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Mass deaths in Myanmar after 100,000 flee fighting – UN Warns

Mass deaths in Myanmar after 100,000 flee fighting – UN Warns

CRIME, CRISIS, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WORLD
UN says people fleeing military’s ‘brutal, indiscriminate attacks’ in eastern Kayah are in dire need of food and water. A United Nations rights expert has warned of “mass deaths from starvation, disease and exposure” in eastern Myanmar after “brutal, indiscriminate attacks” by the military forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes in Kayah State. In a statement on Wednesday, Tom Andrews, the UN special rapporteur for Myanmar, called for urgent international action, saying attacks by the military – which took power after a February coup – were “threatening the lives of many thousands of men, women and children” in Kayah or Karenni state. “Let me blunt,” Andrews said. “Mass deaths from starvation, disease, and exposure, on a scale we have not yet seen since the Feb...
Ex-Myanmar police officers reveal how they were told to shoot protesters – and why they defected

Ex-Myanmar police officers reveal how they were told to shoot protesters – and why they defected

EUROPEAN UNION, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WORLD
Myanmar's security forces have been accused by Amnesty International of "premeditated" attacks on peaceful protesters. In a safe house in Myanmar, resistance is growing. Quietly, in the gloomy light, a group of men raise their hands in a three-finger salute. Traditionally a sign of defiance and support for pro-democracy protesters, for these men it symbolises so much more. Once police or soldiers, they now plan to fight the forces they used to serve. Just talking to us is a huge risk; if caught the defectors could be killed. https://2fc4f8702eda46552746395c0d5f4dbe.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html Advertisement So in hiding, faces and voices disguised for protection, they explain why they decided to defy the junta. Image: Sky Ne...
The UN Security Council Tackles Emerging Technologies

The UN Security Council Tackles Emerging Technologies

TECHNOLOGY, UN, UNDP, WORLD
The UN Security Council’s first debate on emerging technologies exposed some familiar tensions even as it trod new ground for the UN body with primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security. Megan M. Roberts is director of policy planning at the United Nations Foundation. In the midst of frenzied diplomacy around spiraling conflict in the Middle East and other crises around the world, the UN Security Council met virtually last week to discuss the growing role of emerging technologies in matters of peace and war. Though it has met previously to discuss cyber threats, this was the first time diplomats convened, under China’s Security Council presidency, to discuss how the rapid advancement of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, biotech, ...
South Sudan sanctions renewed by UN Security Council

South Sudan sanctions renewed by UN Security Council

AFRICA, African Union, EAST AFRICA, Security, South Sudan, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF
UNITED NATIONS, The Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution to renew for a year, till May 31, 2022, an arms embargo against South Sudan as well as targeted sanctions of travel ban and asset freeze against individuals and entities. Resolution 2577, which was adopted with 13 votes in favor and two abstentions, extends until July 1, 2022, the mandate of the Panel of Experts, which assists the work of the South Sudan Sanctions Committee. It expresses the Security Council's readiness to review the arms embargo, through modification, suspension, or progressive lifting of these measures, in the light of progress achieved on five key benchmarks. It requests the UN secretary-general to conduct, no later than April 15, 2022, an assessment of progress achieved on the key benchma...
Security Council Report Monthly Forecast, June 2021

Security Council Report Monthly Forecast, June 2021

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, Security, Somalia, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WORLD, World Bank
https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/2021_06_forecast.pdf Overview In June, Estonia will have the presidency. The Council may hold meetings in the Security Council chamber this month, although high-level meetings will most likely continue to be held by videoconference (VTC). Estonia has chosen to hold three open debates: children and armed conflict, cybersecurity and working methods. The children and armed conflict open debate on the Secretary-General’s annual report will be at ministerial level and will be chaired by the President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid. Briefings are expected from a senior Secretariat official,UNICEF and a civil society representative. The cybersecurity open debate will also be at ministerial level, with the Prime Minister of Eston...
UN Security Council welcomes Somali agreement on prompt and peaceful elections

UN Security Council welcomes Somali agreement on prompt and peaceful elections

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, PAN AFRICA, Somalia, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UNDP
In a press statement released Friday night, the 15 members of the council commended the country’s leaders for putting first “Somalia’s stability, security and development, and the best interests of the Somali people”. The agreement,that would allow elections within 60 days, was an outcome of the summit convened by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, after months of escalating tension between the political factions in Somalia. The members of the Security Council welcomed the commitment to “hold peaceful, transparent, inclusive, and credible elections, which respect the agreed-upon minimum 30% women’s quota in parliament”. The peace and security body also encouraged Somalia’s leaders to maintain this positive momentum so that elections can take place as agreed. They also...
UN appeals for $95 million in Gaza aid for ‘immediate’ humanitarian needs

