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Toll on refugee and migrant children continues to mount one year after EU-Turkey deal – UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today that one year after the Balkan border closures and the European Union-Turkey Statement, which were aimed at stopping mass migration flows, refugee and migrant children face greater risks of deportation, detention, exploitation and deprivation. “While there has been a major decrease in the overall numbers of children […]

UN urges building more just, equal societies to increase happiness and well-being worldwide

Speaking at an event today marking the International Day of Happiness, the deputy United Nations chief called for more inclusive, equitable and balanced approaches to development that promote sustainability, poverty eradication, happiness and well-being of all peoples. “Many countries have undertaken efforts to develop broader measures of progress, often through public consultations, parliamentary commissions, and […]

South Sudan now world’s fastest growing refugee crisis – UN refugee agency

The number of South Sudanese fleeing their homes is “alarming,” the United Nations refugee agency said, announcing that 1.6 million people have either been displaced or fled to neighbouring countries in the past eight months ago. “A famine produced by the vicious combination of fighting and drought is now driving the world’s fastest growing refugee […]

UN announces interagency group to coordinate global fight against antimicrobial resistance

The United Nations today announced the establishment of an Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, which will be co-chaired by Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan. “As we enter the era of sustainable development, I would like to emphasize that antimicrobial resistance really does pose a formidable threat […]

Half of Central African Republic’s people need aid; Security Council discusses peace operations

Senior officials today called for strong political support and adequate resources for the United Nations peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic (CAR), where half of the population urgently needs aid, according to the latest United Nations figures. Addressing the Security Council alongside CAR President Faustin Archange Touadera, Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous […]