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With security improving in DR Congo’s Kasai, thousands of refugees head home from Angola

Fri, 23/08/2019 - 21:49
As security has improved in the restive Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), some 8,500 refugees have left the Lóvua settlement in Angola’s north-east Lunda Norte province in the past week, hoping to cross the border and return home, according to the UN refugee agency.

Friday’s Daily Brief: Education in Africa, Sudan flash-floods, WHO on Ebola, spike in South Sudan violence, Rwanda, Uganda move to normalize relations

Fri, 23/08/2019 - 21:33
A recap of Friday’s stories: Education under fire in Central and Western Africa; Sudan flash-floods wreak havoc; Ebola outbreak spreads, albeit with fewer transmissions; UN rights experts on South Sudan; and UN chief welcomes understanding between Rwanda and Uganda

South Sudan: UN rights experts see little headway on peace deal amid spike in local-level violence

Fri, 23/08/2019 - 18:04
A United Nations expert group looking at human rights in South Sudan said on Friday that it is “deeply concerned” that, although the overall armed conflict has waned, there has been little progress in adhering to the peace agreement that guided the country thus far.

School closures triple in Central and Western Africa as education comes under fire

Fri, 23/08/2019 - 16:49
A surge in “deliberate” attacks against students, teachers and schools in West and Central Africa has led to a tripling in school closures in the last year and left almost two million youngsters “robbed of an education”, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. 

Myanmar military committed ‘routine, systematic’ sexual violence against ethnic minorities, UN experts find

Thu, 22/08/2019 - 23:48
Myanmar’s military must stop using sexual and gender-based violence to terrorize and punish ethnic minorities, according to a new report released on Thursday by the United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission.

A recap of Thursday’s top stories: International Day honours victims of religious-based violence, UN experts on Kashmir, environmental disasters in Asia-Pacific, animal protections, and UN chief on Burkina Faso

Thu, 22/08/2019 - 22:19
Thursday’s Daily Brief: New international day honouring victims of religious-based violence; Kashmir shutdown must be reversed; Relentless sequence of disasters in Asia-Pacific; Giraffes fare well for protection, elephants not so much; UN chief condemns Burkina Faso violence

FROM THE FIELD: Argentina Preserving Pristine Forests

Thu, 22/08/2019 - 22:04
Thousands of species of animals and plants which are indigenous to a vast forest in Argentina could be saved thanks to a partnership between the United Nations and the South American country.  

Kashmir communications shutdown a ‘collective punishment’ that must be reversed, say UN experts

Thu, 22/08/2019 - 21:15
End the crackdown on freedom of expression, was the strong call to the Government by India from five United Nations independent rights expert on Thursday.

World must stamp out persecution of religious groups, Guterres declares on new UN Day

Thu, 22/08/2019 - 21:12
UN chief António Guterres called for an end to the persecution of religious groups on Thursday, the first ever International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion and Belief.

Relentless sequence of disasters in Asia-Pacific ‘sign of things to come’, cautions UN regional body

Thu, 22/08/2019 - 17:20
Changing patterns and worsening impacts of natural disasters in Asia and the Pacific, coupled with environmental degradation and climate change, are not only making efforts to predict such catastrophes more difficult, but are also a “sign of things to come”, the United Nations development arm in the region has warned.

Microplastic pollution is everywhere, but not necessarily a risk to human health

Thu, 22/08/2019 - 02:30
Tiny plastic particles known as microplastics are “everywhere – including in our drinking-water”, but they are not necessarily a risk to human health, UN experts said on Thursday.

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Yemen aid programmes closing, Guterres Idlib concern, Somalia insecurity, honouring terror victims

Wed, 21/08/2019 - 22:12
Today’s stories: aid money promised for Yemen fails to materialize, prospects of new Idlib conflict put millions at risk, new Sudanese transitional government welcomed by UN chief, insecurity threatens Somalia progress.

Lack of funds forces UN to close down life-saving aid programmes in Yemen

Wed, 21/08/2019 - 20:53
The United Nations announced on Wednesday that it is being forced to close down several humanitarian programmes in Yemen because money pledged by Member States to pay for them has “failed to materialize”. 

Scars of terrorism ‘run deep’, UN chief says, paying tribute to victims 

Wed, 21/08/2019 - 19:29
The scars of terrorism “run deep”, and while they may fade with time, “they never disappear”, the United Nations chief said on Wednesday, in his message for the second International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism. 

Somalia security remains a concern, head of UN Mission warns Security Council

Wed, 21/08/2019 - 18:24
Despite “encouraging” developments, insecurity across Somalia remains a serious concern, James Swan, head of the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), warned the Security Council, in his first briefing to the world body since taking office.

Urgent need for ‘restraint and genuine dialogue’ in Middle East to avoid major confrontation

Tue, 20/08/2019 - 23:33
Briefing the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East, the Chef de Cabinet of the Secretary-General, Maria Luiza Viotti, said on Tuesday that “restraint and genuine dialogue are urgently needed”, in order to avoid a major confrontation, which would have disastrous consequences, even well beyond the region. 

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: water quality crisis, Yemen and Libya updates, Venezuelan children appeal, ocean protection

Tue, 20/08/2019 - 23:15
This Tuesday, we cover: new report on water quality worldwide; Yemen envoy briefs the Security Council on Aden; intensifying clashes in southern Libya; UNICEF appeals for increased aid for Venezuela youngsters; and UN negotiations continue over a new ocean protection agreement.  

‘Invisible’ crisis of water quality threatens human and environmental well-being: World Bank report

Tue, 20/08/2019 - 22:00
Deteriorating water quality worldwide is slashing the economic potential of heavily polluted areas, according to a new World Bank report, released on Tuesday. It also warns that the “invisible crisis of water quality” is threatening human and environmental well-being.

Negotiating legally-binding agreement to provide future generations with a ‘healthy, resilient and productive ocean’

Tue, 20/08/2019 - 19:52
While the world’s oceans contain some 200,000 identified living species, the actual numbers could reach the millions ­­– all exposed to the dangers of climate change, pollution and over-exploitation. To stem these threats, the United Nations is meeting to negotiate a treaty that would protect three-quarters of the earth’s surface by 2030.

‘No time to lose’ UN envoy tells Security Council, ‘Yemen cannot wait’

Tue, 20/08/2019 - 18:50
One month ago, the United Nations top Yemen envoy told the Security Council the country was facing “a crucial moment” in the course of its long and bloody conflict, and on Tuesday, he again urged members to acknowledge that recent infighting around the Government stronghold of Aden were “a clear sign” that the conflict must be brought to a swift, peaceful end.