Marking International Day of Tolerance, the Secretary-General said that the values of tolerance and mutual understanding are facing profound tests. He noted that refugees and migrants continue to face closed doors and clenched fists, while bigotry shows its face through racism, anti-Muslim hatred, anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination.
A report released by the Food and Agriculture Organization highlights mounting evidence that food systems may be major conduits of antimicrobial resistance and the need for greater vigilance over the way antibiotics are used on farms, especially in livestock production.
More than 54,000 Iraqis have been internally displaced, as military operations to retake Mosul from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) continue. The World Food Programme have provided food assistance to more than 100,000 people fleeing and are working to reach those trapped in Mosul and surrounding areas.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has called for immediate action to fulfil the rights of victims and survivors of atrocities in Iraq as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) appears to continue killings based on decisions of its self-appointed ‘courts’.
In Geneva, Jan Egeland, Special Adviser on Syria told the press that reports from east Aleppo were saying that the last food rations were being distributed, with nothing more to distribute next week. There was now a four-part United Nations initiative aimed at delivering food and other urgent supplies to that city.
The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq briefed the Security Council on the progress of Iraq’s forces in the battle to liberate Mosul, underlining the importance of civilian protection, preventing revenge attacks and dealing fairly with accountability issues of captured Da’esh fighters.
The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) reports that an explosion in Goma this morning killed a girl and wounded 32 peacekeepers from India. MONUSCO dispatched a Quick Reaction Force at the scene and all the injured are receiving medical treatment in Goma.
The Secretary-General in Mont Pèlerin, Switzerland, this morning, opened a week of intensive negotiations between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders aimed at reaching a settlement this year to their long-standing conflict. He commended their vision and said the prospect of a solution is within their reach.
The Human Rights Office says it has received reports that Da’esh has continued to forcibly transfer civilians in Iraq. It was told that trucks full of abducted civilians were taken from Hamam al-Alil to Tal Afar city. Credible reports also say 180 people were killed in Kokjali town, in eastern Mosul, on Wednesday.
A new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) finds that the world must urgently curb emissions by 25 per cent from the predicted 2030 levels, and that even with the Paris Agreement, the world is still headed for a temperature rise of between 2.9 to 3.4 degrees centigrade this century.