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News in Brief 1 October 2019

  • Athens urged to fast-track asylum-seekers amid crisis over island shelters 
  • ‘Sixth straight year’ of at least 1,000 deaths in the Mediterranean 
  • Plunge in Russians’ alcohol consumption linked to ‘dramatic’ rise in life expectancy 
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Athens urged to fast track asylum seekers amid island shelters crisis – UNHCR

A spike in the number of refugees reaching Greek island reception centres is likely to worsen the situation in already “dangerously overcrowded” facilities there, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday.

 

News in Brief 26 August 2019

  • UN chief calls for more concrete action in response to the ‘climate emergency’
  • UN food relief agency calls for additional funding in Central African Republic 
  • Young migrant’s death should prompt Athens to move other youngsters to safety: UNHCR
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‘I don’t like to give up': veteran UN envoy reveals how two decades of quiet diplomacy gave birth to North Macedonia

Last June, a historic agreement settled a 27-year-long name dispute between two countries, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece. One man, Matthew Nimetz,  patiently led the negotiations on behalf of the United Nations for over two decades and he told UN News, in an exclusive interview, that his faith in a positive outcome never faltered.

UN welcomes progress in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia naming dispute

The Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for the naming dispute between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Matthew Nimetz, has welcomed the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia parliament’s decision to ratify an agreement on a new name for the latter country, following a dispute that has lasted some 28 years.

‘Time is of the essence’ for refugees on Greek islands – UN agency

Authorities in Greece must take urgent steps to address the “abhorrent” humanitarian situation for around 11,000 asylum-seekers on the islands of Samos and Lesvos, the UN refugee agency warned on Tuesday.

‘Not in my backyard’ attitude will not resolve crises – Greek Prime Minister

Recalling the challenges confronting Greece not so long ago, and the calls at the time from various quarters urging unilateral steps and disengagement with the international community, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras underscored at the United Nations on Friday the importance of collective action and wisdom to overcome complex problems.

News in Brief 21 September 2018

  • Vulnerable children on Greek islands must be transferred immediately – UNICEF
  • DR Congo’s Ebola-hit communities still at risk, say WHO, UNICEF
  • Harmful use of alcohol kills more than three million people each year – WHO
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Refugees overcrowded to ‘boiling point’ on Greek island, warns UN agency

The Government of Greece has been urged by the United Nations to do more to help thousands of asylum-seekers and migrants who have been “crammed” into island reception centres, amid reports that children have tried to take their own lives there.

News In Brief 24 July 2018

  • Ebola outbreak in DRC declared over: WHO
  • Appeal for peaceful Zimbabwe elections amid threats of violence
  • Cause of deadly fires in Greece still unknown, say UN weather experts
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