The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:
The United Nations and its partners launched a $34 million Flash Appeal to help 260,000 people facing food insecurity in Lesotho due to a severe drought. The Government declared a national disaster on 30 October. Between January and March, an estimated 71,000 people will be one step away from famine.
Iran’s delegate described United States sanctions against his country as “tantamount to economic terrorism”, while a senior United Nations official called for preventing a serious confrontation in the region, as the Security Council considered the milestone 2015 agreement governing Tehran’s nuclear activities.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today that an estimated 761,000 children were internally displaced by storms in the Caribbean between 2014 and 2018; that’s the hottest five-year period on record. This is an increase of 600,000, compared to the 175,000 children displaced in the preceding five years.
The humanitarian situation in north-west and south-west Cameroon continues to deteriorate and 1.3 million people are now in need of assistance. The humanitarian response for the country is one the most critically underfunded in the world. Only 20 per cent of the $300 million requested has been received.
Meeting today amid spiking tensions in the Persian Gulf, the Security Council considered the status of a 2015 deal governing Iran’s nuclear activities, with Tehran voicing frustration that its long‑standing compliance and “strategic patience” has failed to dissuade the United States from imposing new sanctions.
The International Organization for Migration says intercommunal violence and floods in the Mopti region of Mali are aggravating a fragile humanitarian situation for 50,000 internally displaced people while 210,000 others are food insecure and only 2 per cent of communities can access safe drinking water.
Responding to record flood levels in Iran, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the country, Ugochi Daniels, today asked the donor community for $25 million to cover the emergency and early recovery needs of 115,000 highly vulnerable people in the most hard-hit Provinces of Golestan, Khuzestan, Ilam and Lorestan.
The new Permanent Representative of Iran to the United Nations, Majid Takht Ravanchi, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General António Guterres today.
The top-ranking United Nations officials for refugees, migration and humanitarian affairs will jointly visit Bangladesh from Wednesday to Friday this week to highlight the ongoing importance of supporting the humanitarian needs of nearly a million Rohingya refugees, as well as people living in host communities.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) called for action to better manage the 50 million tons of electronic waste, known as e-waste, the world produces annually so it can be turned into a valuable source of decent work. Currently, only 20 per cent of all e-waste, valued at $62 billion, is formally recycled.
The Secretary-General continues to follow the developments in Sudan very closely and reiterates his call for calm and utmost restraint by all. The Secretary‑General reaffirms that the United Nations stands ready to support the Sudanese people as they chart a new way forward.
The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Anatolio Ndong Mba (Equatorial Guinea):
One week after the earthquake and tsunami that hit Central Sulawesi in Indonesia, the humanitarian country team has launched a $50 million response plan. The United Nations resident coordinator there said the plan will provide immediate relief items, and the logistical support needed to provide aid to those in need.
The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Nikki R. Hailey (United States):
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary‑General António Guterres:
As hostilities escalate in southern Syria, civilian deaths continue to be reported and up to 66,000 people have now been displaced. Many who fled towards the Jordanian border remain stranded in the desert with little access to humanitarian help. Planned aid convoys will proceed as soon as the security situation allows.
The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared a new outbreak of Ebola in Bikoro in Equateur Province yesterday after lab results confirmed two cases of the deadly virus. The World Health Organization is working closely with the Government to rapidly scale up its operations and mobilize health partners.
The following statement by UN Secretary-General António Guterres was issued today:
In Syria, a United Nations‑Syrian Arab Red Crescent‑International Committee of the Red Cross inter‑agency convoy entered Douma, in besieged eastern Ghouta, for the first time since 15 November 2017. Teams delivered food for 27,500 people, along with health and nutrition supplies, while fighting and air strikes continued.
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