Archive for May 20th, 2018

20/05/2018

Bees Must Be Protected for the Future of Our Food — First World Bee Day

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19 May 2018, Ljubljana — On the eve of the first World Bee Day, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has urged countries and individuals to do more to protect bees and other pollinators or risk a sharp drop in food diversity.

Photo: Jošt Gantar/www.slovenia.info

A beekeeper in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana. The first World Bee Day, on 20 May 2018, highlights that bees are vital to sustainable and healthy food systems.

Bees are under great threat from the combined effects of climate change, intensive agriculture, pesticides, biodiversity loss and pollution.

In Slovenia for the official ceremony to mark World Bee Day, FAO’s Director-General José Graziano da Silva said countries need to shift to more pollinator-friendly and sustainable food policies and systems.
20/05/2018

Force Used against Protestors in Gaza ‘Wholly Disproportionate’ — UN Human Rights Chief

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18 May 2018 — A special session of the UN Human Rights Councilhas ended with a resolution by Member States to investigate weeks of violence on the Israeli border with Gaza, which has claimed the lives of more than 100 people in the enclave and left thousands wounded.

UN Photo/Elma Okic | Human Rights Council special session on “the deteriorating human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem” on 18 May 2018, United Nations Office in Geneva.
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The draft text called for the Council to “investigate all alleged violations and abuses of international humanitarian law and international human rights law” in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and particularly the occupied Gaza Strip, since 30 March; the date when demonstrations along the border with Israel began, dubbed the Great March of Return.

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20/05/2018

DR Congo Ebola Outbreak Not Yet a Global ‘Health Emergency’, But Strong Response to Disease Vital – WHO Experts

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An emergency meeting of United Nations health experts on 18 May 2018 said that the Ebola outbreak in north-west Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – where cases of the deadly disease have been confirmed in an urban area – does not yet meet the criteria to be deemed a “public health emergency of international concern.” 

UNICEF/Naftalin | An Ebola health worker at Bikoro Hospital, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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But the World Health Organization(WHO) Emergency Committee advised the Congolese Government and all other actors to remain engaged in a “vigorous response” and called on the international community to support efforts on the ground.

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20/05/2018

Teenage Girl’s Death Sentence Spotlights Sudan’s Failure to Tackle Forced Marriage, Gender-Based Violence – UN Human Rights Office

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The case of Noura Hussein Hammad Daoud, a Sudanese teenager convicted of fatally stabbing the man she was forced to marry, after he had allegedly raped her, highlights the country’s failure to tackle the tragedy of early and forced marriage, marital rape and other discrimination and violence against women and girls, the United Nations human rights office on 18 May 2018 said.

UN Multimedia | OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani.
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20/05/2018

Central Africa Republic: Violence Drives Thousands of Refugees into Neighbouring DR Congo

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18 May 2018 — The United Nations refugee agency is calling for urgent support for thousands of people arriving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after fleeing conflict in south-eastern Central African Republic (CAR).

UNHCR/A. Kitidi | Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) refugees who thought they had found safety here in Zemio camp in Central African Republic were attacked when they ventured back to DRC to work their land.
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According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR), at least 7,000 people – most of them women and children – have reached DRC over the past week.
20/05/2018

Emergency Meeting to “Consider the International risks” as Ebola Spreads to Congolese City – WHO

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is convening an emergency meeting on 18 May 2018 to “consider the international risks” of the latest outbreak of the deadly disease Ebola, which has now moved to an urban area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
UNICEF/Naftalin | Health workers prepare to treat suspected Ebola patients in Bikoro Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 One new case of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in Mbandaka, a city with a population of about 1.2 million, WHO confirmed on 17 May 2018, raising fears that despite a rapid response by authorities, the outbreak has not been contained.

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