UN appeals for $95 million in Gaza aid for ‘immediate’ humanitarian needs

Asia, GAZA, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WORLD
Humanitarian coordinator in Strip says funds are needed to repair key facilities destroyed or damaged in 11 days of hostilities with Israel The United Nations launched an emergency appeal Thursday for $95 million for Gaza for the next three months to meet immediate humanitarian needs and repairs to key facilities. That includes hospitals, schools, water and sewage facilities and other infrastructure destroyed or damaged during the recent conflict between Israel and Gaza’s terrorist Hamas rulers. Lynn Hastings, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Gaza, urged donors to contribute generously at a virtual news conference launching the appeal, which she said will target one million people for assistance. “I’m calling for humanitarian assistance right now to meet the immediate needs...
UN opens Gaza – Israeli war crimes probe following conflicts

UN opens Gaza – Israeli war crimes probe following conflicts

Arab League, Asia, BREAKING NEWS, GAZA, Israel, PALESTINE, POLITICS, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WORLD
Following Operation Guardian of the Walls against Gaza terrorist groups, for the first time ever the UNHRC has created a permanent fact-finding mission regarding a UN member state. The United Nations Human Rights Council voted 24-9 Thursday to launch an investigation against Israel for alleged war crimes, including during the recent war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and called for an arms embargo against the Jewish state. An additional 14 countries out of the 47-member body abstained. None of the European Union countries supported the measure. Those countries which opposed the resolution were: Austria, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Czech Republic, Germany, Malawi, Marshall Islands, the United Kingdom and Uruguay. Those countries that abstained were: Bahamas, Brazil, Denmark, Fij...
UN’s Bachelet: Israel’s Gaza strikes may constitute ‘war crimes’

UN’s Bachelet: Israel’s Gaza strikes may constitute ‘war crimes’

Asia, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, POLITICS, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WORLD
UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet says Israeli attacks resulted in extensive civilian deaths and major destruction in besieged enclave, home to two million people. The United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has said Israel’s recent attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip that killed more than 200 Palestinians may constitute “war crimes” if they are shown to be disproportionate. Bachelet’s comments on Thursday came as she opened a special session of the UN Human Rights Council, called at the request of Pakistan – on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation – and Palestine. The UN official said she had seen no evidence that civilian buildings in Gaza hit by Israeli fighter jets were being used for military purposes. “If found disproportionate, such attacks m...
Investors are still confident in thematic tech even as prices plunge

Investors are still confident in thematic tech even as prices plunge

TECHNOLOGY, UNDP, USA, World Bank
NEW YORK, United States of America Thematic tech is seeing big price declines, but most investors are not bailing out.  It’s been a horrible year for the formerly red-hot investment darling, “thematic tech” investing, a catch-all phrase for emerging tech sub-sectors like Cathie Wood’s Ark funds, clean energy, cybersecurity, cloud computing and 3D printing.   After rocketing up in 2020 and into early 2021, these funds have seen dramatic declines since mid-February when rising interest rates put a crimp in the more speculative sectors of the markets, including thematic tech. Thematic tech sells off (from 52-week highs)  ARK Innovation (ARKK)    33% Global X FinTech (FINX)     20% Global X Lithium/Battery (LIT) ...
‘Spirt of unity, partnership and collaboration’ needed to realize Sudan’s aspirations

‘Spirt of unity, partnership and collaboration’ needed to realize Sudan’s aspirations

AFRICA, African Union, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, USA
NEW YORK, United States of America Moving from Sudan’s current fragile transition period towards stable civilian rule, requires a continued “spirt of unity, partnership and collaboration”, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Thursday. “One of the key messages remains that we expect all parts of Sudan to work together for all of Sudan”, Special Representative Volker Perthes said after consulting on the country’s future with a wide and diverse group of participants.   Paris Conference  Having just returned from the Paris Conference, designed to encourage the economic revitalization of the country, he told ambassadors that Member States had announced bilateral debt forgiveness to help Sudan clear its arrears with internati...
IMF proposes $50 billion plan to end the pandemic: official

IMF proposes $50 billion plan to end the pandemic: official

HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, UN, UNDP, WORLD, World Bank
WASHINGTON D.C, United States of America What you need to know: The fund is prioritizing closing the vaccine gap to put the world back on the path to growth.  The IMF on Friday proposed $50 billion plan to end the Covid-19 pandemic, with a target of vaccinating at least 40 percent of the world's population by the end of 2021. "Our proposal sets targets, estimates financing requirements, and lays out pragmatic action," said Kristalina Georgieva, head of the International Monetary Fund, at the Global Health Summit held in Rome as part of the G20. Looking ahead to a long-term sustainable global economic recovery, the plan then aims to have at least 60 percent of the world's population vaccinated by the end of 2022. The authors of the report point out that it is now...
Global connectedness spurs Turkey’s economic growth

Global connectedness spurs Turkey’s economic growth

Banking World, UN, UNBS, UNDP, WORLD, World Bank
BONN, Germany Turkey is the most globally connected country in South and Central Asia, according to the DHL Global Connectedness Index (www.DHL.com); The country moves ten places up to rank 55th out of 169 countries on the Index. One of the few countries to have experienced economic growth in 2020, a year when COVID-19 ravaged economies around the world, Turkey saw its economy grow by 1.8% last year (https://bit.ly/3ftjqKq) and is forecasted to expand by 4.8% in 2021 (https://reut.rs/3v4QnTX). In addition to the Turkish Government’s robust economic stimulus campaign, the country’s global connectedness seems to have played a pivotal role in Turkey’s recovery. Global Connectedness According to the seventh DHL Global Connectedness Index (GCI), published by DHL and N...
Don’t Blame Me for Delaying Somalia’s Elections.

