WFP welcomes major donation of €65.5 million from the European Union in Eastern and Southern Africa to address the unprecedented global food crisis in eleven countries

NAIROBI / JOHANNESBURG – An essential and timely contribution of €65.5 million from the European Union, received through its Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO), has been immediately put to work by WFP to address the unprecedented needs caused by the global effects of the war in Ukraine, climate shocks, conflict, and economic pressures. The special funding was welcomed by WFP for its operations in DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. “The number of severely hungry people in countries across Eastern and Southern Africa hit new…

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Sustainable Peace Cannot Be Built Where Rights of Women Are Ignored, Says Deputy Secretary-General, at Security Council Open Debate

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks at the Security Council open debate on peacebuilding and sustaining peace, in New York today: I would like to start by expressing my gratitude to Japan for hosting this debate. Peace is the core mission of the United Nations.It is our raison d’être.This mission is now under grave threat. People’s sense of safety and security is at a low in almost every country, with six in seven worldwide plagued by feelings of insecurity.The world is facing the highest number of violent conflicts…

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Lebanon: Victims’ Families Despair as Blast Suspects Freed

(Beirut) – Lebanon’s general prosecutor on January 25, 2023, ordered the release of all suspects detained in connection with the catastrophic explosion in Beirut’s port on August 4, 2020, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. The unprecedented move amid rampant political interference bypasses the ongoing criminal investigation into the explosion. To help secure a path toward truth and justice for the victims, the United Nations Human Rights Council should urgently pass a resolution to create an impartial fact-finding mission into the Beirut port explosion. “Lebanon may be leaderless,…

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