Myanmar spiralling ‘from bad to worse, to horrific’, Human Rights Council hears — Global Issues

“With each report I have warned that unless UN Member States change course in the way they collectively respond to this crisis, the people of Myanmar will suffer even further,” he told the Human Rights Council in Geneva, saying that conditions have “gone from bad to worse, to horrific for…

Building peace, preventing violence, and supporting community resilience in Haiti — Global Issues

The UN Peacebuilding Fund, (PBF), which emphasizes the role of women and youth in peacebuilding efforts through their meaningful participation, began work in Haiti in 2019 in response to needs identified by the government.  Ahead of the International Day of Peace marked annually on 21 September, here are five things…

Extended roadmap for lasting peace deal, a ‘way point, not an end point’ — Global Issues

UN Special Representative Nicholas Haysom said that although key provisions of the Agreement are set to end by February, the parties agreed in August on a Roadmap that extends the current transitional period by 24 months.  While a welcome development, he reminded that “there is no alternative to the implementation of…

‘Violent civil unrest’ in Haiti hampers aid delivery — Global Issues

Nationwide protests sparked initially by the almost doubling of petrol prices has brought the Caribbean country to what the UN has described as a “standstill.” Haiti is grappling with multiple crises of an economic, political, security and humanitarian nature. The country’s President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in July last year…

Beware the ‘poison of war’ says Guterres, championing a ‘call for peace’ — Global Issues

While thanking those in attendance for “joining us to sound the call for peace”, Secretary-General António Guterres reminded that “today, peace is under assault”.   “The poison of war is infecting our world,” by jeopardizing millions of lives, “turning people against each other, pitting nation against nation, eroding security and…

‘Tsunami of hunger’ could trigger multiple famines, Security Council warned — Global Issues

Humanitarian Affairs chief Martin Griffiths recalled previous warnings over the impact of conflict in Ethiopia, Somalia He spoke about his recent trip to Somalia, where more than 200,000 people are currently at risk of famine – a figure expected to reach 300,000 by November – “with millions more” on the…

UN remains deeply concerned over ‘dangerous escalation’ following fighting across Armenia-Azerbaijan border — Global Issues

Miroslav Jenča, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and Americas, briefed an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Thursday morning, following an announcement on Wednesday evening of a ceasefire. “We welcome this agreement, and hope the ceasefire will hold”, said Mr. Jenča. He told ambassadors that heavy…

Syrians ‘can come together to rescue their country’ from war, Security Council hears — Global Issues

Najat Rochdi said she had already seen the potential for bridging divides between Syrians during civil society dialogues, and the divergent views represented through the Women’s Advisory Board, which “demonstrates to all of us that, despite many differences among them, common ground can be found.” She added that “Syrians can…