Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

10 Jul

Wildlife crime threatens both biodiversity and human health, according to a new United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report.  It finds that many illegally trafficked animals may spread diseases to people, and the pangolin — a possible source of COVID-19 — remains the most trafficked mammal in the world.

In Third Vote, Security Council Fails to Adopt Resolution Extending Authorization of Cross-Border Mechanism for Humanitarian Aid Delivery into Syria

10 Jul

The Security Council today failed to adopt a resolution that would have extended its authorization for a mechanism to bring lifesaving humanitarian aid through two Turkish border crossings into Syria for another six months.

Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

9 Jul

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the World Food Programme today jointly warned that funding shortages, conflict and disasters — as well as supply chain challenges, rising food prices and loss of income due to COVID-19 — threaten to leave millions of refugees across Africa without food.

Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

9 Jul

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the World Food Programme today jointly warned that funding shortages, conflict and disasters — as well as supply chain challenges, rising food prices and loss of income due to COVID-19 — threaten to leave millions of refugees across Africa without food.

Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

8 Jul

In June, 921,000 people were forced to leave Burkina Faso, making it the site of one of the world’s fastest-growing displacement crises.  Increased insecurity has also made humanitarian access more difficult, with the number of people in need of assistance jumping to 2.9 million people, from 2.2 million in January.

In Separate Votes, Security Council Fails to Adopt Two Draft Resolutions Renewing Cross-Border Mechanism for Humanitarian Aid Delivery into Syria

8 Jul

The Security Council failed on 7 and 8 July to adopt draft resolutions that would have renewed its authorization for the cross-border mechanism that enables the United Nations and its implementing partners to deliver humanitarian aid into Syria via the country’s border with Turkey.

In Separate Votes, Security Council Fails to Adopt Two Draft Resolutions Renewing Cross-Border Mechanism for Humanitarian Aid Delivery into Syria

8 Jul

The Security Council failed on 7 and 8 July to adopt draft resolutions that would have renewed its authorization for the cross-border mechanism that enables the United Nations and its implementing partners to deliver humanitarian aid into Syria via the country’s border with Turkey.

Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

6 Jul

The United Nations is mobilizing to help fight COVID-19 in the Dominican Republic, where about 37,000 cases and 800 deaths are confirmed.  The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is supplying ventilators while Rome-based food agencies led a virtual farm training to help people generate additional income.

Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

30 Jun

An estimated 4.1 million girls will be subjected to female genital mutilation this year and if programmes and services stay shut for six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that figure will reach 6.1 million by 2030, according to the United Nations Population Fund’s “State of World Population 2020” report issued today.