Haiti must remain at ‘forefront’ of international agenda, Security Council hears — Global Issues

She called for greater support for the Caribbean nation as protracted insecurity and prolonged political uncertainty, together with the dire economic situation and growing humanitarian needs, are severely hampering development and undermining peacebuilding efforts.   Briefing the Security Council, Special Representative Helen La Lime called on Member States to provide…

One-third of population faces acute food insecurity — Global Issues

The Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Assessment (CFSVA) shows that the combined effects of economic and political crises; conflict and displacement; climate shocks; and a poor harvest in the past agricultural season are among the key drivers of the emergency.  As millions of people are being “pushed deeper into hunger…

UN chief condemns brutal attack that left scores dead — Global Issues

The incident occurred on Saturday night when armed men launched an assault on the town of Seytenga, located in the Sahel region in the north of the country.  At least 79 people were killed, according to media reports.  ‘Spare no effort’  “The Secretary-General calls on the Burkinabè authorities to spare…

Yemen truce holding, but full measures still not in place — Global Issues

Ambassadors were briefed by two top UN officials who provided an update on the impact of the agreement between the Government and Houthi rebels, which was recently renewed for an additional two months, while also outlining the challenges that remain.  Grundberg outlines to #UNSC plans including working with the parties…

Cycle of ‘human rights violations and abuses’ continues, warns Bachelet — Global Issues

“What we are witnessing today is the systematic and widespread use of tactics against civilians, in respect of which there are reasonable grounds to believe the commission of crimes against humanity and war crimes”, High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet told the Human Rights Council. ‘Dire situation’ Since last year’s coup, at…

Myanmar’s multidimensional crises have ‘deepened and expanded dramatically’ — Global Issues

Noeleen Heyzer said that since she took up the job six months ago, Myanmar has “continued to descend into profound and widespread conflict”. Already one of the world’s largest refugee emergencies, she reminded that multidimensional crises there have left over one million internally displaced people (IDPs) across the country with “serious…

Support ‘deep aspiration’ for reform, top envoy urges Security Council — Global Issues

El-Ghassim Wane, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali, urged ambassadors to support the renewal of the mandate of the UN Mission there, MINUSMA, which he heads.  Although the West African country continues to face political, security and humanitarian challenges, “they are far from being insurmountable,” he said.  Deep aspirations …

UN calls on militants in eastern DR Congo to ‘immediately cease’ civilian attacks — Global Issues

Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the UN was “concerned over the deteriorating security situation…and the increase of attacks against civilians by the Cooperative for Development of the Congo (CODECO) and the M23 as well as the on-going presence of other foreign armed groups, including the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), Red Tabara and the…