Category: Refugees

UN programme to help spare millions from child marriage, extended to 2023

©UNFPA-UNICEF Nepal/KPanday Millions of girls have been able to avoid “an unwanted marriage and an unwelcome end to their childhood”, since the launch four years ago, of a joint UN agency programme, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday. The UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage, a multi-country initiative to help […]

UN panel to rally global political will to tackle internal displacement crisis

UNOCHA/Giles Clarke Ambuchu John is 58 years old and completely blind, seen here standing in his new home with his two eldest children, having been displaced by the fighting in Buea District, Cameroon. Forty-one million people around the world are internally displaced – and hundreds of thousands more have been forced from their homes since […]

‘Not a single country’ does enough to help children flourish, say health experts

© UNICEF/Sebastian Rich Five-year-old Kiara makes a sale in a commuter train car in Buenos Aires, the capital. She has been working in the Subte, the city’s mass transit system, selling hairpins and other cheap goods, since she was three years old. The world’s survival depends on children being able to flourish, but no country is doing enough to give them a sustainable future, dozens of highly respected […]

World must ‘act and deliver’, match Pakistan’s compassion for refugees, says UN chief

UN Photo/Mark Garten Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the International Conference on 40 Years of Hosting Afghan Refugees in Pakistan, in Islamabad. Pakistan’s solidarity and compassion for hosting Afghan refugees is a remarkable blueprint that the rest of the world should follow. That’s the message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who spoke at an international conference in Islamabad – where he also called for […]

Refugee resettlement: ‘Tremendous gap’ persists between needs, and spaces on offer

© UNHCR/Hossein Fatemi A Syrian father stands with his children at Bardarash camp in Duhok, Iraq, a day after arriving. Although around 1.4 million refugees are estimated to be in urgent need of resettlement worldwide, only 63,696 were resettled through the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) last year – that’s only 4.5 per cent  –  due to […]

Mexico: UNICEF calls for implementation of protocol to protect migrant children

UNICEF/Luis Kelly Children playing in a UNICEF-backed child-friendly space in Jesús Martínez ‘Palillo’ Stadium, a temporary shelter in Mexico City, Mexico, November 2018. Authorities in Mexico are being reminded by the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, of the need to protect the rights of migrant children who enter the country. UNICEF on Saturday reported that some 700 children are among the […]