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Leak suggests UN agency self-censors on climate crisis after US pressure 11 Sep 1:00am Leak suggests UN agency self-censors on climate crisis after US pressure
International Organization for Migration apparently amends programme documentation to avoid conflict with US ‘political sensitivities’ Leaked communications suggest that the UN’s refugee agency is censoring itself on the climate crisis and the global compact on migration, following pressure from the US government. An email sent by a US-based official of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on 28 August to colleagues around the world relayed that the US state department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) told the agency documents related to programme activities it funds “must not be in conflict with current [US government] political sensitivities”.
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UN agency accused of pressuring refugees to return to Bangladesh 26 Aug 2:00am UN agency accused of pressuring refugees to return to Bangladesh
Complaint against International Organization of Migration of ‘severe concerns’ over treatment of rescued migrants in Tunisia The UN migration agency is the subject of a formal complaint after “severe concerns” were raised about its treatment of Bangladeshi refugees, including children. A Tunis-based NGO, Forum Tunisien pour les Droits Economiques et Sociaux (FTDES), filed a complaint to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) this month, after migrants alleged officials and diplomats had put pressure on them to return home following weeks at sea.
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Officials at UN agency for Palestinians accused of ethical abuses 29 Jul 1:17pm Officials at UN agency for Palestinians accused of ethical abuses
Investigation launched into UNRWA over alleged nepotism and discrimination Senior figures at the UN agency for Palestinian refugees have been accused of serious ethical abuses, including nepotism, according to an internal review. “Credible and corroborated” allegations were made last year in a confidential internal ethics report by and about the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), according to the AFP news agency,
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15 Jul 8:40pm Updated US aid cuts to UN agency will hurt vulnerable women and children, critics say
The Trump administration will withhold funds from the United Nations agency focused on reproductive and maternal health care for a third consecutive year, though critics and lawmakers say the decision will hurt vulnerable women and children, undermine US interests and is not based on evidence.
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Danish economist chosen as new UN environment chief 15 Feb 10:14am Danish economist chosen as new UN environment chief
Inger Andersen expected to replace Erik Solheim, who quit amid travel expenses outcry The United Nations secretary-general has picked the Danish economist and environmentalist Inger Andersen as its new environment chief, according to a letter seen by AFP, turning the page on a scandal over expenses that rocked the UN agency. Andersen, who heads the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) NGO, is set to succeed Erik Solheim of Norway, who
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Bacon-cancer link: head of UN agency at heart of furore defends its work 25 Dec 2018, 11:00am Bacon-cancer link: head of UN agency at heart of furore defends its work
IARC’s outgoing director attacks vested interests of critics but admits it could have communicated better The head of the UN agency that provoked a massive outcry and some ridicule when it declared that
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Sweden suspends funding for UN Aids agency as Britain urged to follow suit 12 Dec 2018, 10:52am Sweden suspends funding for UN Aids agency as Britain urged to follow suit
Swedish minister calls for Michel Sidibé to step down after report alleging harassment and favouritism at agency The Swedish government has announced it is to withhold funding to a UN agency until its director resigns in a row over his “dysfunctional leadership”. UNAids, which spearheads the global fight against Aids and HIV, will receive no further funding until its executive director, Michel Sidibé, stands down, said Isabella Lövin, Sweden’s minister for international development cooperation and climate.
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Climate-warming El Niño very likely in 2019, says UN agency 27 Nov 2018, 5:00am Climate-warming El Niño very likely in 2019, says UN agency
Natural cycle has major influence on global weather, bringing droughts and floods There is a 75-80% chance of a climate-warming El Niño event by February, according to the latest analysis from the UN’s World Meteorological Organization. The last
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3 Oct 2018, 8:24am UN agency pulls some staff from Gaza amid threats
The United Nations agency responsible for looking after Palestinian refugees has pulled some of its international staff out of Gaza, amid threats and ongoing protests against the agency as its faces a multimillion-dollar shortfall.
