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Syria still suffering ‘staggering levels’ of humanitarian need, Security Council hears

“Staggering levels” of humanitarian need persist throughout Syria, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told Security Council members on Tuesday. Speaking on behalf of UN emergency relief chief Mark Lowcock, Reena Ghelani, OCHA’s Director for Operations and Advocacy, said that this year, an estimated 11.7 million people will require life-saving humanitarian assistance […]

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Joint UN-Red Cross appeal to end rising sexual violence as a weapon of war

  Sexual violence in conflict – and the stigma that survivors often face – must be addressed urgently, UN chief António Guterres said on Monday, in a joint appeal for more funding and international action, together with the head of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer. Describing how he was “frequently horrified” by the first-hand accounts of survivors […]

Youth, indigenous peoples, migrants and refugees boost hope for human rights: Guterres

  People’s rights are under fire “in many parts of the globe,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Human Rights Council on Monday, before insisting that he was not “losing hope”, thanks to the progress made by powerful grassroots movements for social justice. Addressing the Geneva-based forum on the opening day of its 40th session, Mr. Guterres underlined the Council’s […]

UN and partners to hold conference seeking urgently needed funds to save millions in Yemen from ‘horrific’ plight

  Preparations are being finalized at the UN for conference to be held on Tuesday in support of a $4.2 billion appeal to scale up help to millions of people in Yemen, where years of war have created the world’s worst humanitarian emergency. But the situation remains “horrific” for people everywhere in the war-torn country, according to Jens […]

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UN rights chief ‘alarmed’ by upsurge in attacks against civilians in Syria’s Idlib

  Civilians in Syria’s north-western city of idlib continue to be used “as pawns”, caught in the crossfire of bombardments by the Government and its allies, and attacks by non-State armed groups, the United Nations human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, warned on Tuesday. Since December, the intensified ground-based bombardment of the city, located in the north-west […]