Archive for May 4th, 2018

04/05/2018

In the Words of Marija Andjelkovic: “The Girls Are Getting Younger… Poverty Is Driving Trafficking in Persons”

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By UN Women*

Marija Andjelkovic  Director and founder of the Serbian NGO, ASTRA-Anti trafficking action, Serbia, grantee of UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Marija Anjelkovic. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

The training opened her eyes, says Andjelkovic, speaking to UN Women during an event at the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women: “I realized that some of the girls I had spoken to were probably victims of trafficking!”

She was one of the first civil society activists to raise the issue of human trafficking in the Balkan region, and went on to become the founder and Director of the Serbian NGO, ASTRA-Anti trafficking action.

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04/05/2018

Trump’s Policies Could Throw EU’s Economic Expansion ‘Off Track’, Warns European Commission

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04/05/2018

‘Marathon of Suffering’ in Syria Conflict Far from Over — UN Humanitarian Adviser

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The fighting in Syria “is not over” and neither is the “marathon of suffering” for millions of people in the war-torn country, a senior aid official at the UN on 3 May 2018 said.

UNICEF/Giovanni Diffidenti | Boys pass rubble and destroyed buildings on their way to a nearby private school offering basic lessons, in the city of Maarat al-Numaan, Idlib Governorate.
Jan Egeland, Special Adviser to the UN Special Envoy for Syria, was speaking to journalists after a scheduled humanitarian task force meeting in Geneva.

“It’s not over, and that’s what I fear, people think it’s over,” he said, amid reports that “tens of thousands of people” from Rural Damascus were preparing to evacuate to Idlib in the north-west of the country.

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04/05/2018

Global Action Urgently Needed as Drought Looms over Africa’s Sahel Region

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3 May 2018 — United Nations agencies have urged greater international support to stave off severe food insecurity in Africa’s western Sahel; a region reeling from the effects of conflict and now threatened by drought and rising hunger.

UNICEF/Tremeau | A mother caresses the head of her sleeping malnourished baby, at the mother and child centre in the town of Diffa, Niger
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According to estimates, about five million people in northern Senegal, southern Mauritania and parts of Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad, will require food and livelihood assistance, after having exhausted their food reserves – which may run out by the end of this month.

In normal weather conditions, supplies would last beyond June, into September.

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04/05/2018

‘One in Four People Experience a Mental Health Episode in their Lifetime, but the Issue Remains Largely Neglected’

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3 May 2018 — Mental health remains one of the most neglected global health issues, even though it is critical to the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by world leaders, top United Nations officials have said at an event in London.

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WHO | World Mental Health Day is marked on 10 October each year, with this year looking at mental health in the work place.

“One in four people experience a mental health episode in their lifetime, but the issue remains largely neglected,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his opening remarks to a roundtable discussion on mental health, co-organized by his office,  the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Wellcome Trust, a charitable foundation that supports scientists and researchers.

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