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AU Summit: Guterres calls for ‘collective, comprehensive, coordinated’ response to challenges facing Africa

Daniel Getachew UN Secretary-General António Guterres, addressing the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 9 February, 2020. The challenges facing African nations are “complex, multi-faceted and far-reaching” but a “collective, comprehensive and coordinated” response by the global community will build on the momentum that already exists to help the continent thrive, the UN chief told the […]

FROM THE FIELD: ‘Shock and horror’ of military onslaught against Syrians

UNOCHA Many families have been trying to flee an escalation of fighting in northern Syria. A military escalation in northern Syria which has trapped civilians in Idlib has “shocked and horrified” a senior UN humanitarian official. The UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, Mark Cutts, said that “bombing has just been continuing with […]

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 […]

2020’s ‘wind of madness’ indicates growing instability: UN chief

Rising instability and unpredictable geopolitical tensions have led to a “wind of madness” across the world, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday during his main annual press conference for journalists at UN Headquarters in New York. Following recent flare-ups in some hotspots, the UN chief observed that although de-escalation efforts indicated progress, the situation has now changed. “I have spoken about winds of hope. But today a wind of madness is sweeping the globe.  From Libya to Yemen […]