The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development said global trade in creative goods and services, including the fashion, design, media and software industries, is expanding mostly because of China, doubling from $208 billion in 2002 to $509 billion in 2015. India, Singapore, Turkey, Thailand and Mexico also stimulated that growth.
Central African Republic
Central African Republic
The UN mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) is conducting an operation to restore order in Bambari, Ouaka Prefecture, in coordination with the country’s security forces. The operation is in response to attacks by Union pour la paix en Centrafrique against the local population and peacekeepers.
The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Edward Kallon, expressed grave concern following the upsurge in violence in the country’s north-east that has led to massive displacement and created “a humanitarian tragedy”. Some 260 aid workers have been withdrawn from impacted areas since last November.
The World Health Organization reports that full operations in response to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s North Kivu Province, which were disrupted by civil unrest in late December, have resumed across all locations. It warns that further interruptions could have serious consequences.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime released a report that says the number of human trafficking victims is on the rise and calls on countries to strengthen their cooperation to protect victims and bring criminals to justice.
On 7 December 2018, the Panel of Experts briefed the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 2127 (2013) concerning the Central African Republic on its final report submitted pursuant to paragraph 32 (c) of resolution 2399 (2018).
On the eve of the second round of the presidential election in Madagascar, the electoral observer missions and the members of the international community issued a statement calling on the two candidates to show restraint and to exhort their supporters to avoid any action that could compromise the electoral process.
The Security Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) until 15 November 2019 today, tasking it with reinforcing its support for the peace process in the troubled country.
Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock announced today a $10 million regional contribution from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) towards mitigating the possible impact of the current Ebola outbreak in the Demoractic Republic of the Congo should it spread to neighbouring countries.
Yesterday I was asked about money and percentages. As of yesterday, the amount received for the regular budget in 2018 represents 97.8 per cent of the amount assessed. While credit is given publicly to those Member [States] that have paid their budget dues in full, many others pay in tranches of varying sizes.
Noting that 2019 will mark 40 years of conflict in Afghanistan, the United Nations Children’s Fund says 2018 has been especially challenging. A spike in violence, unprecedented drought and poverty has taken a disproportionate toll on children: 5,000 were killed or maimed in the first three quarters, compared to all of 2017.
The World Health Organization’s World Malaria Report reveals that in 2017, there were about 219 million cases, compared with 217 million in 2016. About 70 per cent of all cases occurred in 10 African countries and India. To boost prevention and treatment, WHO and partners launched a new country-led response.
The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Ma Zhaoxu (China):
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary‑General António Guterres:
Unanimously adopting resolution 2446 (2018), the Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) for one month until 15 December, with the mandate being maintained as set out in resolution 2387 (2017).
In Paris, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is having three days of events to mark World Philosophy Day, including a Night of Philosophy, a presentation of digitized philosophy archives and a talk about Barbara Cassin, initiator of the International Network of Women Philosophers.
UNICEF has warned that many children traveling in Mexico with the migrant caravan are showing signs of anguish and psychosocial distress, with some expressing fear of violence or separation from their families. Other children are finding it difficult to play and engage in recreational activities.
Over the past month, more than 347,000 Congolese people have been forced to return to the Democratic Republic of the Congo from Angola. Most are staying with families or at temporary sites in Kamako, in the Kasai. The United Nations and aid partners are providing health services, water, sanitation, shelter and food.
While the United Nations presence in the Central African Republic has achieved some of its immediate goals – preventing a return to civil war and stopping a coup d’état – much work is needed to stabilize the country’s security situation, combat armed groups and support millions in need of humanitarian assistance, the Organization’s senior official told the Security Council today.
The United Nations agencies in Mexico have staff in place, with more to be deployed in the coming days, to cooperate closely with local and federal authorities, among others, to attend to migrant needs in Tapachula, Chiapas and nearby towns.
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