About This Source - United Nations
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.
Recent from United Nations:
United Nations published this video item, entitled “Nigeria, Myanmar, Climate & other topics – Daily Briefing (14 June 2021)” – below is their description.
Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
– Security Council
– Burkina Faso
– UN Central Emergency Response Fund
– William Swing
– World Blood Donor Day
– Press Encounters Tomorrow
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says it continues to receive alarming reports of clashes between insurgent groups and Nigerian Armed Forces in Dikwa in Borno State, as well as reports of armed groups and military personnel attacking and harassing internally displaced people living in camps.
Some IDPs have started moving out of a camp in Dikwa and are settling in neighbouring host communities due to these recent attacks.
Following violence last week, military personnel allegedly conducted a spontaneous search at the camp, with some displaced people assaulted and more than 20 shelters set on fire.
Humanitarian work has been impacted by these stepped-up clashes.
Our colleagues at the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs continue to follow up on the situation and advocate with military high command on the need for military operations and personnel to comply on civilian protection and human rights.
On Myanmar, more than four months since the military took over the Government, our colleagues on the ground remain deeply concerned over the security forces’ use of violence, with reports of deaths and injuries on a daily basis.
The UN Country Team said that at least 861 women, children and men have been killed across Myanmar since February 1st, while thousands more have been injured.
More than 4,800 people are under detention – including politicians, authors, human rights defenders, teachers, health care workers, civil servants, journalists, monks, celebrities and ordinary citizens.
Our colleagues in Myanmar again call on security forces to protect civilians, as widespread and systematic breaches of human rights law – such as extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detention, torture and ill treatment, and enforced disappearance – continue.
Today, the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action released its first Progress Report, which details climate action milestones in the fashion sector.
The report shows that since its inception in 2018, the Charter has seen considerable progress on industry-wide climate ambition. This includes growing the signatory base to 125 members, who now represent USD $450 billion in revenue and over 10 per cent of total fashion industry greenhouse gas emissions.
The Charter also requires its signatories to publicly disclose their emissions. So far, 70 per cent of signatories submitted climate disclosures with one third reporting for the first time in 2020. In addition, 38 Charter signatories have set – or have committed to setting – science-based targets.
The report also makes recommendations in specific areas such as increasing the use of renewable energy in the supply chain, phasing out coal in manufacturing, and promoting broader climate action and consumer engagement.
Got a comment? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, below. Please note comments are moderated before publication.
In This Story: Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa that covers an area of around 274,200 square kilometres (105,900 sq mi) and is bordered by Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Ivory Coast.
The July 2019 population estimate by the United Nations was 20,321,378. Previously called Republic of Upper Volta (1958–1984), it was renamed “Burkina Faso” on 4 August 1984 by President Thomas Sankara. Its citizens are known as Burkinabé, and its capital is Ouagadougou.
Due to French colonialism, the country’s official language of government and business is French, but this language is spoken by approximately only 10-15% of the population. There are 59 native languages spoken in Burkina, with the most common language, Moore, spoken by roughly 50% of Burkinabé.
The Republic of Upper Volta was established on 11 December 1958 as a self-governing colony within the French Community and on 5 August 1960 it gained full independence.
2 Recent Items: Burkina Faso
In This Story: Ecuador
Ecuador is a country straddling the equator on South America’s west coast. Its diverse landscape encompasses Amazon jungle, Andean highlands and the wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands. In the Andean foothills at an elevation of 2,850m, Quito, the capital, is known for its largely intact Spanish colonial center.