With seven confirmed COVID-19 cases in Somalia, the United Nations and their humanitarian partners in the country are urgently reprioritizing activities to help prepare the response to the pandemic.
Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR): “After the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet’s last week urged governments to reduce overcrowding in prisons in order to prevent catastrophic rates of COVID-19 infection, we are encouraged to note that a number of countries have indeed been taking action on this front.
The spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Jens Laerke said that “seven COVID-19 cases including two deaths have been confirmed - all cases arrived from abroad and are receiving medical treatment in isolation centres in Khartoum.”
Burkina Faso crisis and COVID-19 concerns highlight pressure on Sahel food security. Food insecurity levels in the Sahel region are “spiralling out of control”, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday, as it expressed concerns about the potential impact on humanitarian supply chains because of restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
From DR Congo to Libya and Syria, humanitarians adjust to COVID-19
Nearly USD 825 million are needed for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to assist the world’s most vulnerable communities to face the new coronavirus, according to a revised emergency appeal for the pandemic launched in Geneva today.
UN Syria envoy appeals for nationwide ceasefire to halt COVID-19. An immediate ceasefire is needed in Syria to prevent the spread of COVID-19, top United Nations negotiator for Syria, Geir O Pedersen, said on Tuesday, as he reiterated his willingness to work with all warring parties to ensure that the truce holds.
UN aid teams work round the clock to ensure humanitarian support to millions. Humanitarian actors are gearing up to find solutions for vulnerable communities hardest-hit by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including millions of children whose schools have closed, depriving them of essential meals, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday.
Millions of people in crises will need UN humanitarian aid in midst of COVID-19 pandemic
As Syrian conflict enters 10th year, ‘brutal truth’ is there is little protection for families
Human Rights Council announces ‘orderly suspension’ of activities linked to COVID-19
Special Rapporteur Javaid Rehman on the situation of human rights in Iran – welcomes mass prisoner release linked to COVID-19
COVID-19: likely to cost $1 trillion in 2020, says UN economist, calls for confidence-building measures
After the last Ebola patient was discharged on March 3rd at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced today the beginning of a 42-day observation period before it can declare the end of the Ebola outbreak - if there are no new cases diagnosed. WHO and partners have been combating the disease for the last 19 months.
COVID-19: countries, businesses must protect people as virus spreads, urges UN rights chief
Coronavirus COVID-19 wipes $50 billion off global exports in February alone
UN agencies together with the Bangladesh authorities have appealed for $877 million to support hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, where conditions are still not conducive for their safe return, UN refugee agency chief Filippo Grandi said on Tuesday.
The President of the UN Human Rights Council, Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger, today (2 Mar) announced that the Council will follow measures recommended by the Secretary-General concerning the Covid-19 outbreak and its implications for the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council.
‘Mayhem’ in Idlib’s hospitals amid ongoing violence pushing displaced towards Turkish border
Discrimination against those affected by coronavirus/COVID-19 must be tackled head on by Governments everywhere, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Thursday, in an appeal for “transparency and information” to help combat the epidemic.
UN Chief urges countries to ‘do everything’ against COVID-19, thanks China’s people for sacrifice. While the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the COVID-19 outbreak should not be described as a pandemic because it is not spreading uncontrollably, UN Secretary-General on Monday urged all countries to “do everything” to contain the disease.
People’s basic human rights – their birthright - are “under assault”, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday, as he launched a Call to Action aimed at boosting equality and reducing suffering everywhere.
Syria: fears of a ‘bloodbath’ as shelling nears terrified, traumatised displacement camps. Around a million civilians in northwest Syria could face “a real bloodbath, a real massacre” amid an ongoing push by Government forces in the country’s last opposition-held region, a senior UN humanitarian warned on Monday.
Fleeing violence in north-west Syria, families now forced to burn clothes to stay warm. Families fleeing violence in north-west Syria have resorted to burning their clothes to protect themselves against freezing winter temperatures, UN humanitarians said on Friday, while also warning of a potential “bloodbath” unless a ceasefire is agreed.
Escalating Burkina Faso violence brings wider Sahel displacement emergency into focus. Deadly attacks on villages in Burkina Faso have forced 150,000 people to flee in the last three weeks alone, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Friday, warning of a displacement emergency in the wider Sahel region.
UN right chief, agencies appalled at civilian toll in wartorn Syria’s north-east. Facing freezing temperatures and bombing, more than 900,000 civilians in Syria’s north-west have been forced into ever smaller areas in search of shelter, the UN’s top rights official said on Tuesday.
Vital Idlib aid deliveries resume after ‘heavy bombing’ - WFP
Coronavirus deaths surpass 1,000 as scientists gather at WHO headquarters to discuss next steps
At the United Nations briefing in Geneva Marta Hurtado spokesperson for the Office of the UN high Commissioner for Human Rights, briefed journalist on deep concerns regarding the hostilities and disregard for the protection of civilians as fighting continues to kill and injure scores of civilians around Idlib and Aleppo.
Fresh fears of accelerating damage to the planet’s ice sheets and sea level rise have been fuelled by confirmation from the UN’s weather agency that the Antarctic likely saw a new temperature record of more than 18C on Thursday.
On day four of UN-led talks to transform an uncertain truce in Libya into a permanent ceasefire, veteran negotiator Ghassan Salamé on Thursday welcomed the “progress” that had been made so far, before urging an end to any “provocative” military action that might dash the chance of a successful outcome.
The United Nations has sounded the alarm over a severe humanitarian crisis unfolding in Syria's northwest, where Syrian government troops and Turkish forces are fighting in Syria's north-western province of Idlib, the last area in the country under opposition control. More than 520,000 people fled their homes, most of them women and children, due to the continued fighting in the last two months.
The UN negotiator leading talks in Geneva to secure an end to fighting in Libya said on Tuesday that high-ranking officials from both sides of the conflict have agreed to begin work on a “permanent and lasting” ceasefire to replace an uncertain truce.
After the release of the US Middle East peace plan earlier this week, a lot of Palestinians are “in a state of shock at this point”, said Christian Saunders, acting Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) today at the United Nations in Geneva.
Amid the significant increase in numbers of infections of the novel coronavirus and additional countries reporting confirmed cases globally, the Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization has declared last night a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
The WHO has upped the global risk assessment that the novel coronavirus poses from moderate to high risk but have not yet declared the outbreak an international public health emergency.
The Horn of Africa has been hit by the worst invasion of desert locusts in 25 years, posing a threat to food security to the population in East Africa that is already experiencing a high degree of food insecurity, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today (Friday). In order to scale up the response to the devastating desert locust outbreak in East Africa, OCHA’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) released $10 million.