UNOG Bi-weekly press briefing: Somalia Climate Emergencies - OCHA
A new wave of COVID-19 infections is spreading like “wildfire” across India, leaving many youngsters destitute, amid reports of four new cases every second and more than two deaths every minute, the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF said on Friday.
“Italy: More than 450 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean disembark in Sicily signaling a sharp rise in sea arrivals in 2021 so far - UNHCR”
A humanitarian catastrophe caused by unrelenting drought is unfolding in southern Madagascar where children and adults are on the “periphery of famine”, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday, in an urgent appeal for international support.
UN chief pledges to fight for all Cypriots as impasse remains ahead of future talks
A fresh United Nations-led bid to seek to resolve decades of tensions in Cyprus was due to get under way in Geneva on Tuesday, with Secretary-General António Guterres “realistic” about the chances of making progress, his spokesperson said.
UN-led aid convoy brings 23 tonnes of humanitarian goods across contact line in east Ukraine
The United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) has signed an agreement with the Government of Venezuela to begin operations to provide the most vulnerable children in the South American country with nutritious school meals, it announced on Tuesday. The agency’s goal is to reach 185,000 students by year’s end and 1.5 million by the end of the 2022-2023 school year. It estimated the food assistance programme’s annual budget at $190 million.
‘No end’ to conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, warns UNICEF Disturbing reports have continued to emerge of widespread abuse of civilians in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, nearly six months since conflict erupted, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.
A spate of clashes involving Government security forces and insurgent groups in northeast Nigeria has caused mass displacement and threatened humanitarian assistance, as armed groups go “house-to-house” in the search for aid workers, the UN said on Friday.
UNICEF warns of a “very, very serious protection crisis in Mozambique” where growing attacks by jihadists are adding to an already desperate situation
It is still not clear if Jordan’s Prince Hamzah is under de facto house arrest or not, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Friday. Despite an ongoing investigation into the Prince’s disappearance, Marta Hurtado, spokesperson for the OHCHR, told journalists that “no charges have yet been brought…We are concerned at the lack of transparency around these arrests and detentions”.
The UN World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Friday that a critical shortage of vaccines has left some countries unable to start COVID-19 inoculation campaigns, while insisting on a “vaccines and” - rather than a “vaccines-only” – approach to prevent infections spreading.
Grave concern for women and children targeted in northern Mozambique violence: Disturbing reports of targeted attacks against civilians have continued to emerge from the northern Mozambique town of Palma, marking a serious escalation of violence and volatility in the Cabo Delgado region.
UN-Habitat report calls for post COVID-19 cities to lead the way to a fairer, greener and healthier future. A new report by UN-Habitat published on Tuesday demonstrated how cities can re-duce the impact of future pandemics and become more equitable, healthy and envi-ronmentally friendly.
UN humanitarians reported on Friday that aid teams have reached two camps for Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region for the first time since fighting began in November, only to find them destroyed and the former occupants “scattered”.
UNOG Bi-weekly press briefing: Hunger Hotspots Report Launch - FAO - WFP 23 March 2021
Inventions boom in ‘assistive tech’ offers wider benefits for all Rapid growth in innovations that are designed to help people overcome their disabilities could soon offer a fix to all manner of mobility, sight and other difficulties, UN patent experts WIPO said on Tuesday...
"Transformative change needed to dismantle racism and police violence": rights chief
South Sudanese “one step away from famine”, said World Food Programme (WFP)
Speaker: - Bo Viktor Nylund, UNICEF Representative in Syria
UNOG Bi-weekly press briefing: Update on Weather - February WMO 09 February 2021 “Relatively cold February does not negate the long-term warming trend from climate change", says World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
More than one quarter of members of parliament in the world are now women - Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
With 18 Ebola cases reported, 14 confirmed, and four deaths to date, the West African nation of Guinea is becoming the focus of an urgent public health response involving national health authorities, local communities, the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners. An Ebola vaccine has been deployed for the first time in the country, with more than 1,600 people vaccinated so far.
The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UNHCR, the U.N. Refugee Agency, appealed today for US$266 million to end food ration cuts for over 3 million refugees in East Africa. During the last months, WFP has been forced to implement ration cuts for refugees in Uganda (40%), Kenya (40%), South Sudan (30%), Djibouti (23%) and Ethiopia (16%).
UN independent expert Agnès Callamard today welcomed a report published earlier this week by U.S. authorities that named Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman as the person who gave the go ahead to the operation to kill or capture journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Human rights experts: Russia responsible for attempted killing of Navalny, international investigation needed. The findings of an investigation by two independent human rights experts into the poisoning of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny found the Russian state to be responsible for the attempted killing and called for the international community to carry out further investigations.