With million refugees worldwide threatened by hunger, UN appeals for urgent aid

With more than a million refugees worldwide threatened with hunger and malnutrition in the New Year due to food shortages, the United Nations today launched an urgent appeal for international aid, especially for Africa where some woman have resorted to prostitution to feed their children.

UN agencies team up to reduce refugee poverty

The United Nations refugee and labour agencies said today they would strengthen their cooperation on reducing poverty for refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) by implementing programmes dealing with skills and enterprise development, micro-finance and social protection.

Security Council urged to consider how UN missions can operate across borders

With today's conflicts sparking huge flows of terrified civilians and armed militia moving across borders, the head of the United Nations refugee agency today urged the Security Council to develop a "cross-border peacekeeping" formula for UN missions operating in war zones.

Annan receives humanitarian award, lauds those who help refugees

Behind the dry statistic of 50 million people worldwide having become refugees and internally displaced people are 50 million individuals, driven from their homes by war, persecution and human rights abuses, according to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Repatriation in Liberia and Sudan hit by funding shortfalls – UN refugee agency

Only a month after hopes were raised at an international conference about good prospects for repatriation in nine African countries, the United Nations refugee agency today reported that “crucial” shortfalls were affecting planned operations in at least two of these nations – Liberia and Sudan.