UN refugee agency calls for ‘new chapter for refugee protection’ across Europe

As Portugal assumes the presidency of the European Union (EU), to be followed by Slovenia later this year, the UN refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday called on them to lead the effort to forge a better protection system for those seeking refuge across the continent and beyond.

Addressing Assembly, Portugal highlights need for UN reform, conflict prevention measures

Portugal’s Prime Minister António Luis Santos da Costa took the podium of the General Assembly to reiterate his country’s support of the Secretary-General’s agenda, which includes boosting conflict prevention activities and creating a stronger more adaptable world Organization

UN Gender Focus: Indigenous women and girls, fighting gender-based violence and Syrian refugees in Portugal

“Triple discrimination” holds back Indigenous women and girls: FAO

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Syrian refugees cook up new future in Portugal

Cooking is helping a Syrian refugee family to find a place in their new homeland, Portugal.

Through a local association that supports refugees, they will launch the first Syrian restaurant in the capital, Lisbon.

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Security Council nominates António Guterres as the new UN chief

The former Prime Minister of Portugal António Guterres has been nominated as  the next United Nations Secretary-General…in what was described as an “important show of unity” by the Security Council.

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Europe needs to build on “existing systems” to fight Zika Virus

Europe needs to build on “existing systems” to fight Zika and prevent any possible outbreak.

This was the conclusion reached on Friday by disease surveillance and control experts who were attending a three-day meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Wrapping up official visit to Portugal, Ban receives ‘Order of Liberty’ medal

On the final day of his visit to Portugal, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today received a medal in honour of his distinguished services to the cause of democracy and freedom.

UN Gender Focus: Yemen, Portugal and epidemic diseases

Yemen conflict having “devastating” effect on women of reproductive age

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Former Portuguese President honoured for democracy activism

Former Portuguese president Jorge Sampaio has been honoured by the United Nations for his decades of public service to the international community.

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UN expert urges Portugal to boost access to justice for country's most vulnerable people

Portuguese authorities must do more to ensure wider access to the country's justice system, enhancing its legal aid programmes amid growing poverty, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers has urged.