee and migration crisis is a “defining moment” for Europe and the world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared in Rome today, where in an address to Italian Government officials, he thanked Italy for its “compassionate and courageous response” while continuing his strong call on all countries to bear more of the responsibility.

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Central African Republic: UN agency delivers food aid to thousands displaced by recent violence

UN News Centre – 14 October 2015

The World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that aid workers have reached more than 30,000 newly displaced people in desperate need of food in the Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui, where the situation remains “tense and volatile” after a new surge in violence.

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Security Council renews commitment to landmark resolution on women, peace and security

14 October 2015

Marking the 15th anniversary the adoption of the United Nations Security Council’s resolution 1325, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today declared his commitment to the inclusion of women in peace-building processes, while the Council adopted a new text by which it decided to integrate women, peace and security concerns across all country-specific situations on its agenda, within relevant contexts.

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UN launches ‘Nelson Mandela Rules’ on improving treatment of prisoners

UN News Centre – 07 October 2015

The United Nations today launched the Revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, dubbed the ‘Nelson Mandela Rules,’ which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed as “a great step forward” but also drew attention to three areas that could be strengthened from a human rights perspective.

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On International Walk to School Day, UN envoy urges action to make roads safe for children

UN News Centre – 07 October 2015

Marking International Walk to School Day, Jean Todt, the United Nations Special Envoy for Road Safety, has is calling for urgent action to halt road deaths and traffic accidents, which, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), kill some 500 children a day.

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UN, humanitarian community struggling to meet unprecedented needs of refugees

UN News Centre – 05 October 2015

The global refugee crisis is so great that the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), other UN agencies and their partners today said that they are struggling to respond to and meet all the humanitarian needs they face.

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UN agencies call for end to violence and discrimination against LGBTI community

UN News Centre – 30 September 2015

Twelve UN agencies today called for an end to violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) adults, adolescents and children, and set out specific steps to protect these individuals.

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