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The United Nations (UN) was established after World War II with the aim of preventing future wars. The organization is financed by assessed and voluntary contributions from its member states.
The UN’s chief administrative officer is the Secretary-General, currently Portuguese politician and diplomat António Guterres, who began his five year-term on 1 January 2017.
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United Nations published this video item, entitled “Myanmar, Yemen, Ethiopia & other topics – Daily Briefing (4 March 2021)” – below is their description.
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
– Myanmar/Human Rights
– Myanmar Credentials
– Security Council/Ethiopia
– Democratic Republic Of The Congo
– Covid-19/Mental Health
– Women Basic Income
– Food Waste
– Food Price Index
– Senior Personnel Appointment
– Guest Tomorrow
The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Ola Almgren, tweeted out that yesterday was a tragic day for Myanmar and stressed it is not acceptable that dozens of unarmed and peaceful protestors were killed and many more injured.
Mr. Almgren stressed that the perpetrators must be held to account.
For its part, the UN Children’s Fund said today that, as of yesterday, at least five children and multiple young people and adults have reportedly been killed. At least four children have been severely wounded.
More than 500 children have also been arrested arbitrarily, according to the UN Children’s Fund.
UNICEF condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of force against children, including the use of live ammunition, and the arbitrary detention of children, and calls on security forces to immediately refrain from violence and to keep children and young people out of harm’s way.
The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, today called on the country’s military to stop murdering and jailing protestors after another day of deadly violence across the country.
This is the moment to turn the tables towards justice and end the military’s stranglehold over democracy, Ms. Bachelet said.
In addition to the communications which we have received in the past few days concerning the Permanent Representative of Myanmar we have also received a communication yesterday from the Permanent Mission of Myanmar, informing us that the Deputy Permanent Representative of Myanmar, Mr. Tin Maung Naing, has submitted his letter of resignation to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar, and recalling that Mr. Kyaw Moe Tun remains the Permanent Representative of Myanmar to the United Nations.
Upon request by the Chair of the Credentials Committee, this communication has been circulated to the members of the Committee.
Mark Lowcock, the Emergency Relief Coordinator briefed the Security Council today. He focused on the current humanitarian situation; access to the region; and action needed to scale up humanitarian deliveries.
Mr. Lowcock pointed out that at least 4.5 million people in Tigray need assistance, according to official estimates. Many people in rural areas remain inaccessible and food security is a major concern.
Access to water, hygiene and sanitation services are largely disrupted across Tigray, increasing the risk of disease outbreaks, including water-borne diseases, measles and COVID-19. Health services are also disrupted with only 22 per cent of the 205 health facilities in Tigray being fully functional.
Mr. Lowcock said that despite the recent progress, much more needs to be done to get aid to people who need it throughout Tigray. He emphasized the need to dramatically scale-up humanitarian assistance throughout the province by facilitating independent need assessments; deploying humanitarian staff throughout the province; restoring of basic communications and banking services and also called for increased urgent funding for humanitarian operations.
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