UN refugee chief laments loss of life from boat tragedy off Indonesian coast

The United Nations refugee chief today mourned the loss of life caused by the sinking of an overcrowded vessel off the coast of Indonesia on Saturday that has reportedly left around 200 people, including many women and children, still missing.

Donors pledge $482 million for UN efforts to help displaced, stateless people

Donor governments today pledged $482 million for the United Nations refugee agency’s operations in 2012 to help forcibly displaced and stateless people worldwide.

UN refugee chief calls for greater efforts to avert humanitarian crises

The head of the United Nations refugee agency today called on the international community to ramp up its efforts to pre-empt humanitarian crises, citing the current deadly famine in Somalia as an example of a lack of both foresight and of means to take preventive action.

Yemeni group receives prestigious UN award for assisting refugees

The United Nations refugee agency announced today it is awarding a prestigious prize to a Yemeni group that provides life-saving assistance to thousands of people who arrive on the country’s shores after making the dangerous boat journey across the Gulf of Aden.

UN agency urges countries to accept more refugees for resettlement

The United Nations refugee agency today called on countries to offer more resettlement places for the world's most vulnerable refugees, warning that unless a deal is reached this year nearly 100,000 people will be left “in an agonizing limbo.”