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Ban urges ‘bold changes’ to aid action as States prepare for World Humanitarian Summit

UN News Centre – 20 April 2015


Looking ahead to the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul next year, the United Nations Secretary-General today stressed how news stories were serving to compel the international community into agreeing to align major global commitments to support the world’s most vulnerable people.

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UN urges ‘robust’ rescue operations for refugees following largest migrant catastrophe in Mediterran

UN News Centre – 19 April 2015

The head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has expressed shock at the news of the latest boat capsizing in the Mediterranean Sea in which hundreds of people are feared lost, adding that such a catastrophic event provides yet another indication of the need for a “robust” rescue-at-sea mechanism aimed at preventing future tragedies.

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Nearly 800,000 children forced to flee violence in Nigeria and region – UNICEF

UN News Centre – 13 April 2015

A new report released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reveals that least 800,000 children have been forced to flee their homes as a result of the conflict in northeast Nigeria between Boko Haram, military forces and civilian self-defence groups.

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Libyan leaders, activists to meet under auspices of UN as crisis escalates in country’s west

UN News Centre – 12 April 2015

A meeting of Libyan political leaders and activists facilitated by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) will take place in Algeria on 13 April, with hopes of devising a plan to end Libya's crisis, which is said to have 'gravely' escalated in the country's west.

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UN official on ‘urgent’ mission to besieged Yarmouk refugee camp

UN News Centre – 11 April 2015

The United Nations agency concerned with the well-being of Palestinian refugees is undertaking an urgent mission to Syria today, prompted by deepening concerns for the safety and protection of thousands Palestinian and Syrian civilians at Yarmouk refugee camp overrun in recent days by militants.

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At Americas Summit in Panama, Ban urges nations to pursue prosperity with equality

UN News Centre – 10 April 2015

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in an address in Panama to the seventh Summit of the Americas, commended the hemisphere's commitment to peace, democracy, human rights and sustainable development, while urging leaders to continue to pursue a future of prosperity with equality, where no one is left behind.

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Civilians in Yemen ‘willfully abandoned to misery,’ says Ban, urging immediate political solution to

UN News Centre – 09 April 2015

Countless civilians are being “willfully abandoned to misery” in Yemen, amid a rapidly deteriorating security and humanitarian crises inflamed by escalating violence, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters at United Nations Headquarters today.

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UN calls for $111 million to address urgent humanitarian priorities in DPR Korea

UN News Centre – 08 April 2015

The United Nations today called for some $111 million to fund its humanitarian operations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DRPK) in 2015, covering activities in food and agriculture, health and nutrition, and water and sanitation.

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‘Children urgently need our protection,’ warns UN child rights envoy as casualties mount in Yemen

UN News Centre – 01 April 2015

Alarmed by the rising number of child casualties in Yemen, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui today urged all parties involved in military operations “avoid creating new risks” for crisis-torn country's children and to adhere to international law.

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International Criminal Court welcomes Palestine as State Party to the Rome Statute

UN News Centre – 01 April 2015

The International Criminal Court (ICC) welcomed the Palestine as the 123rd State Party to its founding Rome Statute today, in a ceremony held at the seat of the Court in The Hague in The Netherlands.

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In Iraq, UN chief pledges support as Government tackles ongoing threat from ISIL

UN News Centre – 30 March 2015



Despite recent military gains against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), “vast challenges” remain ahead as the Government of Iraq fights to consolidate its territorial integrity against the terrorist threat, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today during an unannounced visit to Baghdad.

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New UN report shows wars in Syria and Iraq drive highest asylum numbers in 22 years

UN News Centre – 26 March 2015

The wars in Syria and Iraq, as well as armed conflicts, human rights violations and deteriorating security and humanitarian conditions elsewhere, has pushed the number of people seeking asylum in industrialized countries to the highest level since 1992 at the beginning of the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to a United Nations report released today.

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2014 ‘devastating’ year for Palestinians, says UN humanitarian report

UN News Centre – 26 March 2015

Amid a surge in hostilities and an ongoing blockade, 2014 was a traumatic year for millions of people living in the occupied Palestinian territory, a senior United Nations humanitarian official said today, as the Organization released its latest report on the situation on the ground.

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Syria crisis ‘worsening’ amid humanitarian funding shortfall, warns top UN relief official

UN News Centre – 26 March 2015

The situation on the ground in Syria has “dramatically” worsened as the country enters its fifth year of war amid escalating fighting and targeted attacks against civilians, the top United Nations humanitarian official warned today as she urged the international community to bring the violence to an end.

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Libya: new UN report documents targeting of human rights defenders

UN News Centre – 25 March 2015

Armed groups across Libya have targeted human rights defenders seeking to shed light on abuses, according to a new United Nations report that outlines a litany of violent attacks and threats against defenders in the country, and in some cases even after they are forced to leave.

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UN unveils permanent memorial to victims of transatlantic slave trade

UN News Centre – 25 March 2015

United Nations officials today welcomed the unveiling at the world body’s New York Headquarters of a permanent memorial to the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade which they acknowledged was one of the most horrific tragedies of modern history.

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Amid growing crises, UN officials urge protection for war’s youngest victims

UN News Centre – 25 March 2015

The international community must act “collectively and expeditiously” to thwart the growing number of children affected by armed conflicts, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today, as the Security Council met to discuss the myriad horrors faced by children caught up in wars worldwide.

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Palestinian conflict continues to destroy human life, dignity – UN rights official

UN News Centre – 23 March 2015



Violations of human rights “fuel and shape the conflict” in the occupied Palestinian territories, a senior United Nations official reported to the Human Rights Council today.

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UN official urges continued international support as Vanuatu recovers from Cyclone Pam

UN News Centre – 21 March 2015

The international community must ramp up financial and humanitarian support for Vanuatu's most vulnerable communities as they begin to rebuild and recover from the devastation wrought by Cyclone Pam, a senior United Nations humanitarian official said today.

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UN officials say suffering in Nigeria ‘immense,’ warn of regional humanitarian crisis

UN News Centre – 19 March 2015

Amid ongoing fighting between Government forces and Boko Haram insurgents, the effects of the crisis in north-eastern Nigeria are increasingly reverberating across the region, two senior United Nations humanitarian officials said today, as they urged international donors to ramp up financial support for relief efforts.

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