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17 Nov 2009 description

A two-day regional conference on refugee protection and international migration in the Americas, hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and organized by IOM, UNHCR and the OAS, with support from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), opens on Thursday in the Costa Rican capital, San José.

The conference, which will be officially opened by Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Stagno and Interior Minister Janina Del Vecchio, will bring together some officials from 20 countries as well as IOM, UNHCR, OAS, OHCHR, national and international NGOs, civil society and …

17 Apr 2008 description

First Global Broadcast - Women on the Frontline - Presented by Annie Lennox on BBC World, Tomorrow, 18 April 2008 at 1930 GMT

UNITED NATIONS, Geneva - This is an unfortunate anniversary.

Fourteen years ago, in April 1994, news got out that ethnic violence in Kigali was spreading throughout Rwanda. Since then, the world community has struggled to explain how the genocide of 800,000 people happened in full view, but less discussed is the ongoing impact of the rape and other forms of sexual violence committed against hundreds of thousands of women.

Violence against women is the theme …

21 Oct 2003 description

The plight of children in conflict zones remained grave and entirely unacceptable, despite the recent achievement of strong standards for their protection, Olara Otunnu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC), said this afternoon as he briefed correspondents at Headquarters today on the report he had presented to the General Assembly's Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) yesterday.

22 Jul 2003 description

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today's Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR website, www.unhcr.ch, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.

09 May 2003 description

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today's Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR website, www.unhcr.ch, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.

07 Sep 2001 description

In a just issued report to the United Nations Security Council, Secretary-General Kofi Annan recommends that the international community take concrete steps to protect children in war-affected areas.

09 Jul 2001 description
report United Nations


DC/2783
United Nations Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms
1st Meeting (AM)

Fifteen Speakers Address Opening Session

There were an estimated 500 million small arms and light weapons in circulation - one for every 12 people on earth - Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette told the United Nations Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, as it began its general exchange of views this morning.

12 Jun 2001 description
report United Nations

HR/4540
Preparatory Committee for the
Special Session of the General Assembly
On the Children’s World Summit
3rd Meeting (AM)

Children and armed conflict and the commercial sexual exploitation of children were the focus of two panel discussions held this morning by the Preparatory Committee for the special session of the General Assembly for follow-up to the 1990 World Summit for Children, as it continued its third substantive session.

06 Feb 2001 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesman Kris Janowski (to whom quoted text may be attributed) at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

11 Oct 2000 description

At a Headquarters press briefing this afternoon, Olara Otunnu, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, marked the end of the first three-year period of his mandate, referring to it as "the coming of age". He believed that, in light of his report to the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural), it was an opportune time to review the tangible progress made in pushing forward the agenda for the protection of children affected by conflict.