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Marking World Humanitarian Day, UN urges protection for civilians in armed conflict

Civilians in conflict are not a target, top United Nations officials today stressed at a special event marking World Humanitarian Day, which honours aid workers and pays homage to those killed in service, while also drawing attention to the millions of people today living in war zones. ...

Yemen’s ‘man-made catastrophe’ is ravaging country, senior UN officials tell Security Council

Warning about escalating suffering in Yemen&#39s man-made catastrophe, senior United Nations officials today addressed the Security Council, calling on the international community to push for a political solution to the more than two-year-old conflict. ...

UN condemns deadly terrorist attack in Barcelona

Condemning today&#39s terrorist attack on Barcelona, Spain, Secretary-General António Guterres said the United Nations stands in solidarity with the Government and people of Spain in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism. ...

Protecting aid workers ‘paramount,’ UN relief chief says ahead of World Humanitarian Day

As conflicts around the world continue to take a massive toll on people’s lives, the top United Nations relief official stressed the importance of ensuring that the brave men and women who risk their lives to help those in need are not themselves a target. ...

Protecting aid workers ‘paramount,’ UN official stresses ahead of International Day

As conflicts around the world continue to take a massive toll on people’s lives, the top United Nations relief official stressed the importance of ensuring that the brave men and women who risk their lives to help those in need are not themselves a target. ...

UN agencies rushing aid to more than 3,000 displaced in flood-hit Sierra Leone

United Nations agencies are stepping up efforts to aid displaced families affected by the deadly flooding and landslides in Sierra Leon&#39s capital, Freetown, and surrounding areas. ...

South Sudan refugees in Uganda exceed one million; UN renews appeal for help

As the number of refugees from South Sudan in Uganda passes one million &#8211 the vast majority of whom are women and children &#8211 the United Nations refugee agency today reiterated its call for urgent additional support. ...

In East Darfur, UN refugee chief urges international support for Sudan

The United Nations refugee chief has called for international solidarity and resources to aid Sudan, which is one of the major hosting countries for refugees fleeing the conflict in South Sudan. ...

UN rights experts warn new EU policy on boat rescues will cause more people to drown

The European Union&#39s new policy on Mediterranean Sea rescues threatens life and breaches international standards, two United Nations independent human experts today cautioned. ...

‘Racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism or Islamophobia are poisoning our societies’ – UN chief

Urging people everywhere to speak out against hate speech and hate crimes, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated his call for tolerance, respect for the other and the importance of recognizing diversity. ...

As tensions on Korean Peninsula grow, UN chief urges world to ‘dial up’ diplomacy

Addressing the growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today said it was important &#8220to dial down rhetoric and dial up diplomacy.&#8221 ...

UN observers conclude FARC-EP arms removal process in Colombia

More than 8,000 weapons and over one million burned cartridges were transported to a central warehouse in Colombia as the United Nations political mission in the country concluded the process of the laying down of individual weapons of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) combatants. ...

Landmark UN-backed treaty on mercury takes effect

A ground-breaking global convention on mercury today goes into effect, the United Nations environment wing said, protecting millions of children and infants from possible neurological and health damage. ...

Emergency food distributions launched to assist thousands displaced in DR Congo – UN agency

Food assistance will be provided to food insecure people displaced by conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), says the United Nations food agency. ...

Emergency food distributions launched to assist thousands displaced by conflict in DR Congo – UN agency

Food assistance will be provided to food insecure people displaced by conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), says the United Nations food agency. ...

UN chief condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Borno State, Nigeria

Condemning a series of terrorist attacks in north-eastern Nigeria, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for those responsible for these &#8220repeated heinous acts&#8221 to be brought to justice. ...

Security Council told African-led force on terrorism in the Sahel operational but challenged

The joint task force by the so-called Group of Five (G5) &#8211 Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger &#8211 to tackle the threat of terrorism in Africa&#39s Sahel region is now operational, but a number of challenges remain, including funding, the United Nations Security Council was today told. ...

UN humanitarian team activated in Nepal in wake of severe floods and landslides

The Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) has been activated in Nepal to support response efforts in the aftermath of severe floods that have hit the nation, the office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the country has said. ...

‘Dramatic’ rise in Central African Republic violence happening out of media eyes, warns UNICEF

The Central African Republic (CAR) has spiralled into violence and remains one of the worst countries in the world to be a child and &#8220right now there are few eyes looking at them and few hands trying to help,&#8221 the United Nations children&#39s agency said today. ...

First of 33,000 Congolese refugees relocated to new settlement in Angola – UN agency

More than 1,500 Congolese refugees who have fled violence and ethnic tensions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been relocated from reception centres in northern Angola to a newly established settlement, the United Nations refugee agency today said. ...