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UN Updates: July 30, 2015
Small Islands: Today the SG addressed the SC debate on peace and security and challenges facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS). He noted the unique vulnerabilities of such states, including climate change, sustainable development and transnational organized crime. He also stated that issues facing these States are global challenges that require our collective responsibility and addressing these issues will demand partnership, capacity and leadership, and called for more resources to work together for sustainable development.
Yemen: The WFP has begun distributions of food to around 340,000 people in eight of the worst-affected areas of the southern Yemeni port city of Aden- distributing two-month food rations in districts of Aden that had not been reached since April due of conflict.
Counter Terrorism: Today Zainab Bangura, the SG’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, is in Quebec City, where she addressed the Anti-ISIS Coalition Meeting, which is being hosted by the Canadian Government and will include officials from more than 20 countries involved in the fight against the group. She stressed the need to include protection of women and girls in any counter-terrorism efforts, describing how Da’esh is trafficking women and girls to raise money for its cause, increase recruitment and retain fighters, and create what it calls a new state.
Poaching: Recognizing that wild animals and plants are an “irreplaceable part of the natural systems of the Earth,” the UNGA urged Member States to take decisive steps to prevent the illegal trade in wildlife by adopting a consensus text resolution to counter the serious problem of crimes such as illicit trafficking in wildlife and wildlife products, including flora and fauna and poaching.