Month: January 2017

Managing national borders ‘cannot be based on any form of discrimination’ – UN chief Guterres

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Refugees fleeing conflict and persecution are entitled to protection, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today, expressing concern at decisions around the world that have undermined the integrity of the international refugee protection regime. “Refugees fleeing conflict and persecution are finding more and more borders closed and increasingly restricted access to the protection they need […]

World must implement pledges on women’s empowerment and rights – UN Women deputy chief

Working alongside her male team member, a woman employee checks the quality of work at a dam under construction in Sri Lanka. Photo: World Bank/Lakshman Nadaraja

Speaking at a consultation in preparation for the Commission on Status of Women, a body exclusively dedicated to promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment, a senior United Nations official has called for sustained commitment and leadership to ensure a successful outcome of the Commission. “We are at an important [juncture] in the achievement of […]

South Sudan: UN and regional partners call for immediate cessation of hostilities

Families displaced by ongoing fighting seek shelter in the UN Protection of Civilians site in Wau, South Sudan. Photo: UNICEF/UN027532/Ohanesian

  The United Nations, the African Union (AU) and regional partners today reiterated their call for an immediate cessation of hostilities in South Sudan and urged the parties to ensure an inclusive political process, both in the proposed National Dialogue and in the implementation of the 2015 peace agreement. Meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis […]

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UN agencies express hope US will continue long tradition of protecting those fleeing conflict, persecution

Displaced children and adults in Syria are seen in a vehicle after fleeing from ISIL-controlled areas in rural Raqqa to Ain Issa, the main staging point for displaced families, some 50 kilometres north of Raqqa city. Photo: UNICEF/Delil Soulaiman

The United Nations agencies dealing with global refugee and migration issues has expressed the hope that the United States will continue its strong leadership role and long tradition of protecting those who are fleeing conflict and persecution. “The needs of refugees and migrants worldwide have never been greater, and the US resettlement programme is one […]

UN-backed measles vaccination campaign to reach 4.7 million children in north-east Nigeria

A child is vaccinated during a measles campaign targeting 4.7 million children in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe in northeast Nigeria. Photo: UNICEF Nigeria

A child is vaccinated during a measles campaign targeting 4.7 million children in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe in northeast Nigeria. Photo: UNICEF Nigeria 26 January 2017 – A major vaccination campaign against a measles outbreak in northeast Nigeria is reaching 4.7 million children, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “Security has improved in […]