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23 Mar 2018 description

GENEVA (23 March 2018) - The Human Rights Council in its midday meeting adopted five resolutions in which it extended the mandates on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Syria, Iran, South Sudan and Myanmar.

23 Mar 2018 description

By Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia

Leadership across the WHO South-East Asia Region to End TB by 2030 is formidable. It has also gathered pace. Last week’s Statement of Action on Ending TB – developed and adopted by the Region’s ministers of health and representatives at the ‘End TB Summit’ in New Delhi, India – shows exactly how and why.

21 Mar 2018 description

SIPRI releases its Annual Review 2017, looking back on the institute’s highlights from the previous year.

The Annual Review 2017 covers SIPRI's work throughout the past year, including maintaining its world-renowned databases and evolving its research agenda to adjust to the global threat environment.

15 Mar 2018 description

Geneva, Thursday 15 March 2018

Humanitarian access has deteriorated in seven countries over the past six months, according to the Humanitarian Access Overview report released today by ACAPS.

Out of the 37 countries included in the report, nearly half of them (18) are currently facing high humanitarian access constraints. Moderate humanitarian access constraints are an issue in nine countries and ten present low humanitarian access constraints.

15 Mar 2018 description

Funding required: $23.18 B
Funding received: $936.6 M
Funding percentage: 3.8%
People in need: 128.8 M
People to receive aid: 93.6 M Countries affected: 35

14 Mar 2018 description


Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Provides Oral Updates on the Democratic People’s republic of Korea and on Eritrea

GENEVA (14 March 2018) - The Human Rights Council this morning heard oral updates from Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and on Eritrea, then began its general debate on human rights situations requiring its attention.

14 Mar 2018 description

High levels of food insecurity persist in the world, due largely to conflicts and to adverse climatic shocks that are taking a toll, particularly in East African and Near East countries, where large numbers of people continue to be in need of humanitarian assistance, a new FAO report notes. Some 37 countries are in need of external assistance for food, unchanged from three months ago, according to the Crop Prospects and Food Situation report issued today.

14 Mar 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Geneva) – North Korean escapees and criminal justice experts will offer a rare view of pervasive human rights violations in everyday life in North Korea during a side event at the United Nations Human Rights Council session this week, Human Rights Watch said today.

12 Mar 2018 description


GENEVA (12 March 2018) - The Human Rights Council this morning held an interactive dialogue with Tomás Ojea Quintana, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

09 Mar 2018 description

Human Rights Council
Thirty-seventh session
26 February – 23 March 2018
Agenda item 4
Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention

I. Introduction

07 Mar 2018 description

7 March 2018

Distinguished President,
Colleagues, Friends,

A few days ago, we celebrated the centenary year of Nelson Mandela’s birth. We spoke of his example; his fortitude, his suffering and compassion, while recalling also the declaration that he and my predecessor Mary Robinson signed in 2000 on diversity and tolerance.

07 Mar 2018 description

The Secretary-General is encouraged by the advances made during the latest inter-Korean talks, particularly the agreement to hold a summit meeting soon, to further reduce military tensions, and to discuss denuclearization in future talks with all relevant parties. He stresses the need to protect the momentum and seize the opportunities available to find a peaceful path forward.

05 Mar 2018 description


FAO assesses that globally 37 countries are in need of external assistance for food.
Conflicts continue to be the main factor driving the high levels of severe food insecurity.
Weather shocks have also adversely impacted food availability and access, notably in East Africa.


01 Mar 2018 description

Global Overview FEBRUARY 2018

28 Feb 2018 description


United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest international humanitarian organization and the UN's frontline agency for fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.

In a world where one in nine people worldwide still suffer from hunger, the international community has committed to end hunger and achieve food security by the year 2030, as mentioned in Goal 2 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

28 Feb 2018 description

Human Rights Council AFTERNOON

27 February 2018

The Human Rights Council this afternoon heard statements from dignitaries of 11 countries and two organizations and closed the second day of its high-level segment.

Edward Nalbandian, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Armenia, said Armenia continued to implement the national plan of action for human rights protection, had a good record of submission of national and follow-up reports to the treaty bodies, and would submit the Universal Periodic Review second mid-term report on a voluntary basis.

26 Feb 2018 description
report European Union

On 26 February 2017, the Council adopted conclusions on EU priorities at United Nations human rights fora in 2018.

22 Feb 2018 description

In 2017, millions of people across Asia were once again affected by devastating natural disasters including floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. Over the course of the last year, 54 million people were affected by flooding alone, leaving many without homes, possessions and livelihoods. In addition, many parts of the region suffered from drought, resulting in severe food and water shortages.

2017 Year in Review

21 Feb 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight


Burkina Faso

15 January 2018: Update: An Australian humanitarian doctor kidnapped on 15 January 2016 continues to be held hostage by an al-Qaeda-linked group. Source: aOuaga

Central African Republic

12 Feb 2018 description

Beijing / Kuala Lumpur / Geneva, 12 February 2018 - The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has released 303,779 Swiss francs from its Disaster Response Emergency Fund to support the Red Cross of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) fight an outbreak of influenza A (H1N1).

“Initial government figures point to a rapidly developing outbreak, affecting more than 178,000 people and causing four deaths between 1 December and 23 January,” says Gwendolyn Pang, acting head of IFRC’s country office in the DPRK.