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7951st Meeting (AM)
Endless Talks on Ending Violence Pointless as Arms Sales to Criminals, Dictators, Terrorists Continue at Same Time, Says Holy See
Despite 15 years of steadily growing international attention to the question of protecting civilians in conflict situations, life in war zones around the world remained grim, with suffering “pushed to the limits” as cities turned into “death traps”, the Security Council heard today as it held an open debate on attacks against medical personnel and facilities.
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) welcomes the release of George Livio, its national staff member who has been in detention since August 2014 without trial.
The Mission calls for the release of its two other national staff members who are currently also being held in detention without trial since 2014.
UNMISS continues to urge the South Sudanese authorities to respect national laws and the fundamental principles of due process under international human rights law.
1. Dans sa lettre datée du 25 janvier 2017, le Président du Conseil de sécurité a informé le Secrétaire général que le Conseil avait décidé de dépêcher une mission dans la région du bassin du lac Tchad (Cameroun, Tchad, Niger et Nigéria) du 1er au 7 mars 2017. La mission était codirigée par les Représentants permanents de la France, du Sénégal et du Royaume -Uni. On trouvera dans les annexes I et II la composition de la mission et l’énoncé de son mandat.
1. In his letter dated 25 January 2017, the President of the Security Council informed the Secretary-General that the Council had decided to send a mission to the Lake Chad Basin region (Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria) from 1 to 7 March 2017. The mission was led jointly by the Permanent Representatives of France, Senegal and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The composition of the mission and its terms of reference are set out in annexes I and II to the present report.
Already dealing with raging conflict and the world's worst hunger crisis, Yemen is now struggling to control a cholera epidemic that is spreading across the country at an unprecedented rate. In the last three weeks, health authorities have reported more than 41,000 suspected cholera cases, one third of whom are children, and 418 associated deaths across 19 of Yemen's 22 governorates.
Ongoing violence displaces an additional 200,000 people in April
Health actors report suspected cholera cases in Aburoc
USG announces $142 million in new humanitarian assistance
Violence across South Sudan displaced an additional 200,000 people in April, increasing the total number of displaced people to 3.8 million, including 2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 1.8 million refugees sheltering in neighboring countries.
Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the Security Council at the open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, in New York today:
Thank you for this opportunity to address the critical issue of protection of civilians in armed conflict.
• Afghanistan / Pakistan tensions result in border closure that interrupts lifesaving treatment for thousands of children suffering from malnutrition.
• Returnees living in Gambiri desert still struggling to get water • New PACTEC flights enable immediate assistance to families fleeing conflict in Uruzgan to the seemingly safe but remote district of Jaghori, Ghazni province.
• 1.3 million people reached with life-saving emergency humanitarian assistance, according to the 2017 HRP First Quarter Report.
Mr. President, Members of the Council,
Thank you for the opportunity to brief the Council on the situation in South Sudan and the deployment of the Regional Protection Force.
The United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, concluded today a three-day visit to Sana’a where he met with political leaders from Ansar’Allah and the General People’s Congress and Representatives of other political parties. The talks focused on possible agreements which would to prevent the spread of military activities to Hudeidah and practical ways to ensure the resumption of salaries to all Yemeni civil servants nation-wide.
7940th Meeting (AM)
The national dialogue just launched in South Sudan by President Salva Kiir would only be credible if opposition groups genuinely participated, the senior United Nations official in that country said today, as he briefed the Security Council on the significant military, humanitarian and political challenges facing that nation.
Central African Republic
Populations in the Central African Republic remain at risk of mass atrocity crimes committed by ex-Séléka rebel factions, "anti-balaka" militias and other armed groups.
Despite a period of relative stability following the peaceful election of President Faustin-Archange Touadéra in February 2016, populations in the Central African Republic (CAR) remain at risk of mass atrocity crimes.
6.9 million people are living in areas with inadequate health services in the northeast, including more than 68% of the 1.8 million IDPs living in host communities across Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states. The lack of qualified staff and essential medicines, and the destruction of medical facilities all continue to hamper the implementation of interventions.
The quantity and quality of food consumed by people in Mosul has deteriorated, according to WFP’s latest mobile assessment. This is due to conflict in western Mosul and lack of purchasing power in eastern Mosul.
Security and safe access to beneficiaries remains a key concern following attacks on WFP distributions in western Mosul at the end of April. WFP continues to monitor the security situation.
The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) calls for the immediate cessation of hostilities among armed groups factions in Bria, Haute-Kotto, in eastern Central African Republic.
La République centrafricaine fait face à une détérioration persistante de la situation humanitaire depuis septembre 2016. Cette aggravation se matérialise par une multiplication de foyers de tension, de nouvelles vagues de déplacements et une augmentation vertigineuse des besoins humanitaires.
Elle se caractérise aussi par une réduction drastique de l’espace humanitaire. La présence des groupes armés et la violence qu’ils exercent sur les civils ainsi que les pics de violence que leurs affrontements entrainent ont un impact délétère sur l’accès humanitaire.
The UN Humanitarian Coordinator Maria Riberio expresses alarm at the toll the continued fighting in southern Libya is having on ordinary people, including reduced access to humanitarian assistance and health services.
South Sudanese arrivals in 2017, based on field reports as of 30 April
Total South Sudanese refugees as of 30 April 2017 (pre and post Dec 2013 caseload and new arrivals)
Refugees in South Sudan (30 April)
Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in South Sudan, including 223,895 people in UNMISS Protection of Civilians site
Now that military operations move closer to the Old City in Western Mosul, Cordaid has stepped up its aid efforts. 2 km away from the frontline, we managed to distribute aid kits to 2250 displaced people who narrowly escaped heavy fighting. Our colleague Diyar Khosnaw was on the ground. “I hardly ever cry. This time I did. One woman had not eaten for six days.”