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United Nations Weekly Roundup: July 9-15, 2022

Here’s a quick look at what the international community has been up to this past week, as seen from the perch of the United Nations. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday that Russia and Ukraine have a “comprehensive agreement” on a deal with Turkey and the United Nations to export millions of tons of Ukrainian grain. After the Russian invasion on February 24, he remained silent. Guterres broke his silence to speak to reporters at the UN headquarters, saying significant and substantial progress had been made and the parties were moving closer to a comprehensive agreement. UN chief cited ‘comprehensive agreement’ on Ukrainian grain exports cross-border aid operations in Syria renewed for six months On Tuesday, after days of difficult talks, the UN Security Council renewed that mechanism for an initial six months. done that allows humanitarians to bring about 800 aid trucks a month from Turkey into opposition-controlled areas of northwestern Syria. More than 4.1 million Syrians depend on that aid, but they will face the prospect of losing it in the dead of winter when, at Russia’s insistence, the council must vote again to increase it. UN aid campaign for NW Syria gets 6-month extension Thousands of children were maimed, raped or killed in conflicts last year Thousands of children in war zones suffered severe abuse last year, including rape, the United Nations said on Monday. , serious injuries and deaths are involved, and there are growing concerns for children in new areas of conflict, including Ukraine. The Secretary-General’s Report on Children in Armed Conflict confirmed about 24,000 serious violations against children. The conflict left more than 8,000 dead or crippled; 6,310 were recruited and used in combat; And about 3,500 children were kidnapped, among other violations. UNITED NATIONS: Thousands of children face severe abuse in war zones Gang violence is driving more Haitians into poverty and hunger Facing hunger because of prices. The violence has claimed many lives and made it more dangerous and difficult for farmers to obtain produce in the country’s markets. Humanitarians are having to move food by sea and air to parts of the island nation that are too dangerous to reach by road, making aid more expensive and harder to deliver. The Security Council is due to vote late Friday on a proposed resolution that includes a small arms ban for Haitian gangs and threatens sanctions if the violence does not end. The United Nations says at least 99 people have been killed in recent days. Gang violence, rising prices, food shortages send Haiti out of control World population projected to reach 8 billion by November will increase to 8.5. billion by 2050 and over 10 billion by 2080. This growth will come with significant economic and environmental impacts. India is expected to soon overtake China as the most populous country on Earth. Sustained global population growth creates challenges, opportunities in short – Guterres urges leaders in Sri Lanka to settle for a peaceful democratic transition, as that country experiences a political and economic crisis in which President Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigns Diya and fled the country this week. Guterres said it was important to address the root causes of the conflict and the grievances of the protesters. The UN says humanitarian needs are increasing, with some 5.7 million people in need of aid. — Egypt is suspending its participation in a stabilization mission called Minusma from August 15, following the deaths of seven of its peacekeepers in Mali this year. Egypt is one of the largest contributors of troops and police to the mission with 1039 personnel. , Most recently, on June 28, two Egyptian peacekeepers were killed and nine others injured in northern Mali when their convoy rammed an improvised explosive device. – The UN refugee agency said Wednesday that nearly two-thirds of refugees who have fled Ukraine since launching an invasion of Russia in late February plan to stay in their host country in the coming months. This is compared to 16% who said they plan to return to Ukraine. Another 9% said they would move to another host country, while 10% were unsure. The refugees said their most pressing needs were cash, jobs and housing. UNHCR estimates that at the end of June there were at least 5.5 million Ukrainian refugees in Europe, and another 7.1 million displaced within Ukraine. The World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Friday that 25 million children missed one or more doses of routine vaccination last year. The report attributed the decline to factors including increasing misinformation about vaccines and disruptions related to COVID-19. UNICEF said it was the biggest continuous disruption in 30 years and the consequences could be fatal for many children. The good news Botswana is set to become the first country in Africa to achieve the 95-95-95 target of diagnosing 95% of HIV-positive individuals, providing them with antiretroviral therapy and achieving viral suppression. The southern African nation is eight years ahead of the 2030 target date. The United Nations says a recent survey found that 93% of people living with HIV in Botswana are aware of their condition and 97.9% of them are receiving antiretroviral therapy. Of that group, 98% achieved viral load suppression to reduce the amount of HIV to an undetectable level, which also helps prevent transmission. Quote of the note “In a world darkened by global crises, today, at last, we have a ray of hope.” Guterres on Wednesday welcomed news from Istanbul that a deal on the export of grain to Ukraine is nearing completion that Russia has blocked in the southern Ukrainian port of Odessa. On Monday next week, the United Nations will celebrate Nelson Mandela’s birthday. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex will deliver the keynote address at the General Assembly. He will be accompanied by his wife Meghan Markle. The day is also marked by community service to honor the late leader of South Africa. On what will be Madiba’s 104th birthday, UN participants will do their bit at Thomas Jefferson Park in New York’s East Harlem neighborhood.

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