23 January 2017

UNICEF launches interactive glimpse into Syrian children’s struggle for education

Beirut, 23 January 2017 – A new interactive documentary providing an intimate look into the lives of Syrian school-aged children living as refugees in Lebanon was launched by UNICEF today. #ImagineaSchool provides a first-hand account of the challenges Syrian refugees face in their struggle to access education. UNICEF released the stories of 19 children to coincide [...]

20 January 2017

WFP Executive Director Expresses Support For Global Resilience-Building Coalition

Davos, 20 January 2017 – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, today issued the following statement in support of the One Billion Coalition for Resilience (1BC) initiative at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Convened by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), 1BC is [...]

19 January 2017

UNHCR, IOM and partners launch new plan to respond to Europe’s refugee and migrant situation

Geneva, 19 January 2017 -UNHCR, IOM and 72 other partners are launching today a new strategy and appeal to help respond to the situation of refugees and migrants in Europe in 2017. The Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan aims at complementing and reinforcing Governments’ efforts to ensure safe access to asylum and the protection [...]

17 January 2017

Joint Statement on Syria – WFP, UNICEF, OCHA, WHO, UNHCR

WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi DAVOS, Switzerland, Monday January 16, 2017 – While efforts to fully implement a ceasefire in Syria continue, we again appeal for immediate, [...]

17 January 2017

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 1,159; Deaths at Sea: 27

Switzerland, 13 January 2017 - IOM reports that 1,159 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017, through 12 January, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy, compared with 22,590 through the first 12 days of January, 2016. A year ago, IOM reported 22,322 migrants and refugees had landed on Greece’s islands after short runs from [...]

17 January 2017

Event in UN City on 17 January 2017 – Starving Children or Empowered Individuals?

Recently, there has been increasing focus on how Western aid organizations and media portray situations and people in developing countries and humanitarian crises. Is there a risk that photos of starving children and helpless people reinforce stereotypes and hinder long-term development? Or is it necessary to use “shocking” photos and narratives to get people’s attention [...]

16 January 2017

UNHCR lauds Europe’s rescue efforts in Mediterranean Sea

Geneva, 15 January 2017 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has praised the rescue of some 1,500 people by the Italian Coastguard in coordination with Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, from boats struggling in rough weather on the Mediterranean over the past three days. In the wake of at least one known shipwreck [...]

19 December 2016

Statement on Aleppo – UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi

Geneva, 17 December 2016 - UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said: “With the situation in Aleppo, Syria’s war has reached an historic low. A great city and its population are in tatters and catastrophic failings have been exposed in the international community’s collective resolve. Together with other organizations, UNHCR is doing what it can [...]

29 November 2016

Arab Human Development Report 2016: Enabling youth to shape their own future key to progress on development and stability in Arab region

Beirut, 29 November 2016 – Arab countries can achieve a significant leap forward in development, reinforce stability and secure such gains in a sustainable manner, if they urgently prioritize adopting policies that ensure the well-being, productivity, self-determination and good citizenship of their young population, concludes the Arab Human Development Report (AHDR) 2016: Youth and the [...]

16 November 2016

Climate summit in Morocco: Danish support for technology in developing countries

Copenhagen, 16 November 2016 - The Danish government is allocating DKK 11 million to developing countries towards the use of climate technology in connection with the climate summit COP22 in Morocco. ”Many developing countries have the political will to address the challenges of climate change, but lack the technology to carry this out. This is [...]