23 May 2019

Protect the rights of children of foreign fighters stranded in Syria and Iraq

New York, 21 May 2019 – Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore “The thousands of children of foreign fighters languishing in camps, detention centers or orphanages in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere are among the world’s most vulnerable children. They live in appalling conditions amid constant threats to their health, safety and well-being. They have [...]

22 May 2019

UNOPS receives global recognition for promoting supplier diversity and inclusion

22 May 2019 - UNOPS has been awarded the ConnXus Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Award at the 2019 Procurement Leaders World Procurement Awards held in London. The highly competitive category, which included nominees from a range of world-leading private sector companies, recognized UNOPS innovative approach to advancing sustainable procurement, through its UNOPS Possibilities (UP) programme. [...]

17 May 2019

Over 250,000 Rohingya refugees get identity documents, for many a first

Geneva, 17 May 2019 - This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Over a quarter of a million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have now been jointly registered and provided [...]

13 May 2019

Aid Workers Race to Prepare Bangladesh’s Rohingya Refugee Camps for Monsoon Wind and Rain

Cox’s Bazar, 10 May 2019 – When Cyclone Fani – one of the most powerful Indian Ocean storms of the past decade – barrelled up the Bay of Bengal a week ago making landfall in northern India and western Bangladesh, it left 24 people dead, a trail of destruction and thousands displaced. Some 2.6 million people – a million [...]

30 April 2019

Joint operation rescues hundreds from Cyclone Kenneth in Mozambique

Pemba, Mozambique, 30 April 2019 – Brazilian military firefighters, in coordination with the Government of Mozambique and several UN agencies, have saved the lives of hundreds of people displaced by Cyclone Kenneth near the flooded city of Pemba in the northern part of the country. At least nine people have died and almost 200 have [...]

25 April 2019

UNHCR evacuates hundreds of detained refugees in Libya to safety

Geneva, 24 April 2019 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has today evacuated some 325 refugees from the Qaser Ben Gasheer detention centre in southern Tripoli amid deteriorating security and escalating violence. The relocation, carried out together with IOM, was triggered by reports on Tuesday of the use of armed violence against detainees who [...]

16 April 2019

One year into Nicaragua crisis, more than 60,000 forced to flee their country

Geneva, 16 April 2019 - A year into Nicaragua’s political and social crisis, an estimated 62,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries, with the vast majority - some 55,500 – seeking refuge in Costa Rica. Many – in what is overwhelmingly a refugee flow – have resorted to irregular crossings to avoid detection, often walking [...]