The Week in Review

UN’s Ban apologizes to people of Haiti, outlines new plan to fight cholera epidemic and help communities

1 December 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today apologized to the people of Haiti, expressing deep regret for the loss of life and suffering caused by the country’s cholera epidemic, and outlined the way forward including immediate steps to stem the outbreak and long-term support for those affected – while also highlighting the need for adequate funding of the proposal.

One in three people suffers malnutrition at global cost of $3.5 trillion a year – UN

1 December 2016 – As an United Nations international meeting on ways to improve diets and ensure sustainable food systems kicked off in Rome, Italy today, participants were told that one in three people on the planet suffers some form of malnutrition, impacting public health and economic development at an estimated cost of $3.5 trillion per year.

On World AIDS Day, UNICEF warns of sharp rise in new HIV infections among adolescents if progress stalls

1 December 2016 – New HIV infections among adolescents are projected to rise from 250,000 in 2015 to nearly 400,000 a year by 2030 if progress stalls in reaching adolescents, warns a report released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today, which is observed annually as World AIDS Day.

Security Council strengthens measures against DPRK’s nuclear, ballistic missile activities

30 November 2016 – Strongly condemning the nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 9 September, the Security Council today unanimously adopted measures that United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described as “the toughest and most comprehensive sanctions regime ever” against that country.

Without urgent steps to end violence, Aleppo may become ‘giant graveyard,’ Security Council told

30 November 2016 – With thousands of civilians fleeing neighbourhoods in eastern Aleppo, senior United Nations officials today appealed to the Security Council and the wider international community to come together and “do everything in their power to protect civilians and enable aid access to the besieged parts of the [war-battered city] before it becomes one giant graveyard.”

Central African Republic: Half the population needs humanitarian support, says UN

28 November 2016 – With nearly half the population in the Central African Republic (CAR) in need of humanitarian assistance, some $400 million is requires over the coming year to shore up relief efforts that will be critical “to save the lives of people who are among the poorest and most forgotten on this planet,” a senior United Nations official said today. 

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