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Yemen truce holding, but full measures still not in place

Tue, 06/14/2022 - 2:56pm
The “unprecedented” truce in Yemen has so far led to a reduction in fighting and other positive developments, but action is needed on its full implementation and to address rising humanitarian needs and insecurity, the UN Security Council heard on Tuesday. 

WHO to determine if Monkeypox should be declared ‘Emergency of International Concern’; rights expert warns of COVID ‘vaccine apartheid’

Tue, 06/14/2022 - 12:56pm
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Tuesday that the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee has been convened due to the spread of the Monkeypox virus to 32 non-endemic countries.

Disabilities convention supports ‘inclusive, accessible, and sustainable world’

Tue, 06/14/2022 - 12:29pm
We have the tools to end the “systemic marginalization” of persons with disabilities, the UN chief told the 15th Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on Tuesday.

Climate change: More fossil fuel investment, just ‘delusional’, warns Guterres

Tue, 06/14/2022 - 11:30am
New funding from governments for fossil fuel exploration or production is simply “delusional” the UN chief warned on Tuesday, adding that it would only “further feed the scourge or war, pollution and climate catastrophe.”

Myanmar: Cycle of ‘human rights violations and abuses’ continues, warns Bachelet

Tue, 06/14/2022 - 8:56am
Still suffering from the devastating consequences of the February 2021 military coup, the UN rights chief said on Tuesday that the people of Myanmar remain “trapped in a cycle of poverty and displacement, human rights violations and abuses”.

South Sudan: UN humanitarians forced to cut aid to 1.7 million people

Tue, 06/14/2022 - 8:13am
Food assistance to 1.7 million people in South Sudan has been suspended, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday, citing a funding crunch and rising needs.

Hunger in Latin America: Whole continent is on the move, warns WFP

Tue, 06/14/2022 - 7:13am
Ever greater numbers of vulnerable people are risking their lives on dangerous migration routes in Latin America, forced to move by the global food security crisis that’s been made worse by spiralling inflation linked to the war in Ukraine, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

Yemen: UN launches crowdfunding campaign to head off decaying oil tanker threat

Mon, 06/13/2022 - 2:22pm
A social media campaign launched on Monday by the United Nations aims to bring the world closer to preventing a decaying supertanker, anchored off Yemen, from causing an oil spill that could spell disaster for the region and beyond. 

Myanmar’s multidimensional crises have ‘deepened and expanded dramatically’

Mon, 06/13/2022 - 12:48pm
The political crisis unleashed in Myanmar following the 1 February military coup last year, has “opened new frontlines that had long been at peace,” the UN Special Envoy told the General Assembly on Monday, noting that challenges in the country have “both deepened and expanded dramatically.”

Mali: Support ‘deep aspiration’ for reform, top envoy urges Security Council

Mon, 06/13/2022 - 12:17pm
Long-term uncertainty related to the length of the transition period in Mali has made it even more difficult to achieve progress on implementing the 2015 peace agreement, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Monday. 

UK’s bid to export some refugees to Rwanda, ‘all wrong’, says UN refugee chief

Mon, 06/13/2022 - 10:01am
UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, on Monday dismissed the British Government’s proposal to process United Kingdom-bound asylum seekers in Rwanda, describing the offshore deal between the two countries announced in April, as “all wrong”.

Afghanistan: World Bank provides $150 million lifeline to stem rural hunger 

Mon, 06/13/2022 - 8:40am
A critical $150 million dollar lifeline for rural families in Afghanistan was announced by the World Bank on Monday, part of an overall package of $195 million, for critical livelihood and life-saving assistance, the UN agriculture agency FAO, said on Monday.  

Ukraine and rising global insecurity, test for us all, says UN rights chief

Mon, 06/13/2022 - 7:17am
War in Ukraine continues to cause mayhem and “destroy the lives of many”, and it is everyone’s responsibility to limit the global food, fuel and financial crisis” that it has sustained, the UN’s top rights official told the Human Rights Council on Monday, in her last session as High Commissioner.

Pioneering Namibia MP, Indonesia family planning board, win 2022 UN Population Award

Sun, 06/12/2022 - 10:10pm
The UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency, UNFPA, announced on Monday the winners of it’s 2022 UN Population Award, with the individual prize going to a young trailblazing parliamentarian from Namibia, while the institutional award went to Indonesia’s National Population and Family Planning Board.

Refugees at risk: UN uncovers human trafficking at camp in Malawi

Sun, 06/12/2022 - 4:11pm
The widespread exploitation of men, women, and children at a refugee camp in Malawi has been uncovered by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Malawian Police Service.

From The Field: A ‘child of international solidarity’

Sat, 06/11/2022 - 9:11pm
For three generations, Marsel Abdo’s family have been fleeing conflict, including the Syrian war and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

UN calls on militants in eastern DR Congo to ‘immediately cease’ civilian attacks

Sat, 06/11/2022 - 12:56pm
The UN issued a statement on Saturday calling for attacks on civilians by multiple armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to “immediately cease”.

Maritime students send special SOS to upcoming UN Ocean Conference 

Sat, 06/11/2022 - 7:31am
At first, they look like bright spots of white casting shadows on a lush green lawn. As the drone camera swoops into the sky, it becomes clear that these are people – more than 200 students from half a dozen different countries – lining up to spell out a clear message to the world: SAVE OUR OCEANS. 

First Person: The South Sudanese refugee helping others through trauma

Fri, 06/10/2022 - 9:01pm
Rose Mary Tiep, fled domestic abuse and the conflict in South Sudan five years ago. Today she is helping others through their trauma in an Ugandan refugee camp, as part of a UN-backed support programme.

UN human rights experts urge China to allow them ‘full access’ 

Fri, 06/10/2022 - 12:26pm
Dozens of independent UN human rights experts on Friday urged the Chinese Government to “cooperate fully” with the UN human rights system over abuse allegations, and grant them “unhindered access – particularly to prisons and detention centres. 

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