Don’t Blame Me for Delaying Somalia’s Elections.

AFRICA, African Union, Entertainment, POLITICS, Somalia, UN Human RiGHTS, UNDP
By Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, the president of the Federal Republic of Somalia. To avoid a power vacuum after my four-year mandate as Somalia’s president ended on Feb. 8, Somalia’s House of the People passed legislation in 2020 to ensure that the political transfer of power rightfully happens only through elections. This means that the current elected officials have to remain in office until they are reelected or replaced through the electoral process. Somalia’s elections have been delayed not because I wish to cling to power, as some have falsely argued, but because of a political impasse that has led to a division between Somalia’s federal government and some of its member states on the way forward. At the core of the disagreement is a conflict between my government’s goal ...
Covid-19 has set back the global youth agenda, President Kenyatta says

Covid-19 has set back the global youth agenda, President Kenyatta says

AFRICA, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, Kenyan Parliament, Parliament, Twitter, UGANDA, UK, UN, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WORLD, World Bank
NAIROBI, 30th April 2021 (PSCU) – The Coronavirus pandemic has temporarily set back the global agenda of ensuring young people aged between 10 to 24 years are in education, training or employment by 2030, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said. President Uhuru Kenyatta during Generation Unlimited (GenU) global leadership council meeting held virtually and attended by Prime Minister Alexander De Croo of Belgium, President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana and former British PM Gordon Brown. President Kenyatta was joined at the virtual meeting by Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua and ICT CS Joe Mucheru. The President noted that globally, schools for more than 168 million children have been closed for almost an entire year due to Covid-19 lockdowns.. "Young people have lost jobs and li...
FDC opens a three days FDC Parliamentary Retreat

FDC opens a three days FDC Parliamentary Retreat

AFRICA, EALA, EAST AFRICA, Equatorial Guinea, EUROPEAN UNION, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, Parliament, POLITICS, UGANDA, UN Human RiGHTS, UNDP, UNHCR
The FDC Party President the Hon. Eng. Patrick  Amuriat Oboi has today morning officially opened a three days FDC Parliamentary Retreat running under the theme; "11th Parliament; better legislation and enhanced Party growth"  at Namugongo-kyooto in Wakiso District.  The retreat has brought together the FDC Members of Parliament elect of the 11th Parliament. Its aimed at Guiding and sharpening the FDC MPs to be effective legislators in the National Parliament; building their capacity in legislation and oversight  in committees and the Plenary and as well as setting the legislative agenda as FDC Parliamentary caucas for the next 5 years of the 11th Parliament.  The Retreat is blessed with very experienced and competent Party leaders to build capacity of the FDC MPs;  Party ...
PM RUGUNDA LAUNCHES THE FIRST EVER NATIONAL RISK AND VULNERABILITY ATLAS OF UGANDA

PM RUGUNDA LAUNCHES THE FIRST EVER NATIONAL RISK AND VULNERABILITY ATLAS OF UGANDA

AFRICA, Disaster Preparedness, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, TECHNOLOGY, UGANDA, UN, UN Women, UNDP, UNHCR, WORLD
The Prime Minister of Uganda, RT Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda has today launched the first of its kind National Risk and Vulnerability Atlas for Uganda at the Office of the Prime Minister headquarters in Kampala. The National Risk and Vulnerability Atlas is a key instrument designed by the Office of the Prime Minister, with support from the United National Development Program (UNDP) to enhance understanding of disaster risk in all its dimensions; including hazards, exposure and vulnerability in all the 122 Districts of Uganda. While giving his remarks at the launch, PM Rugunda said that the National Atlas will enable policy makers and practitioners in government, private sector, media and the general public to understand and make informed decisions on planning and implementing disaster...
UNHCR and IOM call for improved safeguards for the displaced on the frontlines of climate emergency

UNHCR and IOM call for improved safeguards for the displaced on the frontlines of climate emergency

AFRICA, EUROPEAN UNION, INTERNATIONAL, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), are calling on states to strengthen the protection and assistance of people displaced in the context of disasters and climate change, ahead of a virtual conference co-hosted today, 4 February, with PDD, the state-led Platform on Disaster Displacement, currently chaired by the Government of Fiji, with the Government of France as vice-chair.   The virtual event is held to commemorate the five years since states established three key frameworks to find solutions for people displaced in the context of disasters and climate change– the Nansen Initiative Protection Agenda, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate C...