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20 Jun 2018 description

FAO and UNHCR launch new tool to save forests in displacement-affected areas

Reliance on woodfuel main driver of forest degradation and deforestation in displacement settings

20 June 2018, Rome/Geneva - The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Refugee Agency (UNHCR) launched today a new handbook to help restore forests in displacement-affected areas, where heavy reliance on woodfuel puts forests and woodlands in jeopardy.

20 Jun 2018 description

Migrants and refugees fleeing danger in Central America are trapped and exposed to more violence in Mexico due to ever tighter and more callous United States border control policies, said Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on World Refugee Day.

20 Jun 2018 description

From the President and Executive Director

20 Jun 2018 description

Today on World Refugee Day (June 20), mayors from more than 50 cities around the world, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Los Angeles, Manchester, Mexico City, New York, São Paulo and Sydney, are calling for more local authorities and municipalities to join them in welcoming and including refugees in their communities.

20 Jun 2018 description


La situation sécuritaire dans la région de Diffa est restée volatile durant ce mois de Mai. L’opération « AMIN FARKAT » de la Force Multinationale Mixte continue dans la Région. Les ratissages en cours occasionnent des restrictions de mouvements, notamment dans les localités de Toumour, Bosso et Gueskerou. Si ces restrictions ont été levées à la fin du mois, l’Etat d’urgence a été reconduit et le couvre-feu est toujours en vigueur.

20 Jun 2018 description

GENEVA (19 June 2018) – The world must act now to help those forced to leave their homes by overwhelming circumstances says a UN rights expert. In a statement to mark World Refugee Day, the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Fernand de Varennes, is urging people to support action to help refugees, including education, shelter and training for work:

“Every minute, 20 people from different geographical, racial, linguistic and religious backgrounds are forced to leave their homes by hatred or conflict. Most of them come from minorities and are vulnerable and marginalised.

20 Jun 2018 description

GENEVA, 20 June 2018 – Following the end of the longest running siege in modern history, lasting more than five years, the UN Commission of Inquiry has condemned this method of warfare in Syria as barbaric and medieval, reporting that civilians in eastern Ghouta experienced immense physical and psychological harm while enduring near daily bombardments and extreme deprivations – in some cases leading to preventable deaths.

20 Jun 2018 description


The SIPRI Multilateral Peace Operations Database is a unique source of transparent and reliable data on all multilateral peace operations conducted around the world. It contains historical information on all United Nations and non-United Nations peace operations conducted since 2000, including location, mandate, participating countries, approved and actual personnel numbers disaggregated by personnel types, dates of deployment, budgets and mission fatalities.

20 Jun 2018 description

Human Rights Council
Thirty-eighth session
18 June - 6 July 2018
Agenda item 4
Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention


20 Jun 2018 description


The Wau PoC area adjacent to UNMISS was established in June 2016, following violence in Site location and around Wau town, making it the most recently established PoC in South Sudan. In April 2017, an outbreak of violence resulted in a major influx, at which point IOM conducted an exercise to biometric register IDPs for food assistance, which recorded the population at 39,156. As of May 2018, the population now stands at 20,373.

20 Jun 2018 description


The Wau collective sites were established in June 2016 following violent clashes in and around Wau town. Currently there are four Collective Centers, Cathedral, Nazareth, Lokoloko and St. Joseph. Since then the protection centres have been protecting thousands of people. A fifth collective site, ECS was established in February 2017 hosting IDPs mainly from Jur River following clashes in the area. In April 2017, all IDPs were evicted from ECS and the site closed, with some IDPs being moved to Masna, 7km south of Wau town.

20 Jun 2018 description

Key updates, May 2018

  • Due to the upcoming elections, 5 health facilities are used as polling centres, which will negatively affect the provision of services.

  • In May, 10 attacks on health care were reported. These included closure of 6 health facilities, 3 incidents of looting of equipment and supplies, one health worker killed and one more detained by AGEs.

  • Health Cluster partners are responding to a drought that affects the northern region. Up to 2.2 million people may be affected by food insecurity.

20 Jun 2018 description


53 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan

16,915 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran

15,379 total returns from Pakistan since 01 Jan 2018

337,194 total returns from Iran since 01 Jan 2018

72% of returnees from Pakistan (38 individuals) assisted

1.2% of returnees from Iran (207 individuals) assisted

98 Unaccompanied Migrant Children (UMC) from Iran assisted

16 Medical Cases (MC) from Iran assisted

Situation Overview