General Assembly Holds Tribute Honouring Amir of Kuwait, Also Elects 15 Member States to Human Rights Council, Adopts Fifth Committee Resolution

13 Oct

The General Assembly today elected 15 States to the Human Rights Council, the United Nations body responsible for promoting and protecting all human rights around the globe.  It also paid tribute to the late Amir of Kuwait, with speakers remembering him as a champion of peace, diplomacy and humanitarian action.

Indigenous Peoples Succumbing to Extreme Poverty during Pandemic, United Nations Expert Tells Third Committee, amid Calls for Informed Consent in Decisions

12 Oct

Growing numbers of indigenous peoples are succumbing to extreme poverty, amid a spike in land evictions and loss of traditional livelihoods brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations expert charged with assessing their wellbeing told the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) today, as delegates raised questions and concerns about their plight.

Sexual Violence Shreds ‘Very Fabric That Binds Communities Together’, Special Representative Tells Security Council, Stressing Survivor-Centred Approach

17 Jul

Sexual violence is used as a war tactic and a political tool to dehumanize, destabilize and forcibly displace populations across the globe, the United Nations expert on the issue told the Security Council in a 17 July videoconference meeting, pressing countries to adopt a survivor-centred approach that ensures victims will not be forgotten.

Ending ‘Blight’ of Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking ‘A Moral Imperative’, Deputy Secretary-General Stresses in Remarks to High-Level Political Forum

13 Jul

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed’s keynote remarks, as prepared for delivery, to the High-Level Political Forum side event on Sustainable Finance’s Role in Reducing Modern Slavery:  COVID-19’s Lessons on Protecting the Most Vulnerable, in New York today: