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12 Aug 2014 description

Mr. Edwards said that the UNHCR was alarmed that recent deportations of asylum-seekers from Sri Lanka were growing in size and scope despite international calls to stop sending them back to a place where their lives could be in danger. In all, 88 Pakistanis had been sent home since 1 August. Initially, those deportees had been men previously placed into detention, but now whole families were being deported.

24 Jun 2014 description


Pakistan/displacement in North Waziristan

Dan McNorton, for the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), said the number of people displaced by the current offensive conducted by Pakistan’s military against Taliban militants in North Waziristan Agency continued to rise.

04 Jan 2013 description

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The Security Council would focus in January on comprehensive strategies to stamp out global terrorism and bolster the effectiveness of United Nations peacekeeping operations, the Permanent Representative of Pakistan, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for the month, said today.

13 Jun 2012 description

La Représentante spéciale du Secrétaire général pour les enfants et les conflits armés a indiqué aujourd’hui que les Forces armées syriennes, les services de renseignement syriens et les milices Chabiha, figuraient désormais sur la « Liste de la honte » dans la dernière édition du Rapport du Secrétaire général sur le sort des enfants en temps de conflit armé*, laquelle a été publiée aujourd’hui.

05 Oct 2011 description

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As the focus in Haiti turned to long-term recovery and development, significant humanitarian needs still had to be addressed, with 600,000 people remaining homeless after last year’s earthquake, the United Nations top humanitarian official said this afternoon, following a two-day visit to the country.

20 Aug 2011 description


Killing and disappearance of journalists in Pakistan

Rupert Colville of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said that OHCHR had received numerous reports of abductions, disappearances and extrajudicial killings in Pakistan since 2007. In the past eight days alone, the office had received reports on the killing of one journalist, Munir Shakir, in Baluchistan on 14 August, and the disappearance of another journalist, Rehmatullah Darpakhel, three days earlier in North Waziristan on 11 August.

18 Aug 2011 description

À l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de l’aide humanitaire, Mme Valerie Amos, Secrétaire générale adjointe aux affaires humanitaires et Coordonnatrice des secours d’urgence, et M. Anthony Lake, Directeur général du Fonds des Nations Unies pour l’enfance (UNICEF), ont fait le point sur la situation dans la corne de l’Afrique.

17 Jun 2011 description

As diverse demands for United Nations peacekeeping continued to grow, more than 14,000 United Nations police officers — a force that was increasingly specialized and increasingly female — were deployed around the world, said the United Nations top police officer at a Headquarters press conference today.

14 Dec 2010 description

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While investments in malaria prevention and control had made major strides towards eradicating the disease, experts at a Headquarters press conference today said that progress remained fragile - and more remained to be done.

Participants at a joint videoconference from New York, Geneva, and Sophia, Bulgaria, included Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr.

09 Dec 2010 description

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At a Headquarters press conference today, top United Nations relief officials described their recent trips to Afghanistan and Pakistan to assess ongoing humanitarian operations and the future needs in those neighbouring South Asian nations, which have faced conflict, food shortages and floods.

Catherine Bragg, Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, told …

02 Dec 2010 description

The number of the world's deadliest conflicts has decreased dramatically in recent years, according to an independent study released today at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

At a press conference launching the latest Human Security Report, produced by the Vancouver-based Human Security Report Project at Simon Fraser University and funded by the Governments of Canada, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, Project Director Professor Andrew Mack said that long-term trends were reducing the risk of both international and civil wars.


26 Oct 2010 description

A major food crisis was averted in Niger, thanks to good donor support, massive humanitarian intervention, good collaboration between the Government and humanitarian partners, and better than expected rains in the country, the top United Nations humanitarian affairs official said today.

Briefing correspondents at Headquarters today on her 14 to 16 October trip to that country, Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said the situation there remained fragile, with high rates of chronic malnutrition and many vulnerable communities …

29 Sep 2010 description

The financial commitments made by Governments, corporations and foundations to development, and the media coverage on such issues during last week's Millennium Development Goals Summit had surpassed United Nations expectations, Robert C. Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Planning, said this afternoon during a Headquarters press conference.

"In this environment where Governments are tightening belts at home, to be making additional investments outside their borders is really quite a significant development," Mr.

22 Sep 2010 description

The political commitment to achieve better conditions for women must be backed by a financial commitment from United Nations Member States, including generating the minimum start-up budget of $500 million to get the world body's new unified gender entity - "UN Women" - up and running by January 2011, the agency's newly appointed chief said today.

"The world we have in front of us is not small, but we believe that the support countries have made to UN Women will make an important difference," said Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General for Gender Equality …

15 Sep 2010 description

As Pakistan's disastrous flooding continued to spread, the new United Nations humanitarian chief said today that she planned to ask donors this Friday to scale up funding for humanitarian assistance to the growing number of victims.

"More people are turning to us for help, and as a world community we need to respond," Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said at a Headquarters press conference.

She said that approximately 70 per cent of the $460 million in emergency aid initially requested had been …

13 Sep 2010 description

Welcoming the General Assembly's accomplishments over the past 12 months - especially the spirit of consensus shown by Member States on issues ranging from achievement of the Millennium Development Goals to ensuring long-term support for disaster-struck Haiti and Pakistan - Ali Abdussalam Treki, the 192-member body's outgoing President, today said there was nevertheless "room for improvement," especially to strengthen it's working methods and reassert its authority on the international stage.

"If we want the United Nations not to be on the periphery of the …

07 Sep 2010 description

Two reports launched today by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) stressed that targeting the world's poorest children and communities with health interventions could save millions of lives each year and provide a more equitable, practical, cost-effective path to achieving the Millennium Development Goals by the 2015 deadline.

During a Headquarters press conference, Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF, called for greater fairness in health spending and spotlighted the General Assembly's upcoming summit-level review of the status of the Millennium Goals - set …

03 Sep 2010 description

Pakistan's Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon appeared with Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, at a Headquarters press conference this afternoon to appeal for world solidarity in response to floods that had devastated millions of Pakistani lives.

"We have to get the conscience of the world working on this jointly," Mr.

26 Aug 2010 description

As the number of people significantly affected by the catastrophic floods in Pakistan climbed to an estimated 17.2 million, the United Nations was scaling up relief operations, John Holmes, outgoing Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said today during a Headquarters news conference.

"This is a disaster of unprecedented scale in terms of the number of people affected and the geographical area affected," he said, calling the situation "extremely challenging".

He said the deadly floods, triggered by torrential monsoon …

19 Aug 2010 description

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Pakistan called on donors Thursday to massively scale up aid to that flood-ravaged country in order to prevent a full-blown humanitarian catastrophe.

As of Wednesday, the United Nations and its non-governmental organization partners in the Pakistan Emergency Response Plan had received $239 million, just over half of the $459 million requested for immediate relief, while another $46 million had been pledged, Martin Mogwanja told correspondents at Headquarters via teleconference from Islamabad.

"I thank the Governments, …