As refugee and migrant flood into Europe continues, UN and partners seek $550 million for 2016

With no let-up in the flood of people pouring into Europe as they flee conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere, the United Nations refugee agency and its partners are appealing to donors for $550 million to support the ongoing humanitarian response for 2016.

Confronting bitter winter, UN agency steps up food aid in conflict-affected eastern Ukraine

With food security expected to worsen in conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine during the cold winter months, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it would extend its emergency operation to help feed more than 260,000 people until the end of June.

Cyprus: UN chief holds first joint meeting with Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders

In his first joint meeting with the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged them to “capitalize on the current positive momentum” to reunite the island under a federal government.

UN experts urge France to protect fundamental freedoms while combatting terrorism

A group of United Nations human rights experts warned today that the current state of emergency in France and the country’s law on surveillance of electronic communications impose excessive and disproportionate restrictions on fundamental freedoms.

Harsh winter poses additional hazards to child refugees and migrants arriving in Europe – UN

With children now accounting for more than one in three of the tens of thousands of refugees and migrants flooding into Europe, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today voiced concern at the impact recent sub-zero temperatures and snowy conditions were having on them.

Draft UK surveillance law threatens freedom of expression, UN human rights experts warn

United Nations human rights experts have called for a comprehensive review of the United Kingdom’s draft Investigatory Powers bill, warning that if adopted in its present form it could threaten the rights to freedoms of expression and association both inside and outside the country.

Saudi-Iran tensions will not hamper efforts to resolve Syria conflict – UN special envoy

The United Nations Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, concluded today his regional consultations with meetings in Tehran, where he received assurances from his interlocutors that regional current tensions would not affect Iran's engagement in facilitating the holding of upcoming Geneva talks on ending the crisis in Syria.