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

Violence in Sudan’s Darfur forces thousands to flee

Clashes in El Geneina, in Sudan’s West Darfur State, have forced more than 11,000 people to flee as refugees into neighbouring Chad since last month

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Clashes in El Geneina, in Sudan’s West Darfur State, have forced more than 11,000 people to flee…

Source: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) |

Global Actors gather to forge a common front against Illicit Trade

It endangers public health, as sub-standard and fake antimalarial medicines alone cause more than 100,000 deaths per year in Sub-Saharan Africa

The global economy loses more than US$2 trillion annually due to smuggling, counterfeiting, trafficking of humans and wildlife and other forms of illicit trade that hold back progress on the global development agenda. To address this alarming problem, UNCTAD and the Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT) are convening the first-ever Illicit…

Source: United Nations - Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General |

Secretary-General appoints Mr. Raouf Mazou of the Republic of the Congo as Assistant High Commissioner for Operations, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Mr. Mazou brings to the position some 28 years of professional experience with UNHCR

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Raouf Mazou of the Republic of the Congo, as Assistant Secretary-General to serve as the Assistant High Commissioner for Operations, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).  Mr. Mazou will succeed George Okoth-Obbo of Uganda who has been appointed as…

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

UNHCR seeks support for refugees and hosts in Ethiopia

Resources are needed to expand existing social services infrastructure in health, education, water and sanitation, environmental protection, social protection and employment

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and partners are appealing for robust international support for refugee operations in…

Source: Africa Regional Media Hub |

U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), Merck for Mothers, Credit Suisse, and USAID seek to expand Lifesaving Medical Products for Mothers in Africa

Project would mark the first investment of The Maternal Outcomes Matter (MOMs) Initiative

U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), Merck for Mothers, Credit Suisse, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that they will pursue supporting LifeBank’s efforts to expand access to lifesaving medical products—namely blood and blood products—for mothers in Africa. Announced at the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos,…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Guided Self-Help Intervention reduces Refugees’ Psychological Distress and improves Wellbeing in Humanitarian Crises

First randomised trial of its kind finds multimedia guided self-help intervention can be delivered rapidly to large numbers of people in low-resource humanitarian settings by non-specialists with minimal training

A guided self-help approach that provides strategies for managing distress and coping with adversity is safe, and resulted in meaningful improvements in psychological distress and functioning compared to enhanced usual care over three months in female refugees living in a settlement in Uganda, according to a randomised trial involving almost…

Source: United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) |

Health should not be a privilege for the rich—the right to health belongs to everyone

In sub-Saharan Africa, four out of five new HIV infections among adolescents are among adolescent girls

Gaps in public financing for health can be met by eliminating tax dodging and implementing progressive taxation; health and development must be protected from the growing impact of debt UNAIDS is calling on governments to ensure that the right to health is realized by all by prioritizing public investments in…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

UN Child Rights Committee to review Austria, Belarus, Costa Rica, Hungary, Rwanda and State of Palestine

The public sessions will be held in the Ground Floor Conference Room of Palais Wilson in Geneva

The UN Child Rights Committee will meet in Geneva from 20 January to 7 February to review Austria, Belarus, Costa Rica, Hungary, Rwanda, and State of Palestine. The above are among the 196 States parties to the Child Rights Convention and its Optional Protocols. They required to undergo regular reviews…

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

UNHCR seeks international solidarity for refugees and hosts in Sudan

Sudan has a long history of hosting refugees and asylum seekers but also struggles with its own internal displacement

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling for increased support for Sudan with the launch of a…

Source: UN Information Centre in Cairo |

Invitation: Opening ceremony of the second International Forum on Migration Statistics (IFMS)

High-level speakers will participate in the opening sessions

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the United Nation’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) cordially invite you to the opening ceremony of the second International Forum on Migration Statistics (IFMS). Where: InterContinental Citystars Hotel, Cairo,…