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18 февраля, 17:00

Central African Republic: Female Tech Pioneer

Fatima Khamis is an extraordinary woman. After standing up to her family in her home country of Sudan to study computer engineering, she went to the Central African Republic where she joined the United Nations peacekeeping mission.

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18 февраля, 02:00

Detecting & Ending Nuclear Explosions

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Around the clock, the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) protects our planet by monitoring for nuclear activity. Go behind the scenes with Ezekiel Jonathan, a Waveform Data Analyst at the CTBTO Around the clock, the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) protects our planet by monitoring for nuclear activity. Go behind the scenes with Ezekiel Jonathan, a Waveform Data Analyst at the CTBTO as he tells the story of how this crucial organisation reacted to the September 3rd 2017 detonation of a nuclear test by North Korea. (Video courtesy of CTBTO) UN in Action No. 1601

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16 февраля, 18:00

Stories from the Filmmakers of Tomorrow

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Young filmmakers from around the world visited New York to celebrate the Plural+ Youth Video Festival 2018 on migration, diversity and social inclusion. This year, the festival received more than 350 videos from 72 countries and three award-winning filmmakers spoke about their personal stories. UN in Action No. 1599 To watch the complete videos featured in this video, please go to: “When Words Fail, Music Speaks”: https://youtu.be/KwuuVi0Rbi4 “Is Being Raped The End of the Victim’s Life?”: https://youtu.be/IvNkWhPxlP8 “Born Lucky”: https://youtu.be/mgThOchmUFg

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16 февраля, 04:38

This Week at the UN in 60 Seconds – 15 February 2019

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This week's top news: Improving food safety worldwide $920 million needed to ease Rohingya crisis Recognizing Republic of North Macedonia More at UN News: news.un.org/en/

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16 февраля, 00:04

UN Chief on the Prespa agreement: Recognizing The Republic of North Macedonia

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Video message by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on the Prespa agreement. The UN-brokered agreement between Athens and Skopje to formally recognize the “Republic of North Macedonia”, is a welcome, “historical” step that should be supported by regional and international Member States, António Guterres has announced. In a statement following on from the entry into force of the Prespa Agreement between the two countries on Tuesday, the UN Secretary-General confirmed that he had received official notification of the development, which settles a near 30-year dispute between the two neighbours. Mr. Guterres congratulated the two sides and Prime Ministers Alexis Tsipras, of Greece, and Zoran Zaev, of North Macedonia, “on their determination in creating a forward-looking vision for relations between the two countries and reconciliation in the Balkan region and beyond”. He added that he was “deeply grateful” to the UN’s longest serving envoy Matthew Nimetz of the United States, for his “unwavering commitment and dedication” in pursuing the deal. On Thursday afternoon, the UN Protocol and Liaison Service announced the official switch over within the UN, from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, to the new name of North Macedonia. The official long version of the name will be Republic of North Macedonia. Name-change deal solves ‘seemingly intractable’ split The Prespa Agreement was signed by both countries on 17 June last year and ratified by their parliaments last month. It demonstrates that “even seemingly intractable issues can be resolved through dialogue and political will”, Mr. Guterres insisted. Negotiations on the name dispute began in 1993 and have been led by the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy Mr. Nimetz since 1999.