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5 Jan 2018, 5:29pm Updated UN experts urge Iran to end internet crackdown
UN human rights experts urged Iranian authorities to respect the rights of protesters and voiced concern over Tehran's restriction of social messaging services in a joint statement issued Friday by the UN agency for human rights.
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Children increasingly used as weapons of war, Unicef warns 27 Dec 2017, 7:20pm Children increasingly used as weapons of war, Unicef warns
2017 was a brutal year for young people caught in conflict, UN agency says, citing their recruitment as fighters and bombers Children caught in war zones are increasingly being used as weapons of war – recruited to fight, forced to act as suicide bombers, and used as human shields – the United Nations children’s agency has warned. In a statement summarising 2017 as a brutal year for children caught in conflict, Unicef said parties to conflicts were blatantly disregarding international humanitarian law and children were routinely coming under attack.
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At least 55 people feared drowned off Yemen after being forced from boat 10 Aug 2017, 9:41am Updated At least 55 people feared drowned off Yemen after being forced from boat
Scores missing after smuggler pushes migrants into sea in second such incident in two days, UN agency says At least 55 people are feared to have drowned off the coast of Yemen after being forced from a migrant boat by smugglers in the second such incident in two days, the UN migration agency has said. Five bodies were recovered during an International Organisation for Migration (IOM) beach patrol in Shabwa province, and about 50 more people were missing.
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Hundreds of Iraqis fall ill from contaminated food supplied by UK charity 13 Jun 2017, 12:29pm Hundreds of Iraqis fall ill from contaminated food supplied by UK charity
UN agency says police are investigating after about 750 refugees got food poisoning from meal to break Ramadan fast Contaminated food has killed at least two people and made around 750 others sick at a camp for Iraqi civilians who have fled fighting against Islamic State in Mosul, UN agencies have said.
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Airlines urged to train staff to help spot victims of trafficking 12 Jun 2017, 7:43am Airlines urged to train staff to help spot victims of trafficking
Flight attendants could give vital support in identifying people, often young girls, being taken overseas for sexual exploitation or forced labour, says the UN Airlines should train flight attendants to spot signs that a person is being trafficked, according to the UN agency responsible for tackling sexual exploitation and forced labour.
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Mediterranean death rate doubles as migrant crossings fall 3 Jun 2017, 5:30pm Mediterranean death rate doubles as migrant crossings fall
Aid agencies point to shortage of search-and-rescue vessels and the increasingly unsafe boats of people traffickersThe death rate among migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean to enter Europe has almost doubled over the past year. Comparing the first five months of this year with the same period last year, UN agency data reveals that the mortality rate grew from 1.2% to 2.3%. The
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Putin: UN should probe chemical weapons attack – video 11 Apr 2017, 12:03pm Putin: UN should probe chemical weapons attack – video
Russian president Vladimir Putin says Russia will appeal to the United Nations to investigate last week’s chemical attack in Syria. Moscow has dismissed suggestions that the Syrian government, which it backs, could be behind the attack in Idlib province. Putin told reporters on Tuesday that Russia would appeal to a UN agency in the Hague, urging it to hold an official probe
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Libya: public slave auctions regularly taking place, survivors say 10 Apr 2017, 2:43pm Libya: public slave auctions regularly taking place, survivors say
UN migration agency says selling of people is rife in African nation that has slid into violent chaos since overthrow of Gaddafi West African migrants are being bought and sold openly in modern-day slave markets in Libya, survivors have told a UN agency helping them return home. Trafficked people passing through Libya have previously reported
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Sale of Cambodian breast milk to mothers in US criticised by UN 22 Mar 2017, 12:29pm Sale of Cambodian breast milk to mothers in US criticised by UN
UN agency says trade puts babies of poor and vulnerable at risk of malnutrition as Cambodia moves to block further exports The UN children’s fund has strongly criticised the sale by a commercial company of breast milk donated by Cambodian mothers to women in the US, warning it could lead to the babies of poor and vulnerable women becoming malnourished.
