UN recap: October 17-22, 2021
Here’s a quick look at what the international community did last week, seen from the United Nations perch:
Airstrikes target Mekelle
The Ethiopian government this week launched a series of airstrikes on Tigray’s capital, Mekelle, one of which forced a UN aid flight to turn around.
New provocations from the DPRK
North Korea continued to test missiles, prompting the United States, Britain and France to call a UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday.
Africa most affected by climate change
A new UN climate report says the African continent is warming faster and at a higher temperature than other parts of the world, despite being responsible for less than 4% of global greenhouse gas emissions. tight.
Human rights debates
On Friday, the third committee of the United Nations General Assembly held its annual briefings of special rapporteurs on the human rights situation in North Korea and Myanmar.
News in brief
– UNICEF said on Tuesday that 10,000 children have been killed or maimed in Yemen since the fighting began in March 2015. That’s the equivalent of four children a day. And this is the number of cases that the United Nations Children’s Agency has been able to verify; the actual number is probably higher.
– UNICEF said the number of women (71) and children (30) abducted for ransom in Haiti in the first eight months of 2021 exceeded totals for all of 2020. The overwhelming majority of those abducted are Haitians and are taken to the capital, Port-au-Prince.
– The UN Security Council has started its first field mission since before the pandemic. The 15 members travel to Mali and Niger until Tuesday. They monitor Mali’s transition and discuss terrorism, the effects of climate change in the Sahel and other issues with leaders, civil society and United Nations country teams.
– UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council separately welcomed the declaration of a unilateral ceasefire on October 15 by President Faustin Archange Touadéra in the Central African Republic. This country is trying to restore state authority after years of inter-communal violence and land grabbing by armed groups.
Some good news
The United Nations said a nationwide polio vaccination campaign in Afghanistan would resume on November 8, after a three-year hiatus, with the support of Taliban authorities.
“Today, women’s leadership is a cause. Tomorrow this must be the norm, ”UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Friday on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of Resolution 1325, which demands the full and equal participation of women in conflict resolution, to peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction.
The G-20 meets in Rome ahead of a critical United Nations climate conference in Scotland in early November. On Tuesday, the United Nations General Assembly will hold its own high-level session ahead of the climate action implementation conference.
Did you know?
UN peacekeepers are called “peacekeepers” because of the color of their berets and helmets. There are more than 87,000 peacekeepers from 121 countries currently deployed in a dozen missions. Their missions are authorized by UN Security Council resolutions to protect civilians and enhance security in fragile and post-conflict states.