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UN Updates: October 8, 2015
SG Requests Audit: In light of recent allegations against former PGA John Ashe, the SG requested that the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) conduct an audit. He reaffirmed a zero-tolerance policy for corruption at the UN as well as a commitment to ensuring that funds received were handled according to UN rules and regulations.
Haiti Elections: The Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) reported to the Security Council that Haiti has taken “resolute” steps towards the renewal of its democratic institutions. After this year, elections will be administered by Haitian authorities with limited assistance from UN agencies and international partners. To allow for this transition, the SG has recommended a one-year extension of the mission’s mandate.
South Sudan: On Wednesday morning, an UNMISS patrol team traveling to Katigiri where government forces have been accused of committing atrocities, were physically assaulted by Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers. The UNMISS urges the Government of South Sudan to abide by the signed Status of Forces Agreement and allow unfettered access to UN personnel.
Libya: At a press conference in Morocco, the Special Representative to the Secretary General, Bernardino Leon, said that members of the national unity government will be announced soon, likely tomorrow.
Palestine: The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, expressed concern about escalating tensions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and lamented that four Israelis and five Palestinians have lost their lives this week, and hundreds of others have been injured.
Afghanistan: UNHCR Commissioner, Antonio Guterres, reaffirmed the agency’s commitment to ending one of the longest displacement situations in recorded history and asserted that ignoring the situation would be dangerous. There are 2.6 million Afghan refugees worldwide, mainly living in neighboring Pakistan and Iran.
Mexico: In meetings with the Mexican President, Foreign Minister and the head of federal police, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, suggested strengthening the Mexican Attorney General’s offices to ensure proper investigations of human rights violations, supporting police in meeting their human rights obligations, and withdrawing the military from the public security sphere.
Ebola: The week ending on Sunday October 4th is the first complete week since March 2014 with no new cases of Ebola reported.