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Coronavirus – Geneva Palais briefing note on the current COVID-19-induced education crisis

Coronavirus – Geneva Palais briefing note on the current COVID-19-induced education crisis

AFRICA, New York, UNICEF
Language: en|Date: 2021-07-27 19:41:17| Share This is a summary of what was said by UNICEF Spokesperson James Elder – to whom quoted text may be attributed - at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva NEW YORK, United States of America, July 27, 2021/APO Group/ --   Even with schools in the northern hemisphere closed for the summer, more than 600 million children in countries not on academic break are still affected by school closures. "In Asia and the Pacific: in nearly half the countries, schools have been closed for more than 200 days during the pandemic. "After some of the longest closures ever seen, and despite some returns, in Latin America and the Caribbean, there are 18 countries and territories where schools are either closed or partial...
‘Eritrean Troops To Leave Tigray Soon’ – Ethiopian’s UN Envoy

‘Eritrean Troops To Leave Tigray Soon’ – Ethiopian’s UN Envoy

AFRICA, CRIME, CRISIS, EAST AFRICA, ERITREA, Security, Somalia, UN, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WAR
U. N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA) Mark Lowcock attends a news conference for the launch of the "Global Humanitarian Overview 2019" at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Decemer 4, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo The Eritrean troops in Ethiopia’s Tigray region are expected to “definitely leave soon,” according to Ethiopia’s U.N. envoy.  This was confirmed following the previous statement from a top U.N. official who told the Security Council on Tuesday that Eritrea’s soldiers were using starvation as a weapon of war. Outgoing U.N. aid chief Mark Lowcock told the 15-member council in a private briefing that “no one should be surprised to see a rerun of a devastating 1984 famine if violence in Tigray doe...

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi faces new corruption charge

Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, INTERNATIONAL, MYANNMAR, POLITICS, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, UNHCR, UNICEF, WOMEN, WORLD
Myanmar's deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged with corruption by the country's military junta, state media reported Thursday, adding to a raft of legal cases against the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.The new charge follows an investigation by the Anti-Corruption Commission into several accusations leveled at Suu Kyi. It found her "guilty of committing corruption using her rank," the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar said. She was charged under the Anti-Corruption Law section 55, and if found guilty could face a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.Suu Kyi was overthrown from her position of state counselor and de facto leader of the country when the military seized power in a February 1 coup. She has been held in detention since then and charged with a series of ...

Marginalised girls in India fighting child marriage

Asia, CHILDREN, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INDIA, INTERNATIONAL, UN Human RiGHTS, UNICEF, WORLD
More than 1,000 girls in Rajasthan start a movement against child marriages, which saw a spike during the COVID pandemic. Rajasthan, India – “I want to study at least up to 12th standard (grade)” was Saira Bano’s heartfelt cry when her parents started looking for a groom for her in October 2020. It had been a tough year for her parents in their remote northwestern Indian village. Since a nationwide lockdown to check coronavirus was imposed in March 2020, Saira’s father has not been able to find much work. He earned about 1,200 rupees ($17) a week as a labourer in pre-COVID times, which barely kept the family afloat. And when that stopped too, he thought it was better to marry Saira off instead of spending the family’s limited resources on her education. Saira is 17. “We are...
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...
China announces three-child policy, in major policy shift

China announces three-child policy, in major policy shift

ADVOCACY, Asia, China, HEALTH, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, UN Human RiGHTS, UNICEF, World Health Organization
BEIJING, China China announced on Monday that each couple would be permitted to have up to three children, a major policy shift from the existing limit of two children after recent data showed a dramatic decline in births in the world's most populous country. The change was approved during a politburo meeting chaired by President Xi Jinping, the official news agency Xinhua reported. In 2016, China scrapped its decades-old one-child policy - initially imposed to halt a population explosion - with a two-child limit, which failed to result in a sustained surge in births as the high cost of raising children in Chinese cities deterred many couples from starting families. Early this month, China's once-in-a-decade census showed that the population grew at its slowest rate during...
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 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...
Rise of COVID-19 cases amid second wave in  Ugandan schools

Rise of COVID-19 cases amid second wave in Ugandan schools

HEALTH, Ministry Of Health, UGANDA, UN, UNICEF, World Health Organization
KAMPALA, Uganda Uganda’s Ministry of Health raised an alarm over a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in schools as the country battles a second wave of infections and deaths. According to Director-General of Health Services Dr. Henry Mwebesa at least 29 schools from 17 districts had recorded at least 803 confirmed cases and one death. FILE PHOTO: Students in school uniform walking down a dirt road to Kibale, Kibale District, Uganda. (Getty Images) Some universities, Mwebesa added, have also reported cases and are under investigation. “The main drivers of transmission in schools are overcrowding, non-adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and inadequate supervision of the learners,” Mwebesa said during a media briefing on Thursday. Mwebesa urged school ...
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...
ETHIOPIAN REFUGEE CRISIS

