The UN Secretary-General is deeply concerned over the tense situation that has developed in the narrow buffer strip in south-western Western Sahara border as a result of changes in the status quo and the introduction of armed units from Morocco and the Polisario Front in close proximity to each other.
Emphasising the need for a 48-hour pause to the fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo, the UN humanitarian chief yesterday urged the US and Russia to reach rapid agreement on the security guarantees and operational modalities for a ceasefire so aid workers can deliver life-saving assistance to those in desperate need.
On World Humanitarian Day, (Friday August 19 2016), Christian Aid has paid tribute to aid workers who face significant dangers and difficulties as they provide relief to people caught up in crisis zones.
Against a backdrop of violence and deaths behind bars, the number of people in prison due to recall has soared by 15 per cent in a year and is now 55 times greater than it was in 1993, according to evidence being submitted to the United Nations by the Howard League for Penal Reform.
Reiterating his call on all warring parties in Yemen to immediately implement the cessation of hostilities, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the reported coalition airstrike on a hospital in the rural town of Hajjah which killed 11 people.
Forty representatives of national councils of persons with disabilities from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda met in Kigali, Rwanda from 8-11 August to explore ways in which they can promote disability-inclusive development in East Africa.
With more than two million people impacted by the fighting in and around Aleppo,the United Nations has made an urgent call for a humanitarian pause in the hostilities to enable immediate access to repair the electricity and water networks, and provide assistance to people in need.
Amid reports that Aleppo is ‘de facto besieged’, as the war-battered city is now almost completely encircled by Syrian troops, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator has reiterated his demand for safe, regular and sustained access to the quarter of a million people trapped behind the front lines.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, along with the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali, condemned the recent clashes in Kidal between forces of The Platform Movement and those of the Coordination of movements of Azawad, both of which are signatories to the country's peace agreement.