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UN Special Coordinator Congratulates Lebanon on Conduct of Elections, Looks Forward to Active Role of the New Parliament and Swift Formation of a Government

UN Special Coordinator Congratulates Lebanon on Conduct of Elections, Looks Forward to Active Role of the New Parliament and Swift Formation of a Government

17 May 2022 United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka congratulated Lebanon on the conduct of parliamentary elections in Lebanon on Sunday 15 May that enabled the Lebanese people to exercise their democratic right to select their representatives and make their voices heard. “I was pleased to see that the Lebanese authorities delivered parliamentary

Lebanon: Little progress in torture prevention, UN experts find

GENEVA (12 May 2022) – The UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) is concerned about the prolonged pre-trial detention, overcrowding and deplorable living conditions in places of deprivation of liberty that it observed during its second visit to Lebanon. “Twelve years have passed but most of the recommendations from our first visit remain to be implemented,

Countries must step up to fully fund US$80million FSO Safer oil tanker rescue off Yemen

Amsterdam, 11 May 2022 – Meeting at the UN pledge conference to salvage the FSO Safer oil tanker, countries like the Netherlands, France, Finland, Germany, Qatar, Sweden, the UK and others committed a total covering only half of the required US$80million needed to get the oil transferred from the rusting Safer currently anchored 6km (4

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General On the killing of the Al Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh

The Secretary-General is appalled by the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American reporter for Al Jazeera TV, who was shot dead Wednesday while covering an operation by Israeli security forces in Jenin, in the occupied West Bank.   He sends his heartfelt condolences to the family of Ms. Abu Akleh and wishes a quick recovery to fellow

Lebanon: UN expert warns of ‘failing State’ amid widespread poverty

GENEVA (11 May 2022) – The destructive actions of Lebanon’s political and financial leaders are responsible for forcing most of the country’s population into poverty, in violation of international human rights law, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Olivier De Schutter, said in a report published today. The report follows a country

OP-ED 2022: The Year to Stop the Decline of the Ocean’s Health

by Ambassador Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean With every breath we take, we are connected to the ocean. The ocean gives us oxygen, provides us with food and livelihoods. It stabilises our climate, absorbing most of the heat trapped in the Earth’s system. Billions of humans, animals and plants rely on

UN and Lebanese Government sign the United Nations Framework for Cooperation for Sustainable Development

Beirut, Lebanon- Thursday 28 April, 2022 (United Nations)– Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon Najat Rochdi signed today the “United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework” (UNSDCF) that is meant to strengthen the existing and ongoing cooperation between both parties on promoting the principles of sustainable development, and build

UNHCR, IOM: Shipwreck tragedy off the Lebanese coast underscores need for continuing support to Lebanon

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are deeply saddened by the latest tragic incident at sea in which a boat reportedly carrying 84 people capsized off the coast of Tripoli, Lebanon, yesterday.  Forty-five people have been rescued, six others, including a 40-day-old baby, have been confirmed as deceased while many remain missing. The passengers included children,

UN: “Great finance divide” amid COVID-19 poses major setback for sustainable development

With spiking global food and fuel prices, UN fears conflict in Ukraine dramatically worsens the economic outlook and the risk of widespread debt crises. NEW YORK, 12 April 2022 –The crippling cost of debt financing for many developing countries has hamstrung their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, forced cutbacks in development spending, and constrained their

SG Op-Ed on Global Crisis Response Group “The War in Ukraine: A Silent Assault on the Developing World”

For the people of Ukraine, the Russian invasion is a waking nightmare, and a humanitarian disaster on a terrifying scale. But the war is also fast becoming a matter of life and death for vulnerable people around the world. We have all seen the tragedy unfolding inside Ukraine: cities flattened; people suffering and dying in