ETHIOPIAN REFUGEE CRISIS

AFRICA, African Union, EAST AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, INTERNATIONAL, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, REFUGEE, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, UNHCR, UNICEF, WORLD, World Health Organization
A power struggle between Ethiopia’s federal government and the northern Tigray Region’s political leaders has spawned a military conflict and humanitarian crisis that threaten to destabilize the Horn of Africa. On November 4, 2020, Ethiopia’s federal government launched what it called a “law enforcement operation” against “rogue” leaders of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the region’s ruling party, after TPLF fighters attacked a federal military base. TPLF leaders called the federal government’s response a war against the people of Tigray. But tensions between the central government and TPLF have been smoldering since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s appointment in April 2018 following a monthslong popular revolt.  He initiated a peace agreement with neighboring ...
Mankind owes children the very best

Mankind owes children the very best

AFRICA, African Union, Central African Republic, CHILDREN, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Nigeria, PAN AFRICA, South Africa, UN, UN Women, UNICEF, West Africa
LAGOS, Nigeria This year’s Children’s Day has been formally observed, but critical issues affecting the welfare of children in Nigeria linger, begging for urgent attention. Children are the future of nations. Sadly in Nigeria, that future is being steadily dealt with deadly blows: Schools are being shut for insecurity, schooling is expensive where available, parents are incapacitated by economic depression aided by COVID-19, school curriculum is aghast with policy somersault and lack of alignment with employment realities, and there are no jobs after hard schooling. Indeed, millions of Nigerian children continue to be left behind and their rights denied, because they still lack access to good education, adequate nutrition and quality healthcare, not discounting those caug...
Karenni resistance fighters open new front against MYANMAR Forces

Karenni resistance fighters open new front against MYANMAR Forces

BREAKING NEWS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, POLITICS, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, UNICEF
ASIA Pacific As armed resistance to the Myanmar military’s February 1 coup continues to grow around the country, a new front has opened in the struggle between regime forces and civilians fighting back with homemade weapons.  Since late last week, major clashes have been reported in an area of southern Shan State and northern Kayah (Karenni) State about 200km east of the capital Naypyitaw and about the same distance north of Kayin State’s Hpapun (Mutraw) District, which has also seen a dramatic escalation of hostilities. Unlike the situation in Kayin State, where the conflict is between the military and the Karen National Liberation Army, an established ethnic armed group, the fighting in Shan State’s Pekhon Township and Demoso, Bawlakhe and Loikaw in Kayah State mainly ...
‘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...
WHO/UNICEF statement on the 40th anniversary of the international code of marketing breastmilk substitutes

WHO/UNICEF statement on the 40th anniversary of the international code of marketing breastmilk substitutes

HEALTH, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, UN Women, UNICEF
GENEVA, Switzerland In 1981, health officials from around the world gathered at the World Health Assembly to address aggressive marketing tactics by the infant and young child feeding industry, which was promoting formula feeding over breastfeeding and causing a dramatic increase in infant morbidity and mortality. The result was the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes (the Code), a landmark policy framework designed to stop commercial interests from damaging breastfeeding rates and endangering the health and nutrition of the world’s youngest inhabitants. In the last four decades, there has been a 50 per cent increase in the prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding. As a result, an estimated 900 million infants globally have enjoyed the survival, growth and develop...
Mideast ceasefire is ‘impending’ amid growing global pressure – Hamas Predicts

Mideast ceasefire is ‘impending’ amid growing global pressure – Hamas Predicts

Arab League, Asia, EUROPEAN UNION, POLITICS, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UNHCR, UNICEF, USA
Middle East A ceasefire in the bloody Israeli-Palestinian conflict could be "impending, possibly within 24 hours," Hamas officials predicted as world leaders dialed up pressure on both sides to end the fighting. Israel, however, has not commented on the possibility of a ceasefire deal. Concerns have been rising over the agrevating humanitarian situation, as the conflict raged for a 10th day Wednesday, pushing the Palestinian death toll to more than 220 people, including more than 60 children and 12 people in Israel, including two children. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said Tuesday that 11 children in Gaza between the ages of 5 and 15 had been participating in its trauma treatment program before Israeli airstrikes killed them in their homes. From left: Rula Mohammad al-Kawlak,...
Kenya’s leader participates in this year’s International Labour Day Celebrations held at State House Gardens, Nairobi.

Kenya’s leader participates in this year’s International Labour Day Celebrations held at State House Gardens, Nairobi.

AFRICA, EALA, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Kenyan Parliament, POLITICS, UGANDA, UNHCR, UNICEF
President Uhuru Kenyatta during this year's Labour Day Celebrations held at State House Gardens, Nairobi. Among present included Labour CS Simon Chelugui, Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU-K) Secretary General Bro. Francis Atwoli and FKE Executive Director Jacqueline Mugo President Uhuru Kenyatta delivers his address at this year's International Labour Day Celebrations held at State House Gardens, Nairobi during which the Head of State issued Public Order No. 3 of 2021. Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU-K) Secretary General Bro. Francis Atwoli delivers his remarks during this year's International Labour Day Celebrations held at State House Gardens, Nairobi. President Uhuru Kenyatta making his way to State House Gardens to join labour sector leaders for this year...
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