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UN emergency fund releases $15 million to help Ethiopians affected by inter-communal violence

By |July 12th, 2018|

Historical tensions between communities in southern Ethiopia escalated during April, leading to loss of life, widespread property damage and large-scale displacements. 
“Nearly one million people are displaced and require urgent help, especially during this rainy season,” said Secretary-General António Guterres, noting that releasing money from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is one of the […]

‘Multilateralism in action’ says UN chief ahead of expected agreement on migration compact

By |July 12th, 2018|

“Migration is a positive global phenomenon,” Secretary-General António Guterres told a press conference at UN Headquarters, with negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration expected to conclude on Friday in New York, for formal adoption in December in Marrakesh.
“Migrants are a remarkable engine for growth,” Mr. Guterres stressed, noting that they […]

Hearing ‘horrific’ testimonies from rape survivors in South Sudan, UN envoy says they yearn only for peace

By |July 12th, 2018|

Pramila Patten, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence and Conflict, told reporterss that she had been “alarmed to hear about the increasing climate of intimidation” in which civil society organisations work, “including attacks against those providing services to sexual violence survivors.”
The world’s youngest country, South Sudan has been wracked by violence and humanitarian crisis since […]

UN forum spotlights cities, where struggle for sustainability ‘will be won or lost’

By |July 11th, 2018|

Through the inherently integrated nature of urban development, the 11th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) impacts a wide range of 2030 Agenda issues from sustainable consumption and production to affordable and clean energy along with health, sustainable transportation, clean water and sanitation. Basically, life on land.
According to the UN, cities are where the struggle for global […]

Nicaragua: Guterres deplores loss of life, attacks against Catholic Church

By |July 11th, 2018|

“The Secretary-General recognizes the important mediation role of the Nicaraguan Catholic Bishops Conference, “said a statement issued by his Spokesperson.
Media reports from the region suggest that Nicaraguan bishops and clergy were attacked by armed groups on 9 July as protest in the Central American country continued.
The Secretary-General urged all parties to respect the role of […]

Visiting North Korea, UN relief chief spotlights funding shortfall to meet humanitarian needs

By |July 11th, 2018|

“There is a humanitarian need, we can meet it and we can tell people a convincing and persuasive story about how their money is used if they provide us with more funds,” said Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, at a press conference held in the country’s capital, Pyongyang.
During the visit, he was able […]

Rohingya cannot become ‘forgotten victims,’ says UN chief urging world to step up support

By |July 11th, 2018|

“Small children butchered in front of their parents. Girls and women gang-raped while family members were tortured and killed,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Tuesday in a Washington Post opinion piece, adding: “Nothing could have prepared me for the bone-chilling accounts.”
The continuing plight of nearly one million Rohingya refugees driven from their homes in […]

Fragile countries risk being ‘stuck in a cycle of conflict and climate disaster,’ Security Council told

By |July 11th, 2018|

“Climate change is inextricably linked to some of the most pressing security challenges of our time,” said Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed during a debate intended to deepen understanding of climate-related security risks.
“Fragile countries are in danger of becoming stuck in a cycle of conflict and climate disaster. Where resilience is eroded, communities may be displaced […]

World Population Day: ‘A matter of human rights’ says UN

By |July 11th, 2018|

In her message for the Day, UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem took that a step further, saying: “Family planning is not only a matter of human rights; it is also central to women’s empowerment, reducing poverty and achieving sustainable development.”
Yet, in developing regions, the UNFPA chief pointed out that some 214 million women still lack […]

Health conditions for citizens of Yemen’s key port city ‘remain critical’ says UN agency

By |July 10th, 2018|

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that Hudaydah had registered the highest incidences of suspected cholera cases of any city; around 14 per cent of those reported nationwide since the start of the crippling epidemic, in April 2017.
In addition to that highly infectious disease, there have been 209 suspected cases of diphtheria and 252 of […]