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UN Updates: February 26, 2015

*Keywords: SG=Secretary-General, DSG=Deputy Secretary-General

SG: Today the SG arrived in Asunción, Paraguay, for a two-day visit. He will meet Horacio Cartes, President of Paraguay, other senior officials, UN’s staff working in the country and representatives of civil societies and indigenous groups while he is there.

Libya: UNSMIL announced today that it is undertaking urgent consultations with stakeholders in Libya to ensure the next round of talks convenes soon. The Mission said that it is important to reach an agreement on a strong Government that will be able to restore the confidence of the citizens of Libya.  In related news, UNSMIL has strongly condemned the killing of activist Entissar Al-Hasaeri in Tripoli Feb 23.

UNAIDS: Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, said that the results of recent clinical studies on the effects of antiretroviral medicines on preventing new HIV infections (presented at the 2015 CROI conference in Seattle) are a significant breakthrough in advancing efforts to provide HIV prevention to men who have sex with men and to serodiscordant couples.

FAO: Thanks to the partnership between FAO and Eataly, a cooperative of women farmers in Ethiopia are shipping 4,000 jars of marmalade to Rome, where they will soon be sold at Eataly. Through this partnership, FAO is working to empower women farmers to generate extra income and improve their livelihoods.

DSG: Speaking a high-level GA session on “Integrating Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in the Post-2015 Development Agenda” DSG Jan Eliasson stressed that there cannot be peace without development and no lasting peace or sustainable development without respect for human rights. 

Afghanistan: In a press release issued today, UNAMA’s Human Rights Director, Georgette Gagnon, said that the Mission is concerned about the persistence of torture of conflict-related detainees.

Myanmar: Today High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said that Myanmar is headed in the wrong direction according to recent developments relating to the human rights of minorities, freedom of expression and right to peaceful protest, citing 14 members of the Michaungkan community recently jailed for peaceful protesting.
 
ESCAP: Today ESCAP released a report saying that in 2014 over half of the world’s 226 natural disasters occurred in the Asia and Pacific region. Leaders and decision-makers across Asia and the Pacific are preparing to finalize a new global framework for disaster risk reduction, which will replace the 2005 Hyogo Framework for Action in March 2015 in Sendai, Japan.

WHO: Today WHO said that it is important for European policymakers, healthcare workers and parents to make an effort to vaccinate children against measles amid an ongoing outbreak in Europe. During 2014 and 2015 over 22,000 cases of the virus have surfaced across the continent.

 

 
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