UN News – Daily Wrap

DAILY WRAP 17 September 2018

Senior UN official calls on Israel to stop demolition of Palestinian village in the West BankThe United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenovexpressed concern on Monday “at the intention of the Israeli authorities to demolish the Bedouin village of Khan Al-Ahmar/Abu Al-Helu” in the West Bank,  where 181 Palestinians currently live, more than half of whom are children.

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Human Rights Council hears plea to protect victims of ‘brutal’ sexual violence in South SudanThe plight of South Sudan’s women and girls “should no longer be ignored”, UN investigators told the UN Human Rights Council on Monday, citing the disturbing testimonies of sexual abuse victims who have been treated by soldiers and militias as the “spoils” of the more than five-year conflict.

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Keeping order in the General Assembly: The strange saga of how a Viking gavel was broken, then lost, then carved againIf you’re a keen observer of the United Nations General Assembly, you may have noticed the body’s President wields a very unusual looking gavel. It is a gift from Iceland, and there’s a very interesting story behind it.

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Top UN official in Nigeria condemns killing of abducted aid worker; calls for immediate release of two othersThe UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kalloncondemned on Monday the killing of an aid worker who had been held captive by a non-state armed group in north-east Nigeria since  March.

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Signs that North Korea is ‘maintaining nuclear weapons programme’ – UN political affairs chiefThere are signs that North Korea (formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK), is “still maintaining and developing its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes”, Rosemary di Carlo, United Nations political affairs chief, told the Security Council on Monday.

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Sustainable farming, ‘key’ to world free of hunger, malnutrition, says UN agriculture chiefThere will be “no sustainable future without eradicating poverty and hunger,” the United Nations agriculture agency chief spelled out on Monday, launching the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) latest flagship publication, on the world’s Agricultural Commodity Markets.

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UN chief concerned over havoc of Typhoon Mangkhut in the PhilippinesSecretary-General António Guterres said on Monday that he was saddened by the “loss of life and extensive destruction” caused by Typhoon Mangkhut across the Philippines.

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In a complex world, ‘we need to take the right road’: outgoing General Assembly PresidentThe outgoing UN General Assembly President, Miroslav Lajčák, called on the global community on Monday to remain steadfast in support of multilateralism, reiterating that it is the only way to address the complex and growing challenges facing the world.

‘Time for important decisions,’ head of UN in Afghanistan tells Security CouncilWith parliamentary elections one month away and a major ministerial conference planned for November in Geneva, the United Nation’s Special Representative for Afghanistan briefedthe Security Council on Monday, noting that “preparations are on track” but that many challenges lie ahead, including increased security concerns.

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Somewhere, every five seconds, a child under-15 dies: new UN reportAround 6.3 million children under the age of 15, died from mostly preventable causes last year, the equivalent to 1 child dying every 5 seconds, according to a new report compiled by a group of United Nations agencies. Newborn babies account for half of the deaths.

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INTERVIEW: ‘Dare to deliver’ more for the world, underscores General Assembly PresidentIn June, the 193-member United Nations General Assembly, elected Ecuadorean Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, the President of its 73rd session. Ms. Espinosa is only the fourth woman to hold that position in the history of the world body, and the first woman ever from the Latin America and the Caribbean region to preside over the Assembly.

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