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Pandemic will not end for anyone, ‘until it ends for everyone’  | COVID-19

“The virus can still travel from the vastly unvaccinated massive population of the Global South to the Global North, including in its increasingly mutating forms”, Obiora Okafor, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and international solidarity, said in a statement.  He explained that with mutations constantly evolving, only inoculating rich …

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Sudan: 250 killed, over 100,000 displaced as violence surges in Darfur, UN refugee agency says |

According to the agency, 250 people – including three humanitarian workers – also lost their lives in the clashes that started on 15 January in West Darfur province, and spread into South Darfur the next day.  Boris Cheshirkov, a UNHCR spokesperson, told journalists at a regular press briefing in Geneva …

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Guterres hails entry into force of treaty banning nuclear weapons |

António Guterres said that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) also represents a “strong demonstration of support for multilateral approaches to nuclear disarmament” overall. ‘Tragic testimonies’ of survivors In a video message and statement, the UN chief commended the States that have ratified the Treaty and welcomed the “instrumental role …

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Central African Republic: UN mission chief appeals for more peacekeepers |

Mankeur Ndiaye, head of the UN mission in the country, MINUSCA, said this “new security situation” is testing its ability to ensure civilians are protected.  An alliance of armed groups, known as the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), launched attacks ahead of the 27 December vote, which saw incumbent …

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Senior panel probing violations in Syria, examining new measures to safeguard humanitarians |

As Syria’s warring parties had in some cases failed to abide by obligations to protect civilian facilities on the UN’s so-called deconfliction list – that would exempt them from military targeting because they either involved healthcare or other purely civilian activities, or were supported by the UN –  last April …

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Iraq: UN chief condemns ‘horrific’ double suicide bombing at Baghdad market |

At least 32 people died, and more than 100 were injured, in the blasts, which were carried out that morning by two suicide bombers who detonated their vests at the market in Tayaran Square in the capital, Baghdad.  The last time that the Iraqi capital was hit in a deadly …

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Colombia: Criminal elements use violence and intimidation to ‘stamp out’ leaders’ voices |

“They cannot be allowed to succeed”, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia said via videolink, urging authorities to “remain firm” in developing robust institutions.   He maintained that consolidating institutional practices; strengthening local protection and conflict resolution mechanisms; and providing decent economic opportunities …

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COVID ‘vaccine hoarding’ putting Africa at risk: WHO |

Although vaccines have been administered in 50 wealthier nations, Guinea is the sole low-income country on the continent to receive doses, with only 25 people being inoculated so far.  Meanwhile, Seychelles is the only African country to start a national vaccination campaign.  ‘We first, not me first’  “We first, not …

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Fauci announces US intention to resume major role in global health |

Addressing the WHO’s Executive Board Meeting, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Adviser to the new US President, said that Mr. Biden intended to issue a directive within hours so that the country can become part of the COVAX platform to advance multilateral efforts to distribute coronavirus vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics.  …

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Guterres urges world to ‘work together in solidarity’ as US moves to re-join WHO |

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Secretary-General António Guterres said that supporting the UN health agency “is absolutely critical” to the world’s effort for a better coordinated response against COVID-19.  The UN chief also urged global solidarity to defeat the coronavirus.   “Now is the time for unity and …

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