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15 февраля, 22:00

Palestinian People's Inalienable Rights - UN Chief Statement

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Remarks by H.E. Mr. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, at the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. UN chief António Guterres said Palestinians have endured “more than a half-century of occupation and denial of their legitimate right to self-determination” adding that Israelis and Palestinians continued to “suffer from deadly cycles of violence.” Speaking at the first meeting in 2019 of Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Guterres said a peaceful and just solution to the question of Palestine could only be achieved through realization of the vision of two States, Israel and Palestine, living side-by-side in peace and security, with Jerusalem as the capital of both States. He regretted that over the past year the situation had not moved in that direction. He stressed that leaders have a responsibility to their populations, “not least the youth, to reverse this negative trajectory and pave the way toward peace, stability and reconciliation.” Guterres highlighted the situation in Gaza and appealed to Hamas authorities “to prevent provocations” noted that Israel has a responsibility under International Humanitarian Law to “exercise maximum restraint and to not use lethal force, except as foreseen in international law, as a last resort against imminent threat of death or serious injury.” The UN chief cited the risk of further unrest in the West Bank. He said, “The construction and planning of settlements by Israel have expanded deeper into Area C in the West Bank, including in East Jerusalem. Settlements are illegal under international law. They deepen the sense of mistrust and undermine the two-State solution. Settler violence remains a very serious concern.” Guterres reaffirmed that there was no plan B to a two-state solution coexisting in peace and security adding that this was the only way to achieve the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people. Full Statement [as delivered]: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2019-02-15/secretary-generals-remarks-committee-the-exercise-of-the-inalienable-rights-of-the-palestinian-people-delivered

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15 февраля, 21:54

Nigerian Elections & Other Topics - Daily Briefing (15 February 2019)

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Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General. Daily Noon Briefing: - Nigeria - South Sudan - Palestinian People - Syria - Yemen - Rohingya Appeal - Philippines - Senior Personnel Appointment - Honour Roll NIGERIA On the eve of presidential and parliamentary elections in Nairobi tomorrow, the Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, is encouraging all Nigerians to continue to maintain calm and to exercise patience and restraint throughout the voting process and the announcement of the final results.  He also calls on Nigerians to firmly reject all undemocratic and negative voices that may seek to disrupt the elections and promote conflict between Nigerians. He encourages Nigerians to come out in their numbers and cast their vote peacefully in exercise of their civic responsibility.  Mr. Chambas hopes that the successful conduct of peaceful, free, fair, transparent, inclusive and credible elections will set another example for the elections coming up in West Africa and Africa, and underscore Nigeria’s leadership in the region. SOUTH SUDAN A joint report released today by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) warns that although attacks against civilians have decreased significantly since the peace agreement was signed in September 2018, endemic conflict-related sexual violence continues in the northern Unity region.  According to the report, at least 134 women and girls were raped in northern Unity between September and December 2018, while another 41 suffered other forms of sexual and physical violence. It adds that the ruthlessness of the attackers appears to be a consistent feature of the documented sexual violence. In a press release, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, urges the Government of South Sudan to take adequate measures – including those laid out in the peace agreement – to protect women and girls, to promptly and thoroughly investigate all allegations of sexual violence and to hold the perpetrators accountable through fair trials. PALESTINIAN PEOPLE The Secretary-General spoke at the meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, and he said that Israelis and Palestinians continue to suffer from deadly cycles of violence. He said that the leaders have a responsibility to their populations, not least the youth, to reverse this negative trajectory and pave the way toward peace, stability and reconciliation.  The Secretary-General affirmed the need to keep the focus on a just and peaceful solution with two States coexisting in peace and security. This is the only way, he said, to achieve the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, and there is no Plan B.  Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=15%20February%202019

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15 февраля, 18:06

Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis: Joint Response Plan Launched (Geneva, 15 February 2019)

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Source: UNHCR United Nations aid agencies and NGO partners launched today the 2019 Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the Rohingya humanitarian crisis. The appeal seeks to raise US$920 million to meet the massive needs of more than 900,000 refugees from Myanmar and over 330,000 vulnerable Bangladeshis in host communities. Critical aid and services such as food, water, sanitation and shelter represent more than half of the funding needs this year. Other key sectors of the appeal include health, site management, protection activities including child protection and addressing sexual and gender-based violence, education and nutrition. Read More: https://www.unhcr.org/news/press/2019/2/5c667ecf4/united-nations-seeks-us920-million-rohingya-humanitarian-crisis-2019.html The Launch of 2019 Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis Speakers: • Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees • António Vitorino, Director General of the International Organisation for Migration • Mia Seppo, UN Resident Coordinator for Bangladesh (TBC) • Shahriar Alam, Government of Bangladesh, State Minister of Foreign Affairs (TBC)

