7374th Meeting (AM)
Chilling accounts of stonings, enslavement, rape and forced suicide bombings were among the current horrific targeted affects armed conflict had on women and girls, the Security Council was told, hearing from almost 70 speakers during its biannual day-long debate on civilian protection.
By Elizabeth Blunt
LONDON, 30 January 2015 (IRIN) - Through conflict after conflict, sexual violence persists, not just as individual crimes but as a weapon of war, from the Balkans to the Congo, from Liberia and Sierra Leone to present day Iraq. It persists, says Madeleine Rees, the secretary general of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, because it’s effective.
Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict
Distinguished members of the Security Council, On behalf of Ms. Valerie Amos, USG for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, I have the honour to deliver the following statement.
It has been more than 15 years since the Security Council broke new ground by recognizing the protection of civilians as central to its mandate. Since then, the Council has taken important steps to implement its commitments to protect civilians.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe should use his position as the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) to address key human rights concerns in different parts of the continent, including his own country, Amnesty International said today.
President Robert Mugabe takes over the rotating position from the Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz which will see him in charge for the year ahead.
by Aanjalie Collure and Leonard Rubenstein
Press Releases, 29 January 2015
'A protocol on the right to nationality will strengthen democracy, regional integration, and reduce conflict in Africa', a new report states
Los derechos humanos son un camino para salir de situaciones de crisis y caos
(Beirut) – Los gobiernos se equivocan de manera garrafal cuando ignoran los derechos humanos para ocuparse de desafíos graves en materia de seguridad, indicó hoy Human Rights Watch al difundir su informe mundial anual.
UNICEF launches US$3.1 billion appeal to reach more children in emergencies
Over 60 million children at risk in “new generation” of crises
GENEVA, 29 January 2015 - UNICEF is launching a US$3.1 billion appeal – its largest ever – to reach 62 million children at risk in humanitarian crises worldwide – a US$1 billion jump in funding needs since last year’s appeal.
World Report 2015: Rights Aren’t Wrong in Tough Times
Human Rights a Path Out of Crisis and Chaos
(Beirut, January 29, 2015) – Governments make a big mistake when they ignore human rights to counter serious security challenges, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its annual world report.
BY FRANCESCA MONETI
Être un enfant heureux. Faire partie d’une famille qui vit en harmonie dans un foyer paisible. Être un parent doté de la pleine capacité et des connaissances nécessaires pour élever ses enfants de façon à leur donner la possibilité de vivre en bonne santé et de s’épanouir sans être exposés à la violence. Être entouré par une communauté solide et paisible.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 28 January 2015: “We are getting optimistic reports from Ministries of Health of the affected countries that mortality and infection rates are declining, in fact Schools will be re opening in Sierra Leone ,Liberia had their senate elections couple of months back and this is impressively very good news “ said H.E. Dr Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, Commissioner for Social Affairs of the African Union at a media brief today at the AU headquarters. The press conference was held within the framework of the 24th AU Summit. .
28 January 2015 - A few years ago, Anna*, now aged 24, and her friend Precious*, now 19, were brought from Nigeria to Okah, in northern Côte d'Ivoire, under the pretence of attractive jobs. With difficult living conditions back home, the choice of moving for a better life, earning some money and studying further was a seemingly easy one. The opportunity, however, was not as innocent as it seemed and Anna and Precious soon found themselves being trafficked.
New study on child poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa
Two thirds of children in sub-Saharan Africa experience multiple deprivations
New UNICEF study provides extensive new data and analysis of multidimensional child poverty
Snapshot 21-27 January
Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks continue, with Borno state capital Maiduguri and nearby military bases targeted on 25 January. Security forces pushed BH back from Maiduguri, but further attacks are expected. BH also raided villages in Michika local government area, Adamawa state. There are reports that BH has forbidden the use of vehicles in areas under its control.
Davos (Switzerland), 26 January 2015
Welcome to this High-Level Meeting of Principals on sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations personnel. I am chairing, along with my Chef de Cabinet, to demonstrate our full commitment to addressing this problem – and to convey our expectation that you will do everything possible to meet our shared obligations.
I am continuously inspired by the integrity and commitment of the vast majority of our staff.
At the same time, I have taken a hard look at the problem of sexual exploitation and abuse.
Opportunities for Peace in 2015
Gender agenda: In 2015, the review of the Beijing Platform for Action, Resolution 1325 and the Millennium Development Goals may provide an opportunity for moving towards stronger and more substantive engagement with genuine sustainable development in which gender equality, the empowerment of women and peacebuilding are key elements.
By Irene van Horrsen
HelpAge is starting a three-year programme to strengthen the capacity of humanitarian agencies to deliver age and disability inclusive emergency response, as part of the innovative portfolio of projects supported by the DFID Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) and with separate funding from the OFDA.
Human Rights Council
Agenda item 3
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil,
political, economic, social and cultural rights,
including the right to development
Countries are recognising their obligation to feed their citizens, but with growing corporate control over food systems, the battle is far from over
Biraj Patnaik in Delhi
As the first round of intergovernmental negotiations on the sustainable development goals gets under way in New York, I am reminded of the immense struggle over time to ensure that every human being has quality food in sufficient quantity to meet their needs – a right laid out by Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights back in 1948.