Archive for September 18th, 2018

18/09/2018

Keeping Order in the General Assembly: The Strange Saga of How a Viking Gavel Was Broken, then Lost, then Carved Again

Human Wrongs Watch

17 September 2018 – If you’re a keen observer of the United Nations General Assembly, you may have noticed the body’s President wields a very unusual looking gavel. It is a gift from Iceland, and there’s a very interesting story behind it.

UN Photo/Mark Garten | In this photo from 2012, Joseph Deiss, President of the sixty-fifth General Assembly, bangs the gavel, sealing the appointment of Ban Ki-moon to a second term as UN Secretary-General.

Iceland’s democracy is believed to be the oldest in the world: the country’s parliament, Althing, sat for the first time in 930, making it the “grandfather” of modern parliaments.

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18/09/2018

Somewhere, Every Five Seconds, a Child under-15 Dies: New Report

Human Wrongs Watch

Around 6.3 million children under the age of 15, died from mostly preventable causes last year, the equivalent to 1 child dying every 5 seconds, according to a new report compiled by a group of United Nations agencies. Newborn babies account for half of the deaths.

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© UNICEF/UN0157446/Ayene | A pre-term baby is kept warm in an incubator at the UNICEF-supported Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Assosa General Hospital, in the remote Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia, in January 2018.

The new mortality estimates study, was released on 17 September 2018 by the UN Children’s Fund, together with UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, the World Health Organization WHO, the UN Population Division and the World Bank.

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18/09/2018

Senior UN Official Calls on Israel to Dtop Demolition of Palestinian Village in the West Bank

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, expressed concern on 17 September 2018 “at the intention of the Israeli authorities to demolish the Bedouin village of Khan Al-Ahmar/Abu Al-Helu” in the West Bank,  where 181 Palestinians currently live, more than half of whom are children.

UNRWA | A boy in the Bedouin refugee community of Um al Khayr in the South Hebron Hills where large scale home demolitions by Israeli authorities took place.

“I call on the authorities not to proceed with the demolition and to cease efforts to relocate Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank”, said Mladenov, denouncing such actions as “contrary to international law” and warning that they “could undermine the chances for the establishment of a viable, contiguous Palestinian state.”

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