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UN agencies call for urgent disembarkation of hundreds rescued in the Mediterranean

Hundreds of rescued migrants and refugees currently on board three vessels in the Central Mediterranean, some of whom have been stuck at sea for weeks, must be brought to shore immediately, two UN agencies said on Saturday.

UN rights office concerned over migrant boat pushbacks in the Mediterranean

Restrictions against humanitarians who rescue migrant boats in the central Mediterranean are putting lives at risk and must be lifted immediately, the UN human rights office said on Friday.

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Greek island shelter crisis, only 8 per cent of UNGA speakers women, Russian alcohol laws extending lives, Older Persons Day

Tuesday’s top stories: Greece urged to fast-track asylum-seekers as 1,000 die on the Mediterranean; just 16 women addressed UN General Assembly; less alcohol means longer lives in Russia; cholera campaign in Sudan; standing up for older people on international day.

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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Wednesday's Daily Brief: 'Ambition and action', key to UNGA, South Sudan, Cameroon peace process updates

A recap of Wednesday's top stories: Guterres previews next week's summit agenda; UN and Red Cross appeal to eliminate urban warfare; South Sudan's one-year peace progress report; Cameroon renews call for 'durable peace'; Cities both helping and hurting, when it comes to climate change action. 

News in Brief 13 August 2019

  • Breakthrough in new drug treatments to fight Ebola in DR Congo
  • UN expert calls for action over French nationals facing Iraq terror charges
  • Allow more than 500 rescued passengers to disembark, urges UNHCR
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Another 170 migrants disappear in shipwrecks, UN agency reiterates call for an end to Mediterranean tragedy

The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, stated on Saturday that “no effort should be spared” in saving lives at sea, following reports of two new shipwrecks on the Mediterranean Sea, in which some 170 people either died or went missing. 

‘At risk’ Mediterranean forests make ‘vital contributions’ to development

Between 2010 and 2015, forests around the Mediterranean have expanded by two per cent, but that has come at the price of significant degradation and increasing vulnerability to climate change, population pressures, wildfires and water scarcity, warned a new UN report launched on Tuesday.

News In Brief 01 May 2018

  • Pre-monsoon rains already affecting refugee children in Bangladesh: UNICEF
  • Hostilities in Myanmar’s Kachin State ‘wholly unacceptable’: UN rights expert
  • Mediterranean migrant arrivals less than half of 2017 numbers: IOM
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Women and children threatened by sexual violence at refugee reception centres in Greek islands – UN

Asylum seekers are reporting sexual harassment and violence at some sub-standard reception centres on Greek islands – where even bathing during the daytime can be dangerous – despite Government measures to address the dire living conditions, the United Nations refugee agency warned on Friday.