Archive for July 17th, 2019

17/07/2019

DR Congo Ebola Outbreak Now a Public Health Emergency – World Health Organization

The second worst Ebola outbreak of all time, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was officially declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on Wednesday [17 July 2019], with the head of the World Health Organization calling for countries to ‘take notice and redouble our efforts”.

Finnish Red Cross/Maria Santto | Rinsing Ebola protective gear in Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo. (31 May 2019).
17/07/2019

‘Greater Urgency’ Needed in Fight against HIV/AIDS, Warns UNAIDS amidst $1 Billion Investment Cuts

The UN programme leading the global effort to end AIDS is calling for greater urgency and more funding in the fight against the disease, with data showing that the pace of progress in reducing new HIV infections is slowing, and some countries experiencing a rising number of cases.

UNICEF | At the UNICEF supported Regional AIDS Centre in Osh in Southern Kyrgyzstan, a female doctor explains proper doses of ARV treatment for HIV. (26 May 2014)
17/07/2019

Politicization of Migrant ‘Crisis’ in Hungary Making Them Scapegoats, Independent UN Human Rights Expert Warns

Human Wrongs Watch

Expressing deep concern over how migration and migrants themselves are being politicized and scapegoated in Hungary, an independent United Nations human rights expert on Wednesday [17 July 2019] urged the Government to immediately end its “crisis” approach to the issue. 

Photo: UNHCR/Béla Szandelszky | Asylum-seekers rest in their room in the Debrecen Reception Centre, Hungary. Photo: UNHCR/Béla Szandelszky
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17/07/2019

Unwanted, Exploited and Abused: Tens of Thousands of Children in Al-Hol Camp and Several Parts of Syria in Limbo amid Dire Humanitarian Needs

Human Wrongs Watch

UNICEF calls for improved humanitarian access and protection of children including re-integration into local communities and safe return to home countries

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Photo from UNICEF.

DAMASCUS, 17 July 2019 (UNICEF)*  — Taking cover from the sun at the entrance of a tent, 14-year-old Afraa, originally from Iraq, waits for her two younger siblings to be examined.

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17/07/2019

World’s Première Migration Film Festival Opens Call for Films

Geneva, 16 July 2019 (IOM)*  – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) this week issued a call for films for the Global Migration Film Festival. The multi-venue festival which takes place annually in over 100 countries in December is the world’s première cultural event on migration.

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The UN organization’s call for submissions includes Full-Length Feature and Short Films, in all genres: fiction, documentary and animation. Filmmakers have long viewed migration as a rich source of storytelling.

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17/07/2019

Two New Platforms Offer the Latest Knowledge on Green Finance and Green Business

New York, 16 July 2019 (UN Enbironment)*A global partnership of some of the world’s largest organizations today launched two new knowledge platforms – the Green Industry Platform and the Green Finance Platform – at the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development in New York.

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These platforms provide the financial and private sectors with the latest research, data, guidance, and tools from leading experts and institutions to help green their operations.

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17/07/2019

25 Years after Population Conference, Women Still Face Challenges to ‘Well-Being and Human Rights’ – UN Chief

Human Wrongs Watch

Many women and girls “still face enormous challenges to their health, well-being and human rights”, Secretary-General António Guterres told a High-level General Assembly meeting on Tuesday [16 July 2019] conevened to mark the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), a milestone in reproductive health and rights. 

World Bank/Graham Crouch | A mid-wife at the Sar-e-Hause medical health clinic in Tajikhan Village, Afghanistan, speaks with a mother and her 5-month-old baby. (10 May 2012)

“Violence against women and girls affects one-in-three women worldwide”, the UN chief stated, adding that that number is “even higher” in parts of the world and during conflict and emergencies.

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17/07/2019

‘Severe’ New US Asylum Restrictions Will Put Vulnerable Families at Risk – UN Refugee Agency

Human Wrongs Watch

Deeply concerned about the new rule barring from asylum the majority of people crossing the southern land border of the United States, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has warned that the ‘severe’ measure will endanger vulnerable people in need of international protection from violence or persecution.

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UNHCR/Daniel Dreifuss | Asylum-seekers queue for a meal at El Barretal shelter in Tijuana, Mexico. (4 December 2018)
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“We understand that the U.S. asylum system is under significant strain. And we are ready to play a constructive role if needed in helping alleviate this strain,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said on Monday [16 July 2019].
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