conflict

Refugee children excluded from education will never be equipped to rebuild their countries: UNHCR

The vast majority of the world’s nearly 26 million refugees are hosted in the Global South where providing education for them is a major challenge, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, the agency’s Mamadou Dian Balde (Deputy Director, UNHCR Division of Resilience and Solutions) explains how a new plan is helping to provide not just primary but also secondary schooling to vulnerable youngsters.

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Humanitarian assistance to be scaled-up for millions of Venezuelans in need 

The United Nations humanitarian wing launched a new Response Plan (HRP) on Wednesday, that aims to help around 2.6 million people in Venezuela through to the end of the year, almost half of whom are youth. 

Ripple effect of sexual violence in conflict threatens ‘collective security’, stains ‘our common humanity’, says UN chief 

Sexual violence in conflict is a “threat to our collective security” and a “stain on our common humanity”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, on Wednesday. 

News in Brief 18 June 2019

  • 300,000 flee flare-up of ethnic violence in north-eastern DRC
  • Sudden death of Egypt’s former President Morsi must be investigated: UN human rights
  • Kuwait and Pakistan confirmed as having hottest temperatures on earth recorded
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News in Brief 13 June 2019

  • Guterres strongly condemns latest attack on oil tankers in Gulf 
  • ‘Heated clashes’ lead to 17 deaths in Darfur; AU-UN Mission launches investigation 
  • UNICEF report ranks the best and worst ‘family-friendly’ nations
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‘Huge’ scale of mental health problems in emergencies is bigger than a decade ago: WHO 

Mental health problems are “huge” in conflict or emergency settings, with more than one in five people affected, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said in a new report. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, WHO’s Dr. Mark van Ommeren outlines the findings and describes what’s being done to help sufferers, including in war-torn Syria. 

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Vital food crops destroyed in Syria amid upsurge in fighting across Idlib, Hama

Thousands of acres of crops have been destroyed in Syria’s Idlib and north Hama provinces amid ongoing deadly violence, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday, in a call to the warring parties to stop using food security to hold people “hostage”.

News in Brief 13 May 2019

  • New Zealand youth ‘in frontline’ of fight against climate change: UN chief
  • Climate change ‘a threat to our human rights’, says Australian minority community
  • Condemnation for deadly attack on church in Burkina Faso
  • Conflict escalation in Gaza possible ‘at any time’ amid growing despair and depression: UNRWA
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News in Brief 10 May 2019

  • Record number of people displaced by conflict and natural disaster
  • Myanmar military alleged to have opened fire on men and boys held in school 
  • Nearly 900 children released by north-east Nigeria armed group
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New resolution on sexual violence in conflict, bolsters UN’s ‘survivor-centred’ approach, says top official

A newly-passed Security Council resolution on sexual violence in conflict, “reinforces” the mandate of the UN’s top official dealing with the issue, cementing a “survivor-centred” approach in “all aspects of prevention and response”. That’s according to the UN’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramilla Patten, in an in-depth interview with UN News following the resolution passed late last month.

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