Top UN officials urge donors to step up support for displaced on World Refugee Day

A young Afghan stands in the entrance of a UNHCR-supplied tent. Facebook users can help buy such tents for refugees

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Solidarity Must be The Foundation of Our Response

Ban Ki-moonMessage of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the World Refugee Day, 20 June 2009

20 June 2009 – Around the world, millions of people have been uprooted by violence, persecution and conflict. The majority of these individuals and their families come from the developing world and are also especially vulnerable to the harsh fallout of the unfolding global economic crisis.

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Independent probe into Bhutto killing to begin work on 1 July, UN announces

Benazir Bhutto was assassinated on 27 December 2007 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan19 June 2009 – The independent commission tasked with looking into the facts and circumstances surrounding the 2007 assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto will begin its work on 1 July, the United Nations announced today.

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UNODC Reports Steep Decline in Cocaine Production in Colombia

Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Director-General of the United Nations Office in Vienna19 June 2009 – Coca surveys of the Andean countries issued today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) show a major decline in co

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Iran: UN rights chief concerned over arrests, excessive force following polls

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay19 June 2009 – The top United Nations human rights official today expressed concern over reports of the use of excessive force and violence, as well as rising numbers of potentially extralegal arrests, in Iran following last week's contested presidential polls.

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