Decade of brutal war left nearly 307,000 civilians dead — Global Issues

“The conflict-related casualty figures in this report are not simply a set of abstract numbers, but represent individual human beings,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said, in a press release. “The impact of the killing of each of these 306,887 civilians would have had a profound, reverberating impact on the family and … Read more

UN rights office in probe call, after Morocco-Spain migrant deaths, Texas tragedy, show need for safer pathways — Global Issues

The Morocco-Spain border incident took place last Friday when African migrants were reportedly “beaten with lipsticks, kicked, shoved, and attacked with stones by Moroccan officials”, said OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani, in their attempt to scale the barbed-wire fence that separates Morocco from the North African, Spanish city of Melilla. “This is the highest recorded number … Read more

Sustainable blue economy vital for small countries and coastal populations — Global Issues

The world’s coastal populations contribute significantly to the global economy – an estimated $1.5 trillion per year – with expectations pointing to some $3 trillion by 2030. Ensuring ocean ecosystem health, supporting livelihoods and driving economic growth requires targeted support for key sectors, including fisheries and aquaculture, tourism, energy, shipping and port activities, and seabed … Read more

Rise of disinformation a symptom of ‘global diseases’ undermining public trust: Bachelet — Global Issues

Michelle Bachelet said the restoration of public trust was essential, as disinformation should really be seen as a symptom of diseases such as systemic inequalitywhich has seen “deep-seated discrimination” flourish, along with fragile institutions, a loss of trust in effective governance, and “limited rule of law”. She said those countries impacted by inequality were now … Read more

Cycle of death, destruction, dislocation, and disruption ‘must stop’ — Global Issues

“The cycle of death, destruction, dislocation, and disruption must stop”, underscored Rosemary DiCarlo. depravity of war Amidst a new wave in recent days of missile and airstrikes in Kyiv, Chernihiv, Odesa, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv and other cities far from the frontlines, the senior UN official drew attention to the missile strike in Kremenchuk on a shopping … Read more

More than 70 grave violations against children caught up in war, being recorded daily: UNICEF — Global Issues

This is one of the key findings of a new report entitled, 25 years of children and armed conflict: Taking action to protect children in warlaunched by the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, on Tuesday. UNICEF’s report lays out in the starkest possible terms the world’s failure to protect its children from serious violations during times … Read more

UN drug report shines light on cannabis, cocaine and methamphetamine trends — Global Issues

The World Drug Report 2022 also details the environmental consequences of the illicit drugs trade, the expansion of synthetic drugs to new markets, and an all-time high in cocaine production. “Numbers for the manufacturing and seizures of many illicit drugs are hitting record highseven as global emergencies are deepening vulnerabilities,” saidUNODC chief Ghada Waly. “At … Read more

UN highlights need to speed up progress towards national elections — Global Issues

“The United Nations’ priority in Libya remains to facilitate a return to the electoral process, based on a sound and consensual constitutional basis for elections. This is what the Libyan people have asked for,” she declared. Elections the only path to settle disagreements over the democratic legitimacy of Libyan institutions. I urge the leadership of … Read more

Put women’s rights ‘front and centre’ of climate policies: Bachelet — Global Issues

“While I welcome the international attention on climate change’s impact on women and girls over the last decade, we must urgently also focus on the serious issue of violence against them which has been exacerbated by the climate crisis,” she told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Countries are examining the issue as part … Read more

Mounting violence leaving ‘scores of Palestinian and Israeli casualties’ — Global Issues

Speaking via video conference from Jerusalem, Tor Wennesland, expressed alarm over continued demonstrations and clashes; settler-related violence; and the firing of a rocket from Gaza into Israel, the first in months, which he called “a reminder of the fragility” within the Palestinian enclave. “Mounting violence has been further fueled and exacerbated by provocative steps and … Read more