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01 декабря, 03:18

This Week at the UN in 60 Seconds – 30 November 2018

This week's top news: UN chief appeals to G20 leaders for climate action Overcoming barriers to HIV testing Global wage growth at lowest level in a decade More at UN News: news.un.org/en/

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01 декабря, 02:16

Destined to be free – life of a Central African boy

In the Central African Republic, a 17-year old boy escaped the militia that recruited him. ‘Ahmed’ – his name has been changed to protect his identity – sought refuge in a police cell. Since 2013, the country has been insnared in an armed conflict characterized by armed groups which have conscripted many children against their will. This is the journey of a boy seeking to reclaim his right to a safe life.

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30 ноября, 21:45

UN Chief attending G20 & other topics - Daily Briefing (30 November 2018)

Daily Press Briefing: SG/G20, South Africa, Colombia, Yemen, Syria, Central African Republic, Budget Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=30%20November%202018

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30 ноября, 18:10

Launch of Task Force on Digital Financing of Sustainable Development Goals - UN Chief

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Public-, Private-Sector Leaders Will Recommend Strategies for Harnessing Potential of Financial Technology to Advance 2030 Agenda United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the launch of a global task force charged with recommending strategies to harness the potential of financial technology to advance the Sustainable Development Goals. The Task Force on Digital Financing consists of leaders from a range of sectors from both developed and developing countries. It is co-chaired by Maria Ramos, Chief Executive Officer of the Absa Group Ltd. (South Africa) and Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. “We have already seen how technology has helped expand financial inclusion ‑ itself an important goal — by 1.2 billion people in just six years,” said Mr. Guterres. “But we have only just begun to tap the potential of digital finance and investment to meet the broader agenda set forth in the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change.” Reflecting its interest in the digitization of finance at the systemic level, the Task Force’s membership includes experts from the investment community, capital markets, Government and civil society, as well as leading banks and innovators in digital payments. Task Force members serve in their personal capacities. A full list of the members as of press time appears below. “Digitization makes it possible to process financial data much faster, more accurately, and in exponentially greater volumes,” said co-Chair Maria Ramos. “Not just financial institutions, but entire financial systems are being transformed by the digital revolution. We have an historic opportunity to ensure that what emerges are financial systems that put people at the centre.” Co-chair Achim Steiner pointed to promising examples of fintech-driven solutions that advance sustainability, from channelling personal savings into long-term investment vehicles such as government bonds, to using blockchain and tokenization to support renewable energy developments. He observed that to date most such innovations are standalone solutions, adding: “Domestic savings in most countries are still not channelled effectively into the larger-scale financing needed for sustainable development. We need to understand how to harness digitalization to direct the flows of capital to vital work linked to the Sustainable Development Goals, including areas from biodiversity to connecting rural economies with global market opportunities and which, to date, remain largely untouched by the fintech revolution.” Read More: https://www.un.org/press/en/2018/sga1842.doc.htm

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30 ноября, 07:04

UN Chief presser ahead of G20 Leaders' Summit (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

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United Nations - Opening remarks by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres at the press encounter in Buenos Aires (Argentina) ahead of G20 Leaders' Summit. Full Transcript: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/press-encounter/2018-11-29/full-transcript-un-secretary-generals-press-encounter-buenos

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29 ноября, 21:56

Syria & other topics - Daily Briefing (29 November 2018)

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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General. Daily Press Briefing: - Intangible Cultural Heritage - Secretary-General's Travels - Secretary-General Launches Digital Task Force - Secretary General On Madagascar - Syria - Security Council - Yemen - Iraq - UNICEF on Migrant Children in Mexico - IOM-IDMC Partnership - Jaguars - Algeria, Morocco Relations - Honor Roll Full Highlights: https://bit.ly/2KFZPad

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29 ноября, 20:26

Sweden on the humanitarian situation in Syria - Security Council Media Stakeout (29 November 2018)

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Informal comments to the media by H.E Mr. Olof Skoog, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations, on the situation in the Middle East

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29 ноября, 20:26

The UK on the desperate humanitarian situation in Syria - Media Stakeout (29 November 2018)

Informal comments to the media by H.E. Mr. Jonathan Allen, Deputy Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations, on the situation in the Middle East.

