Archive for April 29th, 2016

29/04/2016

Syrian Truce ‘Barely Alive’ – Special Envoy

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations envoy mediating a resolution to the crisis in Syria warned that the latest round of talks was overshadowed by a substantial deterioration of the cessation of hostilities, and called on the leaders of the Russian Federation and United States to help salvage the “barely alive” pact.
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In Aleppo, Syria, four-year-old Esraa and her brother Waleed, three, sit on the ground near a shelter for internally displaced persons. Photo: UNICEF/UN013175/Al-Issa

“What we need to do and to hear is that the cessation of hostilities is salvaged and […] is saved from a total collapse,” Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria, on 28 April 2016 told reporters following a briefing to the Security Council.

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29/04/2016

Syria: ‘Human Toll and Suffering Are ‘Sickening’ – UN Relief Chief 

Human Wrongs Watch

With hundreds of thousands of civilians killed, millions of people displaced and countless families torn apart, the UN relief chief on 28 April 2016 described the human toll and suffering in Syria as “sickening,” and said the global community should be “ashamed” that this is happening on its watch.

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In Madaya, Syria, local community members help offload and distribute humanitarian aid supplies. Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh

“It does not require me to say to each and every member of the Security Council, that the impact of five long years of conflict in Syria defies understanding, let alone its description,” Stephen O’Brien, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, told the 15-member body during a monthly humanitarian update.

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29/04/2016

UN Predicts 40 Percent Water Shortfall by 2030

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, 28 April 2016 (IPS) – Ten presidents and prime ministers from around the world will work together to resolve the growing global water crisis amid warnings that the world may face a 40 percent shortfall in water availability by 2030.

The pastoralists of Ethiopia’s Somali region are forced to move constantly in search of pasture and watering holes for their animals. Credit: William Lloyd-George/IPS

The pastoralists of Ethiopia’s Somali region are forced to move constantly in search of pasture and watering holes for their animals. Credit: William Lloyd-George/IPS

The figures continue to be staggering:  despite improvements, at least 663 million still do not have access to safe drinking water.

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