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UN Updates: August 27, 2015

SG: The SG will travel to China from 2 to 6 September to attend the commemorative event of the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII and to meet with President Xi; Premier of the State Council of China Li Keqiang; Vice Premier Liu Yandong; and Minister for Foreign Affairs Wang Yi.

Syria: The UN Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, said in a Security Council meeting that more than a quarter of a million people have been killed, 7.6 million people displaced inside the country and more than four million people have fled the country. He said that despite the increasingly challenging environment, millions of people have continued to receive aid, but that more could be reached should unimpeded access be allowed. He expressed particular concern over the severely limited access to 4.6 million people living in hard-to-reach and besieged areas.

South Sudan: The SG welcomed yesterday the signature by President Salva Kiir of the Agreement on the resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan. He said that this is a critical and necessary step towards ending the 20 month-long conflict that has devastated South Sudan and subjected its people to unspeakable suffering.

Central African Republic: The new SRSG and Head of MINUSCA, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, set out his priorities by reiterating yesterday the support of the UN to the population of CAR and called on the country’s political, economic and social leaders to intensify their commitment.

Libya: A new round of UN-facilitated political dialogue on Libya started today in Skhirat, Morocco, which will focus on expediting the dialogue process with a view to finalizing the Libyan Political Agreement, including reaching agreement on a Government of National Accord.
 
Chad: Over the past few weeks, the worsening security situation in the Lake Chad region has forced over 41,000 people to flee from their homes on islands and relocate to safer areas inland. Humanitarian teams are on the ground helping, but as the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Toby Lanzer noted, Chad is the seventh largest refugee-hosting country in the world and it is time for the aid community to scale up its support for humanitarian action.

Nigeria: Today is the 500-day anniversary of the Chibok Kidnapping in Nigeria, when 276 young girls were abducted from a Government Secondary School. After urging all donors to remember the girls of Chibok and to support the Safe Schools Initiative Multi-Donor Trust Fund, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown announced that the Safe Schools Initiative partnership has now supported nearly 50,000 young girls and boys, displaced by the violence of Boko Haram, to receive an education.  

Afghanistan:
The Deputy SRSG and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Mark Bowden, visited the country’s north-western province of Faryab where people have been affected by fighting in recent months. An estimated 5,300 families have been displaced in the region, according to OCHA. The UN has increased its humanitarian assistance in the area to help families meet their most urgent needs.

Guatemala: Two UN experts on genocide prevention and transitional justice today called on judicial authorities to prevent any further attempt at interference, obstruction of justice or manipulation of the law, while resuming the genocide trial against the former de facto Head of State and Chief of Intelligence. The two men are accused of genocide and crimes against humanity for human rights violations committed against the Mayan Ixil population between 1982 and 1983.

WHO: WHO today unveiled a global plan to better integrate WASH services with four other public health interventions to accelerate progress in eliminating and eradicating NTDs by 2020.

 
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