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21 Nov 2017 description

KEY UPDATES:

  • October saw the closure of four health facilities in the Eastern region and 35 in Urogzan province. In the Southern region, 45 health facilities were partially or completely closed, and of them 15 were later re-opened. Two health facilities were destroyed.

  • Mobile health services were provided by cluster partners, but some areas were inaccessible due to insecurity.

  • Ongoing conflict continued to displace families and individuals.

21 Nov 2017 description
report Viet Nam News

Viet Nam News KHÁNH HÒA — It has been a fortnight since the Damrey storm swept over Khánh Hòa Province. But employees of local companies are still grappling with an uncertain future, as the textile factories, cashew processing plants and seafood farms where they worked were seriously damaged by the storm.

Lê Đình Nhật Tân, director of Sao Việt Company Limited in Vạn Ninh Commune, said he expected the worst for his 4,000 square metre factory.

21 Nov 2017 description
report European Union

The European Union remains a strong and committed supporter of Myanmar/Burma’s democratic transition.

The humanitarian and human rights situation in Rakhine State remains extremely serious. The EU reiterates its call for the immediate end of all violence and the establishment of non-discriminatory rule of law and civilian administration in Rakhine State. The restoration of humanitarian access for the United Nations and international aid agencies is critical. Conditions for voluntary, safe and dignified return to their places of origin have to be put in place.

21 Nov 2017 description
report Xinhua

Editor: Yamei

LHASA, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- More than 2,000 people have been relocated to temporary shelters after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit Nyingchi in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region on Saturday.

According to the city government of Nyingchi, 505 tents have been set up in 49 resettlement points, with enough moisture-proof pads, quilts, flashlights and emergency lamps for quake-affected people.

Rescuers also cleared 162 road blockages and restored 53 telecommunication lines.

20 Nov 2017 description
report United Nations

DSG/SM/1114-DEV/3300-OBV/1754

Deputy Secretary-General

Following are UN Deputy Secretary‑General Amina Mohamed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery on World Toilet Day in New York today:

I am pleased to be with you on this important global observance. I have long been a committed advocate for toilets and sanitation.

20 Nov 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/11977

General Assembly Plenary
Seventy-second Session, 56th Meeting (AM)

The security and humanitarian situation in Afghanistan remained precarious and required the support of regional and international partners, particularly in addressing the concerning nexus between terrorism and narcotics, the General Assembly heard today as it held its annual debate on the Central Asian nation.

20 Nov 2017 description

By: Nancy Lindborg

One rainy afternoon in early January 2014, I met with a group of Syrian women in a Geneva café as the latest rounds of Syria peace talks were getting underway. They had organized a nearly country-wide network of women who were already working on resolving conflicts at the local level in Syria and had come to Geneva to bring their voice to the talks. However, sadly, they were shut out of any participation by the Syrian government, the opposition delegations and the UN.

20 Nov 2017 description

TANDO MOHAMMAD KHAN/NAUSHAHARO FEROZE, Pakistan – Aashu Tresa, 32, remembers when becoming a mother was a life-or-death proposition.

When she was growing up, no one in her rural village, Misree Kolhi, gave birth under the care of a trained health worker. “Unskilled, untrained birth attendants were doing deliveries in our community. Some of the newborns died and some of the women had infections during deliveries,” she recounted.

Even now, the journey to motherhood remains a dangerous one in Pakistan.

20 Nov 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Could Bring Victims Long Overdue Path to Justice

(Brussels) – The International Criminal Court prosecutor’s request for an investigation in Afghanistan on November 20, 2017, could begin a long overdue path to justice for victims of grave international crimes, Human Rights Watch said today, releasing a question and answer document about the situation. A three-member panel of ICC judges will now decide whether it can step in as a court of last resort to address the worst abuses committed in Afghanistan.

20 Nov 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/13078

Security Council
8019th Meeting (AM)

‘Counterproductive’ Sanctions Harmful to Vulnerable, Undermine Efforts of East African Community, Says Permanent Representative

Despite slow progress towards inclusive dialogue in Burundi, the United Nations must continue its support for the political process there as the only way forward, the Secretary‑General’s Special Envoy to the East African country told the Security Council today.

20 Nov 2017 description

Opening Remarks at the CARICOM-UN High-Level Pledging Conference Technical Consultation at UN Headquarters, New York

As prepared for delivery.

Secretary-General of CARICOM, Mr Irwin Larocque,

Excellencies, Special Invitees, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen.

I am honoured to join CARICOM in welcoming you to the technical segment of the CARICOM-UN High-Level Pledging Conference.

20 Nov 2017 description

SG/SM/18790-ICEF/1892-OBV/1753

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks on World Children’s Day, in New York today:

Thank you, Tony [Lake, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director].

As Secretary‑General, it’s my job to meet with some of the most powerful and important people in the world. Presidents and prime ministers, scientists, military leaders, scholars and academics, captains of industry and business.

20 Nov 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite-detected, potentially damaged structures in Ghara Belagh Azam area located to the Northwest of Sarpol-e-Zahab, Kermanshah province, Iran at about 50km from the 12 November 2017, 7.3M Halabjah earthquake mainshock epicentre. UNITARUNOSAT identified 412 potentially damaged structures from a comparative analysis of a postevent Pleiades satellite image acquired on 16 November 2017 and a pre-event WorldView-3 satellite image acquired on 24 July 2017. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field.

20 Nov 2017 description
report World Bank

The Water Supply Augmentation Project, led by the Lebanese government, aims to increase the volume of water available to the Greater Beirut and Mount Lebanon area where approximately half of the Lebanese population lives. The Project is financed by the World Bank, Islamic Development Bank and Government of Lebanon.