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Migrant and refugee deaths rise by a third: IOM

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The number of migrant and refugee deaths worldwide, rose by a third last year compared with 2015, according to preliminary data from the UN Migration Agency (IOM). Almost 7,500 people on the move died or went missing in 2016. The total for the last three years is just over 18,500 said IOM, which Director General [...]

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News in Brief 06 January 2017 (PM)

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  "Game-changing" strategy urged to counter sexual exploitation A "game-changing" strategy is needed to respond to sexual exploitation and abuse within the UN according to the Secretary-General, António Guterres. A number of allegations relating to abuse over the past two years have been made against UN peacekeepers serving in the Central African Republic and the [...]

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Somali refugees in "dire" conditions as food rations dwindle

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Somali refugees are "trapped" in camps in Yemen, Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia and are enduring "dire" conditions as food supplies dwindle, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said. Many wish to return to Somalia despite the dangers which persist there due to the country's long-running conflict. The World Food Programme (WFP), says it is seriously [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 6 January 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations, with Matthew Wells and Daniel Dickinson. In today's programme…food-insecurity among Syrian refugees living in Lebanon is rising at an alarming rate, with nearly three-quarters living below the poverty line. And, we'll hear how Iraqi schoolchildren are finally returning to the classroom after years of [...]

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Food-insecurity rising for Syrian refugees in Lebanon: UNHCR

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Food-insecurity is rising for Syrian refugees living in Lebanon, many of whom are resorting to what have been described as "negative coping strategies" such as eating only one meal per day. That's according to the latest annual study carried out by UN agencies providing humanitarian relief in Lebanon, which is hosting more than a million [...]

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News in Brief 6 January 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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  DRC's Kabila "needs to endorse political accord" and avoid new violence The President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Joseph Kabila, should publicly support an agreement which offers free and fair elections there, the UN said on Friday. The appeal by the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, follows the signing of a political [...]

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Iraqis return to the classroom after ISIL driven out

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ISIL terrorists may have attempted "to destroy our way of life" according to one young Iraqi student in the liberated town of Qayyarah, but now they're back in the classroom. 16-year-old Nisreen, and her father Tareq, have been describing their ordeal living under ISIL occupation, telling the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), that they refused to [...]

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Political support to disaster risk reduction needs "higher level of attention"

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Political support for preventing disasters needs a "higher level of attention" during 2017, according to the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in the Americas. A change in government often means countries stop prioritizing prevention policies, Ricardo Mena warned. The Americas region is highly susceptible to natural disasters. Earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanic [...]

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