In the Central African Republic, violence in the town of Birao has displaced more than 14,000 people, who are now being protected by United Nations peacekeepers in a camp next to the United Nations base and airstrip. The United Nations Mission has taken additional steps to prevent new clashes and restore calm.
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The United Nations Network on Migration reiterated today its call to end the detention of children for immigration purposes in every region of the world. They said detaining children in such a context – whether they are travelling alone or with their families – has been recognized as a violation of children’s rights.
The Security Council today decided to extend a modified sanctions regime against the Central African Republic through 31 January 2020.
More than half the population of South Sudan — 6 million people — do not know where they will find their next meal. The Food and Agriculture Organization is providing crop seeds, while the United Nations Children’s Fund is distributing food for women and children and the World Food Programme is responding with food and cash.
On 6 September 2019, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 2127 (2013) concerning the Central African Republic enacted the amendments specified with underline in the entry below on its Sanctions List of individuals and entities subject to the assets freeze and travel ban set out in paragraphs 9 and 16 of Security Council resolution 2399 (2018) as renewed by resolution 2454 (2019), adopted under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations.
The Central Emergency Response Fund released $75 million to support responses to eight underfunded emergencies — in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Eritrea, Mali, Sudan, Venezuela and the neighbouring region — providing aid to 4 million people affected by conflict and natural disasters, among other crises.
At least 14 people were killed and many more injured yesterday, including children, when a bus hit an improvised explosive device near Douentza in the Mopti region, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali reported. The Mission supported the medical evacuations of 16 victims.
On 30 July 2019, the Panel of Experts on the Central African Republic extended pursuant to resolution 2454 (2019) conveyed its midterm report to the President of the Security Council (S/2019/608).
The Yemen office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights confirmed that 52 detainees were among those killed when air strikes hit a former community college compound on the northern outskirts of Dhamar City, United Nations teams in the country reported on Sunday. As many as 170 detainees were being held there.
On 29 July 2019, Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, and Pramila Patten, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, briefed the 2127 Sanctions Committee concerning the Central African Republic and the Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict.
After a long journey across the seas, youth climate activist Greta Thunberg is arriving this afternoon in New York. The United Nations will be there to welcome her with a flotilla of 17 sailboats, each branded with a sustainable goal. Ms. Thunberg is scheduled to attend the Secretary-General’s climate summit.
Today is International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), this observance is intended to inscribe the tragedy of the slave trade in the memory of all peoples.
Some 450 non-State combatants have been disarmed and demobilized in western Central African Republic since the signing of the peace agreement in February, according to the United Nations mission in that country, including elements of the Front Démocratique du Peuple Centraficain and the Union des Forces Républicaines.
A humanitarian emergency in Burkina Faso is worsening as recurrent armed attacks and insecurity continue to force people to flee their homes. Nearly 220,000 people are now displaced - 50,000 more than in May - and rains are impeding access to basic services.
More than 1.3 million people in north-west and south-west Cameroon need humanitarian assistance, up from 160,000 in 2018. Non-State armed groups banned education, 80 per cent of schools are closed and 74 schools were destroyed. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says half of those in need are children.
While the 6 February signing of the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in the Central African Republic gave rise to much hope for an end to the decades-long crisis in that country, the accord’s ultimate success will depend on the parties’ willingness to end the violence and engage in dialogue, the Special Representative told the Security Council today.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today said that more than 5 million families across Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean spend over 40 per cent of their non-food household expenses on maternal health services. The costs of prenatal care and delivery services can deter women from seeking medical attention.
World Health Organization experts arrived in Pakistan following an HIV outbreak in Sindh province, where some 600 cases — more than half of them children under age five — have been identified. The outbreak was first reported on 25 April, with a major HIV screening programme having started three days later.
Due to sporadic rainfall in Bangladesh’s Teknaf peninsula, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and aid partners will truck water in the coming days to 140,000 Rohingya refugees, where water rationing due to limited supply has raised concern about the potential for water-borne diseases.
The United Nations is stepping up its response to the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is now in its tenth month and has claimed more than 1,200 lives. The Secretary-General has appointed David Gressly, Deputy Head of mission, as the Organization’s Emergency Ebola Response Coordinator.
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