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UN asks UK to suspend work on Hinkley Point 20 Mar 2017, 6:00am UN asks UK to suspend work on Hinkley Point
Move likely to embarrass British government as UN agency says lack of talks with Europe means it should refrain from further work A United Nations committee has asked the UK to suspend work on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset because of the government’s failure to consult with European countries over the project. The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
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Famine threatens lives of nearly half a million Nigerian children, says Unicef 22 Feb 2017, 2:00am Famine threatens lives of nearly half a million Nigerian children, says Unicef
UN agency and other organisations warn that 14 million people need urgent aid, with food shortages in the north-east driven by Boko Haram insurgency Hundreds of thousands of children under the age of five in north-eastern Nigeria will suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year, with up to 20% dying unless more is done to reach them, according to the UN children’s fund, Unicef, and other aid organisations. The
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27 Sep 2016, 2:00am China tops WHO list for deadly outdoor air pollution
More than 1 million people died from dirty air in one year, according to World Health Organisation China is the world’s deadliest country for outdoor air pollution, according to analysis by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The UN agency has previously warned that tiny particulates from cars, power plants and other sources
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14 Jun 2016, 9:54am Thousands of children travelling alone from Africa to Europe, says Unicef
UN agency says nine out of 10 refugee and migrant children seeking help in Europe via Italy are unaccompanied, and warns they face ‘appalling’ risks More than nine out of 10 refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe through Italy this year are travelling alone, the UN children’s agency, Unicef, said on Tuesday, warning of the
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28 May 2016, 5:23am WHO rejects call to move Rio Olympics because of Zika virus
Health experts had urged the UN agency to act over concern that the games will speed up spread of virus linked to birth defects Already hit by recession and political turmoil, Brazil has come under more pressure as 150 health experts called for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro to be postponed or moved because of the Zika epidemic.
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28 May 2016, 2:07am WHO rejects call to move Rio Olympics because of Zika
Health experts had urged the UN agency to act over concern that the games will speed up spread of virus linked to birth defects Already hit by recession and political turmoil, Brazil has come under more pressure as 150 health experts called for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro to be postponed or moved because of the Zika epidemic.
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28 May 2016, 1:59am Updated WHO urged to consider moving Rio Olympics because of Zika
Health experts write to UN agency expressing concern that event will speed up spread of virus linked to birth defects Already hit by recession and political turmoil, Brazil has come under more pressure as 150 health experts called for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro to be postponed or moved because of the Zika epidemic.
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20 May 2016, 9:08am Hundreds of UN schools in Middle East attacked, damaged or closed
Almost half of schools in Syria, Palestinian territories, Lebanon and Jordan have been disrupted by conflict, says report More than 300 schools run by the United Nations have been attacked, damaged or rendered inoperable by armed conflict and violence in the Middle East over the past five years, disrupting the education of thousands of children, a new report says. In Syria, more than half of schools run by UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, have ceased to function due to damage, access restrictions or the need to use the premises as shelters for displaced families.
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19 May 2016, 2:32am Updated Worsening economies threaten to undo gains against poverty – ILO
UN agency urges west to focus on helping developing world create more sustainable and better paid jobs, rather than just on aid Worsening economic conditions in Asia, Latin America and the Arab world threaten to undo decades of progress in reducing global poverty, according to a report by the International Labour Organization. The UN agency said a third of workers earn less than the “moderate poverty threshold” of $3.10 (£2.10) a day and their prospects are deteriorating as global trade slows and
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16 May 2016, 2:00am Fears that maternal health funding cuts could put lives at risk
As the Women Deliver conference starts in Copenhagen, the UN agency responsible for reducing global maternal mortality faces a £98m shortfall The UN agency responsible for ending deaths in childbirth is facing a $140m (£98m) shortfall in its budget this year, putting the lives of tens of thousands of women at risk. The UN population fund, UNFPA, had been expecting about $482m (£335m) from member states this year for its core budget, which funds operational costs. But huge cuts from some of the agency’s largest donors means it will now receive around $340m (£237m).
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