The last few weeks have seen a renewed public debate about refugee returns. As Lebanon struggles to grapple with its complex economic and political challenges, the United Nations’ role in the return of Syrian refugees has become entangled with the internal debate on how to handle the large refugee population in Lebanon, and prospects for their return to Syria.
After leaving Western Sahara 40 years ago, Mbareka and her small family face a daily struggle to survive in an Algerian desert camp
By Russell Fraser in Smara Camp, Tindouf, Algeria | 14 June 2018
When Mbareka fled the violence of the Western Sahara War with her family as a young girl in 1975, she could never have imagined that she would become a grandmother while in exile.
In Al Hudaydah hub, the conflict has entered a new phase. Over the month, the military operations have intensified along the Red Sea Coast and moving towards Al Hudaydah port coupled with sustained airstrikes that are leading to large-scale displacement within and outside the governorate and threaten access to Al Hudaydah port which is the main entry point for essential commercial and humanitarian goods into north Yemen.
Humanitarian partners are rushing to provide life-saving assistance to thousands of vulnerable families in the port city of Hodeidah, where fighting has escalated.
“Dozens of UN staff are in the city helping to deliver food, water and health services,” said Lise Grande, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen. “We estimate that 600,000 civilians are in the city—many of whom are dependent on assistance to survive.”
Human Rights Council
18 June–6 July 2018
Agenda items 2 and 4
Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention
Human Rights Council
8 June–6 July 2018
Agenda item 3
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development
Note by the Secretariat
On 10 June 2018, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) officially handed over a total of 27 housing units in Teleskuf, Nineveh Governorate, rehabilitated under the project titled "Promoting Urban Recovery and Resilience in Newly Liberated Areas in Iraq", generously funded by the Government of Japan.
Baghdad, 11 June 2018 - Following the Council of Representatives elections on 12 May 2018 and in light of the recent developments, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq Mr. Ján Kubiš:
"Calls upon Iraq's election management bodies expeditiously to investigate and adjudicate all complaints of electoral fraud and violations, in a fully transparent way that promotes the integrity of the electoral process and the legitimacy of its results, in line with the laws and Constitution of Iraq,
Conflict, poverty, distance to school, overcrowding & lack of teachers among the many challenges children face to complete their education
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AMMAN, 11 June 2018 – An estimated 8 million school children across the Middle East and North Africa are sitting their year-end school exams.
Attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director in the Middle East and North Africa
AMMAN, 11 June 2018 - “UNICEF received reports that at least 13 children were killed in the past days in Syria.
“An attack allegedly hit the village of Zardana in the northwestern governorate of Idlib killing nine children. Idlib is home to nearly 1 million children, many of them displaced from other parts of the country. With nowhere left to go, families have sought refuge in collective shelters and schools.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) supports disaster response and preparedness activities in 20 countries by working closely with Humanitarian Coordinator’s (HC)/Resident Coordinator’s (RC) offices, OCHA Country Offices and Humanitarian Advisory Teams (HATs).
- At least 242,000 people in East Jebel Mara locality, South Darfur State will benefit from a one-year SHF grant managed by WHO, designed to improve access to basic health services.
- About 8,900 people have been reportedly displaced due to fighting in parts of East Jebel Marra and South Jebel Marra in South Darfur. This includes 5,900 new IDPs that were verified by IOM.
- Humanitarian organisations are responding to the needs of 3,645 new IDPs from East Jebel Marra in Otash camp near Nyala.
The Humanitarian Coordinator highlights key humanitarian response priorities.
Reaching displaced families on flood-affected Sinjar Mountain.
Imminent evictions of 3,000 families from Tikrit’s informal settlements prompt new relocations.
Update on the implementation of humanitarian activities and the Iraq Humanitarian Fund.
Interview with Ms. Marta Ruedas, Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) cordially invites media representatives to cover the hand-over of rehabilitated war-damaged houses of returnees in Teleskuf, Nineveh Governorate. This event will be attended by the Head of UN-Habitat Iraq, Mr. Bashar Hamid Mahmud Kiki, Head of the Provisional Council of Nineveh Governorate, Mr. Adel Marruki Jajjo, Mayor of Tilkayif and representatives of the local government counterparts.
Date: Sunday 10 June 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Venue: Celebration Hall, Teleskuf
Baghdad, 9 June 2018 – Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Ján Kubiš, strongly condemned the bombing that took place late on Friday in Kirkuk.
“This is yet another cowardly attack on innocent civilians as they went about their normal Ramadan business,” SRSG Kubiš said.
“It is clear that those who carried out this cowardly attack do not have any respect of the Holy month of Ramadan, which is meant to be a time of peace and celebrations,” he added.
Sana’a, 8 June 2018 – Humanitarian agencies in Yemen are deeply worried by the likely impact of a possible military assault on the port city of Hodeidah. The UN and its partners estimate that as many as 600,000 civilians are currently living in and around Hodeidah.