Today is World Malaria Day and on this occasion, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) recalls that every two minutes, a child dies of malaria. Although preventable and treatable, malaria remains a major public health problem and the number of cases worldwide is growing.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development launched an action plan to expand employment opportunities for refugees to help them integrate into their host communities from the very start and contribute to the local economy.
The Secretary-General’s Youth Envoy spoke to the Security Council today on the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security. She said the report points to two key issues needing attention: the growing mistrust from young generations towards formal political institutions, and the exclusion of young people from political, civic and economic life.
Drought hits the Sahel region hard, with more than 10 million people expected to need emergency food assistance, up from 7.1 million currently, if adequate assistance is not provided in time. Poor rains in 2017 are now deeply affecting parts of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Senegal.
The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq commended Kurdistan Region political parties and blocs for signing the Electoral Charter of Honour on 18 April in Erbil. He said that the Charter is essential to conducting the elections in a free, fair, impartial, transparent and credible manner.
More than 200 children were released by armed groups in South Sudan, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today. They were among a series of arranged releases of almost 1,000 children over the coming months. About 19,000 children still serve in the ranks of armed forces and groups in the country.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees announced today that Chile had just acceded to the international conventions on statelessness. The Office commended the country’s commitment to promote the fundamental right to nationality.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the killing of three Ecuadorian newspaper staff workers: Javier Ortega, Paul Rivas and Efrain Segarra. The three workers, employed by the newspaper El Comercio, were kidnapped on 26 March, near the border between Ecuador and Colombia.
Donors in Geneva today pledged $528 million to support the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian aid to millions of people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The announcements were made at a humanitarian conference in co‑chaired by the United Nations, the European Union and the Netherlands.
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs launched its 2018 needs and priorities plan for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, seeking $111 million to assist 6 million of the most vulnerable people. Undernutrition, a serious concern, continues to stunt more than one quarter of children in the country.
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that, in the last 48 hours, the largest United Nations medical shipment to have entered Gaza since the beginning of 2018 has provided hospitals there with lifesaving drugs and other supplies to meet urgent medical needs. It will help respond to the needs of 100,000 children and mothers.
A new report by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in cooperation with the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, warns that armed groups in that country, including those affiliated with the State, hold thousands of people in prolonged arbitrary and unlawful detention, submitting them to torture and other rights violations.
Forces from the Central African Republic and the United Nations Mission in the country launched a joint disarmament and arrest operation targeting criminal groups in the PK5 neighborhood in Bangui, resulting in arrests and the seizure of arms, ammunition and drugs. The joint efforts will continue until the criminal groups are dismantled.
A new report by the United Nations Environment Programme found that solar energy dominated global investment like never before in 2017. Investment in solar power grew by 18 per cent to $160.8 billion, surpassing new investments in coal and gas.
The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Food Price Index rose for the second consecutive month, led by prices of wheat and maize, whose production FAO expects will decline in 2018. This follows global record high levels of cereal production in 2017.
Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator and Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Mueller is in Myanmar’s Rakhine State to take stock of the ongoing humanitarian crisis there and advocate for unfettered access to, and protection of, civilians.
The temporary base in Tagbara, north-east of Bambari, of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic was attacked by anti-balaka fighters today. One peacekeeper was killed and 11 others were injured after several hours of exchange of fire. The Mission condemned the attack and deployed reinforcements to Tagbara.
The World Food Programme today airlifted life-saving, nutrient-dense biscuits from its Humanitarian Depot in Dubai to Papua New Guinea. The plane carried enough food to feed approximately 60,000 people. More than 270,000 people require humanitarian aid since a devastating earthquake struck the country in February.
The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, congratulated Iraqi political parties and blocs for signing the Electoral Charter of Honour on Wednesday in Baghdad, and pledged the United Nations Assistance Mission’s support for conducting upcoming elections freely, fairly and transparently.
The Secretary-General was shocked at reports of remarks attributed to Myanmar Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. He urges all leaders in Myanmar to take a unified stance against incitement to hatred and to promote communal harmony.
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