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17/01/2019

In the Sahel, Pastoralists Rely on Satellites to Search for Water

17 January 2019 (UN Environment)*In the Northern Malian region of Gao, Adoum looks at his phone. It’s time to go find greener pastures for his herd. He has a few spots in mind but needs to gather more information before embarking on the weeks-long journey.

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Photo by SNV | Photo from UN Environment.

In the Sahel, climate change has translated into more frequent, longer drought spells that threaten the resilience capacity of nomadic livestock pastoralists like Adoum. Freshwater points are scarce during the dry season and many animals are at risk of dying before reaching the next oasis.

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17/01/2019

Mali: ‘Dire’ Humanitarian Situation, ‘Grave’ Security Concerns Challenge Fragile Peace

Human Wrongs Watch

With over 800 schools forced to close due to insecurity, and 2.3 million vulnerable people in need of assistance this year, a top UN official told the Security Council on Wednesday [16 January 2019] that the humanitarian situation in Mali “remains dire”.

MINUSMA/Photo Marco Dormino | Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, and Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding support, meet with the beneficiaries of UNWOMEN and UNFPA project supporting victims of sexual and gender-based violence at the Maison des femmes in Gao.
17/01/2019

Nearly 900 Reportedly Killed Following ‘s]Shocking’ Intercommunal Attacks in DR Congo

Human Wrongs Watch

The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) said on Wednesday [16 January 2019] that at least 890 villagers were reportedly killed in the western Democratic Republic of the Congo last month, following brutal inter-communal clashes.

© UNHCR/Ley Uwera | A site for Internally-displaced persons in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Human rights reports suggest that the apparent massacre took place between 16 and 18 December in four villages in the Yumbi territory, Mai-Ndombe province, in what appear to have been clashes between the Banunu and Batende communities.

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16/01/2019

‘Many Countries Are Failing to Protect and Promote the Interests of All Their People – Despite Pledging to Do So in 2016’

Many countries are failing to protect and promote the interests of all their people – despite pledging to do so in 2016 – the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday [16 January 2019].

© UNICEF/UNI154440/Pirozzi | Children walking in a Roma community in the town of Shumen, Northern Bulgaria (2013)
In a special meeting of the Human Rights Council in Geneva to review progress on achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda, Michelle Bachelet insisted that “overall, we are not on track” to meet its ambitious aims:
16/01/2019

Nobel Peace Prize 2019 – Nomination info in English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish – Deadline: 31 January

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By Fredrik S. Heffermehl | Nobel Peace Prize Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Please use our attached information on the 2019 Nobel Prize; for your convenience in English, French, German, Spanish and Swedish.

Translated Versions Below

The official reluctance to discussing disarmament is massive – the beauty of the Nobel Peace Prize is that it is based on a testament – and promotion of disarmament is a legal obligation for the Norwegian awarders.

General disarmament would end enormous suffering and waste, free astronomic funds, reduce waste of precious resources, reduce pollution, offer major relief to the climate, improve human rights, democracy, the plight of women, children. In short, improve security and prosperity to people everywhere on the planet.

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16/01/2019

Palestinians Launch Bid for Full UN Membership

The Palestinians have the status of non-member observer state at the world body and full membership would amount to international recognition of Palestinian statehood.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures during a meeting with the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures during a meeting with the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank | Photo: Reuters | Photo from teleSUR.

15 January 2019 (teleSUR)* — The Palestinians will launch a bid to become a full member of the United Nations even though such a move will be blocked by the United States, the Palestinian foreign minister said Tuesday [15 January 2019].

“We know that we are going to face a U.S. veto but that won’t prevent us from presenting our application” for full UN membership, Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki told journalists.

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16/01/2019

‘Deep Shift in Food Systems Needed to Ensure Healthy Diets’

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FAO Director-General calls for the transformation of production and consumption models to combat hunger, obesity and other forms of malnutrition.

Photo: ©FAO/Max Valencia

FAO Director-General taking part in Congreso Futuro in Chile

15 January 2019 Santiago de Chile (FAO)* – Hunger, obesity and other forms of malnutrition will continue to increase if there is no deep change in food systems, said FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva.

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16/01/2019

‘Historic’ Moment: Palestine Takes Reins of UN Coalition of Developing Countries

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Acknowledging “a long road ahead” on the United Nations ambitious agenda, Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed on Tuesday [15 January 2019] “the historic leadership of the state of Palestine” as the new Chair of the Group of 77’s (G77).

UN Photo/Manuel Elias | Handover Ceremony of the Chairmanship of the Group of 77, from the Arab Republic of Egypt to the State of Palestine

“Palestine and its citizens have first-hand experience of some of the most challenging and dramatic global issues we face” said Mr. Guterres in his remarks at the annual ceremony for handover of the rotating Chairmanship of the G77.

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16/01/2019

Migration Surge Leaves Children Stranded, Begging on Djibouti’s Streets

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Begging, scrubbing cars or selling themselves on the street for sex are a way of life for many children in Djibouti, according to a survey released by the International Organization Migration (IOM) on Tuesday [15 January 2019].  

Muse Mohammed/IOM | Accoring to the UN migration agency (IOM), thousands of children are living on the streets of Djibout City. Here. Ethiopian migrant youth wake up on the beach outside the Horn of Africa country’s teeming capital.

Conducted in Djibouti City, the country’s capital where most of the street children live, the survey enumerated the minors to understand how and why they end up on the streets while also identifying their priority problems.

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15/01/2019

Thousands of Syrians in ‘Life and Death’ Struggle amid Harsh Conditions in Remote Desert Camp

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Conditions in a makeshift Syrian camp near the border with Jordan are “increasingly desperate” and “have become a matter of life and death”, United Nations officials warned on 15 January 2019, after at least eight children died there from extreme cold and a lack of medical care.

WFP | Pictured here, children at Rukban settlement in Syria. (file photo)
The development comes as the newly appointed UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pederson, arrived in Damascus, for his first meeting with the Government, since taking over from veteran UN negotiator Staffan de Mistura.
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