refugees

‘Passport to dignity’ that schools represent may expire fast, without emergency funding warns UN Palestine refugee agency

 

A lack of funds means that the new school term for over half a million Palestinian students could be cut short after just one month, says UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refuge

News In Brief 31 July 2018

  • Three out of five babies are not breastfed within first hour of life, putting them ‘at risk’
  • ‘International solidarity’ and more support needed for countries hosting exodus of Nicaraguans, fleeing violence
  • UN Syria envoy chairs informal talks on reviving peace talks and constitutional change
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Refugee health services on track despite record level of displacement, says UN agency

Despite record numbers of people fleeing conflict and natural disasters globally, vital health services have been largely able to cope, the United Nations refugee agency has said; although communicable diseases, anaemia and stunting remain areas of concern.

‘Multilateralism in action’ says UN chief ahead of expected agreement on migration compact

With the General Assembly set to agree a new global compact on migration, the United Nations chief on Thursday highlighted its “immense potential” to harness the benefits of orderly migration and lower the risks facing millions on the move without documentation.

News in Brief 05 July 2018

  • Syria: Civilians continue to suffer in crossfire, UN officials speak out
  • Yemen’s UN envoy reassured by warring parties’ ‘strong desire’ for peace
  • All countries falling short in delivering quality health care, says UN report
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Syria: Civilians caught in crossfire, UN refugee chief urges Jordan to open its border

The head of the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, appealed on Thursday for Jordan to open its border with south-west Syria to help protect around 750,000 civilians who are “caught in the crossfire”, amidst airstrikes and heavy shelling.

News in Brief 02 July 2018

  • UN chief ‘heartbroken’ over Rohingya suffering
  • Deadly attack in Mali condemned
  • Meet the new UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, actor Ben Stiller
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Ben Stiller’s new role, more about hope than humour, as he’s named Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), announced on Monday that the actor, director, producer and philanthropist Ben Stiller, is to become its latest Goodwill Ambassador, as he issued an appeal for action on behalf of those forced to flee their homes around the world.

News in Brief 25 June 2018

  • Responsibility to protect strengthens sovereignty, says UN chief
  • Territorial integrity at risk in Middle Eastern and North African countries, Security Council hears
  • Finding new homes for refugees — a major challenge: UN report
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Resettlement needs set to rise to 1.4 million people in 2019, UN refugee agency reports

Close to 1.4 million people will need resettlement in countries free from war and persecution in 2019, the UN refugee agency, said on Monday, citing growing forced displacement across the globe.