Month: July 2020

Yemen: Crisis reaches new low, top UN officials tell Security Council

© UNOCHA/Mahmoud Fadel – Women queue at a distribution point in Kharaz Camp, Yemen, where measures are being taken to protect beneficiaries and staff against COVID-19.    The humanitarian crisis in Yemen has never been worse, with conflict escalating, famine on the horizon, the economy in tatters and COVID-19 out of control, senior UN officials told the Security […]

The crisis behind closed doors: a look into the ‘shadow pandemic’

Although we are currently facing a public health crisis, COVID-19 has also caused a surge in intimate partner violence (IPV), negatively affecting our world’s pursuit of SDG #5: Gender Equality. While stage three restrictions have been reinforced in order to control the pandemic’s spread in Metropolitan Melbourne, stay-at-home mandates have also left many women and […]

Time is running out for Libya, UN chief warns Security Council

OCHA/Giles ClarkeBoys walk through Benghazi Old Town in Libya.     With battle lines shifting, foreign interference growing, thousands fleeing their homes and COVID-19 cases on the rise, time is running out for bringing a peaceful end to the conflict in Libya, Secretary-General António Guterres says. Briefing the Security Council on Wednesday, the UN chief described the context in […]

Independent rights expert speaks of ‘anguish, stress and disempowerment’ of poverty

FAOThe Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and China’s Tsinghua University built an innovative lab to experiment on new methods to reduce poverty.    More than 70 million people are expected to fall into extreme poverty because of COVID-19, the UN Human Rights Council heard on Tuesday, as a leading rights expert slammed “greatly exaggerated” claims of […]