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UN Refugee Chief Sends Best Wishes for Ramadan

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, expressed his warmest wishes to all observing the holy month of Ramadan, which starts today, noting it is a moment to “reflect on the difficult experiences faced by millions of people uprooted from their homes by conflict.”

The holy month is being observed this year at a time when “acute and protracted crises in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya and other locations have created levels of human suffering not witnessed in decades,” Grandi said.

Cannabis production rises in Afghanistan – UN report

Cannabis plants. UN Photo/John RobatonWhile the total area of Afghan farmland used for cannabis cultivation fell by 17 percent in 2012, there was still an eight per cent rise in the overall production of cannabis compared to 2011, according to a report released today by the United Nations drug and crime agency and the country’s Ministry of Counter-Narcotics. Continue reading

Politics in tough places: UN diplomacy in today’s crises

Jeffrey D. Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, briefs journalists on a range of issues, including the situations in Mali, Somalia, Syria and Madagascar. 08 February 2013 United Nations, New YorkRemarks by Jeffrey Feltman, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs at a Brookings Institution function on 15 July, in Washington, USA.
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Global forced displacement of people at 18 year high

Major refugee hosting countries, end 2012More people are refugees or internally displaced than at any time since 1994, with the crisis in Syria having emerged as a major new factor in global displacement. UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report, covers Continue reading

UN condemns deadly attacks near Kabul’s Supreme Court

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Rick BajornasSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged an immediate halt to attacks targeting civilians in Afghanistan following a suicide attack near the Supreme Court building in the capital city. In a statement from his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban condemned the 11 June attack on civilian Government workers which he said was Continue reading