Archive for April 25th, 2018

25/04/2018

Humanitarian Snapshot: Mass Casualties in the Context of Demonstrations in the Gaza Strip (23 April 2018)

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25 April 2018 (UN Reliefweb)*– Since 30 March 2018, the Gaza Strip has witnessed a significant increase in Palestinian casualties in the context of mass demonstrations taking place along Israel’s perimeter fence with Gaza.

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The demonstrations have occurred as part of the ‘Great March of Return’, a series of mass protests, expected to continue up to 15 May.

The large number of casualties among unarmed Palestinian demonstrators, including a high percentage of demonstrators hit by live ammunition, has raised concerns about excessive use of force.

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25/04/2018

World Day: ‘We Are Ready to Beat Malaria’

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25 April 2018, Cairo (WHO)* – On World Malaria Day 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners are calling on all concerned parties to be ready to end malaria – a disease which can be fatal and which affects millions of people, claiming many lives annually. 

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This year’s World Malaria Day coincides with activities to commemorate the 70th anniversary of WHO. Over the last 7 decades, WHO has been providing support to countries to fight malaria.

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25/04/2018

World Leaders’ Gathering at UN, Urged to Help Strengthen a New Approach to Sustaining Peace

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Calling for more diplomacy, dialogue and mediation to head off conflicts before they break out, United Nations officials urged a gathering of world leaders on 24 April 2018 to help strengthen a new approach to sustaining peace, which aims to put prevention at the heart of the UN’s work.

UN Photo/Evan Schneider | General Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák (centre) chairs high-level meeting on peacebuilding and sustaining peace. He is flanked by Secretary-General Guterres (left) and Catherine Pollard, USG for General Assembly Affairs and Conference Management.
“The first line of the United Nations Charter commits us to saving succeeding generations from the scourge of war,” UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák said in his opening remarks to the High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace, which runs through tomorrow at UN Headquarters in New York.
25/04/2018

New UN-Backed Action Plan Promotes Hiring of Refugees

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A newly-launched action plan that encourages employers to expand job opportunities for refugees aims to be a “win-win situation” for both sides, as well as host communities, according to a senior United Nations official.

UNHCR/Gordon Welters | Nastaran Fekri (left) and Rita Butmann (striped shirt) teach a workshop class at the ReDI school in Berlin. Set up for refugees without computer access at home, the school’s three-month course in coding takes students with basic skills to the point where they can build their own online store
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Launched on 24 April 2018 by the UN refugee agency and the 35-member Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the plan identifies challenges to integrating refugees into the labour market, but also lists concrete actions to boost their participation.

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25/04/2018

Disasters Could Cost Asia-Pacific Region $160 Billion Per Year by 2030, UN Warns

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Economic losses to disasters in Asia and the Pacific could exceed $160 billion annually by 2030, the United Nations development arm in the region warned on 24 April 2018, urging greater innovation in disaster risk financing.

ESCAP Photo | Panic-stricken residents of a suburb of the Thai capital, Bangkok, climbing aboard cars and trucks to evacuate the area.
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The need is all the more pressing given that only eight per cent of region’s losses are insured, said the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

“The time for establishing solutions to these complex emerging challenges is now,” underlined Shamshad Akhtar, the Executive Secretary of ESCAP, speaking at an event on financing for disaster risk reduction in Asia-Pacific at the UN Headquarters, in New York.

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25/04/2018

‘Vaccines Are Protecting More Children than Ever, But Millions Still Miss Out on Routine Immunizations’

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At the start of World Immunization Week, the United Nations on 24 April 2018 said that while vaccines are protecting more children than ever, more countries need to make immunization a priority, because more than one million children still die every year from vaccine-preventable diseases.

UNICEF/Dejongh | A little girl being vaccinated in the town of Bouaké, in Côte d’Ivoire. Immunization in the country is free for children bellow one year old, but three out of five children do not get vaccinated before their first birthday.
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“Last year, it is estimated that vaccines saved the lives of as many as three million children,” said Robin Nandy, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Chief of Immunization.

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25/04/2018

UN Enlists Youth in Combat against Violent Extremism in Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia

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With one in four of the world’s 1.2 billion youth affected by some sort of violence or armed conflict, the United Nations on 24 April 2018 launched a project to support new, youth-driven initiatives in education, science, culture and the media to prevent violent extremism in Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia.

UNESCO | UNESCO and the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) launch project on “Prevention of Violent Extremism through Youth Empowerment in Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia” with event at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
Vladimir Voronkov, who heads the UN’s counter-terrorism office (UNOCT) met in Paris with Audrey Azoulay, head of the UN cultural agency, to initiate the joint project, ‘Preventing Violent Extremism through Youth Empowerment in Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia.’

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