‘War’s Human Cost’: UN says global population of displaced tops 50 million

World Refugee Day is being marked by yet another sombre milestone in a year that has seen crisis after crisis force desperate people to flee their homes ahead of bullets and bombs: a new UN report reveals that the number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people has, for the first time in the post-World War II era, exceeded 50 million people. Read...

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Together ‘we can pull Ukraine back from the brink’, UN political chief tells Security Council

The United Nations continued efforts on multiple fronts to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine, with a senior human rights official holding meetings today in the capital, Kiev, while in New York, the Security Council held its sixth urgent session on the crisis, hearing the UN political chief stress that the path to a peaceful resolution is still open – “let us seize it.” Read more     ...

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INTERVIEW: UN relief official recalls ‘a day from hell’ amid ongoing strife in Syria

“Where have you been? What took you so long? Why is it only after a year that the UN would try to reach us knowing that we have been here for that long?” These are the questions that greeted Yacoub El Hillo, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria and his team early last month when they were finally able to reach the Old City of Homs, which had been under siege and cut off from aid for nearly two years. Read more     ...

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Note to correspondents on the briefing to the Security Council on Ukraine by Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson

In response to questions, below is a summary of Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson’s briefing to today’s closed Security Council meeting: Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson briefed the Security Council this afternoon by video from Kyiv, Ukraine, on his recent mission aimed at assisting to de-escalate a dangerous situation and to assess the conditions for a peaceful settlement of the crisis. Read more         ...

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Ukraine: UN deputy chief to brief Security Council from Kiev

As diplomatic efforts to ease the crisis in Ukraine continue apace, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson met today with Ukrainian community leaders in Kiev, and will brief the United Nations Security Council by teleconference later today on the situation in the country. Read more       ...

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