Month: September 2017

International Day of Peace 21 September

Children in Zataari Camp in Jordan. Photo credit UN/Sahem Rababah

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” The theme […]

Peace operations ‘not a substitute’ for diplomatic efforts, Security Council told

Peacekeepers with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) are greeted by children. Photo: MINUSMA/Marco Dormino

United Nations peace operations must be deployed in support of – not in place of – active diplomatic efforts, Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council today, as he outlined some critical changes necessary to make these missions more effective. “Today we gather to fortify this flagship UN activity,” Mr. Guterres said during an open debate on […]

President of UN General Assembly urges world leaders to engage in working for the people

Miroslav Lajčák, President of the 72nd session of the General Assembly, addresses the annual general debate. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Opening the annual general debate, the President of the United Nations General Assembly today stressed the need for more work on prevention, a greater focus on people, and keeping promises made to advance prosperity and protect the planet. “We are spending too much time and money reacting to conflicts, and not enough on preventing them,” Miroslav […]

UNICEF scales-up relief for Rohingya facing critical ‘shortages of everything’

On 7 September 2017, newly arrived Rohingya refugees walk ashore at Shamlapur beach in Cox's Bazar district, Chittagong Division in Bangladesh, after traveling for 5 hours in a boat across the open waters of the Bay of Bengal.

By 5 September 2017, more than 146,000 Rohingya refugees fled across the border from Rakhine State, Myanmar, into Cox's Bazar district, Chittagong Division in Bangladesh since 25 August. As many as 80 per cent of the new arrivals are women and children. More than 70 000 children need urgent humanitarian assistance. More than 100,000 of the newly arrived refugees are currently residing in makeshift settlements and official refugee camps that are extremely overcrowded while 10,000 newly arrived refugees are in host communities. In addition, 33,000 arrivals are in new spontaneous sites, which are quickly expanding.  While some refugees are making their own shelters, the majority of people are staying in the open, suffering from exhaustion, sickness and hunger. Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable districts, not only for its poor performance in child related indicators but also for its vulnerability to natural hazards.  Most people walked 50 or 60 kilometers for up to six days and are in dire need of food, water and protection. Many children are suffering from cold fever as they are drenched in rain and lack additional clothes. Children and adolescents, especially girls, are vulnerable to trafficking as different child trafficking groups are active in the region. Many more children in need of support and protection remain in the areas of northern Rakhine State that have been wracked by violence.

In Bangladesh, UNICEF is scaling up its response to provide refugee children with protection, nutrition, health, water and sanitation support. With the recent influx of refugees, demand has increased and UNICEF is working to mobilize more support and strengthen its existing activities. For recreational and psychosocial suppo

Amid an acute shortage of humanitarian supplies for the thousands of Rohingya arriving every day in Bangladesh, having fled violence in Myanmar, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is undertaking a “massive” scale-up of its emergency operations to ensure that those most vulnerable are not endangered further. Up to 400,000 Rohingyas have been sheltering in […]

Abuse, exploitation and trafficking ‘stark reality’ for migrant children trying to reach Europe – UN report

Walking along the train tracks connecting Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, a woman carries a young boy as a young girl holds on to the back of her jacket. Photo: UNICEF/UN012803/Georgiev

More than 75 per cent of migrant and refugee children trying to reach Europe via the Central Mediterranean route face appalling levels of abuse, exploitation and trafficking, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said, calling on the continent to establish safe and regular pathways for migration. “The stark […]