Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

UNHCR urges more support to boost refugee access to tertiary education

Top five refugee host countries of study for Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative (DAFI) students were Turkey, Ethiopia, Jordan, Uganda and Kenya

Only three per cent of refugees have access to higher education, according to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. In its “Refugee Student Voices: Refugee Students In Higher Education” report released this week, UNHCR is calling for critical support to scale up existing programs and to help secure futures.  “In recent…

Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) |

29 million babies born into conflict in 2018 – UNICEF

UNICEF calls for increased support for parents forced to raise their babies and young children in conflict-affected areas

More than 29 million babies were born into conflict-affected areas in 2018, UNICEF said today. Armed violence across countries including Afghanistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen meant that, throughout last year, more than 1 in 5 babies globally spent their earliest moments in communities affected by the chaos of…

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Mohamed Yahya formally assumes duty as Head of UNDP in Nigeria

Prior to his appoint as Resident Representative to Nigeria, Mr Yahya served in different capacities within UNDP

UNDP's newly appointed Resident Representative, Mohamed Yahya, formally commenced his duties in Nigeria. My Yahya will be UNDP’s first Resident Representative following the UN reforms that resulted in the separation of UNDP’s activities from the Resident Coordination system. In May 2018, the UN General Assembly, through Resolution A/RES/72/2, agreed to…

Source: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) |

Statement from USAID Administrator Mark Green on World Humanitarian Day 2019

It seems fitting that I spend this World Humanitarian Day in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which is suffering from the world's second largest Ebola outbreak in history

By Mark Green On August 19, we mark World Humanitarian Day, to recognize aid workers who sacrifice their lives to help people affected by global crises.  Each year, since the deaths of 22 United Nations and relief agency staff in a bombing in Baghdad 16 years ago, we honor the…

Source: Amnesty International |

Amnesty International to hold its highest decision-making meeting in Johannesburg

The meeting will take stock of the world’s human rights, discuss policy proposals and adopt new policies to guide its future human rights work

More than 300 delegates of Amnesty International, including members, supporters and different sections of the movement from around the world, will gather in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the annual General Assembly meeting. The Global Assembly is the highest decision-making gathering of the movement which takes places annually. The meeting will…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

World Food Programme (WFP) and Luxembourg join forces to boost Emergency Telecommunications in Emergencies

On 8 July, Paulette Lenert, Luxembourg’s Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action, and Rehan Asad, WFP’s Chief of Staff witnessed first-hand the impact of this partnership

The ability of humanitarian responders to communicate and exchange information in emergency settings is vital to ensuring lives are saved, and that the needs of disaster-hit communities are met rapidly and effectively. The Government of Luxembourg’s partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) demonstrates…

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Protracted conflicts and adverse weather conditions exacerbate food needs

41 countries in need of food assistance – African Swine Fever threatening food security of a large number of people

Ongoing conflicts and dry weather conditions remain the primary causes of high levels of severe food insecurity, hampering food availability and access for millions of people, according to the Crop Prospects and Food Situation report issued today. The report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations states that 41…

UN Habitat
Source: UN Habitat |

Highlights for Tuesday, 28 May 2019, UN-Habitat Assembly

Delegates listened to regional and national statements, which focused on efforts to promote the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and sustainable urban development

On Tuesday, the UN-Habitat Assembly continued its deliberations at the UN Office at Nairobi (UNON), Kenya. Delegates listened to regional and national statements, which focused on efforts to promote the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and sustainable urban development. The Drafting Committee commenced its considerations of draft resolutions.  Two special events…

Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) |

New UNICEF Representative in Ethiopia Ms. Adele Khodr presents credentials

Ms. Khodr’s career with UNICEF began in her native Lebanon in 1990

Newly-appointed UNICEF Representative in Ethiopia Ms. Adele Khodr today presented her credentials to State Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Ambassador Markos Tekle Rike.   In welcoming Ms. Khodr, the State Minister said Ethiopia believed in multilateralism and the Government was keen to strengthen its partnership with agencies like UNICEF which,…

Source: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) |

World Red Cross Red Crescent Day: Celebrating “14 million points of hope”

This year’s celebration also coincides with the centenary of the founding of IFRC on 5 May 1919 by the American, British, French, Italian and Japanese Red Cross Societies

On World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day 2019, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is celebrating the nearly 14 million Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers around the world who provide a lifeline to countless communities in need. In a statement sent to the…