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In Mosul and beyond, sustained efforts needed to support millions of displaced Iraqis – UN official

Families fleeing from Yarmouk neighbourhood in western Mosul, Iraq. Photo: OCHA/Themba Linden

Witnessing “complete devastation” in districts of Mosul, a senior United Nations relief official visiting Iraq lauded the massive humanitarian effort under way while indicating that the crisis is “far from over,” including for millions of Iraqis displaced throughout the country. “I commend the achievements of the humanitarian operation in Iraq and wish to highlight the […]

Australia’s offshore refugee processing causes ‘extensive suffering’ and must end, says UN agency chief

Four years on, Australia’s offshore processing has left some 2,000 people languishing in unacceptable circumstances – causing physical and psychological harm, according to the United Nations refugee agency, which today called for an immediate end to the practice. “Australia’s policy of offshore processing in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, which denies access to asylum in […]

Amid rising violence in Jerusalem, UN and diplomatic partners urge maximum restraint on all sides

The Damascus Gate, one of the main entrances to the Old City of Jerusalem. Photo: UN Photo/ John Isaac

In a statement issued late yesterday, the envoys of the so-called Middle East Quartet – comprising the UN, Russia, the United States and the European Union – strongly condemned acts of terror, and expressed regret for all loss of innocent life caused by the violence, and hope for a speedy recovery to the wounded. The […]

UN chief calls tolerance, understanding and compassion ‘catalysts for peace’


Religion is being distorted to increase differences, Secretary-General António Guterres said, urging the international community to counter such narratives. Speaking Tuesday at a panel discussion on The Role of Religious Leaders in Peacebuilding in the Middle East, the Secretary-General called for expanding the space for dialogue with local and regional leaders, and other people with a voice and […]

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