Vessel to collect first humanitarian wheat shipment under Ukraine grain deal — Global Issues

This will be the first shipment of humanitarian food assistance under the Black Sea Grain Initiative signed last month by Ukraine, Russia and Türkiye. WFP said the development marks “another important step in efforts to reintegrate Ukrainian food into global markets and get it to countries worst affected by the global food crisis through both … Read more

‘Very alarming’ conditions at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, IAEA chief warns — Global Issues

“These military actions near such a large nuclear facility could lead to very serious consequences,” Mr. Grossi said at the meeting requested by Russia, which was marked by resounding calls to allow the Agency’s technical experts to visit the area amid mounting safety concerns. IAEA has been in frequent contact with both Ukraine and Russia … Read more

UN chief appeals for end to military activities at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant — Global Issues

Europe’s largest nuclear plant has been occupied by Russian forces since March, and last week the external power supply system was damaged in an attack. “I am calling for all military activities in the immediate vicinity of the plant to cease immediately and not to target its facilities or surroundings,” Mr. Guterres said in a … Read more

Humanitarian assistance has saved lives, but immense needs remain — Global Issues

Following the Taliban takeover last August, UN agencies and their partners remained in Afghanistan, providing aid to nearly 23 million peopleor nearly 94 percent of all those who require support. Humanitarians expanded their operations to reach communities across all 34 provinces, and their work has saved lives and even successfully averted a famine last winter. … Read more

Da’esh, affiliates remain ‘global and evolving’ threat, Security Council hears — Global Issues

“Da’esh and its affiliates continue to exploit conflict dynamics, governance fragilities and inequality to incite, plan and organize terrorist attacks,” said UN counter-terrorism chief Vladimir Voronkov, presenting the Secretary-General’s fifteenth report. They also exploit pandemic restrictions, misuse digital spaces to recruit sympathizers and have “significantly” increased the use of unmanned aerial systems, as reported in … Read more

Crimes against humanity committed systematically, says UN report — Global Issues

The evidence gathered to date by the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar (IIMM), which is outlined in its Annual Report, indicates that sexual and gender-based crimes, including rape and other forms of sexual violence, and crimes children have been perpetrated by members of the security forces and armed groups. “Crimes against women and children are … Read more

Nuclear-free Mongolia a ‘symbol of peace in a troubled world’: Guterres — Global Issues

Mr. Guterres was speaking to journalists at a press conference in the capital, Ulaanbaatar, following a meeting with the Foreign Minister, Battsetseg Batmunkh. My gratitude to President Khurelsukh Ukhnaa & the people of Mongolia for their generous hospitality. Mongolia has shown its commitment to non-proliferation & disarmament by declaring itself a nuclear-weapon-free zone. I hope … Read more

Fresh Israel-Palestinian Islamic Jihad truce prevents ‘full-scale war’ — Global Issues

Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, called on all sides to abide by the agreement while delegates denounced the deliberate targeting of civilians, notably children. Collective efforts to forge ceasefire “The ceasefire remains in place as I speak,” said Mr. Wennesland, updating on events between 5 and 7 August, which marked … Read more

Attacking a nuclear plant ‘suicidal,’ UN chief tells journalists in Japan — Global Issues

“Any attack to nuclear plants is…suicidal,” the UN chief said, adding that he hoped that the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would be able to access the plant for inspection. Both Moscow and Kyiv have denied responsibility for the strike on the Zaporizhzhia plant over the weekend. While Europe’s largest nuclear power site has … Read more

Security Council examines capacity building for sustaining peace in Africa — Global Issues

Cristina Duarte, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Africa, briefed ambassadors during a debate to examine capacity building for sustaining peace on the continent, and to explore the way forward. She highlighted how African countries’ efforts to both prevent and address violence are being undermined by external factors such as competition over natural resources, which fuels … Read more