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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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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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