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14 февраля, 22:48

Yemen Humanitarian Needs & other topics - Daily Briefing (14 February 2019)

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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General. Daily Noon Briefing: - Senior Personnel Appointment - Yemen - Syria - Haiti - Measles - Childhood Statelessness - Prespa Agreement - Honour Roll SENIOR PERSONNEL APPOINTMENT Today, the Secretary-General is appointing Chandramouli Ramanathan of India as Controller, at the Assistant Secretary-General level, for Programme Planning, Budget and Finance in the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance. He succeeds Bettina Tucci Bartsiotas of Uruguay, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her commitment and dedicated service to the Organization. Chandramouli brings to the position nearly 40 years of executive international experience in diverse organizational settings in finance and budget, management and information technology. YEMEN The UN and its humanitarian partners today released the 2019 Humanitarian Needs Overview for Yemen. The crisis remains the worst in the world with an estimated 80 percent of the population – that’s nearly 24 million people – in need of some form of humanitarian or protection assistance, including 14.3 million people who are in acute need. The number of people in acute need is now 27 percent higher than last year. More than 20 million people across the country are food insecure, half of them with extreme levels of hunger. For the first time, we have confirmed pockets of catastrophic hunger, with 238,000 people affected in some locations. Some 3.2 million people require treatment for acute malnutrition – 2 million [children] under 5 and more than one million pregnant and lactating women. A total of 17.8 million people lack access to safe water and sanitation, and almost 20 million people lack access to adequate healthcare. An estimated 3.3 million people remain displaced in Yemen, up from 2.2 million last year. This includes 685,000 people who fled during fighting in Hudaydah and on the west coast from June onward. A High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen will be hosted by the UN and the Government of Switzerland as well as Sweden, and is scheduled on 26 February in Geneva. SYRIA We remain concerned for the protection of civilians who remain trapped in the last Da’esh-held areas of Hajin, in Syria’s south-eastern Deir Ezzour Governorate, and for those who are able to flee the fighting. There are continued reports of civilians being killed and injured due to ongoing hostilities and air strikes around Hajin. Today, the UN opened a transit centre in Suar, half-way between Hajin and Al Hol, with a capacity of some 400 individuals. A small number of displaced women and children are already using the services provided by the UN. Further assistance is urgently being dispatched today and in coming days, that’s including non-food items, food, children’s clothes, and access to drinking water and hygiene. UN mobile health and nutritional clinics will also provide assistance at the site - that’s together with our partners. We are also concerned by reports of civilian casualties and suffering due to hostilities in the de-escalation zone of Idlib and Hama Governorates in the north-west Syria. Yesterday, artillery shelling in the north-west Hama Governorate reportedly resulted in the death of one civilian and injured others, including children. The UN reminds all parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law and international human rights law to ensure the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure, and to exercise restraint. Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=14%20February%202019

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14 февраля, 20:22

Russia on Venezuela, Iran & other topics - Media Stakeout (14 February 2019)

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Informal comments to the media by H.E. Vassily Nebenzia, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations, on the situation in Venezuela, Iran, and other topics.

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14 февраля, 20:21

Venezuela & other UN Member States on International Law - Media Stakeout

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Media Stakeout by H.E. Mr. Jorge Arreaza, Minister of the People’s Power for Foreign Affairs, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on the Situation in Venezuela

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14 февраля, 20:13

Russia & Palestine on Venezuela, Middle East & other topics - Media Stakeout (14 February 2019

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Informal comments to the media by H.E. Vassily Nebenzia, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations, and H.E. Riyad Mansour, Permanent Representative of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, on the situation in Venezuela, Middle East, and other topics