As UNRWA, the UN Agency relief and works agency for Palestinian refugees in the near east, approaches its 70th anniversary, Matthias Schmale, its director of operations in Gaza has appealed for its basic services to continue, for reasons of dignity and justice.
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.
Wednesday marked the 73rd birthday of the UN’s founding document, known as the UN Charter. The anniversary is celebrated as “United Nations Day”, and every year, in the name of peace and our common humanity, a concert takes place in the UN’s General Assembly’s hall, in New York. Yasmina Guerda from UN News was there and met some of the performers taking part.
On a visit to the Colombian border, UN refugee agency chief, Filippo Grandi, said the international community must do more to aid thousands of Venezuelans leaving the country each day. Mr. Grandi spoke to the UN Information Centre’s Edith Girval.
Sexual exploitation is an “almost existential issue” for the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), Deputy High Commissioner Kelly T. Clements said on Tuesday. Announcing measures designed to encourage victims to come forward, she told UN News the number of reported cases of abuse has doubled among its more than 1,000 international partners in the last year, now that people “know where to go” to raise the alarm.
With more and more children forced to leave their homes, over half of the world’s school-aged refugees are now out of education, the United Nations refugee agency said in a new report released on Wednesday.