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29 ноября, 20:23

Syria: Chemical Weapons Use Clear Violation of International Law - Security Council Briefing

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Briefing by Ms. Reena Ghelani, Director for Operations and Advocacy Division of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), on the situation in the Middle East. A top UN official told the Security Council that any confirmed use of chemical weapons “is abhorrent and a clear violation of international law” following the reported use of chlorine in Syria’s Aleppo City. Addressing the Council today (29 Nov), Reena Ghelani, Director for Operations and Advocacy at the UN humanitarian office (OCHA), said shells fired at three densely populated neighbourhoods in the western part of the city reportedly contained chlorine gas adding that people “with respiratory symptoms” were rushed to the main hospitals in the area. She said the World Health Organization (WHO) “provided support to both hospitals and stands ready to provide further public health support as required.” Ghelani said airstrikes over the weekend on Idlib demonstrated the fragility of the situation and the urgent need for sustained engagement by all sides to preserve the gains of the agreement reached between Turkey and Russia in September. She stressed that the stakes were high as the alternative is humanitarian suffering on a scale that would devastate a population of some three million people. The Director for Operations and Advocacy reported to the Council that the UN, together with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, was able to reach some 50,000 people in Rukban this month for the first time since January. She said most people inside the makeshift settlement expressed their desire to return to their homes, “but many are terrified of what the future may hold for them, whether it is in Government areas or locations held by non-State armed groups.” Ghelani stressed that a durable solution that is “safe, voluntary and dignified, one that adequately addresses protection concerns, is urgently needed for the population in Rukban” adding that the winter cold would only further deteriorate their situation. Ghelani said she was troubled by reports of restrictions in north-eastern Syria, where half of the 102,000 children enrolled in Government-run schools are facing impediments in accessing their schools. She said buses carrying children had been prevented from crossing check-points if they were carrying children going to schools teaching the nationally accredited curriculum. She underscored that across Syria, “the conflict continues to have a devastating impact on children, including their access to education.” She added, “An estimated 180,000 teachers are no longer in service. Some 40 percent of schools have been damaged or destroyed, and many others have been used to shelter displaced people. All Syrian children have a right to education without discrimination, and this right must be protected, respected and fulfilled.” The OCHA official appealed to the Council to renew its resolution 2165 allowing for cross-border assistance delivery. She said some 4.3 million people in need live in areas outside the control of the Government, including some three million reached exclusively through cross-border operations. She added, “The United Nations does not have an alternative means of reaching these people as access from within the country is impeded. It is for that reason that the Secretary-General has called for a renewal of resolution 2165 for an additional twelve months. The renewal of this Council’s resolution will continue to save lives. Millions of people depend on your decision.”

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29 ноября, 16:00

What is the Security Council? (Explainer)

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One of the six principal organs of United Nations, the Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security.

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29 ноября, 02:00

Why is COP24 So Important? - Conference on Climate Change

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COP24 is the informal name for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. At COP24 countries will finalize the Paris Agreement Implementation Guidelines. The UNFCCC is a “Rio Convention”, one of three adopted at the “Rio Earth Summit” in 1992. The UNFCCC entered into force on 21 March 1994. Today, it has near-universal membership. The countries that have ratified the Convention are called Parties to the Convention. Preventing “dangerous” human interference with the climate system is the ultimate aim of the UNFCCC. The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the supreme body of the UNFCCC Convention. It consists of the representatives of the Parties to the Convention. It holds its sessions every year. The COP takes decisions which are necessary to ensure the effective implementation of the provisions of the Convention and regularly reviews the implementation of these provisions. In accordance with a decision of the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Convention (COP22) in Marrakesh in November 2016, the successive climate summit will be held in Poland. Poland was selected to host this event within the framework of the Eastern European Group (EEG). Poland will hold the Presidency of the Climate Convention for the third time. COP24 will take place from 2-14 December 2018, in Katowice, Poland. Produced by: UNFCCC #COP24

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28 ноября, 21:14

The Impacts of Global Warming of 1.5 °C - IPCC Special Report

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An IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty. Produced By: UNFCCC