Conflict, Coronavirus Pandemic Threaten Refugee Protection

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi warns the coronavirus pandemic poses unparalleled challenges and threats to refugee protection at a time when conflicts are flaring up in many parts of the world. The high commissioner was speaking at the opening of the agency’s annual executive committee meeting in Geneva. The conference is opening in the midst of a pandemic that has infected more than 35 million people and killed more than one million. UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said so far, major outbreaks in large refugee settings…

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Cameroon Reopens Schools After 7-month COVID Closure

YAOUNDE – More than seven million Cameroon children and their teachers have returned to schools for the first time since their institutions were closed to stop the spread of COVID-19, seven months ago. The government of the central African state says it has been able to considerably reduce the spread of the disease that has been officially confirmed in more than 20,000 people with 420 deaths. Respect of COVID-19 barrier measures is imperative in all schools. The oldest student reads rules and regulations to be respected at Government Bilingual High…

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WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at Executive Board meeting

Your Excellency Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Health and Family Welfare of India, Excellencies, dear colleagues and friends, Good morning, good afternoon and good evening. I’m delighted to be able to welcome representatives from Member States here in the room, and online. It seems incredible to think that when this Board met in February, there were just 151 cases and 1 death outside China of what we now call COVID-19. Today, almost 35 million cases of COVID-19 have now been reported to WHO, and more than 1 million people are reported…

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Eight African Migrants Dead, Several Injured off Horn of Africa

Obock, Djibouti — Staff from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) today (05/10) assisted Djiboutian authorities as they attended to the grim task of recovering and burying eight drowning victims whose remains washed ashore after a lethal journey from Yemen over the weekend. The victims—from a total of 34 mainly Ethiopian and Somali migrants seeking to return to Africa after attempting to find work in the Arabian Gulf—make even more tragic a recent wave of Africans arriving in Djibouti. “It was at night and the smugglers turned off all the…

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School health and nutrition: Invest now to build human capital, or pay more later

As schools reopen during COVID-19, governments must invest in essential school-based services By Mohamed Abdiweli Ahmed, WFP Advocacy Adviser Sareeyo is a Somali mother of three — including two boys who have lost their father. For her, the meals her children receive at school are a godsend. “I cried for happiness when I saw the children coming home satisfied with full stomachs,” she says. Like her, millions of poor and vulnerable parents around the world find comfort in knowing their children’s health and nutritional needs are taken care of at…

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Put peace in Libya first, UN chief urges summit on war-shattered nation

A “rare opportunity” for peace in Libya should be seized by all those involved directly or indirectly in the conflict, António Guterres said on Monday, at a High-Level virtual meeting convened to end the fighting. “Libya’s future is at stake and I call on all Libyans to continue to work towards a lasting ceasefire,” the UN Secretary-General said, at the summit being held on the sidelines of the 75th UN General Assembly, co-hosted with Germany. “I implore all of you to encourage and support the Libyan peace efforts facilitated by…

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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Weekly Epidemiological Update (04 October 2020)

Data as received by WHO from national authorities, as of 04 October 2020, 10 am CEST For the latest data and information on COVID-19, please see: • WHO COVID-19 Dashboard • WHO COVID-19 Weekly Operational Update Global epidemiological situation The number of new cases per week has remained stable at 2 million for the past three weeks (Figure 1), with the cumulative total of over 34.8 million cases. Over 1 million deaths have now been reported globally, of which the majority were reported in the Region of the Americas (55%),…

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UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women: Impact of COVID-19 on violence against women and girls through the lens of civil society and women’s rights organizations

Voices from the ground: Impact of COVID-19 on violence against women As part of its initial response to the COVID-19 crisis, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UNTF EVAW) surveyed its grantees to assess the impact of the pandemic and associated lockdowns. The replies confirmed the rapid rise in violence against women and girls and the challenges faced by struggling, often civil society led, support systems. They also revealed how quickly and nimbly grantees are adapting to maintain key aspects of their projects while protecting the safety…

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