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Protecting migrant workers in Kuwait: a Resident Coordinator’s blog

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 04:20
In Kuwait, the UN has played an important role in countering xenophobic rhetoric, falsely blaming the spread of COVID-19 on migrant workers. In this opinion piece, Tarek El Sheikh, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the country, highlights the efforts being made to safeguard the rights of foreign residents. 

FROM THE FIELD: Supporting Nepal’s migrants, as overseas work dries up

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 16:15
Nepal is one most remittance-dependent countries in the world, with many Nepalese sending home around $8.79 billion from abroad. However, since the economic slowdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, work for many of them has dried up. The UN is supporting efforts to manage the large-scale influx of returnee workers.

UN agency assisting Palestinians working at ‘full capacity with inadequate resources’

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 19:52
Some 75 countries and non-governmental organizations have  pledged  $130 million in financial commitments to the UN agency that assists Palestinian refugees across the Middle East, UNRWA, following a  virtual conference on Tuesday,

FROM THE FIELD: Painting the post-pandemic world in Senegal

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 15:14
A group of mural artists in Senegal is painting its vision of how the world may look after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, whilst providing important information about how, in the meantime, to stay safe from the deadly virus.

FROM THE FIELD: The plight of refugees persecuted for their sexual orientation

Sun, 06/21/2020 - 04:00
Millions of people around the world are at risk because of their sexual orientation or sex characteristics. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has underlined the fact that, under international law, they must be protected as refugees.