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UN refugee agency chief urges Europe to formulate collective response to migrant crisis

27 August, 2015

New York, Aug 27 (RDI IBNS) With the number of migrants fleeing to Europe the violence in their countries of origin continuing to increase, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, on Wednesday urged the European Union to speed up the formulation of an adequate collective response to this unprecedented crisis.
UN sets up 'child-friendly' space at migrant rest area near former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia border

27 August, 2015

New York, Aug 27 (RDI IBNS) Near Gevgelija, a southeast town bordering Greece, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has established a child-friendly space with a mobile team to support women and children fleeing violence in their home countries and moving through the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
UNICEF organizes health and sanitation awareness program for women and children in West Bengal

26 August, 2015

Kolkata, Aug 25 (RDI IBNS): UNICEF has conducted the first ever consultation program to address the health and sanitation crisis faced by women and children in West Bengal in collaboration with faith-based organizations.
Comprehensive action plan for tackling child labour is need of the hour: Assam CM

18 August, 2015

Guwahati, Aug 17 (RDI IBNS) : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday directed to the concerned department of the state government for comprehensive enforcement of all laws to remove all encumbrances coming on the way of child and women safety and their development in the state.
UNICEF offers support to Pakistan authorities as child abuse investigation continues

12 August, 2015

New York, Aug 12 (RDI IBNS): The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has offered its support to Pakistani authorities as they open an investigation into emerging reports of widespread abuses against children in the country’s district of Kasur, an agency official has confirmed.
UN experts urge Pakistan to strengthen protection of children after latest execution

06 August, 2015

New York, Aug 6 (RDI IBNS): United Nations human rights experts on Wednesday condemned the execution in Pakistan of Shafqat Hussein, who was reportedly 14 years old when he was convicted of murder, and called on the country to strengthen the protection of children.
'Catastrophic' floods in Myanmar hit most vulnerable, including children: UN

04 August, 2015

New York, Aug 4 (RDI IBNS): Myanmar has suffered heavy rains, winds and flooding since Cyclone Komen made landfall in Bangladesh on 30 July, causing landslides and damage in different parts of the country, according to United Nations agencies.
UN urges action to combat human trafficking, give victims ‘hope and justice’

31 July, 2015

New York, Jul 31 (RDI IBNS): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged every country to join the fight against human trafficking as United Nations agencies and their partners vowed to work together to support and protect victims of this transnational crime, while pursuing and prosecuting criminals and their networks.
Amnesty International says more Myanmar prisoners of conscience remain behind bars

31 July, 2015

London, July 30 (RDI IBNS) The release of at least 11 prisoners of conscience in a mass prisoner amnesty in Myanmar Thursday is a step in the right direction, but authorities must immediately clear the country's jails of the scores of peaceful activists who still remain behind bars, Amnesty International said.
More not being done to end violence against children in conflict: UNICEF chief

25 July, 2015

New York, Jul 25 (RDI IBNS): Millions of children around the world are caught up in adults’ wars, declared the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Friday, marking the 10th anniversary of a UN Security Council resolution that established a monitoring and reporting mechanism on the use of child soldiers with a strong call for accountability and robust measures to end all “horrors” children face.
Absence of electric supply in Public Health Centre: NHRC sends Punjab govt

21 July, 2015

New Delhi, July 20 (RDI IBNS) The National Human Rights Commission on Monday sent notice to the Punjab government over a reported move to close Moga Public Health Centre due to absence of electric supply in it.
Turkish authorities urged to tackle anti-LGBT violence: UN rights office

15 July, 2015

New York, Jul 15 (RDI IBNS): The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed deep concern over attacks and incitement to violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Turkey and has called on the authorities to take active measures to combat homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination, a UN spokesperson said on Tuesday.
Child marriage scenario still worrying in Bihar: Report

12 July, 2015

Patna, July 11 (RDI IBNS): Despite an overall decline in the rate of child marriage among young girls across India, Bihar continues to have high percentage of marriage before reaching the legally prescribed age of 18 years. According to the available data of National Family Health Survey (NFHS-3), the state accounts for 69% of child marriages, where the girls are married before they reach 18 years.
Marking World Day, UN spotlights plight of vulnerable populations in emergencies

12 July, 2015

New York, July 11 (RDI IBNS) The United Nations plans to raise awareness of the needs of women and girls in emergencies on World Population Day 2015 with campaigns including an outdoor event in the Kazakh capital of Almaty and a panel discussion in the Thai capital of Bangkok on this year's theme 'vulnerable populations in emergencies.'
Millions of children will fall behind unless new UN development goals focus on most in need – UNICEF

24 June, 2015

New York, June 23 (RDI IBNS) The global community will fail millions of children if it does not focus on the most disadvantaged, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warns in its final report on achievement of the child-related UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), emphasizing that “we were not ambitious enough” to reach those with the greatest needs.
Latest UN humanitarian report reveals surge in financing needs for relief efforts

18 June, 2015

New York, June 17 (RDI IBNS): Amid a widespread diffusion of conflicts and crises across the globe, an increasing amount of funding is now required to respond to the world’s growing humanitarian calamities, according to the latest report released today by the United Nations’ relief arm.
In interview, senior UN official says accountability key to preventing child deaths in conflict

18 June, 2015

New York, Jun 17 (RDI IBNS): Ensuring that Member States and their military commanders on the ground remain accountable for any violent actions targeting children is key to preventing atrocities against minors affected by armed conflict, the United Nations Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, has affirmed.
New UN guidebook seeks to prevent child labour practices in agriculture

16 June, 2015

New York, Jun 16 (RDI IBNS): A new handbook issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will seek to establish guidelines intended to prevent the use of child labour across the world's agricultural communities in an effort to tackle a problem that affects some one hundred million children globally, the United Nations agency announced on Monday.
Hundreds of thousands in need of critical aid in Myanmar: UN humanitarian arm

14 June, 2015

New York, Jun 13 (RDI IBNS): Nearly half a million people continue to require humanitarian assistance three years after inter-communal violence raked Myanmar’s western Rakhine state, the United Nations relief arm reported on Friday.
World Vision India brings awareness on child labour in Kolkata

14 June, 2015

Kolkata, June 12 (RDI IBNS): World Vision India observed the World Day against Child Labour in Kolkata on Friday with street plays and a flash mob across the city.

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