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UN agency seeks $813 million to support Palestine refugees fleeing Syria and those in occupied territory

With Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory – including East Jerusalem – and those who have fled the conflict in Syria, facing humanitarian crises, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)has launched an $813 million emergency aid appeal. Speaking to UN News, Pierre Krähenbühl, the Commissioner General […]

2016 deadliest year ever for migrants crossing Mediterranean – UN agency

More migrants were killed crossing the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in 2016 than ever before, according to the United Nations migration agency in the region. At least 363,348 people crossed the sea – mostly to Italy and Greece – but 5,079 additional people were either killed or are missing. The UN International Organization for Migration […]

Climate change will lead to annual coral bleaching, UN-supported study predicts

If current trends continue and the world fails to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, nearly all of the world’s coral reefs will suffer severe bleaching – the gravest threat to one of the Earth’s most important ecosystems – on annual basis, the United Nations environment agency today reported. The finding is part of a study funded […]

Xmas Arrangements

The UNAA Victoria office will be closed from Thursday 22 December to Monday 9 January 2017. We wish all our members, supporters and partners all the very best for the festive season and look forward to working with you all in 2017.  

Today is International Human Solidarity Day – Message of the Secretary-General

Secretary-General’s Message for 2016 The world has achieved significant progress in human development over the past two decades. The global poverty rate fell by more than half.  People are living longer and healthier lives, and are better educated. Despite these and other advances, prosperity has not been shared by all. Inequalities, extreme poverty, unemployment, social […]

Possibility of genocide in South Sudan is “all too real”, Ban warns in opinion piece

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in an opinion piece published by Newsweek. The UN chief recalled that following decades of war, South Sudan became the world’s newest country five years ago and when he attended the 2011 independence celebrations in the capital, Juba, “hopes were high that the long-suffering people of the oil-rich country would […]