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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 […]

With human rights under attack, UN chief unveils blueprint for positive change

UN Photo/Violaine Martin UN Secretary-General António Guterres attends the High Level Segment of the 43rd Regular Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. People’s basic human rights – their birth-right – are “under assault”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday, as he launched a Call to Action aimed at boosting equality and reducing suffering everywhere. […]

UN launches new project to address link between terrorism, arms and crime

UN Office of Counter-Terrorism Director of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, Under Secretary-General Vladimir Voronkov presents the project “Preventing and combatting the illicit trafficking of small-arms and light weapons and their illicit supply to terrorists” – addressing the terrorism-arms-crime nexus. Cheap and easily accessible small arms are increasingly becoming the “weapon of choice” for many […]

‘Deliberate starvation’ tactics used in South Sudan could be a war crime

 crime UNMISS The United Nations has been providing food aid to hungry South Sudanese over a period of many years. The people of South Sudan have been “deliberately starved” in different parts of the country for ethnic and political reasons, and sexual violence against women and men as a weapon of war is ongoing, UN investigators said on Thursday. The three-member commission,appointed by […]

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‘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 […]

UN rights chief, agencies appalled at civilian toll in war-torn Syria’s north-east

© UNICEF/Baker Kasem A child walks in the falling snow at a recently established informal settlement which continues to receive newly displaced families from southern Idlib and rural Aleppo governorates in northwest Syria. Facing freezing temperatures and bombing, more than 900,000 civilians in Syria’s north-west have been forced into ever smaller areas in search of safety, […]