Archive for May 24th, 2018

24/05/2018

Gaza Is on the Verge of Collapse, Urgent Action Needed to Avoid War, Alleviate Suffering – UN Special Envoy Tells Security Council

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Gaza is on the verge of collapse and its people becoming increasingly desperate, a United Nations envoy told the Security Council on 23 May 2018, urging international action to avoid another war, alleviate suffering and empower more responsible government within the enclave.

@OCHA oPt | Humanitarian Coordinator calls for urgent support to address the immense humanitarian impact of recent violence in the Gaza Strip
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“In this Chamber, Council members have often spoken of the need to prevent war; and the Secretary-General has put preventive diplomacy at the heart of his agenda. It is time for our words to be tested in Gaza,” Nickolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process told the Council by video teleconference from Jerusalem.
24/05/2018

New UN Disarmament Agenda to Help Eliminate Nuclear Arsenals and Other Deadly Weapons

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The United Nations chief on 24 May 2018 announced a bold new vision for global disarmament, to help eliminate nuclear arsenals and other deadly weapons from a world that is just “one mechanical, electronic and human error away” from destruction.

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe | Secretary-General António Guterres makes remarks during the high-level debate to mark the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention against Corruption.
“The United Nations was created with the goal of eliminating waras an instrument of foreign policy,” Secretary-General António Guterressaid, unveiling his new agenda, entitled, Securing Our Common Future, at the University of Geneva, in Switzerland.

“But seven decades on, our world is as dangerous as it has ever been,” he warned.

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24/05/2018

Ebola Outbreak Puts DR Congo on an ‘Epidemiological Knife-Edge’– WHO

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains on an “epidemiological knife-edge” regarding the spread of deadly Ebola disease, despite the quick response by authorities and international partners to the threat, the World Health Organization (WHO) on 23 May 2018 said.

UNICEF/Naftalin | Health workers prepare to treat suspected Ebola patients in Bikoro Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Speaking in Geneva at the World Health Assembly, Dr Peter Salama, WHO Deputy Director-General, who heads up emergency preparedness and response, said that there were several reasons why the current outbreak — which has claimed 27 lives since it was declared on 8 May — has yet to be contained.

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