World Health Organization calls crisis meeting over deadly Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

15 October 2018
Health
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has called an Emergency Committee meeting on the Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has already claimed around 130 lives. Continue reading

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Human Rights Council election: 5 things you need to know about it

12 October 2018
Human Rights
The United Nations General Assembly held secret-ballot elections for the Human Rights Council (HRC) on Friday. As of 1 January next year, the 18 newly-elected States will serve for three years on the UN’s highest inter-governmental body, mandated to protect and promote human rights worldwide.

While the institution has been the subject of controversy since its creation in 2006 – culminating in the withdrawal of the USA this past June – UN Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated that it plays “a very important role” in the UN’s human rights architecture.

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UN chief condemns deadly attacks in Afghanistan

14 October 2018
Peace and Security
Denouncing lethal attacks targeting electoral activities in Afghanistan as the country prepares to go to polls later this week, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on all parties to ensure a peaceful and orderly elections. Continue reading

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peace, says UN chief, in wake of lethal attacks

14 October 2018
Peace and Security
Strongly condemning twin suicide attacks in Baidoa, southwestern Somalia, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has reiterated the Organization’s support and solidarity with the country’s people and Government. Continue reading

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UN relief official in Yemen condemns ‘horrific’ attack on passenger buses

14 October 2018
Humanitarian Aid
Condemning an attack on passenger buses in Yemen’s Hudaydah governorate, the top United Nations humanitarian official in the country has called on warring parties “to do everything possible” to protect civilians. Continue reading

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UN welcomes ‘milestone’ release of 833 Nigerian children from anti-Boko Haram force

12 October 2018
Humanitarian Aid
The United Nations welcomed on Friday as an “important milestone” the release in Nigeria of 833 children by the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF); a group formed in 2013 to protect communities and support the country’s security forces against Boko Haram extremists. Continue reading

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UN chief praises Malaysia’s death penalty repeal as ‘major step forward’

12 October 2018
Human Rights
Malaysia has announced that it plans to abolish executions, a move hailed by United Nations chief António Guterres on Thursday, as a “major step forward.” Continue reading

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Continuing incarceration of women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia, ‘reprehensible’: UN experts

12 October 2018
Women
UN human rights experts are urging Saudi Arabia to “immediately and unconditionally” release all women human rights defenders, including six imprisoned on charges relating to their peaceful defence of human rights. Continue reading

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At epicentre of Indonesia disaster, Guterres praises resilience of Sulawesi people

12 October 2018
Humanitarian Aid
Standing amidst the wreckage of Balaroa, one of the worst hit areas of Palu, Indonesia, on Friday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said it was “impossible not to feel heart-broken” at the destruction caused by the huge earthquake and tsunami that struck the island two weeks ago. Continue reading

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‘Concerted effort’ must be made to help 600 million-plus adolescent girls realize full potential: Guterres

11 October 2018
Women
There are “multiple barriers” including “systemic discrimination” bias and lack of training, which are keeping the largest generation of girls in human history from reaching their full potential, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a statement on Thursday, marking International Day of the Girl Child.

Noting that “far too often, girls are not given the space and opportunities they need to achieve their full potential,” he said that today, 600 million adolescent girls are preparing to enter a workforce, “transformed by innovation and automation”, in which female college graduates and workers are outnumbered.

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