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Iraq: As anti-ISIL operation intensifies, civilians increasingly at risk, UN official warns

Amid the intensification of the military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) in northern Iraq and its impact on civilians, a senior United Nations humanitarian official in the country has raised alarm their safety and called on all sides to ensure that they are protected. “We are deeply disturbed by […]

UN agency working to address women’s health and protection needs in storm-hit Haiti

Damage to health infrastructure caused by Hurricane Matthew is extensive, according to a joint evaluation conducted by UNFPA and the government of Haiti. Photo: UNFPA/Eddie Wright 3 November 2016 – With some 546,000 women of reproductive age in Haiti affected by Hurricane Matthew, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has urged greater attention to women’s […]

On International Day, UN calls for end of impunity for crimes against journalists

Warning that impunity for crimes against journalists is rampant, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for immediate action to secure justice in cases here journalists have been attacked or killed and for concrete steps from all countries to ensure that media professionals are guaranteed space to operate free from harassment and intimidation. Today, 2 […]

Almost one in seven children breathing heavily toxic air – UNICEF report

About 300 million children in the world are living in areas with outdoor air so toxic – six or more times higher than international pollution guidelines – that it can cause serious health damage, including harming their developing brains, a new United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report has revealed. “Pollutants don’t only harm children’s developing […]

South Sudan: Ban to put in place measures to improve UN Mission’s ability to protect civilians

In light of the “serious shortcomings” revealed by an independent inquiry into the response of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) after violence broke out in an around its premises in the capital, Juba, in July, Secretary-General Ban Ki moon will introduce a raft of measures to bolster its protection of civilians, including through greater accountability of uniformed and civilian personnel.