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UN envoy urges Iraqi politicians to ‘roll up sleeves’ and meet peoples' aspirations

The top United Nations official in Iraq made an urgent appeal on Tuesday for the prompt formation of a new Government that meets the aspirations of that country’s people.

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Demonstrators voice their grievances against the Sri Lankan government at a protest in London, UK in May 2022.
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Demonstrators voice their grievances against the Sri Lankan government at a protest in London, UK in May 2022.

Human rights must be at heart of solution to Sri Lanka crisis : A UN Resident Coordinator blog

Economic DevelopmentThe severe economic crisis in Sri Lanka shows no signs of ending any time soon, with the country’s newly installed Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, warning of more difficult days ahead. Hanaa Singer-Hamdy, the most senior UN official in Sri Lanka, told UN News that, amid violent protests and the imposition of a state of emergency, any solution must involve a robust democracy and respect for human rights.

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Afghan refugee Wahidullah Faizi, a participant in the UNHCR India' 'Home and Belonging' mentoring programme.
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Photo Story: Home and belonging

A six-month UN refugee agency (UNHCR) mentorship programme is helping eight young refugees in New Delhi, India to become visual storytellers.

As part of the initiative, they captured their emotions and thoughts about home and family, and reflected on their personal journeys of loss and hope, in a series of powerful photographs.

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Lebanon elections: Guterres calls for ‘swift formation’ of inclusive Government

Peace and Security The UN Secretary-General has called for Lebanon’s political leaders to swiftly form an inclusive government in the wake of parliamentary elections on Sunday, that can help the crisis-wracked nation implement reforms to put the country “on the path to recovery”.

Leyla shows her small rented flat where she currently lives with her two children.
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First Person: I am a woman, a refugee, ‘I am who I am’

Human Rights The UN migration agency, IOM, is running migrant centres across six provinces in Turkey as part of its refugee response, which provide migrants, refugees, and host community members, with education, social services, law, vocational guidance, and community support. One of those who has benefited from the centres is Leyla Al Darazi, originally from Lebanon, who although born male, has identified as female since a young age. To coincide with the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, marked on 17 May, Leyla told her story to Begum Basaran, a communications assistant with IOM Turkey.