November 29, 2020 21:23 (IST)
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UN expert calls for urgent action to end ‘pandemic of femicide and violence against women’

New York: COVID-19 is overshadowing what has become a “pandemic of femicide” and related gender-based violence against women and girls, said independent UN human rights expert Dubravka Šimonović on Monday, calling for the universal establishment of national initiatives to monitor and prevent such killings. 

Somalia at a crossroad, UN envoy urges ‘deepened’ political consensus

New York: The “broad political consensus” reached in September that ended a two-year stalemate in Somalia must be “preserved and indeed deepened”, the country’s UN envoy told the Security Council on Monday.

UN releases $100 million to guard against famine

New York: The United Nations released $100 million of emergency funding on Tuesday to stave off the risk of famine in seven countries most at risk from a hunger epidemic fueled by conflict, economic decline, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Independent UN experts decry COVID vaccine hoarding: ‘No one is secure until all of us are’

New York: The only way to fight the COVID-19 crisis is to make affordable vaccines available to everyone, independent UN human rights experts said on Monday, underscoring that in an interconnected and interdependent world, “no one is secure until all of us are secure”.

‘Super typhoon’ Goni: UN, partners seek $45 million in immediate relief

New York: The United Nations and humanitarian partners in the Philippines launched, on Monday, a response plan for $45.5 million to bring life-saving assistance and protection to hundreds of thousands of people affected by Typhoon Goni.

Ethiopia: ‘Halt the violence’, resolve grievances peacefully:  UN rights chief

New York: The UN human rights chief called on Friday for the de-escalation of violence and military clashes across parts of Ethiopia, urging all those involved to “engage in a genuine, inclusive and credible dialogue to solve any differences through peaceful means”.

Six humanitarians killed in ‘obscene’ attacks in one week

New York: The UN’s top relief official has strongly condemned recent attacks on aid workers in different parts of the world, demanding that those who target humanitarians are brought to justice.

UN rights experts call for release of Saudi activist championing women’s right to drive

New York: The deteriorating health of Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain Al-Hathloul is “deeply alarming”, UN-appointed rights experts said on Wednesday, calling for her release along with “all other women human rights defenders in detention”.

UN expert urges Myanmar not to undermine ‘very lifeblood of democracy’ ahead of polls

New York: An independent UN human rights expert has called on the Government and military of Myanmar to stop persecuting opposition supporters, including journalists and student protesters, ahead of next week’s general elections.

Member States urged to step up funding for UN peacebuilding initiatives

New York: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues its relentless global assault, the UN Secretary-General has urged countries not to let up on their support for peace efforts in conflict-affected countries.

World Cities Day: Value communities, today and for the future

New York: Top UN officials have highlighted the “extraordinary” contributions of grassroots communities in towns and cities across the world in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, and urged that their unique efforts be built on, during recovery.

UN’s mission ‘more important than ever’, Secretary-General says at UN Day ceremony

New York: Seventy-five years after world leaders united to promote global peace and progress through cooperation, representatives from the international community stood in the UN General Assembly Hall on Monday to reaffirm their commitment to this promise.

UN shocked and outraged over horrific attack on school in Cameroon

New York: The United Nations has strongly condemned Saturday’s attack on a school in southwestern Cameroon, which claimed the lives of eight children, and wounded another twelve.

UN treaty banning nuclear weapons set to enter into force in January

New York: In what leading campaigners are describing as “a new chapter for nuclear disarmament”, the ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will now come into force on 22 January, after Honduras became the 50th Member State to ratify on Saturday.

Pakistani schools teach children about hating Hindus, Jews: Baloch activist tells UN

Geneva: Munir Mengal, the president of Baloch Voice Association, has alerted the United Nations that schools in Pakistan teach about hatred against Hindus and Jews to the students.