UN General Assembly condemns Israel for violence in Gaza | UNICEF highlights lack of national paternity leave policies | WHO: Suicide kills 800,000 annually
June 15, 2018
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UN Security Council urges warring parties to keep Yemen port open
The United Nations Security Council is urging both Houthis and Saudi-led forces not to block humanitarian aid from entering Yemen through the port of Hodeidah, where fighting has escalated dramatically in recent days. The UN has evacuated many staff from the region but continues to supply aid to civilians there through partner organizations.
Xinhua News Agency (China) (6/14),  Global Times (China)/Agence France-Presse (6/14),  Voice of America (6/14),  The Guardian (London) (6/15) 
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UN General Assembly condemns Israel for violence in Gaza
The United Nations General Assembly this week voted to condemn Israel for Palestinian civilian deaths in Gaza and to call on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to develop a proposal to protect Palestinians in the region. A US-backed amendment condemning Hamas that was attached to the resolution did not receive the two-thirds majority needed to pass.
Reuters (6/13),  Press TV (Iran) (6/14),  The Associated Press (6/14) 
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Health & Development
WHO: Suicide kills 800,000 annually
Suicide claims a life approximately once every 40 seconds and is the second most common cause of death among 15- to 29-year olds, says the World Health Organization. The majority of suicides worldwide occur in low- and middle-income countries, and the trauma of war, natural disasters, violence or sexual abuse increase the risk of suicide, the agency says.
Voice of America (6/14),  Daily Times (Pakistan) (6/15) 
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Women & Girls
UN Women creates sexual harassment spokesperson post
United Nations Women has appointed Purna Sen to the newly created post of Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination. The goal of the post is to "find lasting solutions to stop, prevent and respond to sexual harassment both, within and outside the UN."
Inter Press Service (6/14) 
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Climate and Energy
UN panel warns global warming set to exceed targets
Global warming will exceed the strictest standards set out under the Paris climate deal by around 2040 if current trends continue, according to a draft report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. "Rapid and far-reaching" changes are needed to stop temperatures from exceeding the 1.5 C cap set out in the Paris agreement, the IPCC warns.
CNBC/Reuters (6/14),  EcoWatch (6/14) 
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Peacekeeping and Security
UN criticizes India, Pakistan for alleged rights abuses in Kashmir
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has called for investigations into potential human rights abuses by both Indian and Pakistani forces in occupied Kashmir territory. Officials in India are disputing allegations of rights abuses, while Pakistan authorities say they support the idea of an inquiry.
CNN (6/14),  UrduPoint (Lahore, Pakistan) (English-language content) (6/14),  The Hindu (India) (6/15) 
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UN Radio
Humanitarians "committed" to staying "where people need us" as Yemeni port battle intensifies
UN News Centre (6/14) 
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UN Dispatch
"PODCAST: Making Sense of the Trump-Kim Summit"
UN Dispatch (6/14) 
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@UNFoundation: After nearly seven years of protracted and violent conflict, the devastating #humanitarian crisis continues to unfold in #Syria. Learn how the @UN is providing aid to the most vulnerable and how you can help: http://bit.ly/2Frkv2U
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