Understanding how crises affect women and men, girls and boys of different ages and disparities is critical to effective humanitarian preparedness and response. Women, girls, boys and men have distinct needs, priorities, responsibilities, limitations and protection needs. They are exposed to differential risks and vulnerabilities but also play unique and important roles in preparedness and in responding to emergencies, conflicts and building peace within their respective communities. Gender equality in humanitarian action is about better targeting and programming and therefore about effectiveness of humanitarian action reaching all segments of the affected population.
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8314th Meeting (PM)
The complex peace and security issues facing Africa are such that neither the United Nations, nor the African Union can address the challenges on their own, the Security Council was told today as it received its annual briefing on strengthening cooperation between the two organizations.
Shocking video exposes extrajudicial killings in Cameroon
En dépit de cycles électoraux couronnés de succès dans plusieurs pays de la région, l’Afrique de l’Ouest et le Sahel continuent de vivre sous la triple menace du terrorisme, des changements climatiques et d’une gouvernance défaillante, a déclaré, cet après-midi, devant le Conseil de sécurité, le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général et Chef du Bureau des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest (UNOWA), M. Mohamed Ibn Chambas.
Mali is facing an escalating violent conflict that has spread from the peripheral Sahel regions in the far northwest to the centre of the country. In 2018, the country is faced with a situation where violence is more intense and widespread than during the widely publicised 2012–2013 crisis.
Mali is not experiencing a civil war in the conventional sense but a complex, multidimensional security crisis of interlinked micro-conflicts.
8313TH MEETING (PM)
Recent developments in West Africa and the Sahel have been characterized by both volatility and democratic gains, the top United Nations official in the region told the Security Council today, warning that the latter “are not immune from reversal” and could be negatively impacted by the former.
While food security has improved significantly in many areas of Somalia that were worst affected by drought in 2017, sustained humanitarian assistance remains critical for the most vulnerable populations, particularly internally displaced persons and poor pastoralists in northwestern Somalia. Similarly, while the prevalence of malnutrition is likely lower than in July 2017, poor food availability and limited access to health services is likely driving global acute malnutrition levels above 15 percent in some areas.
Emergency preparedness saves lives, reduces the impact of crises on vulnerable people's livelihoods and is much more cost-effective than repeated humanitarian action. This story shows how WFP's early warning analysis led to early action in the Sahel.
Du 9 au 11 juillet dernier a eu lieu, un atelier de réflexion et de renforcement des capacités, afin d’augmenter le niveau de participation des femmes à la mise en œuvre et au suivi de l’accord pour la Paix et la Réconciliation, issu du processus d’Alger. Des recommandations devant permettre de palier à cette sous-représentation des femmes sont sorties de ces trois jours de réflexion. Leur application devrait avoir des répercussions positives sur les efforts entrepris pour parvenir à la paix au Mali.
In continuation of efforts aimed at promoting peace and preventing conflict in concession affected communities across Liberia, the National Bureau of Concession (NBC) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has established a multi stakeholder’s platform (MSP) in Grand Kru County.
• Humanitarian Coordinator call for urgent scale up of humanitarian assistance in Tambura, Western Equatoria.
• Humanitarians call for pause to enable them reach thousands of people as fighting continues in Unity.
• Renewed fighting in Wau’s Baggari area forces thousands of people to flee their homes.
• Partners scale up seed and tools distribution to communities hardest hit by hunger and malnutrition in planting season.
• Up to 2.4 million children not receiving an education in South Sudan.
8311TH MEETING (AM)
Deciding to extend until 30 June 2019 the mandate of the African Union‑United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), the Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution, also stressing that the drawdown of the mission should be based on progress against related indicators and benchmarks.
8309TH MEETING* (AM)
13 JULY 2018
The Security Council, strongly condemning the rise of incitement to ethnic and religious hatred and violence in the Central African Republic — as well as manipulated hostility towards the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and other international actors — today adopted a presidential statement urging armed groups to cease all forms of violence, lay down their arms and engage constructively in the country’s evolving peace process.
The Security Council today decided to extend its sanctions regime in South Sudan and impose a travel ban and assets freeze on two high-ranking individuals — an act South Sudan’s representative described as a “slap in the face” to those engaged in his country’s ongoing peace negotiation process.
Arms Embargo Is Needed Now
“How can I forget the sight of an old man whose throat was slit with a knife before being set afire?” a 14-year-old girl was quoted as saying in a new United Nations report, laying bare the suffering of South Sudan’s civilians at the hands their own government.
Following is a transcript of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ press conference, held in New York today:
Ladies and gentlemen of the media,
I really thank you very much for your presence.
Tomorrow, the General Assembly is expected to agree on a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, for formal adoption in December in Marrakesh. This action has immense potential to help the world harness the benefits of regular migration while safeguarding against the dangers of irregular movements that place people at risk.
11 July 2018, Binga – UN team, led by the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr. Bishow Parajuli, comprising of UNICEF Representative, Dr. Mohamed Ag Ayoya; IOM Chief of Mission, Ms. Lily Sanya; WFP Representative and Country Director, Mr. Eddie Rowe; and UNDP Country Director Mr. Georges van Montfort concluded a three-day field visit, 9-11 July 2018, to UN-supported development programmes in Matebeleland North Province.
To support peace and democracy in Somalia, Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed will host a forum in Brussels on 16-17 July.
The Myanmar government opened the third round of its key peace talks on Wednesday in the latest attempt to make headway with its goal of forging lasting peace in the country after seven decades of armed conflict and strained relations with ethnic minority groups.
Madame President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I commend the Security Council for focusing its attention on climate-related security risks. I would like to address four key issues today: firstly, the nature of the challenges to our common security posed by climate risks; secondly, the impacts of climate change; thirdly, the actions being taken by the UN system to tackle these, and finally, what we need to ask of all of us to ensure we continue to centrally integrate climate concerns in our security considerations.