The new Permanent Representative of the Guinea to the United Nations, Paul Goa Zoumanigui, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General António Guterres today.
According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), at least 2.6 million children in Haiti are expected to need life-saving assistance in 2023. In the past two years, the number of Haitian children in need of humanitarian aid has increased by half a million.
In Lebanon, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) donated 1,000 cholera testing kits, administered over 900,000 oral cholera vaccines and provided refrigerators and solar panels to ensure continuous access to electricity in support of the Ministry of Public Health’s efforts to combat the cholera outbreak which began in October.
In Lebanon, the World Health Organization, UN Refugee Agency and the United Nations Children’s Fund are coordinating efforts, and the United Nations is seeking $43 million more over the next three months to address the cholera outbreak. As of 22 October, there have been a reported 239 confirmed cases and 10 deaths.
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, following Tuesday’s attack in Ituri province, United Nations peacekeepers are patrolling the area with reinforced troops to provide security around the Savo displaced persons site and are facilitating medical supplies and evacuations to Bunia for wounded civilians.
Mahamat Annadif, the Secretary‑General’s Special Representative for West Africa, and Foreign Minister of Guinea, Morissanda Kouyaté, launched a new initiative to facilitate an inclusive transition in Guinea by fostering reconciliation at national and community levels and increasing participation of women and all communities.
Marking the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, the Secretary-General told the General Assembly high-level event that the nuclear threat has reached its highest level in close to 40 years and urged States to support the goals of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today that 18 months into the coronavirus pandemic, schools for nearly 77 million students in six countries remain completely closed. According to UNICEF, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Panama are among the countries that kept schools closed the longest.
Ahead of the historic Food Systems Summit on 23 September, the Secretary-General emphasized the moral imperative of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, stressing that a well-functioning food system can help prevent conflict, protect the environment and provide health and livelihoods for all. “In food, there is hope,” he said.