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Security ‘number one concern’ of displaced Iraqis seeking to return home – UN study

With three million Iraqis remaining internally displaced across the country, the United Nations migration agency today published findings of a study showing that the decision to return or remain displaced depends largely on how close their home is to the frontline of conflict. ...

UN chief welcomes deployment of regional force to combat terrorism in the Sahel

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the deployment by the so-called Group of Five (G5) &#8211 Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger &#8211 of a joint force to tackle the threat of terrorism and organized crime in the Sahel region. ...

UN opens international probe into alleged abuses in DR Congo’s Kasai provinces

The United Nations today opened an international investigation into alleged killings, mutilations and destruction of entire villages in the Democratic Republic of the Congo&#39s restive Kasai provinces. ...

In Uganda, UN chief meets with South Sudanese refugees, urges world to show solidarity

With Uganda hosting more than one million South Sudanese refugees &#8220as sisters and brothers and sharing with them their land and everything they have,&#8221 United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged the international community to show solidarity with those that had fled their homes, as well as with the Ugandan Government and people. ...

Global narcotics market ‘thriving;’ range of available drugs diversifying at alarming pace – UN

Of the quarter of a billion people who used drugs in 2015, about 29.5 million &#8211 or 0.6 per cent of the global adult population &#8211 were engaged in &#8220problematic use&#8221 and suffered from drug use disorders, including dependence, according to report out today from the United Nations drugs and crime agency. ...

Many aid groups unable to manage war zone risks, says UN-backed report

Humanitarian aid workers want to help people in some of the biggest war zones, but extreme risks and threats are paralyzing their operations, a United Nations-backed report today concluded. ...

Uganda and UN to convene ‘solidarity summit’ amid fast-growing refugee emergency

Facing a fast-growing refugee crisis, Uganda is set to host in its capital, Kampala, a &#39Solidarity Summit&#39 with the support of the United Nations, to rally international support for refugees and host communities in the form of donations, investments and innovative programmes. ...

UN agency condemns killing of two journalists working on assignment in Iraq

The killing of two journalists in Iraq drew strong condemnation today from the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom and the safety of journalists. ...

The people of South Sudan are ‘desperate for peace,’ but political crisis persists – UN peacekeeping chief

Deliberate actions by the Government and opposition armed forces as well as other actors to advance their political goals continue to severely undermine efforts to get the country back on the path to peace and development, the top United Nations peacekeeping official has warned. ...

UN spotlights health benefits of yoga, ancient practice that can ease stress of our modern ‘laptop’ lives

Recognizing the universal appeal of yoga, the United Nations today marked the 2017 edition of the International Day of Yoga, which aims to integrate the benefits of healthy lives and wellbeing &#8211 essential aspects of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. ...

The people of South Sudan are ‘desperate for peace,’ though political crisis persists – UN peacekeeping chief

Deliberate actions by the Government and opposition armed forces as well as other actors to advance their political goals continue to severely undermine efforts to get the country back on the path to peace and development, a senior United Nations official has warned. ...

Deeper divisions continue to ‘cleave’ the people of South Sudan, warns UN peacekeeping chief

Deliberate actions by the Government and opposition armed forces as well as other actors to advance their political goals continue to severely undermine efforts to get the country back on the path to peace and development, a senior United Nations official has warned. ...

Warring parties in Yemen ‘must take all feasible precautions’ to minimize harm to civilians – UN envoy

Civilians in Yemen continue to be killed and injured during Ramadan, despite calls for the conflict parties to respect their obligations under international law, the senior United Nations aid official in the country warned today. ...

Afghan Government must work to build trust in an ‘increasingly fragile environment’ – UN envoy

Warning that the recent surge of violent attacks in Afghanistan could signal a much worse and more fragile period ahead, the United Nations envoy for the country today called for urgent action to strengthen stability, including through improving the Government&#39s credibility, and urged all parties to exercise restraint and avoid violence. ...

As South Sudan famine ebbs, millions still face ‘extreme hunger on the edge of a cliff’ – UN

While famine has eased in South Sudan, the situation across the crisis-torn country remains dire, as the number of people struggling to find food each day has grown from 4.9 million in February to six million today &#8211 the highest level of food insecurity the young nation has ever experienced, according to the United Nations. ...

World population to hit 9.8 billion by 2050, despite nearly universal lower fertility rates – UN

The world population is now at least 7.6 billion, up from 7.4 billion last year, spurred by the relatively high levels of fertility in developing countries &#8211 despite an overall drop in the number of children people have around the globe &#8211 the United Nations today reported. ...

World population to hit 9.8 billion by 2015, despite nearly universal lower fertility rates – UN

The world population is now at least 7.6 billion, up from 7.4 billion last year, spurred by the relatively high levels of fertility in developing countries &#8211 despite an overall drop in the number of children people have around the globe &#8211 the United Nations today reported. ...

As crises multiply, UN revises annual aid appeal to assist over 100 million around the world

As the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance around the world reach record levels, United Nations and relief partners have revised their global aid appeal to $23.5 billion &#8211 up nearly 6 per cent from the original $22.2 billion announced late last year. ...

Protection of civilians in Syria must be ensured, stresses UN chief Guterres

Expressing alarm over the suffering of people Syria, in particular those in Raqqa and in other locations where fighting continues, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on all those conducting military operations in the country to ensure the safety and protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure. ...

Heading to Uganda for ‘solidarity summit,’ UN chief marks World Refugee Day with calls for action

Refugee protection is not a matter of solidarity or generosity, but an obligation under international law, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today said, detailing five strong appeals to the international community for respecting refugees&#39 rights. ...