Archive for November 8th, 2018


UN Sounds Alarm as Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants Passes Three Million Mark

© UNHCR/Paul Smith | A family of Venezuelan children and their older Colombian-born relatives stand outside their wooden house in Barrio Camilo Daza in the city of Cúcuta, Colombia. Mother of four, Aide Caceres (far left) recently brought her children here because of the situation in Venezuela, but is unable to access health and education for them as they are undocumented Venezuelans.

Poor Diets Threaten Health More than Malaria, Tuberculosis, Measles – New UN Report

With one-in-five deaths associated with poor-quality diets, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued a co-authored report on Wednesday 7 November 2018, urging policymakers to reduce food loss and waste, to improve access to nutritious and healthy food.

© FAO/G. Agostinucci | Fruit and vegetables farmers’ market in Budapest, Hungary. (file)

The report, entitled “Preventing nutrient loss and waste across the food system: Policy actions for high-quality diets”, concludes that regularly eating poor-quality food has become a greater public health threat than malaria, tuberculosis or measles.

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International Crime Gangs Amass ‘Staggering’ Profits in Conflict Zones – Deputy Director, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Human Wrongs Watch

During a 7 November 2018 briefing to the Security Council, Tuesday Reitano, Deputy Director of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, described the problem as a “global and accelerating phenomenon, and a threat to international peace and security,” that, in conflict areas alone, is generating around $31.5 billion in illicit profits.

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe | Tuesday Reitano, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, addresses the Security Council meeting on United Nations peacekeeping operations. 6 November 2018.

Ms. Reitano’s address was delivered as part of the annual briefing by UN Peacekeeping operations, led by Alexander Zuev, Assistant Secretary-General for the Rule of Law, at the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO)  and included presentations from UN Police Commissioners, on the work being carried out by Missions in South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Haiti.

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