Daily Archives: October 5, 2020

Conflict, Coronavirus Pandemic Threaten Refugee Protection

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi warns the coronavirus pandemic poses unparalleled challenges and threats to refugee protection at a time when conflicts are flaring up in many parts of the world. The high commissioner was speaking at the opening of the agency’s annual executive committee meeting in Geneva. The conference

WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at Executive Board meeting

Your Excellency Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Health and Family Welfare of India, Excellencies, dear colleagues and friends, Good morning, good afternoon and good evening. I’m delighted to be able to welcome representatives from Member States here in the room, and online. It seems incredible to think that when this Board met in February, there were

Eight African Migrants Dead, Several Injured off Horn of Africa

Obock, Djibouti — Staff from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) today (05/10) assisted Djiboutian authorities as they attended to the grim task of recovering and burying eight drowning victims whose remains washed ashore after a lethal journey from Yemen over the weekend. The victims—from a total of 34 mainly Ethiopian and Somali migrants seeking

School health and nutrition: Invest now to build human capital, or pay more later

As schools reopen during COVID-19, governments must invest in essential school-based services By Mohamed Abdiweli Ahmed, WFP Advocacy Adviser Sareeyo is a Somali mother of three — including two boys who have lost their father. For her, the meals her children receive at school are a godsend. “I cried for happiness when I saw the

Put peace in Libya first, UN chief urges summit on war-shattered nation

A “rare opportunity” for peace in Libya should be seized by all those involved directly or indirectly in the conflict, António Guterres said on Monday, at a High-Level virtual meeting convened to end the fighting. “Libya’s future is at stake and I call on all Libyans to continue to work towards a lasting ceasefire,” the

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Weekly Epidemiological Update (04 October 2020)

Data as received by WHO from national authorities, as of 04 October 2020, 10 am CEST For the latest data and information on COVID-19, please see: • WHO COVID-19 Dashboard • WHO COVID-19 Weekly Operational Update Global epidemiological situation The number of new cases per week has remained stable at 2 million for the past

UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women: Impact of COVID-19 on violence against women and girls through the lens of civil society and women’s rights organizations

Voices from the ground: Impact of COVID-19 on violence against women As part of its initial response to the COVID-19 crisis, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UNTF EVAW) surveyed its grantees to assess the impact of the pandemic and associated lockdowns. The replies confirmed the rapid rise in violence against women