Toast the season with an Armani mug – and raise funds for the UN refugee agency

Legendary Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani is toasting a better future for refugees this festive season with a limited edition of a sleek mug sporting the Chinese character for hope, which he has created to help support the work of the United Nations refugee agency.

UN refugee agency raises nearly $400 million in pledges towards $1.06 billion for 2007

The United Nations refugee agency raised nearly $400 million at a pledging conference yesterday towards the $1.06 billion it is seeking in its initial global appeal for 2007 to assist some 21 million people around the world.

UN refugee agency seeks over $1 billion to aid 21 million people in 2007

The United Nations refugee agency today sought $1.06 billion, a slight decrease over this year’s initial global appeal, to assist some 21 million people around the world in 2007, but it expects to issue a number of supplementary appeals during the year, including for Iraq and south Sudan.

UN agency criticizes forced return of refugee by Azerbaijan

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today levelled strong criticism at Azerbaijan authorities for forcing a Turkish citizen of Kurdish ethnicity, who had previously been granted refugee status in Germany, to return to her native country.

UN refugee agency assists Pakistan in first registration of remaining Afghans

The United Nations refugee agency is assisting Pakistani authorities with the first-ever registration of Afghans living in Pakistan – there are still 2.4 million – which will result in official identification cards and yield valuable information for continued repatriation efforts.

Iraq: UN refugee agency increasingly concerned at surging exodus due to violence

With tens of thousands of Iraqis fleeing their homes every month because of continuing sectarian violence, the United Nations refugee agency today voiced growing concern over the “rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation” facing hundreds of thousands of displaced people, both within and outside their country.

Armed groups continue to target aid workers in eastern Chad, UN agency reports

The security situation throughout eastern Chad, where 213,000 Sudanese have sought shelter from the fighting in Darfur, remains extremely volatile as unidentified armed groups continue to target humanitarian workers and steal their vehicles, the United Nations refugee agency warned today.

As Somali refugees pour into Kenya UN urgently needs clothing, school supplies

With Somalis fleeing the conflict between Islamists and warlords pouring into neighbouring Kenya at the rate of 200 to 300 a day, most of them women and children, the United Nations refugee agency today appealed for additional supplies to tend to the influx, now topping 25,000 since the beginning of the year.

With battlefield simulation, UN refugee agency trains emergency response teams

With tank and mortars firing rounds nearby, there can be no mistakes in map reading for United Nations emergency refugee response team trainees as they undergo newly extended field simulation exercises to prepare for deployment anywhere in the world within 72 hours.

UN refugee agency backs new steps to rescue migrants in peril at sea

With thousands of men, women and children crammed on rusty unseaworthy boats braving the waves, and often facing death, each year in search of work, better living conditions or protection against persecution, the United Nations refugee agency today pledged support for new regulations to reinforce rescue mechanisms.