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Nearly 25,000 flee Ramadi amid ISIL attacks and heavy fighting, says UN relief wing

UN News Centre – 18 May 2015

With stocks running low and funds running out, United Nations aid agencies are rushing humanitarian assistance to people fleeing the city of Ramadi in central Iraq for the second time this month, according to the UN office tasked with coordinating relief operations.

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Yemen conflict is taking ‘dreadful toll’ on civilians: UN top relief official

UN News Centre – 10 May 2015

The conflict in Yemen is taking a dreadful toll on civilians, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the country has warned, as he also expressed deep concern over yesterday's airstrikes on the city of Sa'ada, where scores of civilians were reportedly killed.

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‘Gruelling’ lean season ahead for areas of Sahel impacted by Boko Haram violence – UN agency

UN News Centre – 08 May 2015

Thousands of women and children in regions where Boko Haram violence has spilled into Cameroon, Niger and Chad, face a gruelling lean season and worsening malnutrition, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today.

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In Nepal, senior UN official warns ‘clock is ticking’ for earthquake relief efforts

UN News Centre – 04 May 2015

The global humanitarian community is fighting against the clock as it delivers critical relief to Nepal’s most devastated communities, a top United Nations official said today as she urged international donors to step up their support.

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UN chief expresses ‘deep regret’ about executions of eight people in Indonesia

UN News – 29 April 2015

The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon today expressed his deep regret over executions carried out in Indonesia on April 29 despite numerous calls in the country and abroad for a reprieve.

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UN responds to destruction, displacement in wake of Nepal earthquake

UN News Centre – 26 April 2015

A UNICEF worker speaks to a child seeking temporary shelter at a vacant field next to Nepal's army headquarters in Kathmandu following Nepal's massive earthquake. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2015-1007/Nybo

The United Nations relief wing said today that at least 2,200 people have died and over 5,800 are injured as a result of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday.

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UN urges Europe to ‘put human life, rights and dignity first’ in response to Mediterranean crisis

23 April 2015

The most senior United Nations officials dealing respectively with refugees, human rights, and migration and development, have appealed strongly to European leaders to put human life, rights, and dignity first when agreeing today a common response to what they called the “tragedy of epic proportions” unfolding in the Mediterranean Sea, where some 1,600 people have died this year trying to flee their strife-torn homelands.

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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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