23 February 2016 – The United Nations has begun its work of providing international assistance to the Pacific islands of Fiji, hit by a powerful tropical cyclone that left at least 28 people dead and some 14,000 people sheltering in evacuation centres.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the UN Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) and new partners arriving in Fiji are requested to work through Fiji’s existing operational structure to allow for a coordinated and effective response.
23 February 2016 – The United Nations adviser on the new 15-year development agenda has urged the mobile industry to work together and develop policy frameworks and technical standards that would ensure no one is left behind.
Speaking at the Mobile World Summit in Barcelona yesterday, David Nabarro, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s advisor on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, called on the mobile industry to “work with Governments and the international community to expand connectivity, lower barriers to access and ensure that tools and applications are developed with vulnerable communities in mind.”
23 February 2016 – The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today welcomed the “encouraging” results of two studies from Africa in which women modestly reduced their risk of infection by inserting a vaginal ring coated with the antiretroviral drug dapivirine once a month.
According to these two clinical trials, a vaginal ring, inspired by those used for contraception or hormone treatments, reduce by 30 per cent on average the risk of HIV infection in women. It contains the experimental antiviral dapivirine, a microbicide that gradually diffuses.
22 February 2016 – The United Nations should stay engaged in facilitating a political dialogue between the Government of Maldives and the opposition parties, said a senior UN political official on the heels of a two-day visit to the island nation.
During his meetings with President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and other key leaders there, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenca cited the UN’s readiness to continue the facilitation process, depending on the developments on the ground and the willingness of the parties.
22 February 2016 – The top United Nations humanitarian official in Iraq has said she is deeply worried about thousands of civilians who are trapped in Fallujah city and in Sinjar district and are unable to access aid, calling on Government officials to redouble efforts to relocate civilians to safer areas before the situation deteriorates further.
Although the UN is unable to access civilians in Fallujah city in Anbar Governorate, which remains under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), information from key informants indicates that conditions are deteriorating rapidly, said Lise Grande, the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, in a press release.
21 February 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the peaceful holding of elections in the Central African Republic (CAR) this past Sunday, calling for the timely holding of the second round of legislative elections to complete the political transition process.
In a statement attributable to his spokesperson, Mr. Ban took note of the announcement of the provisional results of the presidential run-off elections held on 14 February in the CAR, congratulating presidential candidate Faustin Archange Touadéra for his victory, according to provisional results.
22 February 2016 – The head of a United Nations-mandated body tasked with identifying those behind chemical weapons attacks in the Syrian civil war said today that preliminary work on seven potential cases has been nearly concluded and that in-depth investigations will begin in March.
After briefing a closed-door session of the Security Council at UN Headquarters in New York this morning on the first report OPCW)-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism on Chemical Weapon Use in Syria, the head of the Mechanism’s leadership panel, Virginia Gamba, told reporters that the goal is to finalize the list of potential cases by the first week in March so that the investigation of the cases deemed as possibly leading to the identification of perpetrators can begin.
22 February 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived today in Bujumbura, capital of Burundi, for an official visit during which he is expected to meet President Pierre Nkurunziza and other actors in support of ongoing UN efforts at resolving Burundi’s political crisis.
After a stop in Nairobi, Kenya, Mr, Ban was greeted on arrival in Bujumbura by the First Vice-President, Gaston Sindimwo, the Foreign Minister, Alain Nyamitwe, and other Government officials, as well as his Special Envoy to Burundi, Jamal Benomar, and by the Coordinator UN resident Paolo Lembo, said the UN office in Bujumbura.