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UN welcomes arrest of top genocide suspect, Félicien Kabuga

Splošne novice OZN (v angleščini) - Sob, 16.05.2020 - 20:50
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the arrest on Saturday of one of the world’s most wanted fugitives, his Spokesperson said in a statement.

COVID-19 shows crucial role of the UN, says next General Assembly President

Splošne novice OZN (v angleščini) - Pet, 15.05.2020 - 21:34
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the ‘crucial role’ of the UN and its agencies, according to the veteran Turkish diplomat and parliamentarian who, as the only candidate for the top job, is slated to lead the historic 75th session of the General Assembly which begins in September.

Child vaccinations down in DR Congo, and COVID-19 is not helping: UNICEF

Splošne novice OZN (v angleščini) - Pet, 15.05.2020 - 21:25
Fewer children are getting vaccinated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the COVID-19 pandemic is almost certainly going to make matters worse, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says. If the trend continues, it could trigger a resurgence in deadly childhood diseases such as polio, chickenpox, measles, yellow fever, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and meningitis.

Philippines typhoon recovery, complicated by coronavirus concerns

Splošne novice OZN (v angleščini) - Pet, 15.05.2020 - 20:44
As Typhoon Vongfong slammed the Philippines on Thursday, tens of thousands of people fled to cramped shelters, raising fears that without proper safety precautions in place, evacuation centres could become a hotbed of coronavirus infection, the UN emergency humanitarian relief agency (OCHA) said on Friday.

Millions of migrants across Russia, Central Asia, ‘teetering on the brink’, as UN launches urgent appeal

Splošne novice OZN (v angleščini) - Pet, 15.05.2020 - 19:02
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched an urgent $7 million appeal on Thursday, to ease the impact of COVID-19 on migrant communities in five Central Asian countries and the Russian Federation, where the pandemic is pushing a growing number of migrant workers into poverty.

Coronavirus lockdowns in Central America, exploited by criminal gangs

Splošne novice OZN (v angleščini) - Pet, 15.05.2020 - 18:26
Chronic violence, insecurity and now COVID-related restrictions have put tens of thousands of Central Americans at risk of increased hardship and even death, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.

Support stepped up for Rohingya camps as first COVID-19 infections are confirmed

Splošne novice OZN (v angleščini) - Pet, 15.05.2020 - 17:10
After confirmation that the first cases of COVID-19 infection have been identified in a vast and overcrowded refugee camp in Bangladesh, UN humanitarians on Friday announced additional measures and appealed for funds to prevent the disease from spreading.

FROM THE FIELD: Venezuelan refugee counsellor hears ‘pain, anger and frustration’

Splošne novice OZN (v angleščini) - Pet, 15.05.2020 - 16:07
A Venezuelan psychologist who moved to Peru as a refugee, has been telling the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, about the “pain, anger and frustration” that has been expressed by fellow displaced and local people he has counselled. 

Presidents and prime ministers lead call for ‘people’s vaccine’, free to all

Splošne novice OZN (v angleščini) - Čet, 14.05.2020 - 23:06
UNAIDS, the UN agency fighting against the deadly HIV/AIDS virus, has initiated a petition from global leaders requesting that when a successful COVID-19 vaccine is developed, it be made available free of charge to all.

Workers and COVID-19: Access to healthcare, now ‘a matter of life and death’

Splošne novice OZN (v angleščini) - Čet, 14.05.2020 - 22:46
The spread of COVID-19 in developing countries has exposed gaps in social protection coverage which could compromise recovery plans, expose millions of people to poverty and affect global readiness to cope with similar crises, according to two policy briefs issued Thursday by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

WHO seeking further details on staff expulsion from Burundi

Splošne novice OZN (v angleščini) - Čet, 14.05.2020 - 22:21
The World Health Organization (WHO) was on Thursday seeking to clarify why authorities in Burundi have expelled its top official in the country and three other staff members, the UN agency’s Regional Director for Africa told journalists during a press briefing on COVID-19.

'Significant progress' made towards lasting ceasefire in Yemen, UN Special Envoy tells Security Council

Splošne novice OZN (v angleščini) - Čet, 14.05.2020 - 20:24
UN Special Envoy for war-weary Yemen, Martin Griffiths, told the Security Council on Thursday, that he had been in intensive negotiations with the warring parties in Yemen over a lasting peace deal, with "significant progress" made, especially towards making the UN's call for a complete silencing of the guns, a reality.

Deadly gas leak in India, grim wake-up call for global chemical industry: UN rights expert

Splošne novice OZN (v angleščini) - Čet, 14.05.2020 - 19:14
Last week’s deadly toxic gas leak at a Korean-owned polymer plant in south-eastern India, is a grim wake up call for the chemical industry to acknowledge and fulfil its responsibility to respect human rights, the UN independent expert who monitors the issue, said on Thursday.

UN rights chief warns against mishandling the lifting of COVID-19 lockdowns

Splošne novice OZN (v angleščini) - Čet, 14.05.2020 - 18:07
The UN Human Rights High Commissioner on Thursday warned of potential risks as more countries move to lift lockdown measures put in place to contain COVID-19 spread.

UN leads call to protect most vulnerable from mental health crisis during and after COVID-19

Splošne novice OZN (v angleščini) - Čet, 14.05.2020 - 05:30
Decades of neglect and underinvestment in addressing people’s mental health needs have been exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN said on Thursday, in a call for ambitious commitments from countries in the way they treat psychological illness, amid a potential global spike in suicides and drug abuse.

Coronavirus ‘grim reality’: World economy to shrink by 3.2 per cent, new UN report projects

Splošne novice OZN (v angleščini) - Sre, 13.05.2020 - 22:47
Against the backdrop of the raging COVID-19 pandemic, the world economy in 2020 is projected to shrink by 3.2 per cent, racking up some $8.5 trillion in overall losses – wiping out nearly four years of output gains, according to a mid-year economic analysis by the United Nations.

COVID-19 threatens to undo global health progress

Splošne novice OZN (v angleščini) - Sre, 13.05.2020 - 22:00
While more people are living longer and healthier lives, the rate of progress is too slow to realize global efforts to stamp out poverty and inequality by 2030, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

South Sudan: Coronavirus cases confirmed inside UN civilian protection site

Splošne novice OZN (v angleščini) - Sre, 13.05.2020 - 21:43
The South Sudanese Government has confirmed that two cases of COVID-19 have been identified inside a Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in the capital, Juba, although the world’s youngest nation has been relatively unscathed by the pandemic, with 74 cases recorded so far.

Take ‘all appropriate public health measures’ to protect detainees from coronavirus, UN urges

Splošne novice OZN (v angleščini) - Sre, 13.05.2020 - 19:28
UN agency chiefs on Wednesday highlighted the heightened vulnerability to COVID-19 of detainees, and others in confinement, urging Governments to take “all appropriate public health measures” to keep them safe from the deadly disease. 

Hong Kong urged to drop prosecutions of leading activists, not to silence peaceful protest

Splošne novice OZN (v angleščini) - Sre, 13.05.2020 - 18:08
Independent UN human rights experts urged Hong Kong authorities on Wednesday to immediately drop the criminal prosecution of 15 pro-democracy activists who participated in peaceful protests across the Special Administrative Region of China last year.