Archive for November 19th, 2019

19/11/2019

At UN, Middle East Countries Discuss Steps Towards Regional Nuclear-Free Zone

Human Wrongs Watch

Representatives from across the Middle East are meeting at UN Headquarters this week in efforts to negotiate a legally binding treaty establishing a regional zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. (*).

UN Photo/Manuel Elias | A view of the sculpture – Good Defeats Evil – on the UN Headquarters grounds, presented to the UN by the Soviet Union on the occasion of the Organization’s 45th anniversary.
.
Speaking on Monday [18 November 2019] during the inaugural session of the deliberations on a nuclear-weapon free Middle East, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the zone would have significance beyond the region.
19/11/2019

Hundreds of Thousands of Forcibly Displaced People in Eastern DR Congo Face Widespread Human Rights Violations

Human Wrongs Watch

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch to whom quoted text may be attributed at 12 November 2019 press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva    |  Español   |  Français   |  عربي

Democratic Republic of the Congo. Fleeing inter-ethnic violence in Ituri provinceA child stands outside tents at a site for internally displaced persons in Kasenyi. © UNHCR/John Wessels

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is alarmed that hundreds of thousands of forcibly displaced people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are not only living in dire conditions without proper assistance but are unprotected and exposed to extreme human rights violations on a daily basis. (*).

read more »

19/11/2019

Over 5.4 million Children Detained Worldwide; Human Rights Experts Highlight “Aggressive” State Counter-Terrorism Measures

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)*More than 5.4 million children are detained around the world, rights experts said on Monday [18 November 2019], highlighting “aggressive” State counter-terrorism measures for the spike in youngsters held for alleged links with armed conflict or national security concerns based on their social media posts. 

© UNICEF/UN052682/Romenzi | Fourteen-year-old Issaa, a migrant from Niger, rests his hand on a gate inside a detention centre, in Libya, in January 2017. His mother died two years ago in Niger. He managed to set aside US$450, which he hoped would pay for a crossing by boat to Italy. He was arrested and detained before he was able to board a boat.

read more »

19/11/2019

One-Third of Afghans Need Urgent Humanitarian Aid, Millions Suffer ‘Acute Food Insecurity’

(UN News)* —  Over the last three months (August to October 2019), around one-third of the Afghan population required urgent humanitarian action, according to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Alert, released on Monday [18 November 2019 ], which declares that some 10.23 million people are living in a state of “severe acute food insecurity”.

UNAMA/Eric Kanalstein | In Afghanistan, despite favourable growing conditions for crops, many people are not getting enough to eat.

The IPC, a coalition of UN agencies and other partners, classifies food insecurity in five distinct phases, from phase 1 (Minimal/ None), to phase 5 (Catastrophic/Famine): around 2.44 million Afghan are believed to be in an Emergency situation (phase 4), and 7.79 million in a Crisis situation (phase 3).

read more »

19/11/2019

‘Transformational Benefits’ of Ending Outdoor Defecation: Why Toilets Matter

Human Wrongs Watch

18 November 2019 (UN News)*Ending the practice of defecating in the open, rather than in a toilet, will have “transformational benefits” for some of the world’s most vulnerable people, says the UN’s partner sanitation body, the WSSCC (Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council). 

.image770x420cropped.jpg© WSSCC/Jason Florio | As the population in Nigeria increases, efforts are underway to ensure that open defecation does not increase.

read more »

19/11/2019

When a Toilet Is Much More than Just a Toilet – World Day

Human Wrongs Watch

What is World Toilet Day all About?

Two young women stand next to toilet facilities.Payal (left) and Nisha (right) are happy to have a toilet in their school in Kakrana village. When schools have clean water, toilets and soap for handwashing, children have a healthy learning environment. © UNICEF/UN0271817/Hajra

19 November 2019 (United Nations)* — Toilets save lives, because human waste spreads killer diseases. World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.

World Toilet Day is celebrated on 19th November every year. It’s all about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6), which promises sanitation for all by 2030.

read more »

%d bloggers like this: